Sarah Lewis (Yale PhD 2015), Assistant Professor of History of Art and Architecture and African American Studies, Harvard University
Can art today bring about the catalytic social change that it has in the past? What is the role of the artist in shifting our perceptions, shattering biases, and creating the world we want? More than ever, we are inundated with images. Awash in them. Yet the artist alone has the power—through one iconic image, one profound gesture—to help focus our attention on what truly matters.
Sarah Lewis received an MPhil from Oxford and a PhD from Yale in the History of Art. She has held curatorial positions at the Museum of Modern Art, NY, and the Tate Modern, London, and taught at Yale University School of Art. She was the guest editor of the landmark “Vision & Justice” issue of Aperture, now required reading for all incoming freshmen at NYU’s Tisch School for the Arts. Her scholarship has been published in many academic journals, as well as the New Yorker, the New York Times, Artforum, Art in America, and in publications for the Smithsonian, the Museum of Modern Art, and Rizzoli. Lewis is finishing her current book project on race and photography with Harvard University Press.
Generous support for this program has been provided by the Norma Lytton Fund for Docent Education, established in memory of Norma Lytton by her family. Lytton was an active docent at the Center for more than twenty years and subsequently spent a decade engaged in research for the Center’s Department of Paintings and Sculpture.