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Derek Conrad Murray

Professor, History of Art and Visual Culture
History, Theory and Criticism of Contemporary Art and Visual Culture
Research Interests: 

 

Derek Conrad Murray is an interdisciplinary theorist specializing in the history, theory and criticism of contemporary art and visual culture. He works in contemporary aesthetic and cultural theory with a particular attention to technocultural engagements with identity and representation. He has contributed to leading magazines and journals such as American ArtArt in AmericaParachuteArt Journal, Third TextConsumption Markets & Culture and Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, where he currently serves as Associate Editor. Murray served on the Editorial Board of Art Journal (CAA) and is currently on the Editorial Advisory Board of Third Text and is is Co-Editor of Visual Studiesthe official journal of the International Visual Sociology Association. He is the author of Mapplethorpe and the Flower: Radical Sexuality and the Limits of Control (Bloomsbury, 2020), Queering Post-Black Art: Artists Transforming African-American Identity After Civil Rights (I.B. Tauris, UK, 2016) and a forthcoming edited volume Visual Culture Approaches to the Selfie (Routledge Press, 2020).

 

Professor Murray is not accepting new graduate students for the 2021-2022 academic year.     

 

 

Office: 
Porter D215
Office Hours: 

2020-2021 Office Hours: By Appointment

Mailing Address: 

Derek Conrad Murray, University of California at Santa Cruz, Porter Faculty Services, 1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95064

Selected Publications: 

Books:

Visual Culture Approaches to the Selfie (Routledge Press, 2020 - Forthcoming).

Mapplethorpe and the Flower: Radical Sexuality and the Limits of Control (Bloomsbury, 2020) https://www.bloomsbury.com/us/mapplethorpe-and-the-flower-9781788312516/

Queering Post-Black Art: Artists Transforming African-American Identity After Civil Rights (2015) I.B. Tauris (UK).  

Education and Training: 
PhD, History of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
MA, History of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
BFA, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA