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, 2011

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Block, Elizabeth L., “Respecting Hair: The Culture and Representation of Women’s Hairstyles, 1865–90” (CUNY, K. Murphy)

Brandt, Amy, “Complicity and Critique: ‘Neo-Geo’ Art of the 1980s” (CUNY, A. Chave)

Buhler, Doyle L., “Capturing the Game: The Artist-Sportsman and Early Animal Conservation in American Hunting Imagery, 1830s–1890s” (Iowa, J. Kinsey-Fields)

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

Foutch, Ellery, “Arresting Beauty: The Perfectionist Impulse of 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)

Goldman, Jason, “Open Secrets: Publicity, Privacy, and Histories of American Art, 1958–69” (USC, R. Meyer)

Greenhalgh, Adam, “Risky Business: Chance and Contingency in American Art Around 1900” (Maryland, College Park, F. Kelly, S. Promey)

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

Hill, Jason, “Artist as Reporter: The PM News Picture, 1940–1948” (USC, R. Meyer)

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

Hult-Lewis, Christine, “The Mining Photographs of Carleton Watkins, 1858–1891, and the Origins of Corporate Photography” (Boston, K. Sichel)

Kuykendall, Lara, “‘By Popular Demand’: The Hero in American Art, ca. 1929–45” (Kansas, C. Eldredge)

Lemay, Kate, “Forgotten Memorials: The American Cemeteries in France from World War II” (Indiana, S. Burns)

Meyer, Kate, “Broken Ground: Plowing and America’s Cultural Landscape in the 1930s” (Kansas, C. Eldredge)

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

Picard, Sara Mandel, “Defying and Delineating Race in Antebellum New Orleans: The Life and Art of Jules Lion” (Indiana, S. Burns)

Rees, Nathan, “Esoteric Primitivism: The Transcendental Painting Group and Native American Cultures” (Maryland, College Park, S. Promey)

Robertson, Breanne, “Forging a New World Nationalism: Ancient Mexico in United States Art and Visual Culture, 1933–1945” (Maryland, College Park, S. Promey)

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

Russo, Jillian, “From the Ground Up: Holger Cahill and the Promotion of American Art 1913–1952” (CUNY, K. Manthorne)

Sherry, Karen, “Exposing the ‘Natural’ Woman: Female Bodies in American Visual Culture, 1785 to 1830” (Delaware, M. Leja, W. Bellion)

Sivard, Susan M., “Upheaval and Transformation: The Volcano in American and European Art, 1765–1865” (Columbia, B. Novak, E. Hutchinson)

Stephens, Jolee, “Modern Art and Modern Movement: Images of Dance in American Art, ca. 1900–1950” (Kansas, C. Eldredge)

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

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

Webster, Dwight, “Gospel Music in the United States of American 1960s–1980s: A Study of the Themes of ‘Survival,’ ‘Elevation,’ and ‘Liberation’ in a Popular Urban Contemporary Black Folk Sacred Mass Music” (Graduate Theological Union, A. Smith, Jr.)

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