Sasha Archibald writes researched essays about art, histories of feeling, and cultural iconoclasts. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Places Journal, The Point, White Review, The Believer and in books published by the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, Walker Art Center, Whitechapel Gallery, and other art institutions. She is currently writing a biography of the gay liberationist Carl Wittman (1943-1986).
Archibald is a contributing editor at Places Journal and The Public Domain Review, and an editor-at-large at Cabinet magazine.
She also teaches, and has taught and guest-lectured—on art criticism, critical studies, feminist art, and nonfiction craft—at the University of California-Berkeley, California Institute of the Arts, Portland State Unversity, Williamette University/Pacific Northwest College of Art, and Oklahoma State University. In 2021, she was co-instructor of the Summer Writing + Editorial Workshop of Places Journal.
Archibald’s background is non-profit arts administration. She was a freelance curator for many years, and held staff positions at Clockshop, Oakland Museum of California, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Visual AIDS, and the studio of artist Fred Wilson. She attended Lewis & Clark College, New York University, and was a Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellow in the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. Raised in small-town Oregon, she now lives in Portland.
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