Anthony Lee

Idella Plimpton Kendall Professor of Art History; on leave Spring 2022
modern and contemporary European and American art; history of photography

Anthony W. Lee is an art historian, critic, curator and photographer. As a critic and scholar, he writes about American photography and modernist painting in the period between 1860 and 1960. As a photographer, he documents ethnic and immigrant communities. Lee teaches a series of lecture courses on art since the French Revolution and seminars on photography before and after World War II. Many of his seminars have resulted in exhibitions curated by students.

Lee is the recipient of the Charles C. Eldredge Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in American Art, given by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American Art, and of the Cultural Studies Book Prize, given by the Association for Asian American Studies. He is founder and editor of the acclaimed book series Defining Moments in American Photography. And, despite years of practice, he still has only an average jump shot.