Lieber, Jeffrey

Jeffrey Lieber
PhD, History of Art, University of Michigan
Assistant Professor of Design Studies and Visual Cultural Studies, School of Art and Design History and Theory, Parsons School of Design

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Areas of Expertise:
Film; Visual Studies; Architectural History and Theory

Jeffrey Lieber studied art history at Vassar College and received his Ph.D. in the History of Art from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His work brings together interests, methods, and themes from art history, architectural history, film, literature, and philosophy to address issues of representation and questions related to ideology and aesthetics in modern and contemporary European and American culture. In 2015-2016, he held a full-year appointment as a visiting professor in Harvard's Department of History of Art and Architecture and curated a 10-film series at the Harvard Film Archive. His first book, Flintstone Modernism, is an exploration of the conflicted legacy of modern architecture in America, especially its relationship to changing democratic ideals and transformations in mass culture in the 1950s and 1960s. Combining star reverie, film analysis, cultural, critique, and memoir, his second book is an idiosyncratic investigation into the deep pleasures of movie love and his life-long obsession with actresses. Lieber's articles and essays have appeared in journals such as Design and Culture and Harvard Design Magazine. He previously taught at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and has received fellowships for his work from The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, Study Abroad Italy, The A.W. Mellon Foundation, and the French Ministry of Culture.

Courses Taught:
  • Modern Architecture
  • Innocents Abroad: Americans in Europe in the 1950s
  • The Boundless World: Art and Enlightenment in Italy
  • Contemporary Architecture and Critical Debates
Recent Publications:
"The Poetics of Beginnings: Notes on Arendt and Kahn." Harvard Design Magazine 35 (2012).

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