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, 2004

Show completed dissertations

Abbott, Janet, “The Barnett Aden Gallery of Washington, D.C.: 1943–1969” (Penn State, J. H. Robinson)

Addonizio, Shari, “Charismatic Masters, Serious Young Men, and Angels Under White Umbrellas: The Summer Art Schools at Magnolia, Shinnecock, and Provincetown” (Florida State, K. Bearor)

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

Archias, S. Elise, “The Body as a Material c. 1970: Yvonne Rainer, Vito Acconci, and Adrian Piper” (UC Berkeley, A. Wagner)

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

Baker, Kelly, “A Southern Sense of Place: The Vernacular Landscape in the Photography of William Christenberry, Carrie Mae Weems, and Sally Mann” (CUNY, G. Batchen)

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

Baxter Bell, Adrienne, “The Metaphysical Paintings of George Inness” (Columbia, D. Rosand)

Bershad, Deborah, “The New York City Hall Portrait Collection: 1790–1830” (CUNY, S. Webster)

Boettcher, Graham, “Domestic Violence: Familial and Political Conflict in the Work of Emanuel Leutze” (Yale, A. Nemerov)

Bortel, Ellen, “George Ohr: His Life, Work, and Influence On Contemporary Ceramics” (Case Western Reserve, H. Adams)

Brown, Mikell, “The Photographer’s Wife: Genre-Blurring in Emmet Gowin’s Photographs of Edith and the Dialectics of Looking” (Virginia Commonwealth, R. Hobbs)

Burdan, Amanda C., “Amèricaines in Paris: The Role of Women Artists in the Formation of America’s Cultural Identity, 1865–1880” (Brown, K. D. Kriz)

Burgess, Rebekah, “Collecting Agency: Turn-of-the-Century Lowell, Massachusetts, Workers Return the Camera’s Gaze” (Boston, K. Sichel)

Burt, Sarah, “Joseph Worchester and the Church of the New Jerusalem: Creating a Bay-Area Aesthetic” (Kansas, C. Eldredge)

Carr, Dennis, “Early Furnituremaking in the Narragansett Bay, 1636–1740” (Yale, E. Cooke Jr.)

Clayton, Lisa, “Shaping Struggle: Heroic Themes in African American Art, 1929–1959” (Virginia Commonwealth, B. Lawal)

Colaizzi, Vittorio, “Robert Ryman, Minimalism, and Painting” (Virginia Commonwealth, R. Hobbs)

Copeland, Huey, “Bound to Appear: Site, Subjection, and the Disfiguration of Slavery in Multicultural America” (UC Berkeley, A. Wagner)

Cowie, Robin, “Blazing Sun: Childe Hassam and the Forces of Sunlight in American Impressionism” (Yale, A. Nemerov)

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

Curtiss, Kimberly, “Making Red Skins White: The Construction of Racial and Cultural Identity Through Paintings and Photographs of the Native American, 1800–1900” (Rutgers, W. Bellion)

Daugherty, Ellen, “Lifting the Veil of Ignorance: Images of Racial Uplift in American Public Monuments” (University of Virginia, M. McInnis)

Davis, Meredith, “Fool’s Gold: American Trompe L’oeil and the Gilded Age” (Columbia, J. Crary)

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

Deming, Diane, “Wasteland Poetics On the Western Frontier: Visualizing the Environment of the Great Basin” (Delaware, A. Gibson)

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

Durham, Dennis, “N.E. Thing Co. in Vancouver (1965–1978): Defining Conceptual Art On the Periphery” (Virginia Commonwealth, R. Hobbs)

Egan, Shannon, “An American Art: Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indian, 1907–1930” (Johns Hopkins, B. Doherty)

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

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

Gaston, Deborah, “Immigration, Ethnicity, and the Early Drawings of Joseph Stella, 1896–1924” (Delaware, W. Homer)

Geiger, Melissa, “A Socio-Historical Critique of Robert Rauschenberg’s Electronic Works of the Sixties” (Penn State, S. Rich)

Gilbert, Christopher, “American Art and Language During the Period of the Fox (1974–1976)” (Virginia Commonwealth, R. Hobbs)

Gillespie, Sarah Katie, “Samuel F. B. Morse and the Daguerreotype: Art and Science in American Culture, 1835–1855” (CUNY, K. Manthorne)

Glahn, Philip, “Estrangement and Politicization: Bertolt Brecht and Postwar American Art” (CUNY, R. Golan)

Glick, Paula F., “Paul Sample: Regionalist Artist” (Columbia, J. Beck)

Greenhill, Jennifer, “‘The Plague of Jocularity’: Art, Humor, and the American Social Body, 1863–1906” (Yale, A. Nemerov)

Groves, Laura, “Lilly Martin Spencer and Popular Prints” (Maryland, College Park, S. Promey)

Grudin, Anthony, “Television Dreams: Warhol’s Style and the Ambivalence of Emulation” (UC Berkeley, T. J. Clark)

