DR. SARA BLAYLOCK
PhD Visual Studies (UC Santa Cruz)
BFA Media Arts (California College of the Arts)
Associate 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. My first book Parallel Public: Experimental Art in Late East Germany appeared with The MIT Press in March 2022.
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.
My article "Being the Woman They Wanted Her to Be: Cornelia Schleime Performs her Stasi File," which appeared in Third Text in March 2021, received the Historians of German, Scandinavian and Central European Art 2021 "Emerging Scholars Publication Prize."
I currently serve as the Midwest Exhibitions Field Editor for caa.reviews.
RECENT & UPCOMING NEWS
REVIEWS OF THE BOOK
Parallel Public came out with The MIT Press in March 2022. Here is a list of reviews about the book, thus far.
Senem Yildirim. Visual Studies. April 2023. https://doi.org/10.1080/1472586X.2023.2192415
Rod Mengham. Times Literary Supplement (January 13, 2023). https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/parallel-public-sara-blaylock-book-review-rod-mengham/
Jan Baetens. Leonardo, 2022. Project MUSE. muse.jhu.edu/article/871483
Kimber Chewning. ASAP Journal, November 24, 2022. https://asapjournal.com/sara-blaylock-parallel-public-experimental-art-in-late-east-germany-kimber-chewning/
Constanze Fritzsche. ArtMarginsOnline, July 8, 2022. https://artmargins.com/parallel-public-experimental-art-in-late-east-germany/
RADIO GDR Podcast Interview
My interview with Steve Minegar, entitled"Artists Take on the State! Experimental Art in Late East Germany", is now available for a listen!
Click here, or search for Radio GDR on your podcast provider (iTunes, etc.)