Molly Nesbit (b.1952, New York) is the Mary Conover Mellon Chair of Art History at Vassar College, NY and a contributing editor of Artforum. Her books include Atget’s Seven Albums (Yale University Press, 1992) and Their Common Sense (Black Dog, 2000). Since 2002, together with Hans Ulrich Obrist and Rirkrit Tiravanija, she has curated Utopia Stations, an ongoing collective exhibition, seminar, book, web and street project. The Pragmatism in the History of Art (Periscope, 2013), is the first volume of Pre-Occupations, a series collecting her essays; the second, Midnight: The Tempest Essays, was published in 2017 by Inventory Press. Nesbit has received numerous awards, notably from the Guggenheim Foundation, the J. Paul Getty Trust, the Creative Capital/Andy Warhol Foundation, and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. In 2008 she gave the J. Kirk T. Varnedoe Memorial lectures at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.
Jason E. Smith writes about contemporary art, philosophy and politics. His work has appeared in Artforum, Critical Inquiry, Grey Room, October and The Brooklyn Rail. His book on the political economy of automation, Smart Machines and Service Work: Automation in an Age of Stagnation, appeared from Reaktion Books in 2020.
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