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, 2021

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Angelos, Meghan, "Picturing Modern Movement: American Dance Photography, 1900–1960" (University of Delaware, J. Hill)

Athari, Maryam, "Scalar Frames: Modern Art in Iran through the Prism of Jahani (1953–1979)" (Northwestern University, H. Feldman, C. Huey)

Artamonova, Alexandra, "The Art of Socialist Friendship: Black Artists' Encounters with the Socialist Art World of the Eastern Bloc" (Northwestern University, C. Kiaer)

Bassi Cendra, Giovanna, "Tectonics of Development: Mineral Extraction and the Architecture of the University-City in South America, 1945–1975" (Rice University, F. López-Durán, G. Hughes)

Barton, Aleisha E., "Your Eyes Are Limited: Psychedelic Aesthetics in the Post-War Age, 1966–1970" (University of Minnesota, J. Marshall)

Bergendorff, Karlee, "Diplomatic Gifts and Cold War Strategies: The Role of North Korea’s Overseas Art Studios in Egyptian Memorial Culture" (Duke University, K. Stiles)

Boersma, Max, "Between Technique and Technology: Interwar Abstraction in Russia and Germany" (Harvard University , B. Buchloh, M. Gough)

Bonin, Christianna, "Alternative Orientalisms: Art and Empire in Russia and the Soviet Union, 1900–1967" (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, M. Jarzombek)

Boone, Jobyl A., "Christo and Jeanne-Claude in the United States, 1964–2005" (University of Delaware, S. Isenstadt)

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

Carty, Rachel, "Transmissions from the Cosmos: Challenging NASA’s Visual Language of Space Exploration in Postwar American Art, 1962–1975" (Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY), M. Lobel)

Cesiro, Lauren, "The Body Is a Battleground: Mapping Communities in the Photographs of Robert Mapplethorpe, Nan Goldin, and Sally Mann." (State University of New York, Binghamton, J. Tagg)

Choi, Ina, "Material Intimacies: Remapping and Connecting the Works of Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Hung Liu, and Tiffany Jae Yeon Shin" (University of Pennsylvania, N. Steinhardt, S. Lee)

Coudrelle, Maeve, "The Imprint of Hemispheric Exchange: The Bienal Americana de Grabado, 1963–1970" (Temple University, M. Alvarez)

Crawford, Jack, "Flamboyant Abundance: Performing Queer Maximalism, 1960–1990" (Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY), C. Bishop, S. Edgecomb)

Davison, Marianna, “Places for People: Aesthetics and Ethics of Landscape Reclamation in the Pacific Northwest” (University of California, Irvine, J. Nisbet)

DeFeo, Janine, "Food and the Social Body in U.S. Art, 1962–1983" (Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY), S. Wilson, M. Hadler)

Demay, Marie-Odile, "Art History Discourses of Television Series on Art" (University of Montreal, E. Chateau Dutier, W. Uricchio)

Donahey, Kelly, "Negative Freedom: Media Art, Mass Culture, and the Late American Avant-Garde, 1965-1993” (University of California, Irvine, C. Liu)

Downing, Theresa, "Traces: A Transhistorical Study of Fiber Ecologies in Contemporary Art" (Bard Graduate Center, J. Blocker, J. Marshall)

El Hayek, Chantal, "The Société Française des Urbanistes and the Invention of Urbanism" (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, M. Jarzombek)

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

Evans, Cynthia, "Political Playgrounds: Gruppe Effekt's Third Way Art and Activism in Postwar West Germany" (Florida State University, T. Bick, A. Jolles)

Fisher, Dorothy, "The Moon Belongs to Everyone: NASA's Artist Cooperation Program and the Making of Space Race History" (University of Delaware, J. Hill)

Flattley, Megan, "Out of the Fragments, New Worlds: Perspective and Space in the Work of Diego Rivera, 1913–1933" (Tulane University, A. Anagnost, D. Cruz Porchini)

Fletcher, Jessica, "A Municipal Modernity: Women, Architecture, and Public Health in Working Class New York, 1913–1950" (Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY), M. Gutman)

Gaglia, Nicole, "Visualizing Bodies: Public Health and the Medicalized Everyday in Modern Japan" (Duke University, G. Weisenfeld)

Gandert, Sonja Elena, "La resolana: Chicano Artistic Imaginaries of Place, Race, and Activism in New Mexico and Texas, 1969–1985" (Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY), A. Indych-López)

Goddard, Brandi S. , "“Humble Hands in Humble Homes”: Cottage-Industry Textiles, Women’s Labour, and Craft Co-operatives in Ireland, 1935–1960" (University of Alberta, J. Greer)

