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Claudia La Rocco


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Claudia La Rocco’s recent and ongoing interdisciplinary collaborations include projects with the choreographers Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener, the performance company Findlay//Sandsmark, and the composer Phillip Greenlief. La Rocco founded thePerformanceClub.org, which won a 2011 Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant and focuses on criticism as a literary art form. She is a member of the Off the Park poetry press and contributes frequently to the New York Times and Artforum.com. She is on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts’ graduate program in Art Criticism and Writing, and teaches at such institutions as Princeton University, Arizona State University and Movement Research. She has had residencies at Mount Tremper Arts, Stanford University and Headlands Center for the Arts.

By Claudia La Rocco:


September 18th, 2019

Publish & Perish: 8 Years of Badlands Unlimited exhibition Sept 18 - Oct 20

Publish & Perish: 8 Years of Badlands UnlimitedSeptember 18 - October 2024 Rutgers streetNew York, NY 10002 Badlands Unlimited and Greene Naftali Gallery are pleased to announce the exhibition “Publish And Perish: Eight Years of Badlands Unlimited” at the Badlands exhibition space at 24 Rutger... more

July 14th, 2016

“Virgin” Featured on Printed Matter Table

New Lovers #1, How To Train Your Virgin by Wednesday Black, is featured on Printed Matter’s themed table of the week. They call it a “fantastical romp.” See the rest of the table here. They also included Cara Benedetto’s Burning Blue and Claudia La Rocco’s The Best Most Useless Dress on their “Beach... more

April 6th, 2015

The Best Most Useless Dress on n+1

Liza Batkin of n+1 wrote a thorough piece on The Best Most Useless Dress by Claudia La Rocco delving into her poetry, reviews, and photographs and how they all relate and inform how she views art, the world, and the role of the critic in the grand scheme of things. Batkin says "La Rocco challenges t... more

December 26th, 2014

Miami Rail reviews The Best Most Useless Dress

Cherry Pickman at the Miami Rail reviews The Best Most Useless Dress by Claudia La Rocco. She writes, "[Dress] asserts, over and over again through its wanderings, that paring away ambivalence in order to take a definitive stance is dishonest, and work that celebrates that kind of polished artifice ... more

November 3rd, 2014

Art Practical reviews The Best Most Useless Dress

Bean Gilsdorf from Art Practical reviews The Best Most Useless Dress by Claudia La Rocco. She writes: "I’ve rarely laughed out loud when reading a book of poetry or art criticism, but La Rocco’s wry sense of humor lights up the text throughout." Read the rest at Art Practical.... more

November 3rd, 2014

Claudia La Rocco in Adult Mag

Ana Cecilia Alvarez from Adult Mag interviews Claudia La Rocco and writes, "The Best and Most Useless Dress, channels the liquid intensity of her personal erotics of art into some intoxicating prose." Our favorite response by Claudia: "I write to work stuff out, to fight off loneliness, to talk to s... more

October 20th, 2014

Bomb interview with Claudia La Rocco

Jennifer Krasinski interviews Claudia La Rocco for Bomb magazine about "rug pulling and responsibility in a writing practice that commingles genres." Our favorite exchange: "JK- Early on, when you 'didn't know anything about dance,' what were you paying attention to? CLR- All the wrong things. I was... more