Judith Rodenbeck is Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of California Riverside.
She received her Ph.D. in Art History from Columbia University in 2003. Prior to joining MCS, she was on the faculty at Sarah Lawrence College, in Bronxville, NY. Her first book Radical Prototypes: Allan Kaprow and the Invention of Happenings (MIT, 2011) explores the emergence of performance and intermedia in the American fine arts of the 1950s. She is currently working on several book-length projects: a longitudinal study of the intersections between what Marcel Mauss called “techniques of the body” and the visual arts, configured through the notion of the performative; and an experimental text, Bipedal Modernity. In addition to authoring numerous catalogue essays, she has served as editor-in-chief of the Art Journal and of the Grove Online Encyclopedia of Art and is on the editorial board of Evental Aesthetics. Her work has appeared in journals such as October, Grey Room, X-TRA, Artforum, Modern Painters, Sculpture, Woman’s Art Journal and Camera Austria, among others.
Her teaching and research interests encompass critical theory, performance studies, the politics of aesthetics, and radical pedagogy, especially as these engage with Modernism and its avant-gardes and with contemporary artistic practice. She is also a past recipient of grants and fellowships from Creative Capital/Andy Warhol Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, the Clark Art Institute, and the American Council of Learned Societies.