Art, Art History, and Film Faculty

Kevin Lotery

Assistant Professor, Art History


Kevin Lotery is an art historian specializing in modern and contemporary art in Europe and the Americas. His research has focused on interactions between art, architecture, and forms of technological and philosophical research. His first book, The Long Front of Culture: The Independent Group and Exhibition Design (MIT Press/October Books, 2020), examines the collaborative exhibition design projects of the unruly cadre of artists, architects, curators, and writers known as the Independent Group or IG in 1950s Britain. The first book-length study of the IG’s exhibition designs, the book argues for exhibition design as a crucial cross-disciplinary and global mode of aesthetic production and image distribution at mid-century, one that resonates with much contemporary art today.

His most recent research examines the work and writing of émigré and first-generation Jewish artists, writers, and filmmakers in Europe and the Americas after WWII, including Meyer Schapiro, Primo Levi, Siegfried Kracauer, Eva Hesse, and  Chantal Akerman. A recent essay on the work of Robert Morris (October 171, Spring 2020) is an early foray in this direction.

Before coming to Boston College, Lotery was Lecturer in the Fine Art Department at the School of Arts and Cultures at Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, England. He was previously a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer at Columbia University, and his research has been supported by grants from the Hauser & Wirth Institute, the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, and the Institute for Historical Research, University of London.



The Long Front of Culture: The Independent Group and Exhibition Design. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press/October Books, 2020.

Articles and Book Chapters

“Folds in the Fabric: Robert Morris in the 1980s,” October 171 (Winter 2020): 77-114.

“The Hamilton Variations,” in Reaper: Richard Hamilton & Sigfried Giedion. JRP Ringier/ETH Zürich, 2017: 103-136.

“Rooms: Richard Hamilton and Postmodernism,” October 159 (Spring 2017): 55-85.

“‘What is happening’: Notes on the Scenographic Impulse in Modern and Contemporary Art,” Routledge Companion to Scenography, ed. by Arnold Aronson. Routledge, 2017: 135-150.

“an Exhibit/an Aesthetic: Richard Hamilton and Postwar Exhibition Design,” October 150, special issue, Artists Design Exhibitions (Fall 2014): 87-112.

“Artists Design Exhibitions: Introduction” co-author with Claire Grace, in October 150, special issue, Artists Design Exhibitions (Fall 2014): 3-8.

Edited Volumes

Co-edited with Claire Grace, “Artists Design Exhibitions,” special issue, October 150 (Fall 2014).

Exhibition and Book Reviews

“Trevor Paglen: A Study of Invisible Images,” Enclave Review 16 (Winter/Spring 2018): 22-24.

“Tacita Dean: Buon Fresco,”, Artists’ Books section (2 April 2018).

“Marilyn and the Museum with Walls: Rachel Harrison at Greene Naftali, New York,” Texte zur Kunst 107 (Semptember 2017): 198-201.