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Samuel  Johnson

Samuel Johnson


Assistant Professor of Art History and Carole & Alvin I. Schragis Faculty Fellow
Art & Music Histories

sjohns32@syr.edu

308 F Bowne Hall
315.443.4875


    Research and Teaching Interests

    Samuel Johnson is a specialist in the art and architecture of the Russian and Soviet avant-gardes. His research focuses primarily on the relationship between abstract art and politics in Russia between the World Wars. He teaches courses on the history of photography and various topics in twentieth century art in Europe.

    Education

    Ph.D., Harvard University, 2015
    A.M., Harvard University, 2011
    B.A., University of Minnesota, 2006

    Courses

    Undergraduate

    • Arts & Ideas II
    • Photography and the Fine Arts
    • Russian Modernism and 20th Century Art

    Graduate

    • The Literature of Art Criticism
    • Cubism and Abstraction

    Publications

    Books

    El Lissitzky on Paper: Print Culture, Architecture, Politics, 1919-1933 (manuscript in progress)

    Articles

    “Ornement/masse: la troisième dimension du suprématisme,” in Chagall, Lissitzky, Malévitch: L’avant-garde russe à Vitebsk, 1918-1922. Paris: Centre Pompidou, 2018

    “El Lissitzky’s Other Wolkenbügel: Reconstructing an Abandoned Architectural Project,” The Art Bulletin, Sept. 2017


    Reviews

    “Catherine Walworth, Soviet Salvage: Imperial Debris, Revolutionary Reuse, and Russian Constructivism” caareviews.org/reviews/3416 

    Awards, Honors, Grants

    Leonard A. Lauder Postdoctoral Fellowship, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2015-17