Dr. Aaron Levy is a Senior Lecturer in the Departments of English and the History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania, and received his PhD from the School of Fine Art, History of Art, and Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds. His scholarly and curatorial work centers on histories and practices of public culture and the cultural politics of memory and display. His courses explore how artists and communities negotiate belonging, estrangement, and the consequences of modernity and globalization. Related areas of research include contemporary curatorial practice and architectural discourse.
He has edited over 20 books, films, and multimedia publications, including Cities Without Citizens (2002); Helene Cixous' Ex-cities (2007); On the Living History of the Venice Architecture Biennale (2010); John Cage's How to Get Started (2010); Evasions of Power (2011); Utterly Precarious: Carolee Schneemann (2013); and Art, or Listen to the Silence: Soun-Gui Kim with Jacques Derrida and Jean-Luc Nancy (2014).
Levy is also the Executive Director of Slought Foundation (http://slought.org), a non-profit organization located on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania that works with artists, communities, and institutions worldwide to develop cultural projects that encourage inclusiveness, advocacy, and the sharing of knowledge. As one of the founders of the organization, Levy is committed to reflecting on the responsibilities of cultural institutions, and developing the institution itself as a performative work. Levy co-organized the US representation at the Venice Biennale for Architecture (2008), served on the Federal Advisory Committee on International Exhibitions (2009), and was a Cultural Envoy to Pakistan (2010). He is a Senior Fellow at the UC San Diego Center on Global Justice, and on its Advisory Committee for the Blum Cross-Border Initiative.