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Michael J. Lewis

Michael J. Lewis

Michael J. Lewis is the Faison-Pierson-Stoddard Professor of Art History at Williams College and a longtime contributor to Commentary.

CORRECTION: Michael J. Lewis, in this post, substantially understates the extent of John Silber's errors and the breadth of the praise Millennium Park received in...

What aspect of the life of the late Norman Mailer last week has not been examined, from his revolting pattern of violence against women, to...

A conspicuously embarrassed University of Delaware abandoned its residence life education program last week after details of its curriculum were made public by the Foundation...

Michael J. Lewis is a professor of art at Williams College and a contributor to the horizon, the arts blog of COMMENTARY. He is...

America’s cultural institutions have been quietly selling off their art collections, and bad publicity—however shrill or indignant—seems no deterrent. One year ago, Philadelphia’s Thomas...

After expressionism comes minimalism. Whether or not this is always the case, it is so in museum design, where flamboyant gesture is now out...

It was only appropriate that the recent obituary for Herbert Muschamp, architecture critic of the New York Times from 1992 to 2004, was written by...

According to the London Times, “Shibboleth,” the Tate Modern’s new installation, has already claimed its first victims. Last week, three visitors fell into the...

Unctuous bows, veiled threats, and smug mockery do not an edifying speech make, but Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's performance at Columbia University offers at least one consolation:...

Higher education deeply cherishes the notion of skeptical and unsparing critical inquiry—just not about itself. Last year, the Students for Academic Freedom (SAF) drew up...

Can anybody explain the New York Times’s infatuation with Christoph Büchel, the Swiss artist now embroiled in a lawsuit with the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary...

The poet of putrefaction strikes again. Or should one say festers again? Since Damien Hirst first achieved notoriety in 1990 by placing a rotting cow’s...