Christopher Ketcham

Christopher Ketcham is a PhD candidate in the History, Theory, and Criticism of Art program in the Department of Architecture at MIT. He studies postwar American art, with a focus on 1960s and 70s New York. His dissertation, “Minimal Art and Body Politics in New York City, 1961-1975,” assesses the urban history of Minimal Art and the social history of its phenomenology.  His current research investigates the phenomenological turn in sculpture and criticism of the mid-1960s; the patron spaces of Modern and Minimal Art; the aesthetics of vacant lots and rooftops in Lower Manhattan; and local histories of zoning, property rights, and urban renewal. Chris has been awarded a Henry Luce Foundation/American Council of Learned Societies Dissertation Fellowship in American Art to support this research.

Chris earned a Masters degree in Art History from Tufts University after working for several years on collections and exhibitions in the registrar’s office at The Phillips Collection in Washington D.C.  His research and criticism has been published in the Rutgers Art Review and presented at numerous institutions and conferences including Harvard University, ETH/Universität Zürich, American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), and the New England Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (NE/SAH). Chris has also presented his research as a guest lecturer in art history courses and architecture studios at Holy Cross College and MIT.