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

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Dissertations in Progress by Subject, 2019

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Anderson Kramer, Cortney, “Not Just Visionary: Individualism, self-expression, and the grassroots concrete sculpture garden” (University of Wisconsin Madison, A. Martin)

Bacall, Analisa, “Half-Life: Postwar U.S. Fiber Art and the Bauhaus Legacy” (CUNY-Graduate Center, M. Hadler)

Brown, Elizabeth, "Theaster Gates and The Rebuild Foundation: An Artist’s Collaborative, Socially Engaged Practice” (Duke University, K. Stiles)

Campo Rosillo, Alba, “Artistry and Industry: The Portraiture of George Peter Alexander Healy, 1830-1865” (University of Delaware, W. Bellion)

Caverhill, Heather, “Mutable Moderns: An Art Colony in Blackfoot Territory and the Lives of Its Works” (The University of British Columbia, J. O’Brian)

Cluck, Alyson, “Forms of Encounter: Zilia Sánchez’s ‘Erotic Topologies’ in 1960s New York” (University of Maryland, College Park, A. McEwen)

Culp, Caroline, "The Memory of Copley: Afterlives of the American Portrait, 1765-1925" (Stanford University, A. Nemerov)

Custer, Lee Ann, “Urban Voids: Picturing Light, Air, and Negative Space in New York, 1890–1930” (University of Pennsylvania, M. Leja; D. Brownlee)

DeFeo, Janine, “Food, Eating, and the Social Body in American Art, 1962-1983” (CUNY-Graduate Center, S. Wilson)

Denison, James, "Their America: Race, Place, the Stieglitz Circle, and the Historiography of Modern American Art" (University of Michigan, R. Zurier)

Eron, Abby, “The Symbolist Impulse in American Art across Media circa 1900” (University of Maryland, College Park, R. Ater)

Chaim, Jordan Karney, "Do It Yourselves: Alternative Spaces and the Rise of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, 1970-1990" (Boston University, G. Williams)

Farrelly, Gwen, “A Broad World View: MoMA’s Exhibitions of Art beyond Western Europe and the United States, 1929-1952” (CUNY-Graduate Center, A. Indych-López)

Granston, David W. III., "'Like it Growed There': Resort Architecture and the New England Landscape, 1875-1915" (Boston University, D. Abramson)

Graversen, Hanne, "Interchanges: Construction of the U.S. Interstate Highway System and Artistic Practice, 1956-1984" (University of Chicago, C. Mehring; Northwestern University, R. Zorach)

Green, Christopher, “Masked Moderns: Northwest Coast Native Art Beyond Revival” (CUNY-Graduate Center, D. Joselit)

Gustin, Kelsey, “Picturing Reform: The Visual Culture of the Progressive Era in New York City, 1890-1920” (Boston University, P. Hills)

Harakawa, Maya, “After the Renaissance: Art and Harlem in the 1960s” (CUNY-Graduate Center, S. Wilson)

Hirsch, Elizabeth, “‘Inevitable Associations:’ Art, Institution, and Cultural Intersection in Los Angeles, 1973-1988” (CUNY-Graduate Center, D. Joselit)

Karasoulas, Margarita, “Mapping Immigrant New York: Race and Place in Ashcan Visual Culture” (University of Delaware, W. Bellion)

King, Isaac, “Authority in Early-American Portraiture” (University of Pittsburgh, K. Savage)

Landau, Jessica, "Critical Habitat: Picturing Conservation, Extinction, and the American Animal in the Long Twentieth Century," (UIUC, T. Weissman)

Maier, Angelica J., "Toxic Matter: American Sculpture, Materials Science and Cultural Fear, 1962-1979" (University of Minnesota, J. Blocker)

Mapp, Sam,"The Pictorial Area" (The University of Pennsylvania, K. Silverman)

Martin, Kristi L., “Creating ‘Concord’: How Preservation and Tourism Transformed a New England Village into a Tourist Mecca, 1824-1965” (Boston University, W. Moore)

McGinnis Flanagan, Julie, “Remapping the Spaces for American Art: John Singer Sargent, Modernism and the Grand Central Art Galleries, 1922-1939” (Temple University, E. Pauwels)

