Sara Kurpiers Blaylock

Sara Kurpiers Blaylock

Ph.D. Student
Art and culture of East Germany in the 1980s (performance, installation, video, and film); East German film (DEFA); Alternative modernisms; 20th century theories of aesthetics and politics; Modernity and Post-Modernity
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Research Interests: 

My research investigates the emergence of unofficial art practices in the final years of East Germany, and the ways in which these practices were conditioned by and/or responded to official cultural policy. Broader theoretical interests include aesthetic theory, the historicization and canonization of Cold War East and West German life and culture, and new materialist art practices and discourse.


Porter 226
Office Hours: 
Winter 2014: Thursdays 1-2pm and By Appointment.
Selected Presentations: 

October 2012 "Archiving the Public Sphere: Artist Responses to the Hot Autumn" German Studies Association Conference - Milwaukee

June 2012 "Culver City's Wende Museum: East Germany on the Pacific" Berlin Program for Advanced German & European Studies, Berlin Program Summer Workshop "German Studies Between the Global and the Local," Freie Universität - Berlin

April 2012 Art and Politics, Art History Graduate Symposium, University of Oregon - Eugene


Honors and Awards: 

East German Summer Film Institute, University of Massachusetts - Amherst DEFA film library, Invited to participate in one week institute on East German film, with this year's topical focus: "DEFA & AMERIKA: Culture Wars, Culture Contact".

Summer Institute on Conducting Archival Research, Invited to participate in one week workshop held at George Washington University, May 2013

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), German Studies Research Grant, 2012

University of California Santa Cruz, Arts Dean Graduate Student Travel/Research Grant, 2012 & 2013

Graduate Student Association - Travel Grant, 2012

Now! Visual Culture - Travel Grant to attend biannual International Association of Visual Culture conference, May 2012

University of California Santa Cruz, Regents' Fellowship, 2011-12

Pépinières Européennes pour Jeunes Artistes, Map Program Residency Fellowship, 2011

Vermont Studio Center, Clowes Fellowship, 2009

Education and Training: 
B.F.A. California College of the Arts, San Francisco, Media Arts
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