Kirsten Swenson

Kirsten Swenson’s research interests include urban histories of minimal and conceptual art, artist-designed landscapes, gender politics, and public art. She is the author of Irrational Judgments: Eva Hesse, Sol LeWitt, and 1960s New York (Yale University Press, 2015) and co-editor and author, with Emily Eliza Scott, of Critical Landscapes: Art, Space, Politics (University of California Press, 2015). Swenson is currently writing a book on artist-designed landscapes and urban development, addressing the intersection of Land art and public art through the work of Nancy Holt, Agnes Denes, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, and others. Recent book chapters, catalogue essays, and art criticism can be found here.

Over 2018-2020, she is leading “Local Ecologies,” a multimodal teaching, research, and exhibition initiative, with colleagues from UMass Dartmouth and UMass Boston. “Local Ecologies” is funded in part by an Interdisciplinary Leadership Grant.

Professor Swenson’s courses include Contemporary Art, 20th Century Art, History of Photography, Public Art, and Art and Environment.


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Kirsten Swenson
Associate Professor, Art History Coordinator
Art and Design Department
College of Fine Arts, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Mahoney Hall – 1st Floor
University of Massachusetts Lowell
Lowell, MA 01854