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

Green, William, "Looking Back/Looking Forward: Alternative and Antiquated Process Photography in North America, ca. 1970" (Rutgers University, A. Zervigon)

Hankel, Meg, "The Magic of 3-D: A History of Stereoscopy in Art and Visual Culture" (Bryn Mawr College, H. King, L. Saltzman)

Harakawa, Maya, "After the Renaissance: Art and Harlem in the 1960s" (Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY), S. Wilson)

Henry, Joseph, "Spiritualized Machines: Die Brücke, Expressionism, and Wilhelmine Modernity" (Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY), R. Golan)

Hsieh, Pei-chun Viola, "Resilient Forms: the Cold-War Sensorium and Contemporary Feminist Aesthetics in Taiwan, circa 1983" (State University of New York, Binghamton, K. Hatch)

Juarez Cruz, Marco Polo, "Routes and Networks of Mexican Abstraction across the Americas (1958–1970)" (University of Maryland, College Park, A. McEwen)

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

Katzin, Jeffrey, "Light and Black Magic: Alvin Langdon Coburn and the Potential of Abstract Photography" (University of Pennsylvania, M. Leja)

"Karagöz, Özge, ""Refiguring Art across Revolutions: Turkish and Soviet Artists in
Alliance, 1933–1938"" (Northwestern University, H. Feldman, C. Kiaer)"

Keller, Eliyahu, "Drawing Apocalypse: Architectural Representation in the Nuclear Age and the Imagination of the End" (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, T. Hyde, M. Jarzombek)

Kim Duffey, Ashley, "(Re)visioning Kinship: Photographies of U.S.-Korean Adoption, 1952–present" (University of Minnesota, J. Marshall)

Kherdeen, Riad, "Spectral Modernisms: Decolonial Aesthetics and Haunting in the Aftershock of Morocco's Agadir Earthquake (1960)" (University of California, Berkeley, A. Lenssen)

Kugo, Kasumi, "The Theory and Practice of "Eizō" in 1960's and 1970's Japan" (State University of New York, Binghamton, J. Tagg, J. Kirkwood )

Kuipers, Grace, "Mineral Modernism: the Mexican Subsoil and the Remapping of American Form" (University of California, Berkeley, L. Kroiz)

Kuromiya, Naomi, "Finding the Past in the Future: Tracing ‘the Integrated Artwork’ in Modern Japan" (Columbia University, J. Reynolds)

Levy, Benjamin, "A Gray Area: The Technical and Aesthetic Development of the Photographic Halftone" (Case Western Reserve University, A. Rager, H. Adams)

Lindeman, Ashley, "L'Arte Murale: Modern Italian Muralism and the Expansion of Empire, 1932–1945" (Florida State University, A. Jolles)

"Lodwick, Leslie, ""Architectures of Schooling: School Construction Systems Development
"" (University of California, Santa Cruz, A. Narath)"

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

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

Marshall, Janina Piper, "Who Speaks: Ericka Beckman's New Talkie" (Columbia University, B. Joseph)

Masgras, Alexandra, "Biopolitical Architecture: Public Health, the Built Environment, and Right-Wing Politics in Romania, 1920–1944" (Duke University, P. Jaskot)

McKittrick, Anna, "The Next Larger Thing: The "Open" Work at Mid-century" (Emory University, T. Cronan, C. Campbell)

Meehleder, Amy, "Highway Hypnosis: the Freeway as Landscape, 1956–1999" (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, J. Blocker)

Mellema, Tatiana, "The Art Institution and the Social Unconscious: Feminist Art and Social Reproduction in 1969-1980 North America" (University of British Columbia, E. Silver, J. Mansoor )

Millar Fisher, Michelle, "Craft Schools: American Craft Culture and Sites of Collective Pedagogy, 1970–1985" (Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY), K. Murphy)

Mohammadi, Banafsheh, "Images of the Experiential: The Petroleum Roots of the Phenomenology of Religion and Architectural Phenomenology, 1945–1967" (University of Alberta, J. Greer)

Mongelluzzo, Keri, "Bauhaus/Dream House: The Uncharted Surrealism of New Vision Photography" (Penn State University, N. Locke)

Nicholas, Sasha, "Portraiture and the Making of the Modern American Artist, 1918-1929" (Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY), K. Manthorne)

Ochmanek, Annie, "Conceptualism and the Connexionist World: The Art of Eduardo Costa, Hannah Weiner, Christine Kozlov, and Stanley Brouwn" (Columbia University, B. Joseph, K. Jones)

