Catherine Craft

Curator, Nasher Sculpture Center

Nasher Curator Catherine Craft, quarantined in New York, sends home a list of research materials, as well as a hearty roster of sofa entertainment. 

I’m working and thinking about the mid-(twentieth)-century 

Robert Slifkin, The New Monuments and the End of Man: U.S. Sculpture Between War and Peace, 1945-1975 

Noah Tsika, Traumatic Imprints: Cinema, Military Psychiatry, and the Aftermath of War 

Allan Bérubé, Coming Out Under Fire: The History of Gay Men and Women in World War II 

Black Mountain College, M.C. Richards / Centering: Art + Life – 100 Years 

Maggie Nelson, Women, the New York School, and Other True Abstractions 

The Collected Poems of Frank O’Hara 

A batch of letters, interviews and documents from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Archives 


Artworks – looking at the Nasher Collection a lot, remotely: 

Arp, Torso with Buds (I know…) 

Nancy Grossman, Bust (very tough and very protected) 

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled (what is it, really?) 

Isamu Noguchi, Gregory (Effigy) (nomadic art that can be taken apart at a moment’s notice) 

Henri Matisse, Standing Nude, Arms on Head (the back view of it, especially) 


And for pure distraction & to keep my sanity, such as it is: 

Podcasts: ‘How Did This Get Made / You Must Remember This’ (among others) 

Streaming: ‘Schitt’s Creek’ (for Moira’s vocabulary especially); ‘The Good Place’ (for Chidi’s stressed “What?” which is perfect for life right now); Samir Nosrat’s ‘Salt Fat Acid Heat’ (so comforting) 

Anything involving John Mulaney (like 30 Rock, so well-written that it bears repeatedly listening) 


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