Erica Cooke is a Ph.D. candidate focusing on 20th- and 21st-century American and European art. Her research explores post-World War II American art, with related interests in minimalism, land art and site-related practices, and issues of ownership and the shaping and maintenance of physical contexts.
Cooke received a B.A. in English from Brown University and an M.A. in the humanities program at the University of Chicago. She has held positions in curatorial and educational departments at a number of museums, including the Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellowship at the Whitney Museum of American Art (2008–9), a Young Curators Residency at Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Turin (2010), cataloguer at the Museum of Modern Art in New York for the exhibition German Expressionism: The Graphic Impulse (2011), and an Andrew W. Mellon Research Fellowship in the prints and drawings department at the Princeton University Art Museum (2014). Cooke has curated and co-curated exhibitions at the Princeton University Art Museum (Print Study Room), Artissima International Fair of Contemporary Art in Turin, the New Wight Gallery at UCLA, the OA Can Factory in Brooklyn, and The Kitchen in Manhattan. She has written for several publications, including Taschen’s Art Now: Vol. 4, The Art Newspaper, frieze, Dossier Journal, The Point, and Flash, and she won the Frieze Writer’s Prize in 2010. In June 2015, she joined the Whitney Museum of American Art as a Joan Tisch Teaching Fellow.