Bettina Funcke

Bettina Funcke is an art historian based in New York City. Her translation of Ludwig Wittgenstein’s little-known Wörterbuch (Word Book) is forthcoming from Badlands Unlimited. She conceived and edited an oral history of PS1, MoMA PS1: A History, published in 2019. At Artist Space, Funcke conducted a series of dialogues with artists and visual thinkers, included Laura Poitras, Douglas Crimp, Sarah Morris, and John Knight. From 2012 to 2017 she was on the faculty of the Masters Program in Critical Theory and the Arts at the School of Visual Arts, New York. From 2009 to 2012 she was Head of Publications for dOCUMENTA (13), for which she edited the book series 100 Notes – 100 Thoughts. In 2008 she founded The Leopard Press with Wade Guyton, which evolved from the publishing collective Continuous Project (Funcke, Wade Guyton, Joseph Logan, and Seth Price), which starting in 2003, released 13 issues.
Funcke's book, Pop or Populus: Art between High and Low, has been translated into English (Sternberg Press, 2009/German: Buchhandlung Walther König, 2007). In her teaching, dialogues, editorial projects, and writing, Funcke situates the artists and thinkers in the context of a rapidly changing public sphere in which art’s increasing popularity is proportional to its growing political impotence. Her essays address topics ranging from identity politics and appropriation to the role of the readymade and the cultural logic of museums, as well as indepth consideration of the work of Jeanette Mundt, Sarah Morris, Wade Guyton, Elad Lassry, and Gerad Byrne, a reflection on the relationship of Graham Harman’s object-oriented ontology to art, the reception of Jacques Rancière in the US, and conversations with Robert Hullot-Kentor, Kelley Walker, Andrew Weiner, Carol Bove, Johanna Burton, and Peter Sloterdijk. Funcke is currently working on a book about art of the last two decades.