• Pamela M. Lee's Overview
        • Name:
          Pamela M. Lee
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        • 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 acacemic year admission cycle 2015/2016. For general questions about the graduate program in art history, please contact Professor Jean Ma. (Please note I am not Director of Graduate Studies.)


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          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

J'al des papillons noir tous les jours

Silk, paper, plexiglass, lights, electronics, 2800 bug pins

Gail Wight

Mirror Mirror


16mm film

Jan Krawitz



Acrylic on Shaped Canvas

Matt Kahn