Frederick Gross

  • B.A., University of Delaware
  • M.A., Hunter College of the City of New York
  • Ph.D., City University of New York

Awards, recognition and honors

Mall Fellowship, CUNY Graduate Center


College Art Association

Previous Positions

Frederick Gross teaches modern and contemporary art, specializing in the history, theory and criticism of photography. His teaching and writing involve re-thinking the history of photography, postwar American art, contemporary art and visual culture. Gross is completing a book on the portraiture of Diane Arbus and Richard Avedon, and has published articles about photography and contemporary art in such periodicals as Cabinet and Afterimage.

Publications and presentations

Selected publications

  • "Contemporary Photography Between the Global and the Local," in "Global and Local Mediations," Gregory Minnisale and Celina Jeffery eds. (forthcoming)
  • "The Crisis of Photographic Authorship: A Contextual Approach to Intention," in "Thinking Photography (Again)," University of New Mexico Press, 2006.
  • "Two New Books: Diane Arbus Revelations and Family Albums," Afterimage 31, 3 (Nov.-Dec. 2003).
  • "Diane Arbus's 1960s: Auguries of Experience," Feb. 2012
  • "Contemporary Photography Between the Global and the Local" in Gregory Minnisale and Celina Jeffery Eds., Global and Local Art Histories, 2008, 43-58.


  • Presented "Jason Rhoades and the Construction of Gluttony" at CAA, New York, New York, 2011
  • Presented a paper titled "Constructions of Over-Consumption: Jason Rhoades and Thomas Hirschhorn" at SECAC, Richmond, Vrigina, 2010
  • Co-Organizer and Respondent, "Africa on My Mind: Contemporary Art Home and Abroad," 2010

Lectures and symposia

  • "Photography and Situationist Psychogeography: An Uneasy Coupling," Fifth Savannah Symposium, "Building in the Public Realm," SCAD architectural history department, 2007
  • "The Crisis of Photographic Authorship: A Contextual Approach to Intention" at "Thinking Photography (Again)," Durham Center for Advanced Photography Studies, Hatfield College, University of Durham, England
  • Speaker, "Arbus Scholars and Artists Day," at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
  • "Diane Arbus and the Social Panorama," Art Forum Lecture Series, Nassau County Community College, Garden City, N.Y.
  • Participated in Mellon Foundation Seminar, "The Culture of the Cold War," CUNY Graduate Center