Philip Glahn, Assistant Professor
Philip Glahn is Assistant Professor of Critical Studies and Aesthetics, specializing in contemporary art history and theory. His teaching and research focus on the histories and strategies of socio-political engagement in the arts; the development of the relations between art, social formations, and the public sphere; and the relationship between critical discourse and artistic practice.
Glahn studied art history and cultural studies at the Universität Lüneburg and Pratt Institute, and received his PhD from the Graduate Center, City University of New York, writing a dissertation on the influence of the work of German playwright Bertolt Brecht on 1960s and ’70s US art. He has taught at Brooklyn College, Pratt Institute, and Hunter College, where he was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching; other awards include a Fulbright Scholarship and a Helena Rubinstein Fellowship for Critical Studies at the Whitney Independent Studies Program.
Glahn’s writings have appeared in Art Journal, Afterimage, Communications, and BOMB. Recent and forthcoming publications include “Counterpublic Art and Social Practice” in The 1980s: A Critical and Transitional Decade, ed. by Kimberly R. Moffitt and Duncan A. Campbell (Lexington Books, 2011); “21st Century Brecht,” Afterimage (May–June 2011); and “Digital Productivism: New Participatory Mass Culture,” PUBLIC 45—Special Issue on Art and Civic Spectacle (Spring 2012). Glahn is currently working on a book-length project regarding questions of socialism and technology, pedagogy and the public sphere in the work of Bertolt Brecht.