Concise, critical reviews of books, exhibitions, and projects in all areas and periods of art history and visual studies

Art of the United States
Dissertations in Progress by Subject, 2007

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Abbamontian, Ramela, "Armenian-American Artists: Forging a Diasporic Identity in Los Angeles" (UCLA, A. Boime)

Abbott, Janet, "The Barnett Aden Gallery: A Home for Diversity in a Segregated City" (Penn State, J. Robinson)

Anderson, Sherman Reed, "An Epic of the American Farm: James Ormsbee Chapin and the Marvin Paintings" (Kansas, C. Eldredge)

Applegate, Heidi, "Staging Modernism at the 1915 San Francisco World's Fair" (Columbia, E. Hutchinson)

Archias, S. Elise, "The Body as a Material in the Early Performance Work of Carolee Schneemann, Yvonne Rainer, and Vito Acconci" (UC Berkeley, A. Wagner)

Atkins, Ashley, "Winslow Homer and Aestheticism in the United States" (Rutgers, W. Bellion)

Backer, Matthew, "Building a Brave New World: The Future Made Present at Chicago's Century of Progress Exposition, 1933–34" (Indiana, Bloomington, S. Burns)

Bailly, Austen Barron, "Painting the American Historical Epic: Thomas Hart Benton and Race, 1919–1936" (UC Santa Barbara, E. B. Robertson)

Ball, Jeffrey, "The Missouri State Capitol: Architecture, Mural Painting, and Sculptural Decoration" (Missouri, O. Overby)

Beggs, Margo, "Harriet Hosmer (1830–1908): Fame, Photography, and the 'American Sculptress'" (Toronto, M. Gotlieb)

Bilbo, Rebecca, "The Art Academy of Cincinnati: A Social, Cultural, and Institutional History" (Indiana, Bloomington, S. Burns)

Boone, Jobyl, "The Spectacle in the Art of the United States after 1967" (Delaware, A. Gibson)

Brooks, Leronn, "An Art of Resistance: The Legacy of Hale Woodruff (1900–1980)" (CUNY, K. Manthorne)

Buckner, Cindy Medley, "Sketched on Copper: The Etching Revival in Late-Nineteenth-Century America" (CUNY, S. Webster)

Buhler, Doyle L., "Capturing the Game: The Artist-Sportsman and Animal Conservation in American Hunting Imagery, 1844–1894" (Iowa, J. Kinsey)

Burgess, Lana A., "Advancing American Art: Survival of an Idea" (Florida State, K. Bearor)

Campbell, Kathryn, "Imaging Russia during the Cold War: Photographs in Life Magazine, 1945–1962" (Virginia Commonwealth, R. Hobbs)

Campbell, Mary, "Holy Lands and Profane Women: Charles Ellis Johnson and the Practice of Mormon Photography" (Stanford, B. Wolf)

Cantor, Karen, "Art and Life of Boris Artzybasheff" (SUNY Stony Brook, M. Bogart)

Caro, Julie Levin, "The Early Career of Allan Rohan Crite (1930–1950)" (UT Austin, L. Henderson, C. Smith)

Clancy, Jonathan, "Transcendentalism and the Crisis of Self in American Art and Culture, 1840–1930" (CUNY, K. Manthorne)

Costello, Eileen Elizabeth, "Between the Easel and the Mural: The Dissolution of Abstract Expressionist Painting into the Realm of Architecture" (UT Austin, R. Shiff)

Coyle, Heather Campbell, "Having Fun with Art: Pranks, Performances, and Parody in American Art Schools, 1890–1915" (Delaware, M. Leja, M. Werth)

Curtiss, Kimberly, "Painting Skin: The Construction of Racial Identity through Representations of American Indians in Jacksonian America, ca. 1828–1848" (Rutgers, W. Bellion)

Dasch, Rowena Houghton, "'Now Exhibiting': Charles Bird King's Picture Gallery, Fashioning Taste, and Nation, 1824–1861" (UT Austin, S. Rather)

