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

Visual Studies
Dissertations in Progress by Subject, 2016

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Affourtit, Lorraine, “The Art of Assembly: Visualizing Collectivity in Oaxaca’s Popular Uprising” (UC Santa Cruz, M. Berger)

Algee, Hannah, “The Comparative Model: Recanonizing the Abject ‘Body’ in/of Contemporary Feminist Art” (Temple, G. Silk)

Andrews, M. Liz, “An American Icon: Making President Barack Obama” (George Mason, A. Landsberg)

Apostol, Corina Lucia, “Dissident Education: Socially Engaged Art from Eastern Europe (1980–present)” (Rutgers, J. Sharp)

Bago, Ivana, “Post-Yugoslav Generation: Art, History, and Theory at the Unidentified Grave of Yugoslavia” (Duke, K. Stiles)

Bass, Patricia, “Art, Mimesis, and Memory in the ‘Science of Crime’: Iconic Representations of Criminals in French Sciences, Newspapers, and Courts, 1885–1914” (Duke, M.Olson)

Blaylock, Sara, “Magnitudes of Dissent: Art from the East German Margins” (UC Santa Cruz, J. González)

Borgen, Maibritt, “Some of My Basic Assumptions: The Art of Öyvind Fahlström 1952–1976” (Yale, D. Joselit)

Brosnan, Kelsey, “Seductive Surfaces: Anne Vallayer Coster and the Eighteenth-Century Still Life” (Rutgers, S. Sidlauskas)

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

Burges, Steven, “Conflagration and Consecration Funerary Pyres of the Roman Imperial Family from 138 to 235 CE” (Boston, F. Kleiner)

Castro, Heather, “Screening the Apocalypse: Zombies, Visual Art, and the Grotesque in the Aftermath of Social Trauma” (Temple, G. Silk)

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

DiMarzo, Michelle, “Titian and the Culture of Mid-Century Rome: The Venetian among the Ruins” (Temple, T. Cooper)

Dorofeeva, Maria, “Fantasizing Manhood: Art and Sexual Politics in Spain, 1898–1939” (UIUC O. Vazquez)

Gerspacher, Arnaud, “Posthumanist Animals in Art: France and Belgium, 1972–87” (CUNY, C. Bishop)

Hahn, Monica, “Go-Between Portraits and the Imperial Imagination circa 1800” (Temple, E. Pauwels)

Harbin, Virginia Allison, “Visual Excess in Contemporary Art from the South Asian Diaspora” (Rutgers, T. Flores)

Hickey, Amber, “Decolonial Visions: Contemporary Indigenous Movement Culture Across Turtle Island” (UC Santa Cruz, D. Murray)

Jimerson, Lauren, “Defying Gender, Redefining the Nude: The Body in the Art of Suzanne Valadon, Émilie Charmy, and Marie Vassilieff” (Rutgers, S. Sidlauskas)

Johnson, Alexis Bard, “Turning the Page: America’s Lesbian Magazines” (Stanford, R. Meyer)

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

Karam Encarnacion, Samantha, “Ways of Being, Ways of Knowing: Dorothea Tanning’s Posthumanist Representations” (Virginia Commonwealth, K. Chapman)

Kashani, Deanna, “Beyond the Framed Image: Contemporary Iranian Art from Production to Exhibition” (UC Irvine, B. Cooks)

Lancaster, Lex Morgan, “Dragging Away: Queer Abstraction in Contemporary Art” (Wisconsin, Madison, J. Casid)

Maples, Amanda M., “Free Youth in Freetown: Urban Cultural Arts in Sierra Leone” (UC Santa Cruz, E. Cameron)

Martynyuk, Olena, “Postmodern Perestroika: Ukrainian Artistic Networks of the 1980s–1990s” (Rutgers, Jane A. Sharp)

Mason, Ashley “Jean-François Millet’s Depictions of Women” (Iowa, D. Johnson)

McClenathan, Erin, “Handheld Cinema: The Ephemeral Avant-garde ca.1917–1944” (Georgia, N. Andrew)

McMichael, Alice Lynn, “Rising Above the Faithful: Monumental Ceiling Crosses in Byzantine Cappadocia” (CUNY, J. Ball)

North, Meredith, “Industrial Impulses and Serial Systems: Thomas Bayrle, Charlotte Posenenske, and Peter Roehr in 1960s Frankfurt am Main” (Pittsburgh, B. McCloskey)

O’Reilly, Colleen, “Visual Pedagogy in Cold War America: Berenice Abbott, Will Burtin, and the International Visual Literacy Association” (Pittsburgh, J. Ellenbogen)

Partridge, Joy, “Visualizing Knowledge in the Illuminated Manuscripts of the Breviari d’amor” (CUNY, C. Hahn)

Perkov, Kayleigh, “Giving Form to Feedback: Craft and Technology circa 1968–1974” (UC Irvine, C. Whiting)

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)

Tankha, Akshaya, “The Aesthetics of Indigenous Difference in Nagaland, Northeast India: Art and Visual Culture as Being and Belonging in Late Liberal South Asia” (Toronto, K. Jain)

Tauschinger-Dempsey, Michael, “Visualizing Zones of Occupation: Making Tangible the Violent Infrastructures in the Global Economy of Fear” (Duke, B. Seaman)

Thorpe, Heather D. “Modernity’s Caravaggio: Reinventing a Seicento Artist for the Twentieth-Century” (Iowa, J. B. Scott)

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

Weintraub, Sara, “From Design to Completion: The Transformation of US War Memorials on the National Mall” (CUNY, H. Senie)

Woolsey, Caitlin, “Sensibilia: Sounding the Acoustic Image in Postwar Paris” (Yale, C. Buckley)