Dr. Sara Blaylock received her B.F.A. in Media Arts from California College of the Arts in 2006 and earned her Ph.D. in Visual Studies from the University of California - Santa Cruz in 2017. To date, the bulk of Blaylock's research has concerned the experimental art, film, and visual culture of the German Democratic Republic during the 1980s. Broader interests include official cultural policy in state socialism, the art and visual culture of the Cold War East and West, fiction and documentary film from the East Bloc, theories of aesthetics and politics, as well as global histories of modernism and post-modernism in the visual arts, particularly in Europe, the United States, and Russia.
Blaylock's research has been supported by numerous grants and fellowships, including from the College Art Association, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation. Her work has appeared in a number of academic and arts forums, both in English and in translation, including in Cinema Journal, Gradhiva, post: Notes on Modern & Contemporary Art Around the Globe (Museum of Modern Art), ARTMargins Online, and the exhibition catalogue Gegenstimmen. Kunst in der DDR 1976 – 1989 (Voices of Dissent: Art in the GDR 1976 – 1989).