Associate Professor and Chair
Associated Faculty, Comparative Literature
Office: Fine Arts 220A
Phone: (607) 777-2847
Specialization: European avant-gardes, modern art and architecture, public space, radicalism, 20th century French cultural politics and intellectual life.
Tom McDonough is a writer and critic based in upstate New York and Toronto whose work addresses the intersections of art and political struggle in the postwar era, with a special emphasis on France. He is widely known for his books on the Situationist International, which include "The Beautiful Language of My Century": Reinventing the Language of Contestation in Postwar France, 1945-1968 (2007); Guy Debord and the Situationist International: Texts and Documents (2002); and The Situationists and the City (2009). McDonough's essays on contemporary art and photography have appeared in journals such as Afterall, Artforum, and OSMOS, where he is a contributing editor.
The Situationists and the City: A Reader. London and New York: Verso, 2009.
“Metastructure: Experimental Utopia and Traumatic Memory in Constant’s New Babylon.” Grey Room no. 33 (Fall 2008): 84-95.
"The Beautiful Language of My Century": Reinventing the Language of Contestation in Postwar France, 1945-1968. Cambridge, Mass. and London: The MIT Press, Coll. “OCTOBER Books,” 2007, 2011.
With Aruna D’Souza. The Invisible Flâneuse? Gender, Public Space and Visual Culture in Nineteenth-Century Paris. Manchester: Manchester University Press, Coll. “Critical Perspectives in Art History,” 2006, 2010.
"No Ghost." October no. 110 (Fall 2004): 107-130.
Guy Debord and the Situationist International: Texts and Documents. Cambridge, Mass. and London: The MIT Press, Coll. “OCTOBER Books,” 2002, 2004.
“The Crimes of the Flaneur.” October no. 102 (Fall 2002): 101-122.
“Rereading Debord, Rereading the Situationists.” October no. 79 (“Guy Debord and the Internationale situationniste: A Special Issue,” guest edited by Tom McDonough) (Winter 1997): 3-14.
"Fluid Spaces: Constant and the Situationist Critique of Architecture." In The Activist Drawing: Retracing Situationist Architectures from Constant's New Babylon to Beyond, edited by Catherine de Zegher and Mark Wigley, 93-104. Cambridge, MA and London: The MIT Press, 2001.
“Situationist Space.” October no. 67 (Winter 1994): 58-77.
Recent lectures and conference papers
2016 “Critical Studies Symposium,” Whitney Independent Study Program, Whitney Museum
of American Art, New York, NY
“Of Queer Neutrality: Apartness, Erasure, Intimacy,” Jackman Humanities Institute,
University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
Participant in roundtable discussion
College Art Association Annual Conference, Washington, DC
Panel chair: “Making a Killing: Art, Capital, and Value in the 21st Century”
2015 Lecture, OCAD University, Toronto, Canada
Title of paper: “The Ethics of Not-Knowing: Wolfgang Tillmans’s truth study centre”
Also delivered at Haus der Kulturen de Welt, Berlin, Germany
Recent courses taught
Introduction to Art History II
French Cultural Politics