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

Decorative Arts/Textiles/Design History
Dissertations in Progress by Subject, 2008

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Adams, Amy, “Sophie Taeuber: An Artist Revisited” (CUNY, R. Long)

Allison, Lara, "Perception and Pedagogy: Design, Advertising, and Education in Chicago, ca.1935–1955" (Columbia, H. Ballon)

Anderson, Eric, "The Design Theory of Jacob von Falke: Historicism and Cultural Transformation in Ringstrasse Vienna" (Columbia, B. Bergdoll, M. McLeod, G. Wright)

Bilak, Donna, "A Cultural History of Air in Early Modern Europe" (The Bard Graduate Center, D. Krohn)

Byrd, Dana E., "Reconstructions: Material Life of the Postbellum Plantation, 1861–1877" (Yale, E. Cooke Jr.)

Carr, Dennis, "Early Furnituremaking in the Narragansett Basin, 1636–1740" (Yale, E. Cooke Jr.)

Dandona, Jessica, “La Lorraine artiste: Nationalism, Exoticism, and Regionalism in the Art of Emile Gallé” (UC Berkeley, D. Grimaldo-Grigsby)

Davis, Emily, “The Female Nude in Art Nouveau: The Body as Decorative Object” (Virginia Commonwealth, E. Garberson)

Day Iverson Lake, Stephanie, "Elegant Solutions and Sybaritic Delights: The Life and Work of Bonnie Cashin, ca. 1912–1966" (The Bard Graduate Center, P. Kirkham)

Evans, Allison, “Structure and Success: The Antwerp Tapestry Market in the 1500s” (Duke, H. Van Miegroet)

Ferng, Jennifer, "Nature's Objects: Geology, Aesthetics, and the Understanding of Materiality in Britain and France, 1750–1850" (MIT, M. Jarzombek)

Fisher, Ellen, "Mary McFadden, Fashion Designer" (The Bard Graduate Center, P. Kirkham)

Hannah, Caroline, "Between Art, Craft, and Design: Henry Varnum Poor and the Making of the Modern American Artist" (The Bard Graduate Center, P. Kirkham)

Hartzell, Freyja, "Delight in Sachlichkeit: Richard Riemerschmid and the Thingliness of Things" (Yale, E. Cooke Jr.)

Hooper-Lane, Elizabeth, “Domestic Modernism in Middle America: Women in Their Postwar Homes” (Wisconsin, Madison, A. Martin)

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

Joy, Catherine Lanford, "Reflecting Refinement: The Making and Meaning of Silver Metal in Antebellum Boston, 1800–1875" (Yale, E. Cooke Jr.)

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)

Kully, Deborah, "Speculating on Architecture: Morality, the New Real Estate, and the Bourgeois Apartment Industry in Late Nineteenth-Century France" (MIT, M. Jarzombek, E. Naginski)

Lanier, Jessica, "It Is Impossible to Travel without Improvement . . . : The Grand Tours of Martha Coffin Derby, 1800–1832" (The Bard Graduate Center, K. Ames)

Lasc, Anca, “Designing Space: Architectural Environments and Modern Display in Nineteenth-Century France” (USC, V. Schwartz)

Lichtman, Sarah, "From Basement to Bandstand: The Private and Public Spaces of the American Teenager, 1945–1965" (The Bard Graduate Center, P. Kirkham)

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

Microulis, Laura, "Gillow and Company Furniture and Interiors, 1851–1897: Design, Manufacture, and Patronage in Britian" (The Bard Graduate Center, P. Kirkham)

Ortiz-Holmes, Amy, “Tramp Art: Cultural Expression, Visual Splendor” (Wisconsin, Madison, A. Martin)

Schmidt Bach, Deborah, "Silver in Antebellum New York: The Working Partnership of Craftsman, Manufacturer, and Entrepreneur" (The Bard Graduate Center, K. Ames)

Schilb, Henry D., “Byzantine Identity and Its Patrons: Embroidered Epitaphioi and Aeres of the Palaiologan and Post-Byzantine Periods" (Indiana, Bloomington, W. E. Kleinbauer)

Stern, Arden, "Slanted, Shredded, and Simulated: A Cultural History of the Unruly Typeface" (UC Irvine, P. Krapp)

Talbot, Lee, "Women, Textile, and Upper-Class Domestics Environments in the Late Chŏson-Dynasty Korea" (The Bard Graduate Center, F. Louis)

Tolini Finamore, Michelle, "Fashioning Early Cinema: Dress and Representation in American Film, 1910–1930" (The Bard Graduate Center, P. Kirkham)

Tunstall, Alexandra, “Woven Paintings: Tapestries in the Ming (1368–1644) and Qing (1644–1911) Dynasties” (Columbia, R. Harrist)

Yamamori, Yumiko, "The A. A. Vantine and Company: Japanese Handcrafts for the American Consumer, 1895–1920" (The Bard Graduate Center, K. Ames)