Miller, Mark Parker, “Claiming and Denying Sophistication: Grant Wood’s Art and Responses to It, 1930-1942” (University of Delaware, J. Hill)

Murokh, Dina, “‘A Sort of Picture Gallery’: The Visual Culture of Antebellum America” (University of Southern California, J. Greenhill)

Naessens, Luke, “Time in Process: Primitivism and Deep Histories in American Art, 1969–1984” (Princeton, H. Foster)

Nassif, Kristen, “Blindness: Unseeing Sight in American Art and Material Culture” (University of Delaware, W. Bellion)

Nicholas, Sasha, “Portraiture and the Making of the Modern American Artist, 1918-1929” (CUNY-Graduate Center, K. Manthorne)

Niedbala, Steven, " Techniques of Carceral Reproduction: Architecture and the Prison System in the United States, 1799-1978," (Columbia University, B. Bergdoll)

Orzulak, Jessica, “Reverse Anthropology: Denaturing the Body in Contemporary American Art” (Duke University, K. Stiles)

Partman, Lucy, "Science & Imagination: William Rimmer and the Story of Nineteenth-Century American Art” (Princeton, R. DeLue)

Pazian, Erika Nelson, "Visual Culture and the Formation of National Identity during the U.S.-Mexican War” (CUNY-Graduate Center, K. Manthorne)

Peacock, Daniel, “'Living Pictures': Pictorialist Photography and the Illustration of Fiction” (Princeton, A. McCauley)

Perry, Ana Cristina, “Raphael Montañez Ortiz and Affect as Institutional Critique from 1966-1972” (CUNY-Graduate Center, A. Indych-López)

Pires, Leah, "Finesse: Louise Lawler's Pictures" (Columbia University, A. Alberro)

Qiu, Z. Serena, "Shared Visions of a Pacific Empire: the United States, China, and Japan at World's Fairs 1876-1915," (University of Pennsylvania, M. Leja)

Quick, Gabriel, “The Party’s Over: Street Art and Protest in 1980s New York” (Boston University, G. Williams)

Reubendale, Vanessa. "Please Hold While I Connect You: Intermedia Art, Telecommunications Work, and the Broadcast Network, 1947-77" (University of Minnesota, J. Blocker)

Rothschild, Jill Vaum, "Facing Freedom: Tracing African American Emancipation in Antebellum Portraiture" (University of Pennsylvania, G. Shaw)

Rudnick, Allison, “The Politics of Technique and the Art of the New Deal (1935-1943)” (CUNY-Graduate Center, M. Lobel)

Shahi, Kimia, “Margin, Surface, Depth: Picturing the Contours of the Marine in Nineteeth-Century America” (Princeton, R. DeLue)

Shupe, Samuel, “Pedaling Vacationland: Bicyclists, Genteel Recreation, and Landscapes in Maine, 1878-1902” (Boston University, W. Moore)

Rye-Kopec, Ashley, “No One a Stranger: Anglo-American Representations of Venetian Life, c. 1866-1900” (University of Delaware, W. Bellion)

Sledge, David, “Mediated Form, Race, and Visual Publics in American Modernist Art, 1920-40” (Columbia University, E. Hutchinson)

Stinebring, Anna-Claire, "Profanely Sacred: Jan van Hemessen and Antwerp Painting Before Bruegel" (University of Pennsylvania, S. Brisman and L. Silver)

Stricklin, Krystle, “Grave Visions: Photography, Violence, and Death in the American Empire, 1898-1913” (University of Pittsburgh, K. Savage)

Strupp, Brittany, "Between Impressionism and Realism: The Early Career of Robert Henri" (Temple University, E. Pauwels)

Wallace, Ian, “Compromised Values: Charlotte Posenenske, 1960-present” (CUNY-Graduate Center, D. Joselit)

Wigmore, Spencer, “Albert Bierstadt and the Speculative Terrain of American Landscape Painting, 1863-1888” (University of Delaware, W. Bellion)

Yohalem, Hannah, “Movement and Arrest: Jasper Johns, 1954-1968” (Princeton, H. Foster)