Jay Buchanan

Graduate Student, MA/PhD

Jay Buchanan is a second-year graduate student on the MA/PhD track. Jay’s research centers states of encounter in global contemporary art. Methods and areas of interest include: performance studies; queer theory; Black and Chicana feminisms; critical poetics; ecocriticism and land use; networks, supply chains, and infrastructure; and industrial formations in the culture sector. Jay holds the Lynne Cooper Harvey Fellowship in American Culture Studies and is a Graduate Affiliate with the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Equity (CRE2). A PhD minor in nineteenth-century European art, Jay’s most recent work examines the contemporary instantiations of empire. His scholarship and criticism appear in Chiricú (The Journal of Latina/o Arts, Literatures, and Cultures)Theatre History StudiesASAP/J, and Miranda. Jay completed a B.A. at Wake Forest University in 2017 with a dual concentration in Theater and Politics. He completed the M.A. in Theater and Performance Studies at Washington University in 2021; his capstone project used modern framings of theatricality to link American minimalism and the U.S. highway system on historical, aesthetic, and spatial-political terms. Jay acted as Graduate Student Representative to the Board of Trustees of Washington University for 2020-2021. He is a current co-chair of the College Art Association's Queer and Trans Caucus for Art. 

Jay is a practicing curator and arts orchestrator. He collaborated with Rachel Slaughter to curate Ambivalent Pleasures: Advertiser Content in American Art for the Teaching Gallery at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, and has served as a Student Educator at the Kemper since 2019. Jay curated The Grid in Millennial Vision: Selections from the Anderson Collection, 2001- for Wake Forest Art Galleries and Collections in 2022; he managed the START Gallery at Wake Forest during a two-year fellowship between his undergraduate and graduate studies. Jay was the founding Digital Director for the Lynn Book Projects Archive, which documents a living performance artist’s oeuvre, and Managing Director of the twenty-part collective sonic artwork Idiosynchrony. Jay has also worked with the Division of Photographs at the National Gallery of Art, The Luminary (St. Louis), the Saint Louis Art Museum, and Mousetrap Theatre Projects, the access nonprofit on the London West End.

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