History of Art Graduate Department of Art

Ricco, John Paul MA, PhD

Professor, Contemporary Art, Critical Theory, Curatorial Studies (UT Mississauga)

Email: John.ricco@utoronto.ca

Ricco’s research is at the intersection of contemporary art and architecture, queer theory, and contemporary continental philosophy. His first book, The Logic of the Lure (University of Chicago Press, 2003) is the first monograph in queer art history. In it, he combines a close reading of Maurice Blanchot’s philosophy of the outside, with discussions of contemporary queer art and the anonymity, imperceptibility, itinerancy and illicitness of cruising, in order to articulate an ethics and aesthetics of social-sexual promiscuity. In The Decision Between Us: art and ethics in the time of scenes (University of Chicago Press, 2014), Ricco presents an extended theoretical mediation on the space of separation that is intimately shared and sustained in aesthetic and ethical social relations to everyday places and things. With his current book project, The Outside Not Beyond: pornographic faith and the economy of the eve, he is completing the third volume in a trilogy of books on “the intimacy of the outside.” This book is part of a larger research program on “The Risks and Pleasures of Bodily Abandonment and Freedom,” that has received a SSHRC Insight Grant for 2015-19, and that also includes a Research Working Group that Ricco has convened on “Sex, Ethics and Publics.” A second project, on “The Collective Afterlife of Things,” is the focus of his fellowship at the Jackman Humanities Institute, 2015-16.

Areas of Academic Interest
  • Contemporary Art
  • Aesthetics & Ethics
  • Queer Theory
  • Ph.D University of Chicago, 1998
  • BA New York University
Selected Publications
  • The Decision Between Us art & ethics in the time of scenes; University of Chicago Press, 2014.

  • The Logic of the Lure, University of Chicago Press, 2003.

  • Journal of Visual Culture, Special Issue: “Regarding Jean-Luc Nancy.” Volume 9, Number 1, April 2010 (edited with Louis Kaplan).

  • Parallax 35, Edited Issue on “Unbecoming.” Volume 11, Number 2, April-June 2005.

  • “Pornographic Faith: Two Sources of Naked Sense at the Limits of Belief and Humiliation,” in Porn Archives, edited by Tim Dean, Duke University Press, 2015.

  • “The Separated Gesture: Partaking in the Inoperative Praxis of the Already-Unmade,” in Jean-Luc Nancy and the Political, edited by Sanja Dejanovic, Critical Connection Series, Edinburgh University Press (forthcoming, 2014).

  • “The Existence of the World is Always Unexpected: Jean-Luc Nancy in conversation with John Paul Ricco.” Art in the Anthropocene, edited by Heather Davis and Etienne Turpin, Open Humanities Press, 2015.

  • “The Inoperative Praxis of the Already-Unmade,” in Transmission: Labour, Work, Action, (2013), Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK; edited by Elizabeth Legge, and others.

  • “Drool: Liquid Fore-speech of the Fore-scene,” in a special issue of the journal of queer studies, inter/Alia, edited by Michael O’Rourke, Karin Sellberg, and Kamillea Aghtan (forthcoming, 2014).

  • “Parasol, Setas, Parasite, Peasant,” in Megastructures: Juergen Mayer H. Architect, (United Asia Art & Design, Beijing, China), forthcoming, 2014.

  • “Us to-come: Francesco Vezzoli’s non-consensual futures,” Journal of Visual Culture, volume 9, number 1, April 2010; Co-Editors John Paul Ricco and Louis Kaplan, special issue: “Regarding Jean-Luc Nancy.”

  • “The Surreality of Community: Frédéric Brenner’s Diaspora: Homelands in Exile,” Culture Machine 8, 2006, “Community,” edited by Dorota Glowacka. http://culturemachine.tees.ac.uk/frm_f1.htm

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