Megan O’Grady, Assistant Professor of Critical and Curatorial Studies in the Department of Art and Art History
Megan O’Grady is a critic and essayist whose writing draws from biography, art history, memoir, and the lyric essay. Her magazine and newspaper journalism on contemporary art and artists—our experience of the work they make, its social and personal context—are often the outcroppings of larger inquiries, pursued through immersive reading and looking. The origins of creativity and the way in which art mediates cultural conversations over time are longstanding preoccupations. Subjects of her long-form profiles have included Pope.L, Elena Ferrante, Trevor Paglen, Carrie Mae Weems, Beverly Pepper, Frank Stella, Arthur Jafa, and Barbara Kruger. She has been a Writer at Large at T: The New York Times Style Magazine since 2018, where she created the Culture Therapist column. For over a decade, she was the book critic for Vogue Magazine. Her book project is an introspective inquiry into the way we live in books and art, their influence on our self-conception and the way we move in the world.
Megan has taught at Pratt Institute and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2012, she was the Arts Fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. She has an MFA from New York University and a BA from Rice University.