Sarah Hamill

Undergraduate Discipline

Art History

BA, Reed College. MA, University of California, Berkeley. PhD, University of California, Berkeley. Specializes in modern and contemporary art history, with a focus on sculptural aesthetics, postwar American sculpture, contemporary photography, and the global circulation of art objects through their reproduction and display. Author of David Smith in Two Dimensions: Photography and the Matter of Sculpture (University of California Press, 2015), awarded a Meiss/Mellon Author’s Book Award and a Wyeth Foundation for American Art Publication Grant from the College Art Association in 2013, and, with Megan R. Luke, co-editor of Photography and Sculpture: The Art Object in Reproduction (Getty Publications, 2017). Articles and essays explore the work of David Smith’s (1906-1965) across media, the photography of Ugo Mulas (1928-1973), the photographic folios of Clarence Kennedy (1892-1972), the sculpture of Eduardo Chillida (1924-2002), and the videos of Erin Shirreff (1977- ). Current projects examine the 1970s sculptures and films of American sculptor Mary Miss (1944- ), contemporary photography and the metaphorization of sculpture, and theories of the photographic detail. Formerly associate professor of modern and contemporary art at Oberlin College. Recipient of fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Getty Research Institute, and Villa I Tatti, the Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies. SLC, 2017–