Ashton Cooper is the Luce Curatorial Fellow at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. She has organized exhibitions at the Leslie-Lohman Museum Project Space, Maccarone, Jack Hanley Gallery, Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, Larrie, and the Knockdown Center, all in New York; Cooper Cole in Toronto; and Wonnerth Dejaco in Vienna. Her writing has appeared in Artforum, ArtReview, Mousse, Contemporary Art Review LA, and others. She is a PhD Candidate in Art History at the University of Southern California. 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. Her dissertation "Feeling Free: Liberation Politics and the Remaking of Painterly Expression in 1970s New York" argues that the widespread fascination with expressing a liberated self indelibly shaped artistic practice, and painting in particular, during the 1970s.