Professor Steven Mansbach focuses his research and teaching interests on the genesis and reception of ‘classical’ modern art, roughly from the last quarter of the 19th century through to the middle of the 20th.
His specific area of scholarly publication is the modern art of Central and Eastern Europe from the Baltic North to the Adriatic South. On this topic he has published over the last 30 years numerous books, articles, exhibition catalogues and essays, including Visions of Totality: László Moholy-Nagy, El Lissitzky, and Theo van Doesburg (Ann Arbor, 1980), Standing in the Tempest: Painters of the Hungarian Avant-Garde, 1908-1930 (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1991) and Modern Art in Eastern Europe, From the Baltic to the Balkans, ca.1890-1939 (Cambridge University Press, 1999, softcover 2000). He has also taught this subject as a Professor in Germany, Poland, Hungary and South Africa, as well as at several American universities.
In addition to holding university professorships, he was Associate Dean at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at Washington’s National Gallery of Art and the founder and Dean of the American Academy in Berlin. Among his recent projects is an exhibition of the radical ‘book arts’ culled from The New York Public Library, entitled Graphic Modernism from the Baltic to the Balkans, 1910 to 1935, October 2007.