Sasha Archibald writes essays about 20th-century culture. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Places Journal, The Point, Cabinet, White Review, The Believer, Los Angeles Review of Books, and many other publications, and been commissioned by arts institutions such as Walker Art Center and Headlands Center for the Arts.

Her essay about kittens was recently included in Documents of Contemporary Art: The Cute, edited by Sianne Ngai (MIT Press & Whitechapel Gallery, 2022), and her deep dive into vintage seaweed albums was a Longreads Best of 2022.

Archibald is a contributing editor at The Public Domain Review, and an editor-at-large at Cabinet magazine. She teaches in Willamette University/Pacific Northwest College of Art's Low-Residency Visual Studies program, and has also taught and guest-lectured at California Institute of the Arts, University of California Berkeley, University of Oregon, and Portland State. In 2021, she was co-instructor of the Summer Writing + Editorial Workshop of Places Journal.

In addition to her writing practice, Archibald worked for nearly two decades in non-profit arts administration—curating events and exhibitions, commissioning new work, and crafting institutional language. She was most recently Director of Public Programs at Clockshop, and has held staff positions at the Oakland Museum of California, Bronx Museum of the Arts, and Visual AIDS. Her freelance clients include the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, Artists Space, Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Performa, The Kitchen, and many artists.

Raised in small-town Oregon, Archibald now lives in Portland. She attended New York University and Lewis & Clark College, and was a Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellow in the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. In 2019, she participated in the Andy Warhol Foundation Art Writing Workshop with New York Times co-chief art critic Holland Cotter.

She is not on social media, though she once appeared in a Facebook commercial. Reach out by email.

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