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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Samuel Johnson

Johnson portrait

Assistant Professor

Carole & Alvin I. Schragis Faculty Fellow

Art History

Art and Music Histories

308 F Bowne Hall

315.443.4875

sjohns32@syr.edu


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

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