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Jason Richard Vartikar

Jason Richard Vartikar jasonv2
Personal bio
Jason is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Art & Art History at Stanford University. His research examines American art and literature, especially in relation to critical race theory, decolonizing methodologies, and the histories of science and Romanticism. His article, "œRuth Asawa'€™s Early Wire Sculpture and a Biology of Equality" appeared in the Spring 2020 issue of American Art, vol. 34, no. 1, and argued that the artist's biomorphic sculptures engage midcentury biological science and its expanding rhetoric against racial hierarchies. But, his writing has also examined objects as unconventional as a 3-by-3-inch rip of fabric---a Civil War battle flag fragment---which belonged to Leland Stanford Junior, and which, Vartikar argues, was the very first object in the collection that eventually inspired Stanford’s colossal museum, now the Cantor Center for the Arts. From 2011-2016 he was a founder and director of the Hansel and Gretel Picture Garden and Pocket Utopia,“ a critically acclaimed gallery and performance venue in New York City, which collaborated with many institutions, including Robert Wilson'™s Watermill Center and the MoMA. Pronouns: he/him/his

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