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

North America
Dissertations Completed by Subject, 2015

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Abrego, Sonya, “Westernwear and the Postwar American Lifestyle” (Bard Graduate Center, P. Kirkham)

Athens, Elizabeth, “Figuring a World: William Bartram’s Natural History” (Yale, T. Barringer)

Barnhart, Clara, “Murals, Montage, Modernism: Public Art in the 1930s United States” (Washington University, A. Miller)

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

Bugajski, Jill Elaine, “Totalitarian Aesthetics and the Democratic Imagination in the United States, 1937–47” (Northwestern, C. Kiaer)

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

Campbell, Kathryn, “Imagining the Early Cold War: Photographs in Life Magazine, 1945–1954” (Virginia Commonwealth, R. Hobbs)

Charuhas, Christina, “The Disobedient Isle: Bermudian Aesthetic and Material Culture in the British Atlantic, 1609–1753” (Columbia, E. Hutchinson)

Coleman, William L., “Something of an Architect: Thomas Cole and the Country House Ideal” (UC Berkeley, M. Lovell)

Daigle, Patricia Lee, “American Tan: Modernism, Eugenics, and the Transformation of Whiteness” (UC Santa Barbara, E. B. Robertson)

Decker, Arden, “Los grupos and the Art of Intervention in 1960s and 1970s Mexico” (CUNY, K. Manthorne)

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

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

Greenwold, Diana Jocelyn, “Crafting New Citizens: Settlement House Art and Craft in New York and Boston, 1900–1945” (UC Berkeley, M. Lovell)

Hamilton, Elizabeth C., “Unleashing the Black Fantastic: Afrofuturist Feminism in Contemporary Art” (Florida, R. Poynor)

Haslit, Andrew, “Gamblers and Grifters: Morality, Economy, and Identity in Nineteenth-Century American Art” (Indiana, S. Burns)

Haviland, Mary, “Documenting Douglas Huebler: His Early Conceptual Works, 1975–1986” (Virginia, S. Crane)

Jacks Gamble, Lauren, “The Great American System: The Cosmic Aesthetic in the Revolution and Early Republic” (Yale, R. Raab; A. Nemerov)

Jentleson, Katie, “Gatecrashers: The First Generation of Outsider Artists in America” (Duke, R. Powell)

Joseph, Laura Wertheim, “Shadow Feminism: Disavowed Feminized Labor in Postwar American Art” (Minnesota, J. Blocker)

Kaplan, Rachel, “Mexican Modernism at Home and Abroad: The Legacy of Inés Amor and the Galería de Arte” (IFA/NYU, E. Sullivan)

Klein, Shana, “The Fruits of Empire: Contextualizing Food in American Art, 1865–1900” (New Mexico, K. Buick)

Larson, Christina, “America Seen Through the Work of Paul Sample” (Case Western Reserve, H. Adams)

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

Maroja, Camila, “Framing Latin American Art: Artists, Critics, Institutions, and the Configuration of a Regional Identity” (Duke, K. Stiles; E. Gabara)

McCain, Sandy, “A Southerner’s Agenda: Charles Fraser and his Landscape Images” (Georgia, J. Simon)

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

Moses, Kelema Lee, “Kingdom, Territory, State: An Architectural Narrative of Honolulu, Hawai‘i (1882–1994)” (Penn State, C. Zabel)

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

Quick, Jennifer, “Back to the Drawing Board: Ed Ruscha 1956–68” (Harvard, R. Kelsey)

Reynolds, Craig, “Thomas Jefferson’s Designs for the Federal District and the National Capital, 1776–1826” (Virginia Commonwealth, C. Brownell)

Riley, Casey, “From Page to Stage: Isabella Stewart Gardner’s Photograph Albums and the Development of Her Museum, 1850–1920” (Boston, K. Sichel)

Rodgers, Josephine, “Patronage, Power, and Aesthetic Taste: The Marketing of James McNeill Whistler’s Art and Legacy” (Rutgers, S. Sidlauskas)

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

Rubenstein, Meghan, “Animate Architecture at Kabah: Terminal Classic Art and Politics in the Puuc Region of Yucatán, Mexico” (UT Austin, J. Guernsey; D. Stuart)

Scarlett, Sarah Fayen, “Everyone’s an Outsider: Architecture, Landscape, and Class in Michigan’s Copper Country” (Wisconsin, Madison, A. Andrzejewski)

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

Slipp, Naomi, “The Secret Figure: Artistic Anatomy and the Search for the Medical Body in Nineteenth-Century American Art” (Boston, P. Hills)

Smith, Ginger Elliott, “Technology and Artistic Practice in 1960s and 1970s Southern California” (Boston, G. Williams)

Steinbach, Penny, “Sacrificing the Jaguar Baby: Understanding a Classic Maya Myth on Codex-style Pottery” (UT Austin, J. Guernsey; D. Stuart)

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

Tritch Roman, Gretta, “The Reach of the Pit: Negotiating the Multiple Spheres of the Chicago Board of Trade Building in the Late Nineteenth Century” (Penn State, C. Zabel)

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

White, Marisa, “A Feminist Inheritance? Questions of Ambivalence and Subjectivity in Paul McCarthy, Mike Kelley, and Robert Gober” (CUNY, A. Chave)

Williams, Elizabeth, “Casting a New Design: The American Silver Industry and Japanese Meiji Metalwork, 1876–1893” (Kansas, S. Fowler)

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

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