Kerr Houston

Kerr Houston

Art Critic and Art Historian

Kerr Houston has taught art history and art criticism at MICA since 2002. He is the author of the book An Introduction to Art Criticism (Pearson, 2012), and his recent writings range from an article on a metaphorical aspect of the Sistine Chapel chancel screen, in Source, to an extended essay on Candice Breitz’s Extra, in Nka.

Stories by Kerr Houston
An Exhibit of Diverse Objects that Collectively Attest to Deep Continuities and Extensive Cultural Exchanges.

While the Walters has been able to boast of one of the strongest collections of Ethiopian art in the world since the 1990s, the current exhibition offers a meaningful attempt to tell a complex and relational visual history in unprecedentedly detailed ways.

Eyewinkers, Tumbleturds, and Candlebugs Revisited:  A Legacy Unfolds at the Baltimore Museum of Art

A Vast Network of Creative Community is Revealed in the Enigmatic Artistry of Quilter Elizabeth Talford Scott

Amos Badertscher’s Photography Survey at UMBC Captures Baltimore’s Queer Underground from the 1960s to the early 2000s

The images in Lost Boys can feel haunting, due to the deaths of both author and subjects. But in the end, this is a show that generates considerable power from the process of making present.

History Beyond the Keeping of Time

Duffield’s clocks helped to support the Protestant notion that one should always be doing, rather than simply being. And in that sense, he was an early architect of our own 24/7 culture, with its similar emphasis on the value of constant productivity.