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

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Dissertations in Progress by Subject, 2016

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Abrams, Matthew, “Alternate Modernity: From Aby Warburg to Agnes Martin” (Yale, S. Zeidler, D. Joselit)

Alexander, Aleesa Pitchamarn, “Unaccountable Modernisms: The Black Arts of Post-Civil Rights Alabama” (UC Santa Barbara, J. Sorkin)

Applebaum, Lauren, “‘Elusive Matter, Material Bodies: American Art in the Age of Electronic Mediation, 1865–1918” (UIUC, J. Greenhill)

Badgett, Virginia Reynolds, “Art from Life and Individuals: Individuality at Work in Robert Henri’s Portraiture” (UC Santa Barbara, E. B. Robertson)

Barrow, Theodore, “‘Gilded Tropics’: Winslow Homer and John Singer Sargent in Florida, 1885–1917” (CUNY, J. Sund)

Bernstein, Noga, “Global Age Design: Ruth Reeves’s Cross-Cultural Practice” (Stony Brook University, M. Bogart)

Bradley, Lorinda Roorda, “The Spirit of Exhibition and Visual Pedagogy in the Work of Charles and Ray Eames” (Missouri, K. Schwain)

Brown, Leslie, “Pay Per View: Touristic Viewing Devices, Photographic Behaviors, and Picturing Landscape in American Art” (Boston, K. Sichel)

Brunstrom, Mary Reid, “Faith’s Midwest Modern Forms: Midcentury Catholic Churches by Murphy and Mackey, Architects” (Washington University, A. Miller)

Butler, Eliza, “The Civic Art of Francis Davis Millet” (Columbia, E. Hutchinson)

Camp, Jennifer, “Stories in Pictures: The Woodcut Novels of Lynd Ward and Visual Narrative in Depression-Era America” (Virginia, C. Higginbotham)

Campbell, Andrianna, “Norman Lewis: Linearity, Pedagogy, and Activism in his Abstract Expressionism, 1946–1964” (CUNY, D. Joselit)

Casey, Emily, “Waterscapes: Representing the Sea in the American Imagination, 1750–1800” (Delaware, W. Bellion)

Chavez, Yve, “Indigenous Artists and Ingenuity at the California Missions after 1769” (UCLA, C. Villaseñor-Black)

Clark, Marci Muhlestein, “I. M. Pei, William Zeckendorf, and the Architecture of Urban Renewal” (CUNY, J. Maciuika)

Coe, Erin, “Cultural Icon Meets Cultural Landscape: Georgia O’Keeffe, Historiography, and Lake George” (Boston, P. Hills)

Conley, Niki D., “Lt. Claggett Wilson, Queer Masculinity, and the Formation of American Modernism” (Missouri, K. Schwain)

Corcoran, Eloise, “‘Chalk-Talking’: Blackboards, Slates, and the Technology of Erasure in 19th-Century American Visual Culture” (Yale, E. Cooke, Jr.)

Crawford, Katelyn D., “Transient Painters, Traveling Canvases: Portraiture and Mobility in the British Atlantic, 1750–1780” (Virginia, M. McInnis)

Dawood, Azra, “John D. Rockefeller, Jr. and the Architecture of Protestant Internationalism (1919–1945)” (MIT, N. Rabbat)

Decemvirale, JV, “Knowing Your Place and Making Do: Popular Arts Organizing in Black and Latino Los Angeles, 1960 to Present” (UC Santa Barbara, J. Sorkin)

DeGregorio, William, “Objectifying Dress: Collecting Historic Costume in the United States, 1920–1970” (Bard Graduate Center, C. Whalen)

Dibble, Rebecca, “Making the War: Sentimentality and Materiality in the American Civil War” (Yale, E. Cooke, Jr.)

