Lives and Works in New York


“Noise for Signal,” Baahng Gallery, NYC , 2018

 “. . . and Nixon coming / The Draft,”  Zone: Contemporary Art, NYC, 2009   

“The Terminal Century,” The Center for Book Arts, NYC, 2002


“Pitches and Scripts,” Jennifer Baahng Gallery, NY, 2023

“True Grit,” Baahng Gallery, NYC, 2017

 Writers collaborating on Christian Jankowski’s installation, “Review”  Friedrich Petzel Gallery, NYC, 2012

 “Lovely Days / Video Days, “President: ‘Why?,” 23rd Summer  Festival, Croatia, 2012

“Disciplined Spontane,” Zone: Contemporary Art, NYC, 2010

“The Art Connection:Art for Public Spaces,” The Maryland Institute College of Art, 2004

“ExSpace Book Project,” The Knitting Factory, NYC, 2003

“Perimeters: Painting,”  LICK Gallery, Long Island City, NY, 2000


Commissioned by Local 2110 to create an installation commemorating 10 years of union organizing by the United Auto Worker’s Technical, Office, and Professional branch Amalgamated Lithographer’s Building, NYC, 1994

Commissioned to create paintings and drawings for Ang Lee’s “The Wedding Banquet,” 1992, Oscar Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film in 1994

Designed title graphics for Hal Hartley’s short feature, “Theory of Achievement”, 1991

Designed title graphics for Hal Hartley’s feature film, “The Unbelievable Truth”, 1989


Arts Writers Grant, Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation, 2016

Painting Fellowship, New York Foundation for the Arts, 1990


“Noise For Signal”, Pac Pobric, The Village Voice, June 13, 2018

“R.C. Baker: ” . . . and Nixon coming” | the draft”, Emily Warner, The Brooklyn Rail, April 2- May 30, 2009

“Art Critic R.C. Baker Wins Warhol Foundation Grant“, The Village Voice, December 2, 2016

“Manhattan Over Our Heads,” March 22, 2016

The Village Voice, in conjunction with “The Critics Who Contributed to Christian Jankowski’s ‘Review‘,” Blouin ArtInfo, July 5, 2012


Editor In Chief of The Village Voice, 2021–present    

Visiting critic, New York University Steinhardt MFA program in Studio Art, 2011-present   

Zoom presentation of Voices Beyond—a 25-minute video covering the history of The Village Voice within a general overview of postwar journalism and culture in New York City—to a class of international naval officers in residence at the Naval War College in Newport, RI., 2022

Senior Editor and Archivist at The Village Voice, 2018-2020    

Delivered talk, Cold War Gray, at Bulgaria’s National Gallery of Art in Sofia. With historical context provided by such imagery as classic surrealist paintings, Soviet propaganda photographs, and 1970s album covers, I explored the complex themes and aesthetic concepts surrounding American artist Brian Dailey’s photo collages, 2014

“Moving Words” Lecture on the convergence of themes in 1960s film, including avant-garde shorts, the Zapruder home movie, the Batman TV series, and Godard’s “Sympathy for the Devil” 23rd Summer Festival, Bol, Croatia, 2012

“Illuminating the Text” Lecture on artists who use text in visual art, with a video projection of my work in progress “President: ‘Why?’ ” 2010

“Illuminating the Text” Gallery talk about works combining art and text, including my book “The Terminal Century,” in conjunction with the exhibit “Disciplined Spontaneity”

Zone: Contemporary Art, NYC, 2010

Commentator for the Ovation channel documentary “Jeff Koons: Made in Heaven”

Panelist on the National Academy Museum and School of Fine Art’s review of the Whitney Biennial National Academy Museum, NYC

Juror on panel selecting group shows proposed by emerging curators

NURTUREart, Brooklyn, New York, 2008

Panelist, “Manhattan Transfer,” exhibition discussion of artists’ working conditions and inspirations in New York City and surrounding areas, Zone Chelsea Gallery, NYC, 2006

Village Voice preview of “Come to Crumbland / R. Crumb & Robert Hughes: A Conversation” read by library president Paul LeClerc to introduce the underground cartoonist and the art critic at “Live from the NYPL” event

New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, NYC, 2005

 Moderator for the panel “The Future of the Graphic Novel”

New York Is Book Country, New York University, NYC, 2004


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