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

Dissertations in Progress by Subject, 2018

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Bell-Brown, Jessica, “Bad Attachments: The Unmoored Painterly Object in the Post Civil Rights Decade” (Princeton, C. Okeke-Agulu)

Cobb, Dariel, “Building Négritude: Francophonie, Tropicalité, and Invented Tradition” (MIT, A. Dutta)

Cooney, Lynne, “The Transparent Glass Cabinet: The Politics of Display in Exhibitions in Johannesburg After Apartheid” (Boston University, C. Becker)

Fine, Jonathan, “Mandu Yenu Thrones: Tradition, Aesthetics, and Politics in the Bamum Kingdom, 1885-2008” (Princeton, C. Okeke-Agulu)

Forbes, Carlee S. “Art, Innovation, and Collecting in Colonia-Era Congo” (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, V. Rovine)

Gundlach, Cory K. “Spirited Objects: Lobi Art in West Africa and Beyond” (University of Iowa, C. Roy)

Heckscher, Marguerite, “Dancing People: Figurative Imagery, Movement, and Object/Body Interplays in Shambaa Mphungwa in Northeastern Tanzania” (University of Wisconsin-Madison, H. Drewal)

Kindred, Clayton, “An Archaeology of Castration: The Image of the Eunuch in Nineteenth-Century Art” (Ohio State University, A. Shelton)

Lathrop, Perrin, “A Sublime Art: Akinola Lasekan and Colonial Modernism in Nigeria” (Princeton, C. Okeke-Agulu)

Liljegren, Dana, “L’art de la poubelle: Récupération and Politics of Trash in Senegalese Art, 1970–2010” (Graduate Center, CUNY, C. Bishop)

Lima, Álvaro Luís, “Art in Mozambique at the End of Socialism” (Columbia University, Z. Strother)

Masilela, Nomaduma, “Set Setal’s Imaginaire: Intervention in Public Space, Historiography, and Conceptualism” (Columbia University, K. Jones)

Oldjira, Meseret, “Commemoration and Community: Illuminated Gospel Manuscripts in Monastic Ethiopia, 1280-1350” (Princeton, C. Barber and B. Kitzinger)

Purdy, Janet, “Carved Swahili Doors: Gateways of Status, Trade, and Transaction in East Africa” (Penn State, W. Dewey)

Villarroel, Fernanda “Repurposing debris of Global Capitalism: Contemporary art from Lagos, Nigeria, in the Transnational Affective Economy” (University of Wisconsin-Madison, J.Casid)

Wolff, Rebecca, “Art During Wartime: The Nigerian Civil War and Nigerian Contemporary Art” (UCLA, S. Nelson)

Woudstra, Rixt, “Countering Independence: Architecture, Decolonization and the Design of Stability in British Africa (1945-1963)” (MIT, T. Hyde)