Dosch, Mya, “Creating 1968: Art, Architecture, and the Memory of the Mexican Student Movement” (CUNY, A. Indych-López)

Eisenbarth, Erin, “Imagining the Founding Fathers: Luther and DeLancey Kountze’s Collection of Washingtoniana” (Bard Graduate Center, C. Whalen)

Eron, Abby, “Materiality and the Symbolist Impulse in American Art at the Turn of the Twentieth Century” (Maryland, College Park, R. Ater)

Ewing, Samuel, “Instructive Documents: The San Diego Group and Radical Documentary in the Long 1970s” (Harvard, R. Kelsey)

Fadeley, Beth, “The Empire at Home: Painting the Domestic Interior in the Age of US Global Expansion, 1876–1915” (Georgia, J. Simon)

Favorite, Jennifer, “Museum Additions at US War Memorials and the Reinterpretation of National History” (CUNY, H. Senie)

Freese, Lauren, “Taste in the City: Depictions of Food Consumption in Urban America, 1880–1920” (Iowa, J. Kinsey)

Gavino, Julianne, “Visualizing Topographies of Race and Public Space: Asian American Artists in California, 1970 to Present” (UC Santa Barbara, E. B. Robertson)

Goad, Laurin, “Fighting for the Children: Architecture and the Student Body, 1904 to 1940” (Penn State, C. Zabel)

Goldstein, Jennifer, “Moving Bodies, Moving Things: Convergences of Art and Dance, 1960–1975” (Stony Brook University, A. Uroskie)

Gontar, Cybèle, “José Francisco Xavier de Salazar y Mendoza and Jacques Guillaume Lucien Amans: Portraiture, Identity, and Plantation Society in New Orleans, 1790–1890” (CUNY, K. Manthorne)

Greene Wood, Katrina, “Pushing Beyond Paint: Cross-sections of American Artistic Technique and the Making of the Intermediality, 1880s–1940s” (Delaware, W. Bellion)

Gustin, Kelsey, “Victorian Values and Social Realism: The Visual Culture of the Progressive Era in New York City, 1880–1920” (Boston, P. Hills)

Harnish, Katherine, “Painting Ephemera in the Age of Mass-Production: American Trompe l’Oeil Painting and Visual Culture in the Late Nineteenth Century” (Washington University, A. Miller)

Heung, Elsie, “Women’s Suffrage in American Art: Recovering Forgotten Contexts, 1900–1920” (CUNY, G. Levin)

Horne, Sarah Marie, “Mass Appeal: The Fame and Fortune of American Artist Helen Dryden, 1887–1972” (Missouri, K. Schwain)

Hunter, Lucy, “A Behavioral Theory of the Artist in Residence” (Yale, T. Barringer; JD Connor)
Israel, Mei-Ling, “Circles, Bees, and Threads: Traditional Craft Communities and the Digital” (Bard Graduate Center, C. Whalen)

Jensen, Hadley, “Shaped by the Camera: Navajo Weavers and the Photography of Making in the American Southwest, 1880–1945” (Bard Graduate Center, A. Glass)

Johnson, Lauren A., “‘True Americanism’: Images of Race and Citizenship in Ansel Adams’s Photobooks, 1940–1960” (UIUC, T. Weissman)

Karasoulas, Margarita, “Mapping Immigrant New York: Race and Place in Ashcan Visual Culture” (Delaware, W. Bellion)

Koltiska, Katherine, “The Politics of Culture and Taste in Cleveland, 1876–1930: Collectors and Private Collections in the Public Sphere” (Penn State, B. Curran; A. Thomas)

Korobkin, Rachel, “Sculptural Bodies of the Great Depression” (Yale, E. Cooke, Jr.)

