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

Art of the United States
Dissertations in Progress by Subject, 2012

Show completed dissertations

Anania, Katherine, “Drawing, Discipline, and Privacy in American Studio Practice, 1963–1979” (UT Austin, R. Shiff)

Applegate, Heidi, “Staging Modernism at the 1915 San Francisco World’s Fair” (Columbia, E. Hutchinson)

Aukeman, Anastasia, “The Rat Bastard Protective Association: Bruce Conner and His San Francisco Cohort, 1958–68” (CUNY, A. Chave)

Autry, La Tanya, “The Crossroads of Commemoration: Lynching Landscapes in America” (Delaware, C. Holloway)

Bailey, Matthew, “Turbulent Bodies: Disruptive Materiality in American Painting, 1850–1930” (Washington University, A. Miller)

Banerji, Shiben, “Marion Mahony and Walter Burley Griffin: Architecture as Global Thought” (MIT, A. Dutta)

Baradel, Lacey, “Mobile Americans: Locomotion and Identity in US Visual Culture, ca. 1860–1915” (Pennsylvania, M. Leja)

Barnhart, Clara, “Making Murals Modern in the Era of the US Popular Front: Montage in the Public Art of Ben Shahn and Stuart Davis” (Washington University, A. Miller)

Baskin, Jill, “Picturing Freedom’s Shores: The Visual Culture of African Americans in Liberia, 1821–1865” (Virginia, L. Nelson)

Beetham, Sarah, “Sculpting the Citizen Soldier: Reproductions and National Memory, 1865–1917” (Delaware, W. Bellion)

Beggs, Margo, “Harriet Hosmer (1830–1908): Fame, Photography, and the American ‘Sculptress’” (Toronto, M. Gotlieb)

Begin, Jacob, “Gone But Not Forgotten: The Temporality and Technique of Portraiture on Gravestones in Rhode Island” (Boston, K. N. Morgan)

Besaw, Mindy, “Re-framing the American West: Contemporary Artists Engage the Past” (Kansas, C. Eldredge)

Bianco, Christine, “Modern Art for Middle America: American Abstraction in Postwar Mass Magazines” (Oxford Brookes, E. Darling)

Bissonnette, Meghan, “The Making of an American Sculptor: David Smith Criticism, 1938–1971” (York University, D. Adler)

Boone, Jobyl, “Christo and Jean-Claude in the United States, 1964–2005” (Delaware, A. Gibson)

Brady, Linde, “Consuming Images: Paul Outerbridge, Jr. and the Art of American Commerce, 1920–1945” (Wisconsin, Madison, B. Buenger)

Brand, Elizabeth Berler, “Representing Natural History in Philadelphia, 1770–1820” (UT Austin, S. Rather, M. Cohen)

Bruner, Chelsea, “The Seventh Regiment Armory and Aesthetic Movement Interiors” (CUNY, K. Murphy)

Brunstrom, Mary Reid, “Faith’s Midwest Modern Forms: 1950s Catholic Churches by Murphy and Mackey, Architects” (Washington University, A. Miller)

Burnham, M. Helen, “Maude I. Kerns: Crafting a Modern Art, 1907–1940” (CUNY, K. Manthorne)

Burrell, Brandon, “Abbott Laboratories: Provisioning a Vision” (Florida State, K. Bearor)

Butler, Eliza, “Architectural Ornament and Natural History in Nineteenth-Century New York” (Columbia, E. Hutchinson)

Campbell, Bryna, “The Comic Grotesque: Satirizing the Body Politic in American Caricature, 1925–1945” (Washington University, A. Miller)

Cao, Maggie M., “Episodes at the End of Landscape” (Harvard, J. Roberts)

Carter, Kristen, “Fed Up! Gastronomy, Autonomy, and the DIY Community, Art after ’68” (University of British Columbia, S. Guilbaut)

Chamberlain, Colby, “George Maciunas and the Art of Paperwork” (Columbia, B. Joseph)

