Dodie Kazanjian

Dodie Kazanjian (born 1952) is an Armenian-American writer who specializes in the arts. She is the author or co-author of several books and currently is a contributing editor for Vogue magazine and director of Gallery Met at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.[1]

Life and careerEdit

Kazanjian, an Armenian-American, was born in 1952[2] in Newport, Rhode Island. She attended Salve Regina College, graduating in 1974, when she joined Vogue for a brief stint as an editorial assistant. Subsequently she studied at the Colgate Darden Graduate School of Business Administration of the University of Virginia.[1][3]

In 1977 she became a feature writer for The Washington Post, then moved to a similar position with the Washington Star the following year. In 1981 she went to work in the White House as deputy press secretary to First Lady Nancy Reagan, a position she held until 1983, when she became Washington editor of House & Garden magazine and communications director for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), as well as editor-in-chief of the NEA"s magazine, ArtsReview.[1][3]

Since 1989, she has worked as a contributing editor for Vogue magazine. In 2005 she also became director of Gallery Met at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.[1] In 1995 she became a contributor to The New Yorker magazine, writing several articles for the magazine in the mid-1990s.[1][4]

She is married to Calvin Tomkins, a long-time art critic for The New Yorker, with whom she co-wrote a biography of Alexander Liberman. The couple lives in New York City.[1]


  • Who Supports the Artist, National Endowment for the Arts (1987)
  • Opera Today, National Endowment for the Arts (1988)
  • Alex: The Life of Alexander Liberman, co-author with Calvin Tomkins, Knopf, (1993)
  • Icons: The Absolutes of Style, St. Martin's Press (1995)
  • Dodie Goes Shopping, St. Martin's Press (1999)
  • Our City Dreams, co-author with Chiara Clemente; about five artists -- Swoon, Ghada Amer, Kiki Smith, Marina Abramović and Nancy Spero—who "each possess a passion for making work that is inseparable from their devotion to New York," according to the publisher; followed a documentary of the same name by Clemente; Charta, 2009.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Dodie Kazanjian - HuffPost". Retrieved 14 August 2018.
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  3. ^ a b Smithsonian's Archives of American Art Presents the 10th Annual Raymond Lecture: Elizabeth Peyton and Dodie Kazanjian in Conversation, Smithsonian Institution press release, April 19, 2010
  4. ^ Dodie Kazanjian Archived 2012-10-21 at the Wayback Machine, The New Yorker archive, accessed December 11, 2010
  5. ^ Our City Dreams, Charta webpage. Retrieved 2011-04-26.