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

Twentieth Century
Dissertations in Progress by Subject, 2020

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Anderson Cramer, Cortney, “'It’s Gotta Be In Ya': Heroic Individualism and the Roadside Concrete Sculpture Garden, 1910–1960" (University of Wisconsin–Madison, A. S. Martin, A. Andrzejewski)

Athari, Marym, "Scalar Frames: Modern Art in Iran and the Dialectic of the Local and the Global (1953–1979)" (Northwestern University, H. Feldman, H. Copeland)

Bartunkova, Barbora, "Sites of Resistance: Antifascism and the Czechoslovak Avant-Garde" (Yale University, C. Armstrong)

Bell, Jessy, "'We Build the Highway, the Highway Builds Us': Infrastructure and Imagination in Socialist Yugoslavia (1945–80)" (Northwestern University, C. Kiaer, H. Feldman)

Bivens, Becky, "Formal Feelings and Immediate Affects: Formalism and Surrealism in Mid-Twentieth Century Art Criticism" (University of Illinois at Chicago, B. Stimson, S. E. Archias)

Bonin, Christianna, "Radical in the Making: Art, Craft, and Politics in the Soviet Union, 1915–53" (MIT, M. Jarzombek)

Borowitz, Maggie, "Caught by Surprise: Intimacy and Feminist Politics in the work of Magali Lara" (University of Chicago, M. Sullivan)

Bralower, Alyssa, "Ellen Auerbach’s Transnational Attachments: Photography, Gender, and the Grey Zones of Modernity" (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, K. Romberg)

Buzila, Ciprian, "Imagining the Modern Nation: Architect Nicolae Ghika-Budesti and the Neo-Romanian Style" (Brown University, S. Bonde, D. Neumann)

Byrd, Antawan, "Interferences: Sound, Technology, and the Politics of Listening in Afro- Atlantic Art" (Northwestern University, K. Thompson, H. Copeland)

Cesiro, Lauren, "The Body Is a Battleground: Intimate Communities in the Photographs of Robert Mapplethopre, Nan Goldin, and Sally Mann” (Binghamton University, J. Tagg)

Chang, Yuri, "Making Monuments: The Production of Space and the Politics of Memory in Post-Gwangju South Korea" (Binghamton University, T. McDonough)

Cooley, Jessica, "Crip Materiality: Disability and the Art Institution after the Americans with Disabilities Act" (University of Wisconsin–Madison, J. H. Casid)

Demay Degoustine, Marie-Odile, "La série télévisuelle sur l'art: Une critique de l'art et de son histoire" (Université de Montréal, E. Château Dutier, W. Uricchio)

Deveney, Grace, "News, Sports and Weather: Televisual Tactics and Black Art, 1973–1994" (Northwestern University, K. Thompson, H. Copeland)

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

Dunbar, Maxwell, "'The Daily Struggle': Philip Guston and Leftist Art in 1930s America" (Washington University in St. Louis, A. Miller)

Estrela, Sarah, "Diffracting Future Fictions: Visual Resistance in Portuguese Africa, 1961–1974" (Northwestern University, H. Copeland, K. Thompson)

Faccion-Grodzki, Debora, "An Odd Man Out: Antonio Dias in 1970s Art Worlds" (Binghamton University, T. McDonough)

Fitzmaurice, Melissa, "Modeling the Modern Myth of Rome" (Binghamton University, J. Walker)

Gallman, Katie, "Sexuality Bound and Cinched: Christina Ramberg, Agency, and Objecthood in the Post-War American Production of Heterosexuality" (University of Wisconsin–Madison, J. H. Casid, A. Andrzejewski)

Gomez, Marisa, "Fabricated the American Dream: Stressed-Skin Technology and the Home, 1935–65" (University of Wisconsin–Madison, A. Andrzejewski)

Heckscher, Marguerite, "'We are the Dancing People!' Perceiving, Portraying, Performing the Body through Dress in Shambaa Arts of Health and Healing in Northeastern Tanzania" (University of Wisconsin–Madison, H. J. Drewal, B Thompson)

Hughes, Amy, "Refracted Trauma: Dissent, Memory and Affective Politics in Stanislav Libenský's and Jaroslava Brychtová's Public Glass Sculptures in Communist Czechoslovakia" (University of Wisconsin–Madison, J. H. Casid, D. Danaher)

Iglesias Lukin, Aimé, "This Must Be the Place: Latin American Artists in New York, 1965–1975" (Rutgers, T. Flores)

Jang, Jihan, "Something for Nothing: Korean Contemporary Art in the 1990s" (Binghamton University, T. McDonough)

Kacsor, Adrienn, "Migrant Aesthetics: Hungarian Artists in the Service of Soviet Internationalism, 1919–1956" (Northwestern University, C. Kiaer, H. Feldman)

Kahng, Hannah, "This Film Which Is Not One: Intersections of Expanded Cinema and Feminism, 1970–1979" (UCLA, G. Baker)