Charuhas, Christina, “Constructing Eighteenth-Century Bermuda: Utopia in the Transatlantic Imagination” (Columbia, E. Hutchinson)

Choi, Connie, “A Matter of Building Bridges: Photography and African American Education Across the Century” (Columbia, K. Jones)

Coleman, William, “Thomas Cole’s Buildings: Architecture in Painting and Practice in the Early Republic” (UC Berkeley, M. Lovell)

Corrales-Diaz, Erin R., “Remembering the Veteran: Trauma, Disability, and the American Civil War, 1861–1915” (UNC Chapel Hill, R. Barrett)

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

Delamaire, Marie-Stéphanie, “An Art of Translation: French Prints and American Art (1848–1876)” (Columbia, E. Hutchinson)

DeLosSantos, Jenevieve, “Envisioning Egypt: American Orientalism in Turn-of-the-Century New York, 1880–1920” (Rutgers, S. Sidlauskas)

Dempsey, Kate, “Ray Johnson in Correspondence with Marcel Duchamp” (UT Austin, L. Henderson)

Dierkes, Anne-Louise, “Assemblage as Opposition: California’s Counterculture and the Struggle for US Cultural Definition” (CUNY, A. Chave)

Douberley, Amanda, “The Corporate Model: Sculpture, Architecture, and the American City, 1946–1975” (UT Austin, A. Reynolds)

Elder, Nika, “Show and Tell: Representation, Communication, and the Still Lifes of William M. Harnett” (Princeton, R. DeLue)

Elliott, Jennifer, “The Neoclassical Backcountry: Architecture, Material Culture, and Hybrid Identities in the American South, 1780–1830” (Virginia, L. Nelson)

Ellis, Amy, “‘Not a Mere Leaf-Painter’: Thomas Cole and the Figure” (Columbia, J. Crary, E. Hutchinson)

Ericson, Klinton, “Sumptuous and Beautiful, As They Were: Architectural Form, Everyday Life, and Cultural Encounter in a Seventeenth-Century New Mexico Mission” (UNC Chapel Hill, E. Douglas)

Evans, Ariel, “To Compare Two Objects: Robert Heinecken and Martha Rosler, 1964–1984” (UT Austin, A. Reynolds)

Faletti, Rina, “Undercurrents of Urban Modernism: Water, Architecture, and Landscape in California and the American West” (UT Austin, M. Charlesworth, R. Shiff)

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

Fisk, Matthew, “ArtParadox of Elitism: Vision, Risk, and Diplomacy in the European Career of Colonel John Trumbull” (UC Santa Barbara, B. Robertson)

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

Genau, Nicholas D., “Innovation upon Precedent: The Institutional Architecture of James Renwick, Jr.” (Virginia, R. Wilson)

Gerami, Sheila, “The Hall of Fame for Great Americans: The Evolution of a Forgotten Memorial” (CUNY, H. Senie)

Gilman, Bridget, “Re-envisioning Everyday Spaces: Photorealism in the San Francisco Bay Area” (Michigan, M. Biro)

Glenn, Kimberly L., “New Negro Perspectives: Africa, Race Pride, and Identity in the Work of Chicago-Based Visual Artists” (Iowa, B. Mooney)

Gordon, John Stuart, “Lurelle Guild’s Historical Modernism: The Legacy of the Colonial Revival in American Modernist Design” (Boston, K. N. Morgan)

Green, Kate, “Encountering Vito Acconci: Performance in the Early 1970s” (UT Austin, A. Reynolds)

Green, Robin C. (Cowie), “‘A Certain Slant of Light’: Exhilaration, Oppression, and the Forces of Sunlight in American Impressionism” (Yale, A. Nemerov)

Greenwold, Diana, “Crafting New Citizens: Art and Handicraft in American Settlement Houses, 1884–1945” (UC Berkeley, Lovell)

