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Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson

Carole & Alvin I. Schragis Faculty Fellow, Assistant Professor, and Director of Undergraduate Studies in Fine Arts


Art and Music Histories
308 F Bowne Hall
Office: 315.443.4184


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

Courses Taught


  • Arts & Ideas II
  • Photography and the Fine Arts
  • Avant-garde Art, 1905-45
  • Art After the Second World War


  • The Literature of Art Criticism
  • Cubism and Abstraction
  • East/West: Russian Modernism and 20th Century Art
  • New Media/Old Media
  • Institutions and the Critique of Institutions in 20th Century Art
Research 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 various topics in twentieth century art.



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


“Counterfactual Modeling in Historical Reconstruction,” co-authored with Mitesh Dixit, Lawry Boyer, and Stephen Melville, in Technology | Architecture + Design (TAD) (forthcoming)

“Suprematism and/or Supremacy of Architecture” in Celebrating Suprematism: New Approaches to the Art of Kazimir Malevich, ed. Christina Lodder (Brill, 2018), 144-60

“Ornement/masse: la troisième dimension du suprématisme,” in Chagall, Lissitzky, Malévitch: L’avant-garde russe à Vitebsk, 1918-1922 (Paris: Centre Pompidou, 2018), 196-201

“El Lissitzky’s Other Wolkenbügel: Reconstructing an Abandoned Architectural Project,” The Art Bulletin vol. 99 no. 3 (Sept. 2017), 147-69


“Carl Einstein, A Mythology of Forms: Selected Writings on Art, (January 2021)

“Catherine Walworth, Soviet Salvage: Imperial Debris, Revolutionary Reuse, and Russian Constructivism” (June 2018)

“Mark Rothko’s Harvard Murals.” (May 2015)

Honors and Awards

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