Dr. Benjamin Lima

Dr. Benjamin Lima

Dr. Benjamin Lima

Art History
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Yale University

Benjamin Lima joined the faculty at the University of Texas Arlington in 2009, in the field of modern and contemporary art history. His main area of research is West German and European art in the decades following World War II. His current book project investigates how experimental and event-based work in the 1960s, such as Fluxus and Happenings, engaged with themes of war and other traumatic violence ranging from World War II to the Vietnam War. He has also written reviews and criticism for Art Journal and Art in America, and contributed to exhibition catalogs for the Yale University Art Gallery, the Yale School of Art, and Track 16 Gallery in Santa Monica, California. He has presented research papers at a number of conferences, including the 2008 conference of the Society for Literature, Science and the Arts in Berlin, the 2008 conference of the European Network for Avant-Garde and Modernism Studies in Ghent, and the 2007 College Art Association annual conference in New York. His research has been supported by a ten-month research grant from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and by a Charles A. Parcells dissertation fellowship from Yale University. He has a Ph.D. in the history of art from Yale University, an M.A. in visual studies from the University of California at Irvine, and an A.B. in the history of art and architecture from Harvard University.

Recent Research and Writing

“Melancholy Grids: Systematic and Affective Elements in Bernd and Hilla Becher’s Photography,” paper presented at German Studies Association Annual Conference, Oakland, California, October 2010

“Intercontinental: Simultaneous Performance and Video Across Time and Space,” paper presented at Art Archives: Latin America and Beyond, University of Texas, Austin, October 2010

Review of Eve Sussman and Rufus Corporation, “Yuri’s Office,” Fort Worth Contemporary Arts, online at Art Lies website, October 2010

Recent Courses Taught

Syllabi may be downloaded from the Research Profile page.


Art 1310: Art of the Western World II [1600-present]

Art 2300: Methods for the Study of Art History

Art 3314: Modern Art [1900-1950]

Art 3389: Contemporary Art [1950-present]

Art 4314: Topics in Modern Art [Modern Sculpture]

Art 4315: Aspects of Contemporary Art [1990-2010]

Art 4396: Special Studies in Art History [20th-Century Latin America]


Art 5320: Art Criticism & Theory: Artists’ Writings


More Information

UT Arlington Faculty Research Profile