Karagöz, Özge, "Refiguring Modernism at the Limits of Europe: Turkish-Soviet Exchanges, Anti-Imperialist Politics, and Picturing the Body, 1923–1950." (Northwestern University, H. Feldman, C. Kiaer)

Kharatishvili, Tamar, "Technology as Refuge: Sonia Delaunay-Terk’s Multi-Media Production, 1913–1937" (Northwestern University, S. H. Clayson, C. Kiaer)

Leahy, Brian, "For Immediate Release: Contemporary Art and Exhibition Media in the United States" (Northwestern University, R. Zorach, H. Feldman)

Leopold, Lilah, "Apocalypses Then, Now, and Tomorrow: Land Use, Resource Extraction, and Contemporary Art" (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, T. Weissman)

Lo, Siwin, "Derivations: Appropriating Abstraction before and after Pictures; 1965–2015" (CUNY, D. Joselit)

Lockard, Jesse, "From the Ground Up: Yona Friedman and the Postwar Reimagining of Architecture" (University of Chicago, K. Taylor, C. Mehring)

Love, Thomas, "Queer Exoticism: Strategies of Self-Othering in West Germany, 1969–1994" (Northwestern University, H. Feldman, H. Copeland)

Ostrander, Dana, "'Reverse Pictures': Twentieth-Century American Portraiture and the Subversion of the Medico-Photographic Body" (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, T. Weissman)

Otto, Elisabeth, "Art Histories of Unlearning: Emily Carr (1871–1945) and Gabriele Münter (1877–1962)" (Université de Montréal, J. Lamoureux)

Park, Joonsoo, "Reconsidering Environmental Art, 1965–1982: Agnes Denes, Hans Haacke, and Alan Sonfist" (Binghamton University, K. Hatch)

Porter, Tola, "Sleeping Giants: Modernism as Public Art, 1960–1980" (Washington University in St. Louis, J. Klein)

Postlewait, Mariah, "Richard Avedon’s In the American West Revisited” (Binghamton University, J. Tagg)

Richter, Sarah, "Life the Afterimage: Embodied Performance in the Work of Carrie Mae Weems, Delphine Fawundu, and Reneé Stout" (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, T. Weissman)

Robinson, Christine, "Pictures and Photographs: Sarah Charlesworth and Appropriation, 1977–2013" (UCLA, G. Baker)

Schapiro, Alissa, "'Busy with Other News': American Art, Visual Culture, and Antisemitism during World War II" (Northwestern University, C. Kiaer, H. Feldman)

Shabtay, Talia, "See, Think, Learn: Art, Science, and Aesthetic Experience in Early Cold War America" (Northwestern University, H. Feldman, C. Kiaer)

Simonetti, Marie-Agathe, "Photography in Indochina: Politics, Press, and War in Saigon, Hanoi, and Paris, 1897–1954" (University of Wisconsin–Madison, P. Chopra)

Stanton, Miriam Ashkin, "Gravitational Imagination: Picturing Suspension from Eadweard Muybridge to the Space Age" (University of Pennsylvania, A. Dombrowski, M. Leja)

Stapleton, Judith, "William Orpen: Modernist" (Yale University, T. Barringer)

Stupica, McKenzie, "From Rational Design to Revolution: The Hochschule für Gestaltung (HfG) Ulm and Latin American Development—1958–1973" (Northwestern University, S. Eisenman, A. Uslenghi)

Tang, Jenny, "Genealogies of Confinement: Carceral Logics of Visuality in Atlantic Modernism 1930–1945" (Yale University, K. Mercer)

Thomas, David, "Turn On, Tune In, Don’t Drop Out: The Cybernetic Environments of Pulsa" (Binghamton University, K. Hatch)

Troiano, Vanessa, “Susan Weil: Artistic Trailblazer” (Graduate Center of the City University of New York, G. Levin)

Valyi-Nagy, Zsofi, "Vera Molnar’s Programmed Abstraction: Computer Graphics and Geometric Abstract Art in Postwar Europe" (University of Chicago, C. Mehring, I. Blom)

Vielkind, Andrew, "Studio as Laboratory: Experimental Cinema and Technoscience During the Cold War Period" (Yale University, D. Andrew, C. Buckley)

Wahl, Christy, "Dada under Occupation: The Works of Hannah Höch, 1933–1949" (University of Wisconsin–Madison, B. C. Buenger, A. Andrzejewski)

Wyma, Chloe, "Labor and Pleasure in the Art of the Kirstein Circle, 1932–1956" (CUNY, M. Lobel)

Yousefi, Hamed, "The Secularity of the Avant-Garde and Other Modernist Myths: Art and Spirituality in Iran 1953–1978" (Northwestern, H. Feldman, R. Johnson)

Zaikina-Kondur, Olga, "Spatializing Consciousness: Participatory Art, Objects, and Poetry of Andrey Monastyrsky in the 1970s–80s" (Penn State University, S. K. Rich)