Faculty Emerita

Biography

Sara Lynn Henry is Professor of Art History, Emerita, and N.E.H. Distinguished Teaching Professor of Humanities, Emerita.  She taught 19th and 20th century art history courses and seminars, Drew’s New York Semester on Contemporary Art, Museum Studies, and a First-Year Seminar on Psychology and Art East and West (Freud, Jung, and Tibetan Buddhism).  As Director of Humanities she dialogued with colleagues in team-taught courses about Classical, Medieval, Renaissance/Baroque, Modern, African and Asian topics.  Currently she is an independent curator and art writer concerned with art, nature, and science matters; also with the contemporary East-West aesthetic dialogue.  As a scholar she has published extensively on Paul Klee.

Selected Curated Exhibitions and Publications

I am the Cosmos, curated exhibition, New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, N.J., Dec. 4, 2010-May 29, 2011.

“Paul Klee’s Biocentrisim: The Wages of Scientific Curiosity,” in Modernism and Biocentricism, Oliver Botar and Isabel Wuensch, editors; UK: Ashgate Publishing, 2010.

“Order and Disorder in the Art of Samuel Bak,” essay in catalogue for the exhibition The Art of the Question: Paintings by Samuel Bak, Elizabeth Korn Gallery, Drew University, Madison, New Jersey, Oct. 9-Nov. 24, 2009.

“Grace Bakst Wapner’s Core Aesthetic,” essay for catalogue, Grace Bakst Wapner, exhibition, Kleinert,Woodstock, N.Y., Aug., 2009.

“Joel Sokolov: Big Island Drawings,” essay for exhibition catalogue, Kentler International Drawing Center, Red Hook, NY, Feb. 6- March 22, 2009.

“Grace Wapner, Scholar’s Garden:  An East-West Aesthetic Dialogue,” Hyperion, Volume III, issue 4, October 2008. Online journal published by the Nietzsche Circle.

“Suejin Jo’s Cosmic Animism,” July 2008 essay for catalogue Suejin Jo, Lawrence Award 2008, New York Equity Association, 2008.

Midnight Full of Stars, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, April 11-June 6, 2008.  Curator and catalogue essay. Artists David Ambrose, Dozier Bell, Natvar Bhavsaar, Charlotte Cain, Amy Cheng, Theresa Chong, Kwang-Young Chung, Carter Hodgkin, Joyce Kozloff, Ati Maier, Judy Pfaff, Hiroshi Senju, Barbara Takenaga, Fred Tomaselli, Sarah Walker, and Daniel Zeller.

Hsu Dan, Chinese Ink & Watercolors, Korn Gallery, Drew University, Madison, N.J., April 2005.

From Natural to Techno Universes: Our Brave New Worlds, curator and catalogue essay for exhibitionDorsky Gallery Curatorial Projects, Long Island City, Queens, February5-April 18, 2005. Artists Amy Cheng, David Collin, Torben Giehler, Jung Hyang Kim, Yayoi Kusama, Ellen Levy,BarbaraTakenaga, and Mark Tobey.

As if Alive: Animate Sculpture, Curator and catalogue essay.  Artists Deborah Aschheim, Elissa D’Arrigo, John Duff, Sandra Hirshkowitz, Bryan Hunt, Tamiko Kawata, David Nash, Jack Pospisil, Phyllis Rosser, Ilene Sunshine, James Surls, Grace Wapner. New Jersey Center for the Visual Arts, Summit, NJ, September 10-October 29, 2000.

“Robert Kushner: The Asian Connection,” catalogue essay for the exhibition Robert Kushner: 25 Years of Making Art, New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, Summit, NJ, Spring 1998.

“Asian American Women in the New World: Nature and Abstraction,” essay for exhibition of the Asian American Women’s Alliance, New World Art Center, NY, Fall 1998.

Ellen K.  Levy:`Disorder and Early Sorrow,’  Korn Gallery, Drew University, Madison, NJ, September 21-October 15,1993; American Association for the Advancement of Science, December 2,  1993-March 5, 1994; and Galerie Wild, Frankfurt, Germany.  Curator and catalogue with essay.

“From Physics to the Picture Plane: Paul Klee’s Pictorial Mechanics,”Pantheon: Internationale Jahreszeitschrift für Kunst (Munich), Jahrgang, XLVII, 1989, pp.  147-165

“An East-West Dialogue: Japanese Calligraphy and Contemporary Abstract Art,” Shodo Journal (Tokyo), 19, 1989 (in Japanese), pp.  84-87