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Joshua Shirkey

Class Adviser & Associate Faculty
(212) 998-7343
1 Wash Pl, Room 731

A.B. Fine Arts, Harvard University, 1998
M.A. Art History, New York University, 2008

Joshua Shirkey is an art historian specializing in modern and contemporary art. He received his A.B. in Fine Arts from Harvard University, and is completing his Ph.D. at NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts. His dissertation, “Moving Pictures: Art and Dance in New York, 1959-1979” examines the historical and conceptual relationships between visual art and dance practices in the 1960s. His research and teaching interests include performance, aesthetic philosophy, feminist and queer theory, art markets and globalization, and censorship. He previously served as an academic adviser in the College of Arts and Sciences, and has taught art history courses in CAS, Steinhardt, and at SUNY Purchase. Prior to NYU, he was assistant curator of painting and sculpture at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and was a critical studies fellow in the Whitney Independent Study Program.

Teaching and Research Interests

history of modern and contemporary art; performance, body art, and dance; aesthetic philosophy; feminist and queer theory; art markets and globalization; obscenity law and censorship


2019 Summer

Punk Aesthetics

2019 Fall

Art in Critical Theory

2018 Fall

Body Art, Body Horror

2017 Fall

The Business of Art

2016 Fall

Body Art, Body Horror

Joshua Shirkey