Amy Herzog is a media historian whose research spans a broad range of interdisciplinary subjects, including film, philosophy, popular music, gender and sexuality, urban history, pornography, gentrification, parasites, amusement parks, and dioramas. She is Professor of Media Studies at Queens College and a faculty member in the Departments of Theatre and Music at the CUNY Graduate Center, as well as the programs in Film Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies. She has also taught as Visiting Associate Professor at the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University.

Herzog is the author of Dreams of Difference, Songs of the Same: The Musical Moment in Film (University of Minnesota Press, 2010) and co-editor, with Carol Vernallis and John Richardson, of The Oxford Handbook of Sound and Image in Digital Media (Oxford, 2013). Her writing has appeared in several collections and journals, and she has presented her work at numerous venues including the Guggenheim Museum of New York, the New Museum, Dixon Place, New York Academy of Medicine, and The Morbid Anatomy Museum. Her most recent research project explores the history of peep show arcades in Times Square, New York.

Recent Work

  • “Control and Chaos: Cate Blanchett.” Program Essay for the 47th Chaplin Award at Film and Lincoln Center, reprinted in the Film Comment Letter. April 25, 2022, https://www.filmcomment.com/blog/control-and-chaos-cate-blanchett/
  • Braids tuh’da flo(w). Black One Shot 13.1. ASAP-J (August 13, 2020). https://asapjournal.com/13-1-braids-tuhda-flow-amy-herzog/.
  • “Sylvester, ‘You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real).’” Crisis Harmonies. ASAP-J (April 2, 2020). https://asapjournal.com/sylvester-you-make-me-feel-mighty-real/.
  • “Breaking the Bubble: Mika Rottenberg’s Industrial Attractions.” Exhibition catalogue essay. Mika Rottenberg. Paris: Palais de Tokyo, 2016. 60-67 (in French); 77-83 (in English). PDF
  • “The Art of Undressing: Automation and Exposure at the Margins of Cinema.” Film, Fashion, and the 1960s. Ed. Eugenia Paulicelli, Drake Strutesman, and Louise Wallenberg. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2017. 34-48. PDF
  • “Assemblage, Constellation, Image: Reading Filmic Matter.” Discourse 38.2 (2016): 215-234. PDF
  • “Star Vehicle: Labor and Surface-Level Pleasures in Under the Skin.” Jump Cut 57 (Fall 2016), http://www.ejumpcut.org/currentissue/-HerzogSkin/index.html
  • “Architectures of Exchange: Feminism, Public Space, and the Politics of Vulnerability.” Feminist Media Histories, special issue on Materialisms, ed. Caetlin Benson-Allott, 1.3 (2015): 66-94. PDF
  • “Memento Mori: Reflections on the Art of the Tableau.” The Morbid Anatomy Anthology, Vol. 1. Ed. Joanna Ebenstein and Colin Dickey. New York: Morbid Anatomy Library, 2014. 48-65. PDF
  • “Architectural Fictions: Renderings, Rats, and the Virtualization of Urban Space.” Semiotic Review, special issue on Parasites, ed. Matthew Wolf-Meyer (April 2013), https://www.semioticreview.com/ojs/index.php/sr/article/view/32/32

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Programming & Curatorial

Select programming & curatorial work, 2009-2017

Mediating the Archive (2014-2016)

Led by Amy Herzog and Edward Miller, the Mediating the Archive research group (2014-2016) focused on how archival studies dovetail with the scholarly and artistic legacy of queer activism through visual art, film, digital media, and dance. Their work ensures such counter archives are a part of public discourse. The group was part of The Seminar on Public Engagement and Collaborative Research sponsored by the Center for the Humanities at the CUNY Graduate Center, and was made possible by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Continue reading “Programming & Curatorial”

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