The Board of Trustees of the City University of New York has conferred the distinction of CUNY Distinguished Professor upon Baruch College Professor Gail Levin of the Weissman School’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts.
A faculty member is nominated by their college president for a Distinguished Professorship based on scholarly or research achievements. The title designates an exceptional scholar with an international reputation for scholarly and/or research excellence, whose outstanding faculty performance enriches CUNY’s academic environment. Baruch boasts six current CUNY Distinguished Professors, and the distinction of having had the very first one: Dean Emanuel Saxe, one of the financial luminaries of his time.
Levin’s career at Baruch has been a long and productive one. She is a professor of Art History, American Studies, and Women’s Studies at Baruch and the Graduate Center of CUNY, and an art historian specializing in art of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Her diverse research interests include the work of Judy Chicago, Edward Hopper, Marsden Hartley, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, women artists, Jewish artists, Chinese émigré artists, and contemporary art of the United States, Europe, and Japan, as well as American Studies and the cinema.
“Few scholars have achieved more in terms of books, articles, presentations, lectures, radio appearances, and awards,” said Baruch President Katheleen Waldron, after the honor was announced during the CUNY Board of Trustees meeting on January 28. “Most faculty who are aware of Professor Levin’s accomplishments revere her prolific mind and the enormous energy she devoted to the realization of her projects.”
The twenty external reviewers for Levin’s nomination, all noted scholars from important universities and scholarly communities, commented on her abundant contributions to the field, her appetite for new projects that reach out across the globe, and the impact she has had on the field of the American modern art.
No stranger to accolades, Levin’s Edward Hopper: An Intimate Biography (Alfred A. Knopf, 1995), was recently selected by the Wall Street Journal as one of the “five best” artist biographies of all time. She spent the last academic year at the Roosevelt Center in the Netherlands, a research institute where she held a Distinguished Fulbright Chair researching the subject of her next book: abstract expressionist Lee Krasner, a personal friend, Works Progress Administration artist, and former wife of Jackson Pollock.
The recipient of grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Mellon Foundation, among others, her work has been published in more than a dozen countries, including essays in museum catalogues and art and humanities journals. Levin’s photographs have appeared in books, magazines, and newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times.
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