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Ashton Cooper is a curator, writer, and art historian based in Los Angeles. Her research focuses on the history of painting and sculpture in the U.S. after 1960 and examining gesture, abstraction, and expression from queer, feminist perspectives. She has organized nine solo and group exhibitions in non-profit and gallery spaces in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, and Vienna. She has contributed to ArtforumArtReviewMousseContemporary Art Review LA, and other publications. Recent writing projects include catalogue essays on Catherine Opie for MASP in São Paulo and on the groundbreaking feminist artist Renate Bertlmann for her retrospective at Belvedere 21 in Vienna. In 2023, she earned a PhD in Art History from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. A specialist in modern and contemporary art, she is committed to queer, feminist, and anti-racist approaches to art historical thinking. Her dissertation, “How hard to give form to oneself honestly”: Liberation Politics and the Remaking of Painterly Expression in 1970s New York, focused on artists Harmony Hammond, Al Loving, and Howardena Pindell. She is currently Curatorial Assistant at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, where she was part of the curatorial team for Made in L.A. 2023: Acts of Living. 

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