Dr Meredith A. Brown
Andrew W Mellon/Research Forum Postdoctoral Fellow
BA (Stanford), MA, PhD (Courtauld)
The Courtauld Institute of Art
Meredith recently received her PhD from The Courtauld, where she also completed her MA. Her work focuses on questions of feminism, political activism, artistic collaboration and representations of labour and bureaucracy in art since 1960. Her doctoral thesis, 'A History of A.I.R. Gallery: Feminism and the American Art Institution', explored the ways in which the first women's cooperative gallery in the United States used feminist and other activist strategies to become the leading institutional space for women artists in the 1970s. Prior to earning her PhD and MA at The Courtauld, Meredith obtained a BA in studio art and art history from Stanford University.
Meredith has taught courses at The Courtauld, Stanford University, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York on topics ranging from the historical and critical discourses of postminimalism, institutional critique, and feminism to twentieth-century Latin American art and literature to the contemporary art market. She co-curated an exhibition of modern and contemporary art at the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford in 2003 and is currently organising an exhibition of contemporary works on paper with artist Anne Shaefer at the Philadelphia gallery Tiger Strikes Asteroid.
Her scholarship has been supported by the Terra Foundation for American Art, the University of London Central Research Fund, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Archives of American Art, and the Dedalus Foundation. Her current book project analyses the compromise model of A.I.R. Gallery as a mode for sustainable institution building in relation to contemporary feminist concerns.
Throughout 2013 Meredith will be running a project through The Courtauld Research Forum called Questioning Collaboration that explores various aspects of collaboration and collectivity and their influence on both the production of art and the writing of its histories. The project--consisting of a transatlantic collaborative working group, a collective user-generated web-based resource, and a major publication--seeks to facilitate the study of collaboration and promote it as a scholarly approach.
'The Enemies of Women’s Liberation in the Arts Will Be Crushed: A.I.R. Gallery’s Role in the American Feminist Art Movement'. Archives of American Art website [aaa.si.edu]. Forthcoming, 2013.
'The Pioneering Years of A.I.R. Gallery'. In Judy Cooper. A.I.R. Pioneers: Portraits by Judy Cooper. Raleigh, North Carolina: Viovio, 2012.
'The Balance Sheet: A.I.R. Gallery and Government Funding'. n.paradoxa, international feminist art journal 27. Special issue on Women’s Work, January 2011.
'Ms. Chicago and the California Girls'. In Oriana Fox. The Moon. London: CT Editions, 2009.
'Recipes'. In Oriana Fox. The Moon. London: CT Editions, 2009.
Various catalogue entries. In Hilarie Faberman, Picasso to Thiebaud: Modern and Contemporary Art from the Collections of Stanford University Alumni and Friends. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2003.
Selected Recent Conferences and Invited Talks
Mothers, Sisters, Others: Feminist Strategies and A.I.R. Gallery’s Exhibition Program', 1970S Feminisms panel, Second Annual Feminist Art History Conference, American University, Washington, D.C., November 2011.
'Politics, Process and Place: Artist-run Spaces of New York in the 1970s', Urban Space panel, 'Showcasing Research: The 2011 Courtauld Institute of Art Postgraduate Symposium', The Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, London, UK, March 2011.
'Producing Feminist Space: A.I.R. Gallery, the Los Angeles Woman’s Building, and the Structures of the Artist-run Cooperative', Feminism and the Cooperative Model in the Art World session, College Art Association 99th Annual Conference, New York, February 2011.
'Making Room: Artist-run Spaces of the 1970s', Fellows’ Lectures in American Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C., December 2010.
'Feminist Aesthetics at A.I.R. Gallery: a Politics of Exhibition Programming, 1972-1982', Modern and Contemporary Seminar Series, The Courtauld Institute of Art Research Forum, The Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, London, UK, February 2010.