Ramos, Horacio, "Performances of Race: The Making of an Experimental 'arte popular' in Peru, 1960–1990" (Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY), A. Indych-López, K. Manthorne)

Ratch, Corey, "Rendering Bodies: The Image of the Abattoir in Modern Photography and Film" (Columbia University, E. Hutchinson, A. Alberro)

Rawlings, Courtney, "The Architecture of Red Los Angeles: Building Low-Cost Housing Communities for a Postwar Future, 1940–1960" (Emory University, T. Cronan, C. Crawford)

Rogers Morris, Sarah, "Photographic Infrastructures: The Framing of American Architectural Photography, 1890–1940" (University of Illinois Chicago, S. Banerji, Ö. Harmansah)

Rooney, Adrienne, "Against Cultural Dependency: Aesthetics and Economics in the Caribbean Festival of Arts (Carifesta), 1966–1981" (Rice University, F. López-Durán)

Rosenblum, Lauren, "The Art, Craft and Labor of Lithography during the American Print Renaissance, 1952–68" (Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY), K. Manthorne)

Saha, Indrani, "The Spiritual Curation of American Modernism" (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, C. Jones)

Sato, Analisa, ""Post-Function: U.S. Fiber Art between Bauhaus and Feminist Textiles”" (Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY), M. Hadler, R. Bletter)

Scott, Lily F., "Neither Then nor Now: Queer Temporalities & Interwar Portraits of Expatriate Sapphists " (Temple University, E. Pauwels)

Silverman, Julia, "Crafting a Useable Future During the “Indian New Deal”" (Harvard University , J. Roberts, P. Deloria)

Sledge, David, "Contested Modernism: Black Artists and the Spaces of American Modern Art, 1925–1950" (Columbia University, E. Hutchinson)

Sunnergren, Victoria, "Cracks in the Clay: Gender in Historic and Contemporary Pueblo Pottery" (University of Delaware, J. Horton)

Stowell, Laura, "Affective Encounters: Alina Szapocznikow and the Sculptural Body, 1955–1972" (University of Washington, A. Rounthwaite, M. Wiezcorek)

Stritzler, Nina, "Alfred H. Barr, Jr., and Architecture at MoMA 1929–1949: Defining a New Museum Curatorial Practice" (Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY), R. Bletter, M. Gutman)

Sung, Ji Eun Camille, "Artists of Action, Art of Participation: Object and Action in Art in Korea, 1960–1980" (University of British Columbia, I. Adriasola)

Thrailkill, Molly Katharine, "The Axe and the Lens: A Visual History of Trees in Industrial America" (University of California, Irvine, C. Whiting)

Tomaszewski, Patryk P., "Socialist Realism on View: State-sponsored Exhibitions of Art in Poland, 1949–1959" (Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY), R. Golan, E. Braun)

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

Unger, Gwen A., "Other Selves: Critical Self-Portraiture in Cuba during the “Special Period in time of Peace,” 1990–1999" (Columbia University, A. Alberro, K. Jones)

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

Veloric, Cynthia Haveson, "Images, Theater, Embodied Experiences: How Ecoartists are Shifting Consciousness around the Climate Crisis" (University of the Arts, Philadelphia, K. Kusserow, F. Dunaway)

Vogel, Rachel, "The Machine That Makes the Art: Printmaking and Conceptual Practice, 1964–1975" (Harvard University , C. Lambert-Beatty, J. Roberts)

Volz, Scott, "Deadly Circularity: Waste and Ecology in Art of the 1970s and 1980s"
(University of California, Irvine, J. Nisbet)

Wang, Y. L. Lucy, "Contagious Places, Curative Spaces: Disease in the Making of Modern Chinese Architecture, 1894–1949" (Columbia University, B. Bergdoll)

Weldon-Yochim, Zoe, "Atomic Afterlives: Visualizing Nuclear Toxicity in Art of the United States, 1979–2011" (University of California, Santa Cruz, T. Demos)

Winter, Rachel, ""A Spectacle of Inclusion: The Rise of Contemporary Art from the Arab World, Iran, and Turkey in the United States and England, 1970–2020"" (University of California, Santa Barbara, J. Sorkin)

Yousefi, Hamed, "How Modern Art Became Islamic in Iran: God, Man, and Mimesis Between the War and the Revolution (1945–1979)" (Northwestern University, H. Feldman, H. Copeland)

Yoshida, Yuri, "Placing Abstraction: Barnett Newman and the System of Historicization" (Rice University, G. Bader, G. Hughes)