Hack, Brian, “Lorado Taft, George Grey Barnard, and the Promise of Monumental Symbolist Sculpture in Early Twentieth-Century America” (CUNY, S. Webster)

Hagood, Martha, “Representing the Truth: Realism, Sensationalism, and the Progressive Era Picture Press, 1902-1913” (Delaware, W. Homer)

Hanson, Debra, “Gender, Genre, and Domesticity: Thomas Eakins’ Home Scenes of the 1870s” (Virginia Commonwealth, R. Hobbs)

Hartley, Cody, “Cultural Cornerstones: Museums as Foundational Civic Institutions in the Western United States (1893–1945)” (UC Santa Barbara, E. B. Robertson)

Haughey, Patrick, “The Presidential Library: Archive, Afterlife, and the National Imagination” (MIT, M. Jarzombek)

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

Henry, Bettina Riccio, “Lights, Camera, Art: John Baldessari, Ed Ruscha, and Hollywood Film” (CUNY, H. Senie)

Higginbotham, Carmenita, “Saturday Night at the Savoy: Blackness and the Urban Spectacle in the Art of Reginald Marsh” (Michigan, R. Zurier)

Hubenthal, John, “A Life in the Newspapers: The American Press and George Grosz” (Virginia Commonwealth, H. Risatti)

Huckins, Pamela, “Furnishing the Northern Frontier: The Sacred Decoration of the California Mission Churches” (IFA/NYU, J. Brown)

Hult-Lewis, Christine, “Industrial Aesthetics: The Mining Photographs of Carleton Watkins, 1851–1891” (Boston, K. Sichel)

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

Ikegami, Hiroko, “1964: Robert Rauschenberg and the Beginnings of Globalization in Modern Art” (Yale, A. Nemerov)

Jarman, Baird, “Edwin Austin Abbey and the Quest of the Holy Grail” (Yale, J. Prown)

Jones, Penny, “Figural Trees: American Artists and Forest Debate in the Nineteenth Century” (Columbia, E. Hutchinson)

Jung, Eun Young, “From Sculpture to Situations: Critical Issues in Dan Flavin’s Fluorescent Light Installations of the 1960s” (UIUC, J. Fineberg)

Kaps, Nanni, “Similarities of Form and Concept in American and German Nineteenth-Century Landscape Painting” (Columbia, B. Novak)

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

Kelly, Sarah, “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)

Kienholz, Kathleen, “The Art Colonies at Cape Ann, 1890–1920” (CUNY, K. Murphy)

Kilbane, Nora, “A Tug From the Jug: Drink and Drinking in Nineteenth-Century American Genre Painting” (Ohio State, B. Groseclose)

King, Jennifier, “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)

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

Koh, Dong-Yeon, “Larry Rivers and Frank O’Hara: Reframing Male Subjectivity” (CUNY, A. Chave)

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

Lamuniere, Michelle, “The Social Museum at Harvard: Francis Greenwood Peabody and Early Twentieth-Century Social Reform Photography in Context” (Boston, K. Sichel)

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)

Levine, Cary, “Pay For Your Pleasures: Mike Kelley, Raymond Pettibon, Paul McCarthy” (CUNY, R. Golan)

Longwell, Alicia, “John Graham and the Quest For an American Art in the 1920s and 1930s” (CUNY, K. Manthorne)

Marshall, Darlene, “The Character of the Home: The Domestic Interior in American Painting, 1860–1900” (Penn State, C. Zabel, S. Rich)

Marshall, Jennifer J., “The Stuff of Modern Life: Materiality and Thingness in the Museum of Modern Art’s Machine Art Show, 1934” (UCLA, C. Whiting, M. Kwon)

Mauro, Hayes Peter, “Art, Science, and Social Representation in the United States, 1830–1890” (CUNY, K. Manthorne)

May, Jessica, “Off the Clock: Walker Evans and the Crisis of American Capital, 1930–1946” (UC Berkeley, M. M. Lovell)

McCarroll, Stacey, “Intimate Images: The Public and the Private in Twentieth-Century American Photography” (Boston, C. Jones)

Meschutt, David, “Portraiture of James Monroe (1758–1831)” (Delaware, W. Bellion)

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

Monahan, Anne, “Form and Content: Politics and Figuration in American Art of the 1960s” (Delaware, A. Gibson)

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

Murphy, Jessica, “Agnes Ernst Meyer, Katharine Rhoades, and Marion Beckett: Artist and Patrons in the Stieglitz Circle” (Delaware, A. Gibson)

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

Murphy, Kevin M., “The Economics of Style: The Business Practices of American Artists and the Structure of the Market, 1850–1910” (UC Santa Barbara, E. B. Robertson)

Nelson, Andrea, “Reading Montage: The Photography Books of Làszlò Moholy-Nagy and Walker Evans” (Minnesota, J. Blocker)

Newman, Sarah, “Excavating New York: George Bellows’s Landscapes of Modernity” (UC Berkeley, M. M. Lovell)

