Gregor Quack

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Ph.D Student

Gregor studies European modern and contemporary art with Pamela M. Lee. He holds a BA in art history from Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and two MAs, one from Columbia and one from Stanford University. Before grad school, Gregor worked as an art critic for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, and as an occasional curator in Berlin and New York. Most recently, he curated “The Eye and the Sky,” an exhibition of aerial photography, at Stanford’s Cantor Arts Center. His writing and criticism have been printed in publications like Artforum, Texte zur Kunst, BLAU, and October. 

He is currently preparing a dissertation proposal about Franz Erhard Walther’s flexible, interactive, fabric objects. Tracing the gradual genesis of Walther’s uniquely interactive work concept through its various stages in Fulda, at the Düsseldorf Kunstakademie, and New York City, the dissertation takes Walther’s work as a lens to investigate how Art took on the various tasks of enacting, critiquing, and sometimes even formulating the “anxious liberalism” that characterized much of German society post-1945. Other projects include articles about the dystopian techno-objects of artist-architect Walter Pichler and the pioneering eco-artworks of Helen and Newton Harrison.

History of Art
Fields of Interest: 
Modern and Contemporary Art, Media Studies, post-1945 Germany, Austria, US-European relations