De Armendi, Nicole, "Shifting Perception: Labyrinths and the Rise of Phenomenology in American Art of the 1960s and 1970s" (Virginia Commonwealth, R. Hobbs)

Delamaire, Marie-Stéphanie, "Transatlantic Encounters: Franco-American Artistic Exchanges in the Civil War and Reconstruction Era" (Columbia, E. Hutchinson)

Diack, Heather, "The Benefit of the Doubt: An Aporetic Approach to Conceptual Art and Photography, 1965–1980" (Toronto, L. Kaplan)

Diaz, Eva, "Chance and Design: Experimental Art at Black Mountain College" (Princeton, H. Foster)

Dierkes, Anne-Louise, "Assemblage as Opposition: California's Counterculture and the Struggle for U.S. Cultural Definition" (CUNY, A. Chave)

Dooley, Michael C., "Citizen Bird: American Ornithological Art of the Progressive Era and the Beginnings of the Bird Conservation Movement" (Iowa, J. Kinsey)

Dossin, Catherine Julie Marie, "'I Like America & America Likes Me': Artistic Exchanges between France, Germany, and the United States, 1945–1989" (UT Austin, R. Shiff, K. Arens)

Douberley, Amanda Ann, "The Corporate Model: Sculpture, Architecture, and the American City, 1954–1969" (UT Austin, A. Reynolds)

Elliott, Katherine L., "Epic Encounters: Nineteenth- and Early-Twentieth-Century Representations of First Contact" (Iowa, J. Kinsey)

Ellis, Amy, "'Not a Mere Leaf-Painter': Thomas Cole and the Figure" (Columbia, J. Crary, E. Hutchinson)

Enderle, Melanie, "The Canvas as Stage: The Spectacle of the American Theater, ca. 1895–ca. 1940" (Washington, S. Casteras)

Evans, Yates, "Doors and Windows: Eastern Philosophy and Western Aesthetics in the Art of Ray Johnson" (Virginia Commonwealth, R. Hobbs)

Faletti, Rina Cathleen, "Water, Architecture, and Landscape in California and the American West" (UT Austin, M. Charlesworth, R. Shiff)

Fisher, Joshua F., "The Spiral Jetty in the Landscape of Time and Space" (Iowa, C. Adcock)

Folland, Thomas, "Robert Rauschenberg's Combines and a Queer Neo-Avant-Garde: 1954–59" (UCLA, G. Baker)

Foutch, Ellery, "Arresting Beauty: The Perfectionist Impulse in Peale's Butterflies, Heade's Hummingbirds, Blaschka's Flowers, and Sandow's Body" (Pennsylvania, M. Leja)

George, Angela, "The Old New World: Unearthing Mesoamerican Antiquity in the Art and Culture of the United States, 1839–1893" (Maryland, College Park, S. Promey)

Gerhold, Emily, "American Beauties: The Cult of the Bosom in Nineteenth-Century American Art and Culture" (Virginia Commonwealth, E. Garberson)

Glenn, Kimberly L., "The Chicago Renaissance: Art, Racial Pride, and Identity" (Iowa, B. Mooney)

Glick, Paula F., "The Life and Career of Paul Sample" (Columbia, J. Beck)

Glisson, James, "Anxiety and Occlusion: New York City in the Painterly Imagination of the Ashcan School and American Impressionists, 1885–1914" (Northwestern, S. H. Clayson)

Gohari, Sybil E., "Gender and Race in the Critical Reception and Market Value of Helen Frankenthaler's and Alma Thomas's Paintings" (Maryland, College Park, R. Ater)

Gönlögür, Emre, "The Americanization of Postwar Turkish Architectural Culture" (Toronto, P. Scrivano)

Gopinath, Gabrielle, "Figuration and Disappearance in the Work of Bruce Nauman, 1969–1990" (Yale, A. Nemerov, D. Joselit)

