Jacob Stewart-Halevy

Jacob Stewart-Halevy

Assistant Professor
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Transfer of Credit Representative
Fine Arts House, Room 335
11 Talbot Avenue, Medford, MA


Jacob Stewart-Halevy works on the nexus of modern and contemporary art, intellectual history, and social theory. Subspecialties include histories of conceptual art, design, and video; sociology and anthropology of art; political economy of art; and historiography. He is the current president of the Society of Contemporary Art Historians.

He has recently taught Theories and Methods, Introduction to Contemporary Art, Art Speak, The Behavioral Image, Global Conceptualism, and Visual Rhythm.


  • PhD, Art History, Yale University, 2015
  • MFA, University of California, Los Angeles, 2007
  • BA, Philosophy, University of California, Berkeley, 2004

Selected Publications and Presentations

"Intertainment Value: The Cauliflower Alley Tapes," Archives of American Art Journal (Accepted: Anticipated Publication Date: Fall, 2022).

"Il Manto e la Pelle: The Design of Flexible Specialization," Picturing Postindustrialism, ed. Frances Guerin and Magda Szcześniak). Forthcoming.

"We Require Clear Slogans: Humor in the Russian Monstration" Co-Authored with Maria Sidorkina, Humor in Global Contemporary Art ed. Gregory Williams and Mette Gieskes (London: Bloomsbury, 2021).

"Editor’s Note," Foreign Language Index, (Society of Contemporary Art Historians, November 2020) 2-5. 

Slant Steps: On the Art World's Semi-Periphery (Oakland: University of California Press, 2020)

"Ian Wilson, Conceptual Art and the Materialization of Language," Conceptualism and Materiality: Matters of Art and Politics, ed. Christian Berger, (Leiden: Brill, 2019) 178-210.

"Sypher's Cipher: 'Paradoxes of Conduct' in the Reception of Mannerism, 1954-1973," Journal of Art Historiography 20 (Spring, 2019) 1-36.

"Des procédés téléphonés: les faux-semblants de l'art conceptual," Marges 27, (October, 2018) 30-47.

"Layaway," Art in America, (June/July, 2018) 88-91.

"California Conceptualism's About-Face," October 163 (Winter, 2018) 71-101.

"We Have Never Been Post-Industrial," E-Flux Journal 84 (September, 2017) 1-12.

"The Inductive Turn in Conceptual Art: Pragmatics in the 0-9 Circle," Grey Room, 68, (Summer, 2017) 60-93.

"Misfires," Oxford Art Journal, Vol. 39, 2, (December 2016). 489-495.

"Conceptual Art: An Overview" in Oxford Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, 2nd Edition, ed. Michael Kelly, Oxford University Press, 2014, Volume 1, 124-128.