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, 2012

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Archino, Sarah, “Reframing the Narrative of Dada in New York, 1910–1926” (CUNY, R. Long)

Ashe, Lisa Frye, “‘The Big Canvas’: Scale, Size, and the Spaces of American Painting, 1948–1968” (Virginia, H. Singerman)

Bennett, Elizabeth, “Economies of Valuation and Desire: How New Deal Photography Made the Amish Modern” (UC Berkeley, M. Lovell)

Bramham, Diana, “US Artists Imagining Mexico, Central America, and Cuba, 1875–1910” (Rutgers, S. Sidlauskas)

Burns, Emily, “Innocence Abroad: The Construction and Marketing of an American Artistic Identity in France, 1880–1910” (Washington University, A. Miller)

Byrd, Dana E., “Reconstructions: The Material Culture of the Plantation, 1861–1877” (Yale, E. Cooke, Jr.)

Carroll, Katherine, “Modernizing the American Medical School, 1893–1940: Architecture, Pedagogy, Professionalization, and Philanthropy” (Boston, K. N. Morgan)

Castenell, Wendy, “Color Outside the Lines: Liminality and Creole Identity in Louisiana from the Colonial Era to Reconstruction” (Missouri, Columbia, K. Schwain)

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

Dodge, Jackson, “The Place of the Sublime in American Art from Thomas Cole to Robert Smithson” (UC Santa Barbara, R. Williams)

Elder, Nicole “Show and Tell: Representation, Communication, and the Still Lifes of William M. Harnett” (Princeton, R. DeLue)

Glisson, James, “Anxiety and Occlusion: New York in the Imagination of American Impressionist and Ashcan School Artists, 1885–1914” (Northwestern, S. H. Clayson)

Gohari, Sybil E., “Through the Looking Glass: Race and Gender in the Reception of Paintings by Helen Frankenthaler, Norman Lewis, Alma Thomas, and Mark Tobey” (Maryland, College Park, R. Ater)

Green, Midori, “Sec’s Appeal: The Secretary in American Popular Culture, 1872–1964” (Minnesota, K. Solomonson)

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

Harris, Shawnya, “Conceptualizing African American Art: The Market, Academic Discourse, and Public Reception” (UNC Chapel Hill, L. Williams)

Havemeyer, Ann, “An Architect of Place and the Village Beautiful: Alfredo Taylor in Norfolk, Connecticut” (Yale, E. Cooke, Jr.)

Howe, Catherine, “Average Joes and Mean Girls: The Representation and Transformation of the Average American, 1890–1945” (UC Santa Barbara, B. Robertson)

Knox, Page, “Scribner’s Monthly, 1870–1881: Illustrating a New American Art World” (Columbia, E. Hutchinson)

Lindenberger Wellen, Laura, “Looking Forward Together: Three Studies of Artistic Practice in the South, 1920–1940” (UT Austin, A. Reynolds)

Luarca-Shoaf, Nenette, “The Mississippi River in Antebellum Visual Culture” (Delaware, W. Bellion)

Markoski, Katherine, “Elective Affinities: Artistic Practice at Black Mountain College, 1948–1953” (Johns Hopkins, M. Fried, K. Tuma)

Monteiro, Lyra, “Racializing the Ancient World: Ancestry and Identity in the Early United States” (Brown, S. Alcock)

Moss, Dorothy, “Translations, Appropriations, and Copies of Paintings at the Dawn of Mass Culture in the United States, ca. 1900” (Delaware, M. Leja, M. Werth)

Posner, Avrom, “Civic Improvement: Chautauqua and Progressive Era Aesthetic Reform” (Virginia, R. G. Wilson)

Puchner, Edward, “‘speaking His mind in my mind’: Racialized Theology, Divine Inspiration, and African American Art” (Indiana, S. Burns)

Ragain, Melissa, “Test Subjects: Psychology and the Viewer in American Sculpture, 1955–1975” (Virginia, H. Singerman)

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

Root, Colin, “‘Living on the Level’: The Significance of Horizontality in Shaping Cold-War America” (Boston, K. N. Morgan)

Sels, Kim, “Assembling Identity: The Object-Portrait in American Art, 1917–1927” (Rutgers, J. Marter)

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

Washington, Tiffany, “Associated American Artists and the American Art World of the 1930s” (Case Western Reserve, A. Helmreich)

Wasserman, Andrew, “Contemporary Manhattan Cartographies: Ephemeral Public Art Projects in New York in the 1990s and 2000s” (Stony Brook University, M. Bogart)

Weiss, Alexandra Davis, “The Artist-as-Celebrity: Picturing Artistic Fame in Vanity Fair, Vogue, and Harper’s Bazaar Magazines, 1921–1951” (Pennsylvania, M. Leja)

Weiss, Francine, “Visual Verses: Edward Weston’s Photographs for Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, 1941–1942” (Boston, P. Hills)