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

Material Culture
Dissertations in Progress by Subject, 2016

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Alexander, Kaylee, “Necro/polis: In Between Paris, 1786–1870” (Duke, N. McWilliam)

Amrhein, Anastasia, “Multimedia Image-Making in Assyria: Visualizations of the Numinous in Political Context” (Pennsylvania, H. Pittman)

Beardsley, Amanda, “Celestial Mechanics: Technologies of Salvation in American Mormonism” (Binghamton University, T. McDonough, P. Smart)

Berger, Sara, “L’Horloge qui chante: Technics, Aesthetics, and Telling Time in Nineteenth-Century France” (MIT, A. Dutta)

Buckley, Cali, “Crafting the Image of the Human Body: The Development of Interactive Anatomical Models in Early Modern Europe” (Penn State, C. Houghton)

Cavallo, Bradley, “The Symbolic Significances of Early Modern Paintings on Metal and Stone Supports, c. 1520–1700” (Temple, T. Cooper)

Cook, Emily, “Legacies of Matter: Tradition, Innovation, Remediation in the Materials of Roman Ideal Sculpture” (Columbia, F. de Angelis)

Cooley, Jessica A., “Precarious Objects: Conservation in the Art Museum after the Americans with Disabilities Act” (Wisconsin, Madison, J. Casid)

de Laforcade, Sonia,“Áudio-Visual: The Slide as Medium in Brazilian Art of the 1970s” (Princeton, I. Small)

Dootson, Kirsty, “Industrial Color: Chromatic Technologies in Britain (1856–1971)” (Yale, T. Barringer, K. Trumpener)

Gent, Madeline, “Re-covering Shidai Manhua: The Relationship between Manhua, Its Audience, and Publishing Culture in 1930s Shanghai” (Maryland, College Park, J. Kuo)

Griffiths, Christine, “From Garden to Toilette: Cultivating Perfume in Early Modern England” (Bard Graduate Center, D. Krohn)

Kang, Changduk, “Before the Reality Effect: Wax Representations in Eighteenth-Century France” (Columbia, A. Higonnet)

King, Katherine, “Deliberate Defacement: Provocation and Response in Byzantine Illuminated Manuscripts” (Princeton, C. Barber)

Larnerd, Joseph Harold, “‘The Cut Glass Age’: Crystallizations of American Culture in Cut Glass, 1876 to 1920” (Stanford, A. Nemerov)

Larsen, Christian, “Aquarela do Brasil: Transnational Flows of Brazilian Design and Material Culture” (Bard Graduate Center, P. Kirkham)

Muckart, Heather, “Reformation of the Portrait: Likeness and Artlessness in Early Modern English Martyr Portraits” (University of British Columbia, B. Wilson)

Pilavci, Türkan, “Drinking a God and Sacrificing a Drink: Hittite Libation Vessels in Art and Ritual” (Columbia, Z. Bahrani)

Ruff, Georgina, “Beyond Light and Space: How the Lamp Changes Everything” (UIC, H. Higgins)

Sánchez Gómez, Antonio, “An Exotic Object and Its Places: The Thor Washing Machine in Barranquilla and Bogotá, 1906–1920” (Bard Graduate Center, C. Whalen)

Situ, Xiao, “Emily Dickinson's Window Culture, 1830–1886” (Yale, E. Cooke, Jr; A. Nemerov)

Spratt, Emily, “Byzantium not Forgotten: Constructing the Artistic and Cultural Legacy of an Empire between East and West in the Early Modern Period” (Princeton, P. Brown)

Stavis, Jacob, “The Formation of Achaemenid Art: New Approaches to Persian Material Culture” (Columbia, Z. Bahrani)

Steingart, Elana, “Seal Cognition in Bronze Age Crete: Thinking Through the Imprint” (Toronto, C. Knappett)

Szalay, Gabriella, “Materializing the Past: The History of Art and Natural History in Germany, 1750–1800” (Columbia, K. Moxey)

Tennison, Heather, “Tradition, Innovation, and Agency in a City of God: The Philadelphia Cité de Dieu and Early Fifteenth-Century Parisian Manuscript Culture” (Kansas, A. Hedeman)

Wang, Alexis, “Walled in: Embedded Devotional Objects in Late Medieval Wall Painting” (Columbia, H. Klein)

Wise, Rachel “Reckoning the Revolt: Early Artistic Response to the 80 Years’ War” (Pennsylvania, L. Silver)

Zimmerman, Rachel, “Global Luxuries at Home: The Material Possessions of an Elite Family in Eighteenth-Century Minas Gerais, Brazil” (Delaware, M. Domínguez Torres)