Assistant Professor and Academic Curator
University of Pittsburgh
Alex J Taylor is an historian of modern American art and visual culture. His research interests include transnational modernisms, studio practice, artistic self-fashioning, patrons and patronage, consumer cultures, and the intersections between art, politics and capitalism.
As Academic Curator, Taylor leads the activities of Collecting Knowledge Pittsburgh, a consortium of local museums and cultural institutions working together to foster collaborative collection-based research and learning.
From 2014-2016, Taylor was the inaugural Terra Foundation Research Fellow in American Art at Tate, where he led the Refiguring American Art initiative, encompassing scholarly publications, academic workshops and gallery displays.
Before shifting his focus to American art, Taylor spent a decade working as an arts administrator, critic and curator in Australia. He held key roles at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image and Experimenta Media Arts, and as a board member and chair of National Exhibition Touring Support (Victoria), oversaw more than fifty presentations of contemporary art, craft and design in regional and remote communities.
Taylor's current book project is a history of corporate art patronage in the 1960s. He is continuing his ongoing research into the work of sculptor Alexander Calder, and is developing a new project concerning modern taste, connoisseurship and consumerism.