Alyce Mahon is a specialist in Modern and Contemporary Art History.
She studied the History of Art & Architecture and Modern English at Trinity College Dublin, did a PhD (1999) at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, and joined the Department of History of Art in Cambridge in 2000.
In her research, teaching, and curating, Mahon specialises on the dynamic between the body and the body politic in modern and contemporary art, literature, photography, film and exhibition practice - from Dada, Surrealism and the Sixties counter-culture to contemporary feminist and performance art.
She is the author three books: 'The Marquis de Sade and the Avant-Garde' (Princeton University Press, 2020; awarded Millard Meiss Publication Award), 'Surrealism and the Politics of Eros, 1938-1968' (Thames & Hudson, 2005; trans. Surrealismo Eros y Politica, Alianza Barcelona 2009), 'Eroticism & Art' (Oxford University Press, 2005, republished as part of Oxford History of Art Series, 2007), and the editor of the exhibition catalogue 'Dorothea Tanning' (Museo Reina Sofia & Tate Modern, 2018), as well as numerous essays.