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PhD Visual Studies (UC Santa Cruz)

BFA Media Arts (California College of the Arts)

Assistant Professor of Art History

Department of Art and Design

University of Minnesota Duluth



I received my doctorate in Visual Studies with a designated emphasis in Feminist Studies at the University of California - Santa Cruz in June 2017 and have been teaching at the University of Minnesota Duluth since Fall 2017.


To date, the bulk of my research has concerned the experimental art, film, and visual culture of the German Democratic Republic during the 1980s. Broader interests include official cultural policy in state socialism, the art and visual culture of the Cold War East and West, fiction and documentary film from the Eastern Bloc, as well as global histories of modernism and post-modernism in the visual arts, in Germany, Central and Eastern Europe, and the United States. My interpretive frameworks engage theories of aesthetics and politics, vision and visuality, and feminism. 

I am also the co-director of the International Association for Visual Culture.




JUNE 2020

"The Subject Who Knows: Photographers and the Photographed in the Late East Germany," The Oxford Handbook of Communist Visual Cultures, edited by Aga Skrodzka, Xiaoning Lu, and Katarzyna Marciniak (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020), 500-518.


More information at this link.


Awarded a Grant-in-Aid from the University of Minnesota to support an exhibition on experimental art in East Germany, scheduled for fall 2021 - spring 2022 at the Tweed Museum of Art at the University of Minnesota Duluth. The exhibition is tentatively titled "The Taboo of the Ordinary: Experimental Art from East Germany" and will feature a small selection of performance artists, photographers, and filmmakers from the 1980s.

More information about the grant at this link.


Dr. Sara Blaylock
University of Minnesota Duluth
Department of Art & Design
317 Humanities
1201 Ordean Court Duluth, MN 55812