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

Lee, KeyJo, “Melancholic Materiality: History and the Unhealable Wound in African American Photographic Portraits, 1850–1877” (Yale, K. Mercer)

Lehman, Bree, “Ancestors and Heirlooms: The Reception, Collection, and Display of Early American Portraiture, 1876–1941” (CUNY, K. Manthorne)

Lopes, Shana, “‘The Intimate Connection’: American and Germany Photography, Interactions from 1840 to 1890” (Rutgers, T. Sheehan)

LoScerbo, Gianna, “A Struggle for the Real: Documentary Photography and Film in Post-WWII American Culture” (Rutgers, A. Zervigon)

Lynford, Sophie, “Painting Dissent: The Pre-Raphaelite Experiment in America” (Yale, T. Barringer, J. Raab)

Malone, Kelsey Frady, “Sisterhood as Strategy: The Collaborations of American Women Artists in the Gilded Age” (Missouri, K. Schwain)

Matsumura, Kimiko, “Science/Fiction: Early Twentieth-Century Display in the American Museum of Natural History and Its Post-war Responses” (Rutgers, S. Sidlauskas)

McCann, Justin, “Elastic Capacities: Whistler and the Art of Transformation” (Rutgers, S. Sidlauskas)

McClellan, Meghan, “Snapshot Satire: Visual Conversations among Women Photographers, 1860–1910” (Missouri, K. Schwain)

McCormick, Heather Jane, “Woodcarvers in the City of New York: A Study in Craft Change, 1820–1880” (Bard Graduate Center, P. Kirkham)

McGinnis Flanagan, Julie, “Remapping the Spaces for American Art: John Singer Sargent, Modernism, and the Grand Central Art Galleries, 1922–1939” (Temple, E. Pauwels; G. Silk)

McGraw, Eva, “Xanthus Smith: Marine Painting and Nationhood” (CUNY, K. Manthorne)

Meyer, Don, “Figures of Refinement: Art and Steel in Pittsburgh’s Gilded Age” (Yale, A. Nemerov)

Michelon, Christina, “Interior Impressions: Printed Material in the Nineteenth-Century American Home” (Minnesota, J. Marshall)

Milanick, Margaret, “Nation Building in Three Nineteenth-Century Moving Panoramas” (Missouri, K. Schwain)

Miller, Katherine, “The Office of the Supervising Architect: Transforming American Architectural Practice, 1852–1862” (Virginia, R. Wilson)

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

Miller, Sequoia, “Come Together: Conceptual and Studio Craft in the 1960’s and 1970’s” (Yale, E. Cooke, Jr.)

Mills, Sarah, “Without A Blueprint: Weaving and Industrial Design in the United States, 1938–1956” (CUNY, R. Bletter)

Oliver, Christopher, “Civic Visions: The Panorama and Popular Amusement in American Art and Society, 1845–1870” (Virginia, M. McInnis)

Padgett, Jennifer, “Made for ‘Modern Surroundings’: Intersections of Fine Art, Decorative Arts, and Design in America, 1920–1940” (Washington University in St. Louis, A. Miller)

Perry, Rebecca, “Problematic Bodies: Dressing Pre-Adolescent Girls in the United States, 1930–1965” (Bard Graduate Center, A. Ogata)

Piper, Corey, “Animal Pursuits: Hunting and the Visual Arts in Nineteenth-Century America” (Virginia, M. McInnis)

Raffel, Amy, “Merchandise, Mass Media, and Accessibility: Keith Haring’s Pop Shop” (CUNY, S. Wilson)

Richmond-Moll, Jeffrey, “Roots/Routes: Spirituality and Modern Mobility in American Art, 1900–1945” (Delaware, W. Bellion)

Rife, Michaela, “Presenting Resource Extraction: Visual Culture and Land Use in the American West” (Toronto, M. Cheetham)

Roje, Natasha, “After Abstract Expressionism: Revisiting the ‘Death of Painting’ Problematic” (CUNY, D. Joselit)

Rooney, Sierra, “Monuments to Women: Visualizing Female Heroes in American Public Life since 1980” (Stony Brook University, M. Bogart)

Sackeroff, Samuel, “The Liberal Image” (Yale, S. Zeidler)

Sandler Perten, Rebecca, “Implications of Mass Production for the Consumption of Jewish Ritual Objects by American Jewry, 1880–1980” (Bard Graduate Center. D. Jaffee)

