Douglas Cushing

PhD Candidate

Art History

Modern and Contemporary Art

Research Interests

  • The flow and exchange of ideas in the visual and literary cultures of Modernist “little magazines”

  • Echoes of Romanticism in the avant-garde

  • Philosophies of art and language


MA, The University of Texas at Austin

BFA, Rhode Island School of Design


Cushing is a doctoral candidate in art history at the University of Texas at Austin. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Rhode Island School of Design, and he received his masters degree in art history at the University of Texas at Austin—researching Marcel Duchamp’s engagement with the work of the Comte de Lautréamont. His ongoing dissertation research focuses on the modernist magazine transition, published between the two world wars. The periodical, Cushing argues, functioned as an important nexus for experimental artists and writers as well as a virtual gallery allowing North American audiences to experience the work of European Dadaists, Surrealists, and artists of the avant-garde. Cushing is also a former Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Prints and Drawings and European paintings at the Blanton Museum of Art. There, he subsequently curated Goya: Mad Reason (June 19 through September 25, 2016).

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