• Pamela M. Lee's Overview
        • Name:
          Pamela M. Lee
        • Title:
        • Department:
          Art & Art History
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        • Areas of Specialization:
          Modern and contemporary art, theory and criticism
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        • Office Number (physical):
          117 Cummings Art Bldg.
        • Office Hours:
          Monday mornings and by appointment
        • Status News:

          I  will be accepting graduate students for the entering class of academic year 2014/15

          Please contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Bissera Pentcheva, for general information about the program.

          Please also note that I do not write sponsorship letters nor extend invitations  for visiting academics unless I know the candidate personally and his or her work well.


        • Research Areas:

          Works and Research in Progress:

          Think-Tank Aesthetics: Mid-Century Modernism, the Social Sciences and the Rise of Visual Culture.

        • Short Bio:

          Prof. Lee received her B.A from Yale University and her Ph.D in the Department of Fine Arts from Harvard University. She also studied at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. Her area is the art, theory and criticism of late modernism with a historical focus on the 1960s and 1970s. Among other journals, her work has appeared in October, Artforum, Assemblage, Res: Anthropology and Aesthetics, Les Cahiers du Musee national d'arte moderne, Grey Room, Parkett and Texte zur Kunst.

          A pre-doctoral fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, Washington D.C., a recipient of a postdoctoral fellowship from the Getty Research Institute and a Warhol Foundation/Creative Captal Art Writers Grant, Lee has published four books in addition to journal articles, reviews and catalogue essays. Three  books have appeared with the MIT Press: Object to be Destroyed: The Work of Gordon Matta-Clark (Cambridge: The MIT Press, 2000); Chronophobia: On Time in the Art of the 1960s (Cambridge: The MIT Press, 2004) and Forgetting the Art World (Cambridge: The MIT Press, 2012) Another book New Games: Postmodernism after Contemporary Art was published by Routledge in 2012.  

          A French language edition of Object to be Destroyed will be published by Editions Macula, Paris; a Spanish language edition of Chronophobia will be released by El Centro de Documentación y Estudios Avanzados de Arte Contemporáneo (CENDEAC), Murcia, Spain.


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The French Ambassadors of King Henry II at the court of the English King Henry VIII

Oil on canvas

Holbein, Hans the Younger (1497-1543)

Photo credit: Erich Lessing / Art Resource, NY

Favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Robert Dawson

Students shooting a project



Acrylic on Shaped Canvas

Matt Kahn