Grove, Jaleen, “A Cultural Trade: Canadian Illustrators at Home and in the United States, 1880–1960” (Stony Brook University, M. Bogart)

Hartvigsen, Kenneth, “‘What We See, What We Sing’: American Illustrated Sheet Music from the Civil War to World War I” (Boston, P. Hills)

Harvey, Edwin, “Permanent Storage: Locality, Place, and Paradox in Andrew Wyeth’s Hay Ledge” (UC Berkeley, M. Lovell)

Haslit, Andrew, “Gamins, Grifter, and Gentlemen: Games of Skill and Chance in American Art” (Indiana, S. Burns)

Hassan, S. Faisal, “Modernist Aberrations: The Dialectics of Expressionism in American Art and Architecture (1958–1992)” (MIT, M. Jarzombek, C. Jones)

Haviland, Mary, “Documenting Douglas Huebler: His Conceptual Works” (Virginia, H. Singerman)

Heung, Elsie “Portraying Women’s Suffrage: Visual Arts and the Campaign for the Vote in the United States, 1900–1920” (CUNY, G. Levin)

Iepson, Sarah, “Postmortem Relationships: Death and the Child in Antebellum American Visual Culture” (Temple, A. Braddock)

Igoe, Laura Turner, “The Opulent City and the Sylvan State: Art and Environmental Embodiment in Early National Philadelphia” (Temple, A. Braddock, A. West)

Jacks Gamble, Lauren, “The Great American System: The Environmental Art of John Trumbull” (Yale, A. Nemerov)

Jara, Jeff, “A Fine Tradition: Folk Art and the Development of Modernist American Art, 1900–1940” (Delaware, A. Gibson, C. Holloway)

Johnson, Emilie Katherine, “The Great House and Beyond: Plantation Complexes and Networks in the Antebellum Deep South” (Virginia, L. Nelson)

Karpinskaia, Natalia, “Landscape Art and Landscape Attitudes in Russia and America” (Columbia, B. Novak)

Kerrigan, Emily A., “Art off the Beaten Path: Developing American Modernism in New England’s Small Towns, Seaports, and Villages” (Iowa, J. Kinsey-Fields)

Kerrigan, Katie, “Cataloguing Critique: Experimental Forms of Documentation in American Art, 1970–1977” (USC, R. Meyer)

Kim, Miri, “Right Matter in the Right Place: The Paintings of Albert Pinkham Ryder” (Princeton, DeLue)

Kim, Joy Jeehye, “New Documents to Pictures: Lee Friedlander and the Re-Making of the Photographic Image, 1962–1989” (Yale, D. Joselit)

King, Jennifer, “Michael Asher and the Art of Infrastructure: Space, Cities, Institutions” (Princeton, H. Foster)

Kivlan, Anna, “Metropolitan Dystopia: Color Photography in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee, 1968–2005” (Duke, R. Powell)

Knappe, Stephanie, “‘Art Perpetuating Fame’: The Visual Imagery of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West” (Kansas, C. Eldredge)

Kohn, Tara, “Books to Connect ‘People of the Book’: Photographic Constructions of Jewish Community in Three American Anthologies” (UT Austin, C. Smith)

Kurtz, Amy, “Old Worlds and New: Edward Lamson Henry (1814–1919), Conservative Genre Painting” (Yale, J. Prown)

LaFountain, Jason, “The Puritan Art World” (Harvard, J. Roberts)

Lampros, Dean, “Within the Means of All: The American Funeral Industry, Mansions, and Consumer Culture, 1915–2005” (Boston, W. Moore)

Larson, Christina, “Paul Sample: Defining American Masculine Identity” (Case Western Reserve, H. Adams)

Laster, Margaret, “Gilded-Age Aesthetics, City, and Resort: The Art Patronage and Collecting of Catharine Lorillard Wolfe (1828–1887)” (CUNY, K. Murphy)

Lee, Patricia, “Browning the White Body: Race, Color, and Perception in Modern American Visual Culture” (UC Santa Barbara, B. Robertson)

