Libby Lumpkin

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Libby Lumpkin


Professor, Art History

Libby Lumpkin’s primary area of research and teaching is the art of the late 20th century to the present. She has served as Visiting Professor of Art Theory at Yale University, Visiting Lecturer on Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University, Visiting Lecturer at Umea University, Umea, Sweden, Visiting Professor of Theory and Aesthetics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Director of Museum Studies and Assistant Professor of Art History at California State University, Long Beach.

Lumpkin has organized solo and group exhibitions featuring contemporary artists for a variety of art institutions, and has lectured extensively at museums and universities. She is the author of the book Deep Design, Nine Little Art Histories and has published numerous exhibition catalogues. Her critical reviews on contemporary art and design have appeared in Arforum, Art issues, and other cultural publications.

Lumpkin’s classes at UNM include surveys of American and European Contemporary Art, and European and American Modern Art. Her regularly taught advanced courses include Contemporary Theories of Sculpture, Contemporary Theories of Design, Minimalism, Postmodern Art, and Art Criticism.