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

Peabody, Rebecca, “Imagining Race: Kara Walker’s Silhouettes” (Yale, H. Carby, R. Thompson)

Perchuk, Andrew, “Mapping the Surface: Art and Modernism in Los Angeles, 1962–1972” (Yale, C. Wood)

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

Phillips, Ruth Anne, “Pre-Columbian Appropriation: Ancient American Influence in U.S. Architecture, 1910–1940” (CUNY, J. Sund)

Poor, Natasha, “Dirty Art: Transgressing Domesticity and the Body in 1950s United States Art” (CUNY, A. Chave)

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

Rau, Paula, “Chance Encounters: John Cage’s Late Visual Works” (Virginia Commonwealth, H. Risatti)

Reason, Akela, “Beyond Realism: History in the Art of Thomas Eakins” (Maryland, College Park, S. Promey)

Reece-Hughes, Shirley, “The Art of David Bates” (Kansas, C. Eldredge)

Reymond, Rhonda, “For Glory and For Beauty: Richard Morris Hunt, George W. Vanderbilt, and All Souls’ Church” (Georgia, J. Simon)

Reynolds, Rebecca, “Anna Hyatt Huntington as a Case Study For the Influence of the Culture of Science On Art in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries” (Boston, P. Hills)

Roberts, Ellen, “Japanese Art and the American Aesthetic Interior, 1870–1900” (Boston, P. Hills, K. Morgan)

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

Rogers, Karen L., “Checkerboard: Complexities of the Grid and the Making of Place in the American Southwest” (SUNY Binghamton, C. Burroughs)

Rundquist, Leisa, “Firestorms and Conflagrations: The Inflamed Cosmology of Henry Darger” (UNC Chapel Hill, C. Mavor)

Sailor, Rachel M., “Meaningful Places: Nineteenth-Century Photography and the Local Landscapes of the American West” (Iowa, J. Kinsey)

Samuel, Anne, “Rethinking Vision in the American Renaissance Murals of Edwin Howland Blashfield” (Delaware, M. Leja)

Scolari, Paul, “Indian Warriors and Pioneer Mothers: American Identity and the Closing of the Frontier in Public Monuments, 1890–1930” (Pittsburgh, K. Savage)

Senf, Rebecca, “Intimate Places: Ansel Adams’s Photographs in the American West and Southwest, 1916–1936” (Boston, K. Sichel)

Sheehan, Tanya, “Doctor Photo: The Cultural Authority of Portrait Photography as Medicine in Nineteenth-Century America” (Brown, K. Kriz)

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

Siddons, Louise, “The Future of the American Race: Theorizing Reproduction in Print Media, 1925–1940” (Stanford, W. Corn)

Sinnett, Gretchen, “Envisioning Female Adolescence: Rites of Passage in Late Nineteenth-Century Painting and Photography” (Pennsylvania, E. Johns)

Sivard, Susan, “The Volcano in European and American Art, 1770–1865” (Columbia, B. Novak)

Slifkin, Robert, “Out of Time: Philip Guston’s 1970 Marlborough Show” (Yale, A. Nemerov)

Smith, Caroline, “American Artists’ Frames: Paintings, Environments, and Viewers” (UC Santa Barbara, E. B. Robertson)

Smith, Daniella, “Hotel Design in British Mandate Palestine: Alliance of Modernism, Tourism, and National Agenda” (The Bard Graduate Center, A. Ogata)

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)

Towns, Elizabeth, “Wondrous Creatures: The Hummingbird and Orchid Paintings of Martin Johnson Heade” (UNC Chapel Hill, C. Mavor)

Travis, Amber, “Theatres of War, Torture, and Duress: Leon Golub’s Mercenaries, Interrogations, and White Squads 1979–87” (Northwestern, S. Eisenman)

Twa, Lindsay, “Troubling Island: The Imagining and Imaging of Haiti By African-American Artists” (UNC Chapel Hill, M. Harris)

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

Wagner, Ann Prentice, “‘Living On Paper’: Georgia O’Keeffe and the Culture of Drawing and Watercolor in the Stieglitz Circle” (Maryland, College Park, S. Promey)

Wagner, Sarah, “Zen and the Artists of the Eighth Street Club” (CUNY, A. Chave)

Watson, Samuel, “Childhood’s End: Representing the American Child, 1940–1970” (Kansas, C. Eldredge)

Wilk, Deborah, “Jewish Identity in American Art: Immigration in New York City at the Turn of the Century” (Kansas, C. Eldredge)

Williams, Thomas, “Pop Art, Affluence, and the Politics of Taste” (SUNY Stony Brook, J. Katz)

Wortham, B. D., “Mythologies of an Everyday Landscape: Henry Ford at the Wayside Inn Farm, 1923–1945” (MIT, M. Jarzombek)

Zarro, Jennifer, “Images of the American City: Maps, Prints, and Magazine Views, 1780–1800” (Rutgers, W. Bellion)