Levenson, Abra, “Figures and Things: Charles Demuth, 1914–1935” (Princeton, R. DeLue)

Lewis, Sarah, “Pictures and Progress: Frederick Douglass, The Circassian Beauties, and American Racial Formation” (Yale, A. Nemerov, R. Thompson)

Liebert, Emily, “Roles Recast: Eleanor Antin and the 1970s” (Columbia, A. Alberro, R. Deutsche, B. Joseph)

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

Lueth, Ranelle M., “Conflicting Lines: The Ambush on America’s World War I Combat Art” (Iowa, J. Kinsey-Fields)

Mann, Crawford Alexander III, “When in Rome: Italian Travel and the Pursuit of the Ideal Male Body in Antebellum American Art” (Yale, A. Nemerov)

Maxwell, Jessica, “Heterogeneous Objects: The Sculptures of Martin Puryear” (Princeton, R. DeLue)

Mays, Eowyn, “Tracing the Imperial Imaginary in American and Philippine Visual Culture from 1898 to 1913” (Maryland, College Park, R. Ater)

McAtee, Cammie, “Form and Formalism in American Architecture in the 1950s and ’60s” (Harvard, N. Levine)

McCain, Sandy, “Framing Southern Character: The Landscape Images of Charles Fraser” (Georgia, Janice Simon)

McCann, Justin, “Whistler’s Geometry: Transformations of Space and Performance in Victorian London” (Rutgers, S. Sidlauskas)

McCarthy, Megan, “The Empire on Display: Exhibitions of Germanic Art and Design in America, 1890–1914” (Columbia, E. Hutchinson)

McGoey, Elizabeth, “Staging Modern Domesticity: Art and Constructed Interior Displays in America, 1925–1940” (Indiana, S. Burns)

Merola, Rose, “Multiple Exposures: The Photography of Austin Hansen in Harlem” (CUNY, A. Chave)

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

Miller, Nicholas Andrew, “Primitivist Encounters? African American Painting, Diasporic Objects, and the Making of Modern Art, 1927–1977” (Northwestern, H. Copeland)

Moon, Kavior, “Institutional Engagement: Works by Michael Asher, 1969–2011” (UCLA, M. Kwon)

Moses, Kelema Lee, “Between Hegemony and Imperialism in Honolulu: Architecture, Urbanism, and the Visualities of a US City in the Pacific (1900–1970)” (Penn State, C. Zabel)

Murphy, John Paul, “Mad In Craft: Arts and Crafts Colonies in Progressive-Era America" (Northwestern, S. H. Clayson)

Newbury, Susanna, “Speculations: Art and Real Estate in Los Angeles, 1960–1980” (Yale, D. Joselit)

Newton, Gregory, “The Emergence of Monochrome Painting in 1950s New York” (CUNY, A. Chave)

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

Orgeman, Keely, “Visualizing the Irradiated Body and Radioactive Landscape in American Art, 1945–2010” (Boston, P. Hills)

Parsons, Heather, “The Tableaux of Edward and Nancy Reddin Kienholz and the Spectacle of Photography” (Penn State, S. Rich)

Parsons, Jennifer Stettler, “From the Wake of the Ferry: John Sloan’s Early Work in Philadelphia and New York, 1888–1907” (Virginia, E. Turner)

Pauly, Sandra, “Aesthetics and Ideologies: The Visual Culture of the World’s Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition, New Orleans, 1884” (Georgia, J. Simon)

Pauwels, Erin, “Sarony’s Living Pictures: Performance, Photography and Gilded Age American Art” (Indiana, S. Burns)

Pfohl, Katie, “American Painting and the Systems of World Ornament” (Harvard, J. Roberts)

Pillen, Corey, “WPA Posters: A New Deal for Design” (Wisconsin, Madison, A. Andrzejewski)

Pohrt, Tanya, “Touring Pictures: The Exhibition of American History Paintings in the Early Republic” (Delaware, W. Bellion, M. Leja)