Green, Robin Cowie, "'A Certain Slant of Light': Exhilaration, Oppression, and the Forces of Sunlight in American Impressionism" (Yale, A. Nemerov)

Greene, Nikki, "The Rhythm of Glue, Grease, and Grime: Body and Indexicality in the Works of Romare Bearden, David Hammons, and Renée Stout" (Delaware, A. Gibson)

Greenhalgh, Adam, "Risky Business: Chance and Contingency in American Art, 1876–1907" (Maryland, College Park, F. Kelly, S. Promey)

Guglielmo, Antoniette M., "Work-Bench of American Taste: Richard F. Bach, Industrial Art Exhibitions, and Consumerism at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the Interwar Years" (UC Santa Barbara, E. B. Robertson)

Hagood, Martha, "Representing the Truth: Realism, Sensationalism, and the Progressive Era Picture Press, 1902–1913" (Delaware, B. Herman)

Hatch, Kevin, "Looking for Bruce Conner: Assemblage, Films, Drawings, 1957–1967" (Princeton, H. Foster)

Haxall, Daniel, "Politics, Form, and Identity in Abstract Expressionist Collage" (Penn State, S. Rich)

Hellstein, Valerie, "The Politics of Metaphysics: Abstract Art and Spirituality after World War II" (SUNY Stony Brook, M. Bogart)

Hensley, Christal, "The Cult of Personality: Gertrude Stein and the Development of the Object Portrait in the American Visual Arts" (Florida State, K. Bearor)

Heydt, Stephanie Mayer, "The Art of The Gift: Mount, Huntington, and the Antebellum Gift Book Industry" (Boston, P. Hills)

Heyrman, Joy, "'Signature Drawings': Social Networks and Collecting Practices in Antebellum Albums" (Maryland, College Park, S. Promey)

Hixson, Kathryn Ann, "Body to Image: The 1970s" (UT Austin, R. Shiff)

Holochvast, Catherine Reed, "Landscape as Machine: Vision and Imagination in Nineteenth-Century American Painting" (Delaware, W. Bellion)

Huerta, Monica, "Is It Real?" (Michigan, R. Zurier)

Hyde, Kimberly, "Louis C. Tiffany and the Business of Art" (Case Western Reserve, H. Adams)

Ikemoto, Wendy, "Double Vision: Pendant Painting in Antebellum America" (Harvard, J. Roberts)

Inman, Gary, "The Country Place Movement in Central Virginia, 1890–1940" (Virginia Commonwealth, C. Brownell)

Jones, Penny, "Figural Trees: Artistic Response to Forest Loss in Nineteenth-Century America" (Columbia, E. Hutchinson)

Kaiserlian, Michelle, "Artistic Responses to The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám in Great Britain and the United States, c. 1900–1940" (Indiana, Bloomington, M. Facos)

Karpinskaia, Natalia, "Landscape Art and Landscape Attitudes in Russia and America" (Columbia, B. Novak)

Katz, Roberta Gray, "Mediated by Text: The Literary Paintings of Thomas Cole" (UIC, D. Sokol)

Kelly, Sarah E., "Camera's Lens and Mind's Eye: Whistler and the Science of Art" (Columbia, D. Rosand)

Kiefer, Evelyn, "The Birth and Death of the American Dining Room: An Evolution from the Colonial Hall to Frank Lloyd Wright's Dining Rooms and Beyond" (Case Western Reserve, H. Adams)

King, Jennifer, "Michael Asher and the Art of Infrastructure: Space, Cities, Institutions" (Princeton, H. Foster)

Kjaer, Lise, "Awakening the Spiritual: James Turrell and Quaker Practice" (CUNY, H. Senie)

Knappe, Stephanie, "'Art Perpetuating Fame': The Visual Imagery of Buffalo Bill's Wild West" (Kansas, C. Eldredge)

