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

Dissertations in Progress by Subject, 2018

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Arroyo, Nenette, “Loca Sancta in the New World: The Creation of Sacred Space in the Spanish California Missions” (University of Virginia, R. Wilson)

Beardsley, Amanda, “Celestial Mechanics: Technologies of Salvation in American Mormonism” (Binghamton University, T. McDonough and P. Smart)

Caticha, Alicia, “Étienne-Maurice Falconet and the Matter of Sculpture: Marble, Porcelain, and Sugar in Eighteenth-Century Paris” (University of Virginia, S. Betzer)

Dieter, Mark, “A Sacred Nature: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Exploration of Hierotopy in Residential, Commercial, and Civic Architecture” (University of Wisconsin-Madison, T. Dale)

Engler, Rachel Julia, “Televangelical Space, 1958–1981” (Columbia University, B. Bergdoll)

Gordon, Addie “Constructing the Culture Pilgrim: Architecture and Revitalization in Santiago de Compostela” (Binghamton University, P. Smart)

Kim, Soyeon, “Worshipping the Stars: The Buddha of Polaris in Early Modern East Asian Visual Culture” (UCLA, B. Jungmann)

Little, Lalaine, “Portable Devotion: Philippine Christian Visual Culture 1521-1815” (Binghamton University, N. Um)

Loia, Donato, “Beyond the Light: Visual Studies on the Senses of the Sacred in the Absence of God” (The University of Texas at Austin, R. Shiff)

Mansfield, Margaret, “Through Dutch Eyes: Illustration of the Rituals and Religions of India for the Early Modern European Market” (University of California, Santa Barbara, A. Jensen Adams)

Murali, Deepthi, “The Politics, Intersensoriality, and Performativity of Transcultural Decorative Arts of Kerala, India” (University of Illinois at Chicago, C. Becker)

Nevins, Teresa, “Viewing Revelation: Text and Image in Ninth-Century Apocalypse Manuscripts” (University of Delaware, L. Nees)

Offill, Ashley, “The Corsini Chapel in Santa Maria del Carmine: Framing the Relic Cult of St. Andrea Corsini in Baroque Florence” (University of Kansas, S. Cornelison/A. Hedeman)

Oldjira, Meseret, “Commemoration and Community: Illuminated Gospel Manuscripts in Monastic Ethiopia, 1280-1350” (Princeton, C. Barber and B. Kitzinger)

Sandler Perten, Rebecca, “Postwar American Jewish Religious Identity, Ritual Objects and Modern Design: Ludwig Y. Wolpert, the Tobe Pascher Workshop, and the Joint Committee on Ceremonies of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations/Central Conference of American Rabbis” (Bard Graduate Center, C. Whalen)

Smagh, Hannah, “The Embeddedness of Religion in the Classical Greek House and its Consequences for Social Practice” (Princeton, N. Arrington)

Snow, Andrea, “Language of The Snake: Serpents and Serpentine Forms in Old Norse Visual Culture” (Universeity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, D. Verkerk)

Soriano, Jon, “The Art of the Kālacakra Tantra in the Qing Dynasty” (UC Berkeley; P. Berger)

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)

Summers, Mark, “Reframing Relics: The Materiality of Monstrance Reliquaries” (University of Wisconsin-Madison, T. Dale)