Porter, Austin, “Paper Bullets: The Visual Culture of American World War II Print Propaganda” (Boston, P. Hills)

Quick, Jennifer, “The Dynamics of Skill: Ed Ruscha, 1956–1970” (Harvard, R. Kelsey)

Ramsey, Rosemary, “Biases and Bridges: Reception of the Italian Avant-Garde in the United States, 1949–1957” (CUNY, E. Braun)

Ranogajec, Paul, “The Apotheosis of the Public Realm: Classical Architecture in New York City, 1880–1914” (CUNY, K. Murphy)

Reed, Emily, “Naum Gabo, Alexander Calder, Isamu Noguchi, and the Pre- and Post-War Development of Abstract Art for Public Space” (Virginia, E. Turner)

Reinoza, Tatiana, “Latino Print Cultures in the US, 1970–2008” (UT Austin, C. Smith)

Riley, Casey, “‘Turning Our Faces to the Work-a-Day World’: Photographic Travel Albums and the Expansion of Women’s Professional Identities in America, 1874–1904” (Boston, K. Sichel)

Rivers, Tina, “‘Lights in Orbit’: The Howard Wise Gallery and the Rise of Media in the 1960s” (Columbia, B. Joseph)

Robbins, Karen, “Discipline and Polish: Teaching Domesticity at the Connecticut Industrial School for Girls, 1868–1917” (Boston, K. N. Morgan)

Ronan, Anne, “Beauty and the Bestiary: Animal Art and Humane Thought in the Gilded Age” (Stanford, B. Wolf)

Roscio, Jessica, “Photographic Domesticity: The Professionalization of Women Photographers from Home to Studio” (Boston, K. Sichel)

Rosenbaum, Sarah, “In The Public Domain: Public Art, Advanced Capitalism, and the Contemporary City” (Harvard, Y.-A. Bois)

Sablove, Henrietta, “As Facts and Not as Shadows: Four American Architects and Their Travel Impressions” (Rutgers, C. Yanni)

Salseda, Rose, “The Visual Art Legacy of the 1992 Los Angeles Riots” (UT Austin, C. Smith)

Sawyer, Drew, “Walker Evans’s Cultures of Work and the Politics of Style” (Columbia, E. Hutchinson)

Schiller, Emily, “Unsettled Masses: Transportation in American Art during the 1930s and 1940s” (Penn State, N. Locke, L. Mazow)

Schwartz, Rebecca Ayres, “Thomas Cole on Architecture: Picturing the Gothic” (Delaware, B. Herman)

Scott, Kate, “The Photography of Absence: Death and Temporality in Postmodern American Photography” (Rutgers, A. Zervigón)

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

Shannon, Lindsay E., “Inventing Monuments to the ‘New Woman’: Suffrage, Art, and Female Image-Building in America” (Iowa, R. Bork)

Singsen, Doug, “An Alternative by Any Other Name: Pulp Genres and Fandom in American Alternative Comics, 1974–2000” (CUNY, C. Bishop)

Sirman, Brian, “Concrete Dreams: Architecture, Politics, and Boston’s New City Hall, 1960–2010” (Boston, K. N. Morgan)

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

Sivert, Laura, “Powering a Nation: The Cultural Landscape of the Tennessee Valley Authority, 1933–1945” (Penn State, C. Zabel and L. Mazow)

Smith, Ginger Elliott, “Practicing Big Science: Artists, Technology, and Institutions in 1960s and 1970s Southern California” (Boston, G. Williams)

Stitt, Amber, “Images of American Children and Social Reform, 1870–1915 (Case Western Reserve, H. Adams)

Suchma, Sharon, “Binding Lives: American Photo-Books and the Great Depression” (CUNY, G. Batchen)

Swisher, Christine, “Beyond Euthenics: Home Economics and the Reinvention of the American House, 1893–1939” (Penn State, C. Zabel)

