John’s career began in the early 1980s as a Professor of Art, Film History and Popular Culture at Yale University, Williams College and elsewhere. During this period, he published numerous articles in the fields of art and literature, served as a critic for Paper Magazine, and curated museum exhibitions related to pop culture at many venues, including the Whitney Museum of American Art and Exit Art.
In 1990 John founded the Red Hot Organization, which quickly established itself as the leading international organization dedicated to fighting AIDS through popular culture. In recent years, John has been the creative force behind such projects as the PBS documentary Imagining America, the exhibition and catalogue Masters of American Comics for the Museum of Contemporary Art, LA, and Dark Was The Night for Red Hot; in addition to overseeing all of Funny Garbage’s projects, which include recent websites for The Smithsonian Institute, US Weekly, Star Trek as well as applications for MTV Networks, Crayola and HarperCollins. John holds a BA from Columbia University, a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Yale University, and a JD from Columbia Law School.