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Sophie Landres

Sophie Landres

Part-time Faculty
B.A. Political Science, University of Iowa, 2002
M.F.A. Art Criticism and Writing, School of Visual Arts, 2008

Sophie Landres is a PhD candidate specializing in post-WWII American art, with a particular interest in the acoustic and political dimensions of 1960s and 1970s intermedia practices. Her dissertation, “Body, Law, and Instrument: Charlotte Moorman's Avant-Garde Sound Performances” will examine issues of corporeality, mediation, and dissent in the performances and performative social roles of the cellist and Happenings artist, Charlotte Moorman. Sophie received her Master's Degree in Art Criticism and Writing from the School of Visual Arts and her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Iowa. Before beginning her PhD at Stony Brook University, she was the director of two contemporary art galleries, curated exhibitions throughout New York City, and wrote contemporary art reviews. She currently teaches at Gallatin, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Sotheby’s Institute of Art.


Professor Landres received a Mellon fellowship to be the Global Initiatives Fellow at the arts organization, Creative Time, in November of 2014. She also was in the panel discussion, "A 21st Century Originale" at the Goethe-Institut.

Professor Landres received a 2014 Library Research Grant Award from The Getty Research Institute. She presented her paper “Playing Dead: Charlotte Moorman, Nam June Paik, and the Uncanny Body” at the 2014 College Art Association Annual Conference in Chicago. Landres discussed Moorman's performance as a “living sculpture” in relation to John Cage’s compositional theory, Second Wave Feminist critique, and the verdict convicting Moorman of indecent exposure. She published “Out of Itself: Vito Acconci and the Body of the Listener” in Anamesa Journal (December 2013).  



Contact Information

Sophie Landres

Part-time Faculty
1 Wash Pl, Room 619
(212) 992-6302
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Office Hours
Monday 5-6
Wednesday 5-6

Research and Teaching Interests

late modern, post-WWII, and contemporary art; critical theory; curatorial and museum studies; performativity; phenomenology and post-structuralist philosophy; intermedia; dance; sound; subculture

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