Director of Graduate Studies, Film and Visual Studies
Carrie Lambert-Beatty is an art historian with a focus on art from the 1960s to the present, and a special interest in performance in an expanded sense. Her current research project is an art history of “post-truth,” exploring contemporary art and the shifting politics of knowledge since 1989. Lambert-Beatty’s 2008 book Being Watched: Yvonne Rainer and the 1960s was the first critical study of a signal member of the avant-garde, bringing research on minimalism, dance, performance documentation, and theories of spectatorship to Rainer’s work in performance and film, to tell a story of the American avant-garde's response, often at the level of the political unconscious, to the period's burgeoning media culture. Published by MIT Press, Being Watched was awarded the de la Torre prize for dance studies and was a finalist for the Rufus Morey prize from the College Art Association. Lambert-Beatty has also written on hybrids of art and activism such as Women on Waves and The Yes Men; recuperation (neurological, ideological, and aesthetic); and the place of the academy in the systems of contemporary art. She teaches courses on contemporary art, art and politics, the history of the idea of the artist, and more in VES and History of Art and Architecture departments, and is the Director of Graduate Studies for VES.
Image: Carrie Lambert-Beatty, Being Watched: Yvonne Rainer and the 1960s (MIT Press, 2008). Reproduced with permission of MIT Press.
lambert2 [at] fas.harvard.edu