Szymanek, Angelique, “The Fear of Rape, the Threat of Looking: Performance, Activism, and Spectatorship” (Binghamton University, T. McDonough)

Taylor, Jacqueline, “Designing Progress: Race, Gender, and Modernism in Early 20th-Century America” (Virginia, R. G. Wilson)

Terry, Colleen, “Presence of Print: William Hogarth in British North America” (Delaware, B. Herman)

Thomas, Adam, “The Spectral Imagination: American Art between Science and Superstition in the Late Nineteenth Century” (UIUC, J. Greenhill)

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

Tobias, Jennifer, “The Museum of Modern Art’s What is Modern? Series, 1931–1988” (CUNY, R. Bletter)

Trench, Carolyn J., “Performativity’s Moment: Vogue, Queer Video Production, and Theoretical Discourse” (Pennsylvania, G. D. Shaw)

Tritch Roman, Gretta, “The Reach of the Pit: The Architecture and Culture of Grain Exchanges in Chicago and the Midwest, 1875–1929” (Penn State, C. Zabel)

Tuite, Diana, “Methods for Modernism: Arthur Wesley Dow Intersects the Stieglitz Circle” (Princeton, J. Wilmerding)

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

Vargas-Santiago, Luis, “Bridging Zapata: Transnational Images across Mexico and the US” (UT Austin, A. Giunta)

Violette, Zachary, “Ornament and Identity in the Immigrant-Built Tenements of Boston and New York, 1870–1920” (Boston, K. N. Morgan)

Vittoria, Shannon “Nature and Nostalgia in the Etchings of Mary Nimmo Moran (1842–1899)” (CUNY, K. Manthorne)

Volpe, Lisa, “On Display: Photography and American Ideology at the World’s Fairs” (UC Santa Barbara, B. Robertson)

Walsh, Catherine, “‘Tell Me a Story’: Narrative and Orality in Nineteenth-Century American Visual Culture” (Delaware, W. Bellion)

Warak, Melissa, “Made to Music: Interactions of Music and Art, 1955–1969” (UT Austin, L. Henderson)

Warner, John-Michael, “Traces: In Consideration of the Terrain of Borders in the North American West” (University of Arizona, S. Moore)

Weathers, Chelsea, “Shooting Underground: Andy Warhol’s Cinema and the Making of a Public Image, 1963–1966” (UT Austin, A. Reynolds)

Welch, Adam “‘Borderline Research’: Art between Canada and the United States, 1965–1980” (Toronto, E. Legge)

Wisehart, Christiane, “Seeing Things: Depression-Era Representations of Antique American Objects” (Indiana, S. Burns)

Wolf, Vanessa, “Surplus Feeling: War and Remembrance in Lee Bontecou’s Wall Reliefs, 1958–1966” (Yale, A. Nemerov)

Woltmann, Kim, “Photographing Place: Urban Space in Catherine Opie’s Los Angeles Landscapes” (Stony Brook University, M. Bogart)

Wong, Hannah, “A ‘Funny Guy’ Comes to America: Parody, Play, Irony, and the Role of Humor in the Work of Francis Picabia, 1913–1917” (UT Austin, L. Henderson)

Wood Kirchhoff, Mary Catherine, “Benjamin West’s Nelson Memorial: Neoclassical Sculpture and the Atlantic World, ca. 1812” (Delaware, W. Bellion)

Yau, Elaine, “Thawing Objects: Camp Sensibility, Museum Collections, and the Legacy of ‘Raid the Icebox 1’ with Andy Warhol” (UC Berkeley, M. Lovell)

Zawadzki, Mary, “St. Nicholas Magazine: A Portable Art Museum” (CUNY, P. Mainardi)

Zhurauliova, Tatsiana, “Arcadia Americana: Landscape in the Art of Arshile Gorky, Pavel Tchelitchew and Yasuo Kuniyoshi during World War II” (Yale, A. Nemerov)

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