Pamela Lee

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Professor
Modern and Contemporary Art
203-432-2674
Loria Room 751, 190 York Street, New Haven, CT 06511

B.A., Yale University 1988
Ph.D., Harvard University 1996
The Whitney Indiependent Study Program
The Graduate Center of the City University of New York

Pamela M. Lee teaches the history, theory and criticism of late modernism and contemporary art with research interests in the relationship between aesthetics, politics, time and system. Her courses include lectures and seminars on Abstract Expressionism; the art of the 1960s; contemporary art and globalization; intergenerational and intersectional feminism; methods and historiography; art and technology; modernism and war; and media cultures of the Cold War.

Professor Lee received her PhD from Harvard in 1996. She taught at Stanford University from 1997-2018, where she held the Osgood Hooker Professorship in Fine Arts. Lee has published four single-authored books in addition to journal articles, reviews and catalogue essays. Three  books have appeared with the MIT Press, including  Object to be Destroyed: The Work of Gordon Matta-Clark (2000); Chronophobia: On Time in the Art of the 1960s (2004); and Forgetting the Art World ( 2012). Another book, New Games: Postmodernism after Contemporary Art, was published by Routledge in 2012.  Two books are forthcoming:  Think Tank Aesthetics: Midcentury Modernism, the Cold War and the Neoliberal Present (in contract, MIT Press) and The Glen Park Library: A Fairytale of Disruption (in contract, No Place Press). 

Lee joins the editorial board of OCTOBER in fall 2018.

Selected Publications

Object to be Destroyed: The Work of Gordon Matta-Clark (MIT Press, 2000)

Chronophobia: On Time in the Art of the 1960s (MIT Press, 2004)

Forgetting the Art World (MIT Press, 2012) 

New Games: Postmodernism after Contemporary Art (Routledge, 2012)