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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Samuel Johnson

Johnson portrait

Carole & Alvin I. Schragis Faculty Fellow and Assistant Professor

Art History

Art and Music Histories

308 F Bowne Hall


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.


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



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


  • The Literature of Art Criticism
  • Cubism and Abstraction



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


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

Samuel Johnson (2017) El Lissitzky's Other Wolkenbügel: Reconstructing an Abandoned Architectural Project, The Art Bulletin, 99:3, 147-169, DOI: 10.1080/00043079.2017.1292881


“Catherine Walworth, Soviet Salvage: Imperial Debris, Revolutionary Reuse, and Russian Constructivism”

Awards, Honors, Grants

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