Christa-Maria Lerm-Hayes is an art historian and curator currently working as professor of modern and contemporary art history at the University of Amsterdam. Until 2014, she worked as professor of iconology at the University of Ulster, Belfast. From 2007 to 2011 she was head of the Research Graduate School there, leading particularly the doctoral with practice program. She studied at the Universities of Heidelberg, London, Bonn and Cologne, where she gained her doctorate in 2000 with her research on Joseph Beuys.
Beuys is one of the most influential German sculptors of the post-World War II era. His work spans the categories of sculpture, performance, drawing and installation. Beuys’s goal was to create social sculpture: nothing less than the transformation of Western culture into a peaceful, democratic and creative place.
The lecture by Lerm-Hayes will take place Wednesday, March 11 at 2 p.m. in the Tritico Theatre in Shearman Fine Arts Center.
The 2017 documentary film, "Beuys," will follow the lecture.