Areas of Concentration: Contemporary art, museum history and theory, institutional critique, theories of power and the relationship between the arts and concepts of community
Faculty Advisor: Jenni Sorkin
Committee Members: Swati Chattopadhyay, George Lipsitz (Black Studies, UCSB)
Dissertation: "Knowing Your Place And Making Do: Popular Arts Organizing in Black and Latino Los Angeles, 1960 to Present"
M.A. Thesis: "The Emergence of the Los Angeles Art Scene and the Inheritance of A Spiritual Crisis" (Royal College of Art, London, UK, completed 2010)
J.V. Decemvirale is a third-year Ph.D. Candidate majoring in contemporary American Art History with a minor specialization in Black Studies. He received his B.A. in Art History from New York University in 2006 (with honors) and his M.A. in Curating Contemporary Art from the Royal College of Art London in 2010. During the 2010-2011 academic year J.V. was a graduate intern and subsequent Project Management Coordinator in the Exhibitions Department of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, providing administrative support for exhibitions taking place in the context of the Getty's Pacific Standard Time initiative.
His dissertation project concerns the development of alternative art spaces and self-organized arts organizations by communities and artists of color in Post-War Los Angeles (ca. 1945-1990). J.V.'s research interests include museum history and theory, institutional critique, theories of power and the relationship between the arts and concepts of community. He also maintains an active interest in curating and has been the co-curator of Requiem for the Bibliophile (2014) at the Museum for Contemporary Art Santa Barbara and John Smith: Solo Show at the Royal College of Art (2008), for which he co-authored and co-edited the accompanying publications.