Carrie Lambert-Beatty is a contemporary art historian. She is the author of the award-winning book Being Watched: Yvonne Rainer and the 1960s (MIT Press, 2008) and the essay "Make Believe: Parafiction and Plausibility," among other writings. Her current research is on thirty years of artistic parafiction: fiction presented as fact. What does artists' trickery teach us about changing ways of knowing? Could art help in developing a contemporary, progressive set of epistemic values and competencies, to counter the culture of post-truth on the one hand, and an epistemic "return to order" on the other?


Lambert-Beatty holds the rank of Professor at Harvard University, with a joint appointment in the Department of History of Art and Architecture and the Department of Art, Film, and Visual Studies. She teaches art from the 1960s to the present, with courses on art and politics, art's epistemic activity, the aesethics of deception, plant life in contemporary culture, and the changing meaning of "contemporary art." Her teaching often stresses the modes of spectatorship invited by artists' formal and technical choices, and how these relate to changing media ecologies and regimes of knowledge, the social effects of neoliberalism, ongoing post-colonial reckonings, and the structural politics of gender and race.

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