Areas of Specialization:
Contemporary East Asian Art and Visual Culture,
Critical Theory and Globalization, Curatorial Studies
Ph.D. University of Rochester
Office: Staller Center for the Arts #4212
Sohl Lee specializes in modern and contemporary art and visual culture of East Asia, and her interdisciplinary research interests include aesthetics of politics, activist art, vernacular modernism, postcolonial theory, historiography, and curatorial practice. She joined Stony Brook as assistant professor of art history, after receiving her PhD in Visual and Cultural Studies from University of Rochester in 2014. Her dissertation, entitled “Images of Reality/Ideals of Democracy: Contemporary Korean Art, 1980s-2000s,” was supported by fellowships from the Social Sciences Research Council, the Korea Foundation, the Susan B. Anthony Institute of Gender and Women Studies at University of Rochester. She teaches undergraduate courses on contemporary East Asian art, including topics such as “Art and the City,” “Modern and Contemporary Korean Art,” and “Social Engagement and Publicness in East Asia.” Her English publications have appeared in Yishu: Journal for Contemporary Chinese Art , Art Journal , and InVisible Culture , and she has curated exhibitions in both the U.S. and South Korea.