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Elizabeth Johnson

Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Arts, Humanities, Education and Social Sciences
Cambridge School of Art
Areas of Expertise:
Art history , Media arts , Cultural Studies , Digital Media
Research Supervision:

Elizabeth Johnson is a Senior Lecturer in Critical and Contextual Studies and historian of modern and contemporary art. Her research centres on the intersections between the sculptural and new technologies and is informed by theories of media. Elizabeth has published research on sculpture since the 1960s, monuments and digital technology, and artists’ holograms.

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Elizabeth Johnson is an art historian of modern and contemporary art, with specialisms in sculpture studies, art and technology, and digital culture.

She is interested in how contemporary sculptural practice can animate the material, social and political impacts of the global infrastructures and political economies that underpin networked, digital technologies.

Her current book project investigates how contemporary artists are using digital technology to pioneer new models of monumentality. Drawing from theories of media studies and the discourse of monuments, it traces how artists have responded to the iconoclast attacks on monuments and the battles of marginalised groups for the right to memorialisation in the twenty-first century by imagining a new culture of monuments propelled by digital technologies and logics.

Prior to this appointment, Elizabeth was the Henry Moore Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University College London, an Associate Research Fellow of the Vasari Research Centre for Art and Technology at Birkbeck, and a short-term Research Fellow in the Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution.

Before her career as an academic, she worked organising exhibitions in prestigious galleries and museums.

Research interests
  • Modern and contemporary art
  • Histories and theories of sculpture
  • Sculpture since 1960
  • Histories of art and technology
  • 3D
  • Holograms
  • Monuments and monumentality
  • Digital culture
Areas of research supervision

Elizabeth warmly welcomes research students in areas relating to art and digital culture, art and technology, sculpture studies and monuments. Please get in touch at the email address above - she would be happy to discuss your project further.

  • PhD, Humanities and Cultural Studies, London Consortium, University of London. Dissertation title: What do you call a sculptor who doesn’t make sculptures? Bruce Nauman, 1965-1974.
  • M.Res., Humanities and Cultural Studies, London Consortium, University of London.
  • B.A. (Hons.), Sculpture, Camberwell College of Art, University of the Arts London.
Selected recent publications

E. Johnson, ‘Confederate Monuments 2.0: Mary Ellen Carroll at Prospect.3’, in The Sculptural in the (Post-)Digital Age, eds. Ursula Ströbele and Mara Johanna-Kölmel (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2023), pp. 184-197.

E. Johnson, ‘N Dimensional Space in a One-Dimensional World: The Art of Holograms in 1970’, Archives of American Art Journal 62, no. 1 (2023): 42-59.

E. Johnson, ‘Sculpting the readyunmade’, in Meuser: Dancer without Dress, ed. Christian Malycha (Berlin: Galerie Gisela Capitain, Galerie Bärbel Grässlin, Meyer Riegger, Galerie Nordenhake, 2023), pp. 94-96.

E. Johnson, ‘Review of Thomas Morgan Evans, “3D Warhol: Andy Warhol and Sculpture” (London and New York, I.B. Tauris, 2017)’, Sculpture Journal 27, no. 1 (2018): 137-38.

E. Johnson, ‘The Body of the Text: Bruce Nauman’s Words’, Sculpture Journal 25, no. 3 (2016), pp. 391-405.