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Steve Lyons

Steve Lyons

PhD Student - Art History

Thesis Title

Rezoning the Alternative: Art and Politics in New York at the Dawn of the Reagan Era


Dr. Martha Langford

Research Interests
  • Contemporary art and theory
  • Museums and globalization
  • Institutional critique
  • Collaborative practices, socially-engaged art and visual activism


Steve Lyons is a PhD Candidate in Art History at Concordia University. His research centres on the convergence of art, politics and theory after 1960. He is a core member of Not An Alternative, a Brooklyn-based art collective that works at the intersection of art, activism, and critical theory, where he contributes research, concept development, exhibition design, writing, and editing for the ongoing project The Natural History Museum, a mobile and pop-up museum that highlights the socio-political forces that shape nature. He has authored or co-authored articles in C Magazine, continent., esse arts + opinions, e-flux journal, The Guardian, Jacobin, Scientific American, and Narratives Unfolding: National Art Histories in an Unfinished World (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2017). Forthcoming critical essays will appear in Journal of Curatorial Studies, Journal of Canadian Art History, and Museums and Activism (Routledge, 2018).

Teaching – Undergraduate Courses

  • ARTH 354 Studies in Interdisciplinarity in Visual Arts
  • ARTH 388 Narration and Art


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