Scalissi, Nicole F., “Something to See Here: Staging Violence in Contemporary Art” (Pittsburgh, T. Smith)

Searcy, Elizabeth, “By Any Means: Carrie Mae Weems and the 1980s” (UCLA, S. Nelson)

Seymour, Brian, “Art Collecting and Shaping Publics at the Turn of the Twentieth-Century: A Philadelphia Story” (Temple, G. Silk)

Shahi, Kimia, “Margin, Surface, Depth: Picturing the Contours of the Marine in Nineteeth-Century America” (Princeton, R. DeLue)

Shamble, Camille, “Growing Children Out of Doors: California’s Open-Air Schools and Children’s Health, 1907–1917” (Virginia, S. Crane)

Shannon, Heather A., “Just an Amateur: Adam Clark Vroman, Photography, and the American West, 1895–1904” (Rutgers, T. Sheehan)

Smith, Laura Lake, “Imaging the In-between: The Serial Art of Richard Tuttle” (Georgia, I. Wallace)

Spear, Elizabeth, “Reframing Landscape: Spectacular Display and the Collaborative Viewing Experience in Nineteenth-Century American Landscape Painting” (Iowa, J. Kinsey)

Sperling, Juliet, “Animating Flatness: Moving Images in American Art, 1780–1895” (Pennsylvania, M. Leja)

Stout, Erin, “You, Me, We: The Techno-social Work of Tony Martin, 1960–70” (Stony Brook University, Z. Patterson)

Strickland, Lisa Dillon, “Reclaiming Sculpture: Women and Environmental Art in Postwar America” (Stony Brook University, M. Bogart)

Thomas, Mary, “Enacted Sites: Art and the Visualization of Spatial Justice in Los Angeles, 1966–2014” (UC Santa Cruz, J. González)

Thomas, Tashima, “An Imperial Diet: From Cacao to Coconuts–Representing Edible Bodies in the Americas from the Eighteenth Century to the Present” (Rutgers, T. Flores)

Thompson, Whitney, “Foreign-born Artists Making ‘American’ Pictures: The Immigrant Experience and the Art of the United States, 1819–1893” (CUNY, K. Manthorne)

Tuite, Rebecca, “Nightwear in Hollywood Film and Television and the United States Nightwear Industry, 1945–1977” (Bard Graduate Center, C. Whalen)

Varet, Esther Kim, “Art INC: A Reassessment of the Art and Technology Program at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art” (Columbia, A. Alberro)

Veil, Adam, “Picturing Prosperity in Troublous Times: New York’s Financial District in American Art, 1900–1929” (Indiana, M. Barnett Deusner)

Walsh, Taylor, “Medium at the Margins: Bruce Nauman, 1965–1975” (Harvard, C. Lambert-Beatty, B. Buchloh)

Warner, Emily S., “Abstraction Unframed: Abstract Murals in New York, 1935–1960” (Pennsylvania, M. Leja)

Weaver, Alison, “The Beuys Effect: Joseph Beuys’ Reception in the United States” (CUNY, S. Wilson)

Welch, Adam, “‘Borderline Research: Art between Canada and the United States, 1965–75” (Toronto, E. Legge)

White, Rachel, “Graphic Form: Vogue and the Politics of the Body, 1930–1950” (UIUC, T. Weissman)

Wigmore, Spencer, “Albert Bierstadt and the Speculative Terrain of American Landscape Painting, 1863–1888” (Delaware, W. Bellion)

Williams, Nicole, “The Shade of Private Life: The Right to Privacy and the Press in Turn-of-the-Century American Art” (Yale, E. Cooke, Jr.)

Wurzelbacher, Karli, “Reverse Painting on Glass: Seeing through the Surface of American Modernism” (Delaware, W. Bellion and J. Hill)

Zundo, Mary Elizabeth, “Mapping Destiny: Cartography and Nineteenth-Century American Art of the Frontier” (UIUC, D. O’Brien)