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 Completed by Subject, 2009

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Abbamontian, Ramela, “Armenian-American Artists: Forging a Diasporic Identity in Los Angeles” (UCLA, C. Villaseñor-Black)

Atkins, Ashley, “Winslow Homer and Aestheticism in the United States” (Rutgers, S. Sidlauskas)

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

Brooks, LeRonn, “Paradigms for Freedom: Hale Woodruff, the New Negro, and Landscape” (CUNY, K. Manthorne)

De Armendi, Nicole, “Phenomenological Labyrinths in 1960s and 1970s American Art” (Virginia Commonwealth, R. Hobbs)

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

Dubois, Michelle, “From the Edge of Chaos: Charles Seliger’s Representations of ‘The Structure of Becoming’” (Boston, P. Hills)

Elliott, Katherine L., “Epic Encounters: First Contact Imagery in Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century American Art” (Iowa, J. Kinsey-Fields)

Fay, Brendan, “American Photography and Abstraction, 1940–1960: Minor White, Aaron Siskind, and Harry Callahan” (Harvard, R. Kelsey)

Finstein, Amy, “Lofty Visions: The Architectural Intentions and Contrary Realities of Elevated Urban Highways in America, 1900–1959” (Virginia, R. Wilson)

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

Gustafson, Donna, “At Home in the Sixties: Images of the Home in American Art, 1960–1975” (Rutgers, J. Marter)

Haxall, Daniel, “Cut-and-Paste Abstraction: Politics, Form, and Identity in Abstract Expressionist Collage” (Penn State. S. Rich)

Heyrman, Joy Peterson, “‘Signature Drawings’: Social Networks and Collecting Practices in Antebellum Albums” (Maryland, College Park, S. Promey)

Hooper-Lane, Elizabeth, “Domestic Modernism in Middle America: Midwestern Women in Their Postwar Homes” (Wisconsin, Madison, A. S. Martin)

Ikemoto, Wendy, “The Space Between: Paired Paintings in Antebellum America” (Harvard, J. Roberts)

Katz, Roberta Gray, “The Literary Paintings of Thomas Cole: Image and Text” (UIC, D. Sokol)

Kohn, Adrian Michael, “Heightened Perception: Donald Judd, John Chamberlain, Robert Irwin, and Larry Bell, 1960–1975” (UT Austin, R. Shiff)

Liakos, Barbaranne, “The American Civil War and Collective Memory: Reconstructing the National Conflict in Paintings and Prints, 1869–1894” (Iowa, J. Kinsey-Fields)

Marley, Anna, “Rooms with a View: Landscape Representation in Early National and Late Colonial Domestic Interiors” (Delaware, W. Bellion)

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

Miller, Sarah, “Inventing ‘Documentary’ in American Photography, 1930–1945” (Chicago, J. Snyder)

Milnarik, Elizabeth Ann, “The Federally Funded American Dream: Public Housing as an Engine for Social Improvement, 1933–1937” (Virginia, R. Wilson)

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

Napolitano, Laura Groves, “Nurturing Change: Lilly Martin Spencer's Images of Children” (Maryland, College Park, S. Promey)

Niedzielski-Eichner, Nora, “Integrating Modernism: The Migration Paintings of Aaron Douglas, Jacob Lawrence, and Romare Bearden” (Stanford, B. Wolf)

Nygard, Travis, “Seeds of Agribusiness: Grant Wood and the Visual Culture of Grain Farming, 1862–1957” (Pittsburgh, K. Savage)

Raab, Jennifer, “Frederic Church and the Culture of Detail” (Yale, A. Nemerov)

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

Rosenblum, Charles, “The Architecture of Henry Hornbostel: Progressive and Traditional Design in American Beaux Arts Architecture” (Virginia, R. Wilson)

Rottner, Nadja, “Claes Oldenburg and the Emergence of the ‘Happening’” (Columbia, J. Rajchman, R. Krauss, B. Joseph)

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

Van Horn, Jennifer, “The Object of Civility and the Art of Politeness in British America (1740–1780)” (Virginia, M. McInnis)

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