Dr Alyce Mahon

Dr Alyce Mahon, MA, PhD at the Courtauld Institute of Art. Director of Studies History of Art (external)

Teaching and research: Dr Mahon specialises on the dynamic between the body and the body politic in modern and contemporary art, photography, film and exhibition practice from dada and Surrealism to the Sixties counter-culture, feminist, and performance art. She is currently researching a book length project on the avant-garde 'cult' of the Marquis de Sade and his aesthetic of transgression, titled The Sadean Imagination: Image, Text and Terror. Further publication and exhibition projects explore the European avant-garde in exile during World War II (with particular attention to women artists), the Surrealist painter Dorothea Tanning (1910-2012), Jean-Jacques Lebel and his 'Festival of Free Expression' in the Sixties, and the art, writings and political activism of Carolee Schneemann and John Cage.
Alyce Mahon is the department's specialist in twentieth century art and critical theory. She studied the History of Art & Architecture and Modern English at Trinity College Dublin, graduating with a double first and gold medal for exceptional academic achievement.