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David Brooks

Clinical Assistant Professor
(212) 998-7317
409 - 1 Wash Pl

Office Hours
Wednesday 12:30-2:30 (BY APPT)
Thursday 12:30-2:30 (BY APPT)

Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Städelschule, 1998
B.F.A., School of Art, The Cooper Union, 2000
M.F.A., School of the Arts, Columbia University, 2009

David Brooks is an interdisciplinary artist whose work considers the relationship between the individual and the built and natural environment. His work investigates how cultural concerns cannot be divorced from the natural world, while also questioning the terms under which nature is perceived and utilized. Brooks has had solo exhibitions and major projects at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum; Storm King Art Center; MoMA/PS1; the Dallas Contemporary; Tang Museum; deCordova Museum, MA; Nouveau Musée National de Monaco; Galerie für Landschaftskunst, Hamburg; Nevada Museum of Art; Ballroom Marfa; the Sculpture Center, NYC; The Visual Arts Center, Austin; Cass Sculpture Foundation, UK; Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha; ASU Art Museum, AZ; and the American Academy in Rome. In 2011, Desert Rooftops was on view in Times Square, a 5000-sq. ft. earthwork commissioned by Art Production Fund; in 2018 a large-scale geologic installation on Governors Island; an ongoing earthwork, Budding Bird Blind, as the inaugural commission by Planting Fields Foundation, Oyster Bay, NY. Brooks’s work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Old and New Art in Tasmania; Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum in Michigan; Zabludowicz Collection, Cass Sculpture Foundation, and the Saatchi Gallery in the UK; as well as the Rubell Museum, Margulies Collection, and Miami-Dade Art In Public Places among others. Brooks is the recipient of several awards, including the Rome Prize, a research grant to the Ecuadorian Amazon from the Coypu Foundation, a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship. He is on the advisory board of Pioneer Works and Rivers Institute, and was on the faculty of the Maryland Institute College of Art before coming to Gallatin. He lives and works in New York City.



The Great Bird Blind Debate

David Brooks and Mark Dion's The Great Bird Blind Debate was published by Planting Fields Foundation.

Performances, Productions, Exhibitions & Releases

New Earthworks

David Brooks’s exhibition “New Earthworks” was showcased at Arizona State University Art Museum, Phoenix. Additionally, Brooks’ “Supercrawl public art commission was showcased in Hamilton, Ontario.

Teaching and Research Interests

contemporary art practices; the culture of nature; art in the public realm; conservation biology; the archive; infrastructure; architecture; earthworks; art and ethics; ecosystem studies; resource extraction; land use; landscape design; scientific fieldwork; neotropical biogeography; deep time; history and theory of the avant-garde; alternative educational practices; material processes and craftsmanship; experimental film 

David Brooks