Matthew Levy, Ph.D.

Matthew Levy, Ph.D.
Program Chair, Arts Administration
Associate Professor of Art History, Arts Administration
Office Phone
Office Location
126 Kochel
ERIE, PA 16563

Dr. Matthew L. Levy specializes in modern and contemporary art, with a particular focus on American art of the 1960s. His book, Abstract Painting and the Minimalist Critiques: Robert Mangold, David Novros, and Jo Baer in the 1960s (Routledge, 2019), undertakes a reappraisal of Minimalist art through an examination of three key painters, who have historically been viewed as peripheral figures in a predominantly sculptural movement. He is presently conducting research for his next book, the catalogue raisonné of David Novros’s murals and site specific works. His writing has appeared in ASAP/J, the Brooklyn Rail, and the Journal of Contemporary Painting, as well as in exhibition catalogues for the National Gallery of Canada, New Museum, and Museum Wiesbaden. Prior to joining the Behrend faculty, Dr. Levy held several art gallery and museum positions, and these experiences have informed his work in the college’s Arts Administration program.

Courses Taught 

  • ARTH 112: Renaissance to Modern Art 
  • ARTH 325: Impressionism to Surrealism 
  • ARTH 326: Art Since 1940 
  • ARTSA 301: Introduction to Arts Administration 
  • ARTSA 402W: Management and Strategic Planning in the Arts
Research Interests

Minimalist art, abstract painting, the relationship between abstraction and mass culture


Abstract Painting and the Minimalist Critiques: Robert Mangold, David Novros, and Jo Baer in the 1960s - 2019

"Paradoxes of Perception" - 2019

'Jon Pestoni: Some Years,' Cleveland Museum of Art Transformer Station, 23 April-24 July 2016, Journal of Contemporary Painting - April (2nd Quarter/Spring), 2017

Specific Painting: David Novros, Donald Judd, and 101 Spring St. - 2016

Jacqueline Humphries at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA, Journal of Contemporary Painting - October (4th Quarter/Autumn), 2016

David Novros's Painted Places - 2014

Of Mice and Ghosts, The Brooklyn Rail - January (1st Quarter/Winter), 2014

Ad Reinhardt, Sixties Painter, The Brooklyn Rail - December, 2013

Agostino Bonalumi - 2012

Pilvi Takala, Amalia Pica, Minam Apang - 2012

Center for Land Use Interpretation, Emily Jacir, Huong Yong Ping, Walid Raad, Rirkrit Tiravanija - 2011

Enrico Castellani: Silver and White/Fausto Melotti: Sculptures and Ceramics - 2011

Pizzi Cannella: Earth Sky and Sea - 2008

Review: Doubt by Richard Shiff, …might be good - March 21, 2008

White Knuckle Psychedelia: Thrills of the Mind in Carsten Höller’s Amusement Park - 2007

Bowery Artist Tribute - 2007

Calder and Melotti: Lyrical Constructions - 2007

Dario Robleto: ‘Fear and Tenderness in Men’ at D’Amelio Terras, …might be good - October (4th Quarter/Autumn) 6, 2006

Lothar Hempel: ‘Umbrella’ at Anton Kern Gallery, …might be good - June 16, 2006


Ph D, History of Art, New York University

MA, History of Art, Williams College

BA, Religion, Williams College