Trevor Stark

Lecturer and Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow ​

Modern Art
PhD, Harvard University, 2016

Contact Information

Phone: (212) 854-1938
Office: 653C Schermerhorn
Office Hours: Tuesdays, 10-11


Trevor Stark's research focuses on the emergence and development of the "avant-garde" in twentieth-century art, as a social formation and an aesthetic ideology. Spanning from cubism to Dada, his book project describes how language became both a material for artists and a structure through which to interrogate the status of the art object. Stark traces the genealogy of this linguistic turn within avant-garde art practices to the poetics of Stéphane Mallarmé, who emphasized the contingency of the word and the world.

Stark received a Master's degree from McGill University and a PhD from Harvard University. His research was supported in 2014-16 by a fellowship from the Leonard A. Lauder Research Center for Modern Art at the Metropolitan Museum. He has published on artists including Hugo Ball, Marcel Broodthaers, Chris Marker, and Pablo Picasso.