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Alex Nicholls



Alex Nicholls is a doctoral candidate in the PhD program in Art History, Theory and Criticism at the University of California, San Diego. Her research interests are centered on the lineage of American contemporary art, with attention to issues of gender and identity as they coincide with materiality and methodology. Her dissertation research is about the work of Mike Kelley, placing his practice in dialogue with practices of Pop and other historical and contemporary uses of popular culture in artistic production. Alex received her BA in art history from UCLA in 2016. She has held positions at various museums and institutions, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City and the Hammer Museum, where she assisted in the organization of the first North American retrospective of artist and activist Jimmie Durham. As curatorial assistant at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, she organized the first solo Los Angeles museum presentation of Oakland-based artist Sadie Barnette.

Photo of Alex Nicholls looking at a sculpture by Mike Kelley