Gail Levin

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Research Interests

  • 20th-Century and Contemporary Art


  • PhD, Rutgers University,1976

Distinguished Professor of 20th-Century and Contemporary Art

Professor Gail Levin's research interests are interdisciplinary, traversing American studies, women’s studies, and Jewish studies, all with focus on interactions between life and art. Her published work includes major biographies of Edward Hopper, Lee Krasner, and Judy Chicago as well as a cultural history, Aaron Copland ‘s America, and essays on the theory of biography. Inscribing erased women artists into history motivates much of her current work. Her research on Edward Hopper and Marsden Hartley led her to co-found the Catalogue Raisonne Scholars’ Association. For Hopper, she published the catalogue raisonne in 1995; a catalogue raisonne of Marsden Hartley is one of her on-going projects.

Levin served as curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art and as guest curator at the Museum of Modern Art and other venues. Working with a seminar at the CUNY Graduate Center, she organized “Theresa Bernstein: A Century in Art,” opening at the Center's James Gallery in November 2012 and traveling to museums across the country. She edited the related book (University of Nebraska Press), which includes CUNY students among the essayists. Her work as a curator and researcher informs her contribution to the anthology, Ethics and the Visual Arts(2006).

Funding for Levin's research has come from the National Endownment for the Humanties, the Fulbright Association, the Pollock-Krasner/Stony Brook Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, Hadassah International Research Institute on Jewish Women at Brandeis University; Yale University, the Smithsonian Institution, the John Sloan Memorial Foundation, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Her 1995 biography of Edward Hopper won the School Library Journal Best American Biography; it was a Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist, a NY Times Notable Book of the Year, and in 2007, was singled out as one of the “Five Best Artist Biographies” ever by the Wall Street Jouranl. Also in 2007, Levin received from the National Association of Women Artists their Award for Biography and Art History. Her writing has been translated and published internationally in nineteen countries.