About

My writing on art, architecture, urbanism, design, performance, film, books, and the massive lush/scabby city of L.A. has been published in numerous magazines, websites, and museum catalogs in the U.S. and abroad.

I’m an editor at the Getty Museum and recently spent three years at the Getty Research Institute working on the architecture and urban planning exhibit Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future: 1940-1990 (which also traveled to the National Building Museum, Washington D.C. in 2013-14).

Previously I was senior editor at Modern Painters contemporary art magazine and web editor/writer for the Performa Biennial, both in New York; managing editor at the “oddball” cultural journal East of Borneo out of CalArts in L.A.; and various freelance book, museum, and website projects. I’m a consulting editor for Hyperallergic (although I primarily contribute parodies of the art world). I’ve been a visiting critic and/or lecturer at the Bronx Museum of Art in New York, Rutgers University, and the Universidad de Los Andes in Bogota, Colombia.

I earned an MA in Criticism, the Visual Arts, and Exhibitions from Bard College’s Center for Curatorial Studies, with a thesis on the design of contemporary political monuments (case studies included the World Trade Center and monuments/countermonuments in Germany, Argentina, and South Africa.)

For editorial or writing inquiries, email me at kilston [at] gmail [dot] com.

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