Knox, Page, "Scribner's Monthly/The Century: A Vehicle of Aesthetic Thought in Late-Nineteenth-Century America" (Columbia, E. Hutchinson)

Kohn, Adrian Michael, "Seeing Los Angeles Minimalism, 1958–1972" (UT Austin, R. Shiff)

Kroiz, Lauren, "New Races, New Media: The Struggle for a Modern American Art, 1890–1925" (MIT, C. Jones)

Kurtz, Amy, "Old Worlds and New: Edward Lamson Henry (1814–1919), Conservative Genre Painting" (Yale, J. Prown)

Kuykendall, Lara, "By Popular Demand: The Hero in American Art, c. 1929–1945" (Kansas, C. Eldredge)

Lafountain, Jason, "A History of New England Puritan Art" (Harvard, J. Roberts)

Lanier, Jessica, "Martha Coffin Derby (1783–1832): Travel, Patronage, and the Promotion of Art in the Early Republic" (Bard Graduate Center, K. Ames)

Lawton, Saadia, "Representing the Representative: Visual Binaries of the Wedgwood Slave Medallion, 1787–1887" (Wisconsin, Madison, A. Andrzejewski)

Lee, Kee-Lee, "Sur Vampyr: Theresa Hak Kyang Cha and the Cultural Para-Sites of the Korean Diaspora" (UNC Chapel Hill, C. Mavor)

Liakos, Barbaranne E., "The Civil War and Collective Memory: Reconstructing the National Conflict in Paintings and Prints, 1869–1894" (Iowa, J. Kinsey)

Loechle, Anne M., "Ye Intruders Beware: Masculinity, Vicarious Adventure, and Fantastical Pirates in the Golden Age of Illustration and Beyond" (Indiana, Bloomington, S. Burns)

Madsen, Annelise, "Retro Spectacle: Mural Painting, Pageantry, and the Art of Civic Life in America, 1890–1917" (Stanford, W. Corn)

Mann, Crawford Alexander, Iii, "When in Rome: Italian Travel and the Pursuit of the Ideal Male Body in Antebellum American Art" (Yale, A. Nemerov)

Markovitz, Holly, "Reframing the Frontier: Rephotography, Repetition, and Return" (Boston, K. Sichel)

Marley, Anna, "Rooms with a View: Landscape Representation in Early National Domestic Interiors" (Delaware, W. Bellion)

May, Jessica, "Off the Clock: Walker Evans and the Crisis of American Capital" (UC Berkeley, M. Lovell)

Mazow, Alissa Walls, "Plantae, Animalia, Fungi: Transformations of Natural History in Contemporary American Art" (Penn State, S. Rich)

McAtee, Cammie, "Form and Formalism in American Architecture in the 1950s and '60s" (Harvard, N. Levine)

McGuire, Heather, "John Baldessari: Blasted Allegories" (Virginia Commonwealth, R. Hobbs)

Miller, Mark Parker, "Claiming and Denying Sophistication: Grant Wood's Art and Responses to It: 1930–1942" (Delaware, A. Gibson)

Miller, Sarah, "Inventing 'Documentary' in American Photography, 1930–1945" (Chicago, J. Snyder)

Moss, Dorothy, "Recasting the Copy: Original Paintings and Reproductions at the Dawn of American Mass Culture, c. 1900" (Delaware, M. Leja, M. Werth)

Murphy, Jessica, "Portraiture and Feminine Identity in the Stieglitz Circle: Agnes Ernst Meyer, Katharine Rhoades, and Marion Beckett" (Delaware, M. Werth)

Murphy, Joni, "Coyote Tales: Stereotypes, Politics, and Humor in the Art of Jaune Quick-to-See Smith" (Kansas, D. Cateforis)

Murray, Xiomra, "Before the 'Mellon Gallery': Toward an American National Gallery of Art, 1816–1937" (IFA/NYU, C. Eisler)

Naeem, Asma, "'The Imagery of the Ear': Listening, Sound, and Sound Technologies in American Art, 1850–1950" (Maryland, College Park, S. Promey)

