Douglas Crimp

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Douglas Crimp (1944) is an art critic and professor of art history and visual and cultural studies at the University of Rochester. He was the curator of the landmark Pictures exhibition at Artists Space, New York, in 1977 and, from 1977-1990 an editor of the quarterly journal October. With Lynne Cooke, he organized the exhibition Mixed Use, Manhattan: Photography and Related Practices 1970s to the Present for the Reina Sofía in Madrid in the summer of 2010, and he was a member of the curatorial team for the 2015 Greater New York exhibition at MoMA PS1.



  • AIDS Demo Graphics, Seattle: Bay Press, 1990.
  • On the Museum’s Ruins, MIT Press, 1993.
  • Melancholia and Moralism: Essays on AIDS and Queer Politics, MIT Press, 2002.
  • Posiciones críticas: ensayos sobre las políticas de arte y la identidad, Akal, 2005. (Spanish)
  • "Our Kind of Movie": The Films of Andy Warhol, MIT Press, 2012.
  • Before Pictures, University of Chicago Press, 2016, 288 pp. tells the story of Crimp’s life as a young gay man and art critic in New York City during the late 1960s through the 1970s; part biography and part cultural history. [1]


  • editor, October: "AIDS: Cultural Analysis, Cultural Activism", MIT Press, 1987. Introduction.

Papers, book chapters



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