The Norma U. Lifton Lecture in the Department of Art History, Theory + Criticism
Each year, the Department brings a prominent scholar to campus to present a public lecture on a topic related to modern and contemporary art history. The event was inaugurated in 1988 in memory of Norma U. Lifton, a long-time lecturer in the Department. A theme within the Lifton Lecture over the years has been its emphasis on women art historians and their contributions to the field.
The first Lifton Lecturer, Linda Nochlin (1988), wrote the following in the preface to the published version of her talk, "Seurat's Grand Jatte: An Anti-Utopian Allegory":
"I would like to think of this lecture as a kind of homage to Norma Lifton, a woman I never actually knew but somehow feel as though I had known, thanks to the words of her friends and admirers. One of them described her as having 'a sharp mind, a good ear, and a wonderful instinct for quality in all she saw and did'; I cannot think of higher or more honest praise."
2009 Jean Fisher
2008 Linda Nochlin, "Courbet Now"
2007 Kellie Jones, "African Aesthetics in the Black Arts Movement, the 1960s and 1970s"
2006 Michele Bogart, "The Politics of Public Beauty: New York Answers and Chicago Questions"
2005 Anne Wagner, "Our Flag Was Still There: Nationalism, Hegemony, and Jasper Johns"
2004 Renata Stih & Frieder Schnock, “Like James Bond: Art With an Assignment”
2003 Jerry Saltz & Roberta Smith, “Point/Counterpoint: Roberta Smith and Jerry Saltz Talk About the Art, Life and Role of the Working Critic”
2002 Eleanor Heartney, "Transcending Fundamentalism: Art in an Age of Moral Absolutism"
2001 Ann Gibson, "Can Abstraction Have Social Meaning? 1949-2000"
2000 Tsong-Zung Chang, "Everyday Use of Art: From Calligraphy to Conceptual Art in China"
1999 Gerardo Mosquera, "Alien Own/Own Alien: Globalization and Cultural Difference"
1998 Kristine Stiles, "Remembering Invisibility: Documentary Photography in the Nuclear Age"
1997 Griselda Pollock, "Who is the Other? Feminism, Politics, and Modernism: New York 1915"
1996 Johanna Drucker, "Signs of Life: Images of Language, American Art from Standard Brand to Integrated Circuit"
1995 Christopher Reed, "Reimagining Domesticity: The Art of the Bloomsbury Group"
1994 Maria Makela, "Subversive Strategies: On Hannah Höch and Photomontage in Weimar Germany"
1993 Carol Armstrong, "Facturing the Feminine: Manet's Woman Before the Mirror"
1992 Whitney Chadwick, "Living Simultaneously: Sonia and Robert Delauney"
1991 Roger W. Shattuck, "Georges Braque: Poet & Painter"
1990 Patricia Mainardi, "Marriage and Its Discontents: Husbands, Wives and Lovers in 19th Century France"
1989 Eugenia Parry Janis, “What Do We Want Photographs To Be?”
1988 Linda Nochlin, “Seurat’s Grand-Jatte: An Anti-Utopian Allegory”