Napolitano, Laura Groves, "Growing Pains: Lilly Martin Spencer's Images of Children" (Maryland, College Park, S. Promey)

Niedzielski-Eichner, Nora, "The South and the City: Representations of Migration in African-American Painting, 1934–1964" (Stanford, B. Wolf)

Nowicki, Susan, "Montclair, New Jersey: The Development of a Suburban Town and Its Architecture" (CUNY, K. Murphy)

Nygard, Travis, "The Art of Agribusiness: How Visual Culture Shaped Grain Production in the U.S., 1893–1943" (Pittsburgh, K. Savage)

Osman, Michael, "Regulation in the Architecture of American Modernism, 1890–1920" (MIT, M. Jarzombek)

Peiffer, Prudence, "Routine Extremism: Ad Reinhardt and Modern Art" (Harvard, Y-A. Bois)

Perry, Weena, "America in Ruins: Photography and the Making of National Meanings" (SUNY Stony Brook, M. Bogart)

Phillips, Natalie E., "The Pop Apocalyptic: Keith Haring's and Kenny Scharf's Remaking of Contemporary Religious Art" (UC Irvine, C. Whiting)

Pohrt, Tanya, "Touring Pictures: The Exhibition of American History Paintings in the Early Republic" (Delaware, M. Leja, W. Bellion)

Powers, Sarah, "Images of Tension: City and Country in the Work of Charles Sheeler, Edward Hopper, and Thomas Hart Benton" (Delaware, A. Gibson, M. Leja)

Price, Justine Dana, "Critical Distinctions: Attitudes towards American Abstraction, 1936–1952" (UT Austin, R. Shiff)

Price, Marshall, "John Ferren and the Development of Abstraction" (CUNY, K. Manthorne)

Pultz, Janet, "Christian Abrahamsen (1887–1983), Norwegian-American Portrait Painter" (Missouri, O. Overby)

Raab, Jennifer, "Frederic Church and the Culture of Detail: Memory, Forgetting, and Landscape in Nineteenth-Century America" (Yale, A. Nemerov)

Ragain, Melissa, "Test Subjects: Psychology and the Viewer of American Art, 1965–75" (Virginia, H. Singerman)

Reynolds, Rebecca, "Sculpture Parks, Sculpture Gardens, and Site-Specific Practices in the U.S., 1965–1991" (Chicago, M. Ward)

Roach, Leigh Anne, "A Positive, Popular Art: Sources, Structure, and Impact of Gyorgy Kepes's Language of Vision" (Florida State, K. Bearor)

Robertson, Letha Clair, "The Art of Thomas Hicks (1817–1890)" (Kansas, C. Eldredge)

Roeder, Katherine, "Cultivating Dreamfulness: Fantasy, Longing, and Commodity Culture in the Work of Winsor McCay" (Delaware, M. Leja, M. Werth)

Roethke, Leigh, "A Passion for Spain: Españolismo in American Visual Culture" (Minnesota, K. A. Marling)

Rosenbaum, Sarah, "In the Public Domain: Public Art, Advanced Capitalism, and the Contemporary City" (Harvard, Y-A. Bois)

Rottner, Nadja, "Claes Oldenburg and the Emergence of the 'Happening'" (Columbia, J. Rajchman, R. Krauss, B. Joseph)

Rufino, Stephanie, "The Art and Color of Jules Guérin" (Virginia, R. Wilson)

Samet, Jennifer, "Another New York School: The 'Secret History' of Figurative Painting, 1960–1980" (CUNY, P. Mainardi)

Scanlon, Patricia S., "'God-gifted girls': Women Illustrators, Gender, Class, and Commerce in American Visual Culture, 1885–1925" (Indiana, Bloomington, S. Burns)

Sherry, Karen, "Exposing the 'Natural' Woman: Female Bodies in American Visual Culture, 1785 to 1830" (Delaware, M. Leja)

