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Bradley Bailey, Ph.D.

Associate Professor; Art History Program Director
Fine and Performing Arts

Courses Taught

Approaching the Arts, History of Western Art II, Sculpture in St. Louis, Controversy in Art, Feminism in Art, Nineteenth-Century Art, American Art: Colonial to WWII, American Art: WWII to the Present, American Art Between the World Wars, Twentieth-Century Art, History of Photography, Research Methods


Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University, 2004

M.A., Case Western Reserve University, 2000

B.A., Rutgers University, 1996

Research Interests

  • Marcel Duchamp
  • Dada
  • Art and chess
  • Controversy in art

Publications and Media Placements

Appeared in the documentary Marcel Duchamp: The Art of the Possible (2019), Electrolift Films / Cargo Films.

“The Baroness Theory Debunked, and the Real Heroine behind Duchamp’s Fountain,” The Burlington Magazine, No. 1399, October 2019.

“Before, During, and Beyond the Brillo Box: The Impact of Pop on the 1964 Edition of Duchamp’s Readymades” Visual Resources vol. 34, no. 3-4 (2018), pp. 347-363.

“Rethinking Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain as a Collaborative Process” in Creative Collaboration in Art Practice, Pedagogy, and Research, M. Kathryn Shields and Sunny Spillane, eds., (Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017), pp. 247-266.

“Back to the Well: Fountain as Source,” in R. Mutt: Writings about Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain (1917) and Its Aftermath in Ostracon Journal of Criticism and Issues, No. 3 (October 2017), pp. 203-210. Also published in Marcel Duchamp Fountain: An Homage (New York: Francis M. Naumann Fine Art, 2017), 7-11.

“Barbara Kruger, Untitled, 1989-90” in Spotlights: Collected by the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, ed. Sabine Eckmann (St. Louis: Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis; Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016), pp. 209-213.

“A Divine Comedy (or Winnipeg Regained): The Pretty Stories and Funny Pictures of Marcel Dzama” and “The Definitively Unfinished Taxonomy of Marcel Dzama‟s Archetypes and Themes” in Marcel Dzama: Sower of Discord, with a foreword by Raymond Pettibon, an interview by Spike Jonze, and short stories by Dave Eggers (New York: Abrams Books, 2013), pp. 9-33, 34-43.

“Romancing the Machine: Marcel Duchamp’s Chocolate Grinder,” in One Hundred Years of Chocolate Grinder (Nuremberg: Verlang für Moderne Kunst, 2013), pp. 144-192 (published in English and German).

“O Superman: The Many Faces of the Man of Steel,” in ConFiguring America: Iconic Figures, Visuality, and the American Identity, Klaus Rieser, Michael Fuchs, and Michael Phillips, eds. (London: Intellect Books, distr. by University of Chicago Press), pp. 95-114.

“The Shock of the Nu,” Marcel Duchamp, Nude Descending a Staircase: An Homage (New York: Francis M. Naumann Fine Art, 2013), pp. 7-16.

“A Little Game Between ‘I’ and ‘Me’: Marcel Duchamp, Chess, and New York Dada,” Southeastern College Art Conference Review 16, no. 1 (2011), 23-38.

With Francis M. Naumann and Jennifer Shahade, Marcel Duchamp: The Art of Chess (New York: Readymade Press; Distributed Art Publishers, 2009)

Entries on Marcel Duchamp, George Brecht, George Maciunas, Robert Morris, Jackson Pollock, Robert Motherwell, John Cage, Ben Vautier, and Alison Knowles in Meredith Malone, ed., Chance Aesthetics (Saint Louis: Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum; Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009).

"Fragmentation, Transformation, and Self-Realization: Marcel Duchamp and the Formation of the Creative Imago," SOURCE: Notes in the History of Art 27, nos 2/3 (Winter/Spring 2008): 49-55.

Exhibitions curated:

2019 “The Transient and the Permanent,” Bonsack Gallery, John Burroughs School, St. Louis, MO

2014 “Strategy by Design: Games by Michael Graves,” World Chess Hall of Fame, St. Louis, MO

2011 “OUT OF THE BOX: Artists Play Chess,” World Chess Hall of Fame, St. Louis, MO

2009 “Marcel Duchamp: Chess Master,” The Saint Louis University Museum of Art and Francis M. Naumann Fine Art, New York

2007 “Picturing Pollock: Photographs by Hans Namuth and Martha Holmes,” The Art Center, SFASU

2006 “Burchfield: Solitude,” Griffith Gallery, SFASU, organized in association with the Burchfield-Penney Art Center, Buffalo, NY

Honors and Awards

Mellon Faculty Development Grant, 2013
Mellon Faculty Development Grant, 2008

Professional Organizations and Associations

  • 2017-present: Chair, Learning and Engagement Committee, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
  • 2013-2014: Steering Committee, Midwest Art History Society Annual Conference
  • 2012-2014: Steering Committee, Monument/Anti-Monument Conference, Sculpture City St. Louis 2014
  • 2012-present: Board of Directors, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
  • 2010-2012: Editorial Board, Women Arts Quarterly Journal
  • 2002-present: College Art Association