Kevin Lotery

Lecturer and Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow​

Modern and Contemporary Art
Ph.D., Harvard University, 2015

Contact Information

Phone: (212) 854-1938
Office: 653B Schermerhorn Extension
Office Hours: Tuesdays, 3:30-5:30


Kevin Lotery is a scholar of modern and contemporary art. His research focuses on two areas: 1) the emergence of cross-disciplinary aesthetic strategies and art historical methodologies in Europe and the US after the Second World War, and 2) their relationship to artistic practices in the present. Spatial practices such as exhibition design, scenographic work, and installation art are some of the discipline-crossing techniques he has traced into the contemporary period.

In Fall 2014, Lotery co-edited (w/ Claire Grace) Artists Design Exhibitions, a special issue of the journal October tracking exhibition design practices from the interwar avant-gardes to the end of the twentieth century. His essay on Richard Hamilton’s 1950s exhibition designs was included in the same issue. His current book project, The Long Front of Culture: The Independent Group and Exhibition Design, examines the exhibition designs of Hamilton, Nigel Henderson, Lawrence Alloway, Eduardo Paolozzi, Alison and Peter Smithson and other members of the Independent Group in 1950s London.

Lotery received his PhD from Harvard University in 2015 and has been supported by fellowships from the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art in London. He has also worked as a curatorial assistant at the Guggenheim Museum, New York.

Selected Publications

"Rooms: Richard Hamilton and Postmodernism," OCTOBER 159, forthcoming.

"'What is happening': Notes on the Scenographic Impulse in Modern and Contemporary Art," in Arnold Aronson, ed., Routledge Companion to Scenography (Routledge, 2017), forthcoming.

"The Hamilton Variations," in Reaper: Richard Hamilton and Sigfried Giedion, exh. cat. (ETH Zürich/JRP Ringier, 2017), forthcoming.

"Tacita Dean, Buon Fresco (2016),", Artists' Books section, forthcoming.

"an Exhibit/an Aesthetic: Richard Hamilton and Postwar Exhibition Design," OCTOBER 150, special issue, Artists Design Exhibitions (Fall 2014), 87-112.

"Artists Design Exhibitions: Introduction" (w/Claire Grace), OCTOBER 150, special issue, Artists Design Exhibitions (Fall 2014), 3-8.