Sivard, Susan, "The Volcano in European and American Art, 1770–1865" (Columbia, B. Novak, E. Hutchinson)

Smith, Jerry, "Auto-America: The Automobile and American Art, c. 1900–1950" (Kansas, C. Eldredge)

Snook, Sarah, "The Development of the American Art Market in Antebellum New York" (Columbia, D. Rosand)

Stamey, Emily, "Pop, Place, and Personal Identity in the Art of Roger Shimomura" (Kansas, D. Cateforis, C. Eldredge)

Stephens, Rachel E., "Ralph E. W. Earl and the Myth of Jacksonian Politics" (Iowa, J. Kinsey)

Stuart, Carolyn, "American Autoscapes: The View from the Road, 1920–1949" (UCLA, S. Nelson)

Talbott, Jennifer, "Avis Mortis: Ornithology and Modern American Art" (Kansas, C. Eldredge)

Toteva, Maia Todorova, "Language Use in Conceptual Art: Eastern European and North American Strategies" (UT Austin, R. Shiff)

Travis, Amber, "Theatres of War, Torture, and Duress: Leon Golub's Mercenaries, Interrogations, and White Squads: 1979–1987" (Northwestern, S. Eisenman)

Trent, Mary, "Reproducing Childhood: Innocence and Mass Media in the Art of Joseph Cornell and Henry Darger" (UC Irvine, C. Whiting)

Tsen, Hsuan, "Spectacles of Authenticity: The Internationalization of Mass Entertainment in Japan and America, 1890–1910" (Stanford, S. Bukatman)

Tuite, Diana, "Methods for Modernism: Arthur Wesley Dow Intersects the Stieglitz Circle" (Princeton, J. Wilmerding)

Ureña, Leslie, "Lewis Hine at Ellis Island: The Photography of Immigration and Race, 1904–1926" (Northwestern, S. Eisenman)

Vincenti, Marissa, "Our Spiritual Strivings: Gurdjieffian Philosophy, Spiritualism, and Politics in the Art of Aaron Douglas" (Duke, R. Powell)

Walz, Jonathan Frederick, "Abstract Portraiture and the American Avant-Garde, 1912–1927" (Maryland, College Park, S. Promey)

Warak, Melissa Christine, "Sound Exchange: Interactions of Music and Art, 1955–1976" (UT Austin, L. Henderson)

Weathers, Chelsea Lea, "Shooting Underground: Andy Warhol's Cinema and the Making of a Public Image, 1963–1966" (UT Austin, A. Reynolds)

Weiss, Francine, "Visual Verses: Modernist Collaborations of American Artists and Poets, 1921–1946—Charles Demuth and William Carlos Williams, Walker Evans and Hart Crane, Edward Weston and Walt Whitman, Andrew Wyeth and Robert Frost" (Boston, P. Hills, K. Sichel)

Wilde, Tamara L., "Virgins and Vixens: Women, Musical Instruments, and Identity in Gilded Age Art" (Iowa, J. Kinsey)

Williams, Thomas, "Pop Art, Youth Culture, and Social Change in the 1960s" (SUNY Stony Brook, J. Katz)

Witt, Susan Powell, "The Gendered Language of War: Picturing the Parlor in Civil War America" (Stanford, B. Wolf)

Wofford, Tobias, "Constructing Africa: The Visualization of Homeland and Diaspora in African American Art during the 1960s and 1970s" (UCLA, S. Nelson)

Wolf, Vanessa, "Surplus Feeling: War and Remembrance in Lee Bontecou's Wall Reliefs, 1958–1966" (Yale, A. Nemerov)

Yoshida, Atsushi, "Modern Eremites: Art and the Vocation of Withdrawal in Gilded Age America" (Washington University, A. Miller)

Zundo, Mary Elizabeth, "Mapping Destiny: Cartography and Nineteenth-Century American Art of the Frontier" (UIUC, D. O'Brien)