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

Decorative Arts/Textiles/Design History
Dissertations in Progress by Subject, 2011

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Adams, Amy, “Sophie Taeuber: An Artist Revisited” (CUNY, R. Long)

Arabindan-Kesson, Anna, “Threads of Empire: Art and the Cotton Trade in the Indian and Atlantic Ocean Worlds, 1840–1900” (Yale, T. Barringer, H. Carby)

Baker, Katherine, “Painting and the Luxury Arts in Paris, 1490–1515: Objects and Their Urban Contexts” (Virginia, L. Goedde)

Barber, Karen, “Writing with Light: Cameraless Photography and Its Narrative in the 1920s” (CUNY, R. Long)

Bruner, Chelsea, “The Seventh Regiment Armory and Aesthetic Movement Interiors” (CUNY, K. Murphy)

Buis, Alena, “‘Like So Many Objects of Colonialism, It Had Traveled Far from Home’: Women and Domestic Interiors in the Dutch Trade Empire” (Queen’s, Kingston, J. Helland, S. Dickey)

Burnham, M. Helen, “Maude I. Kerns: Crafting a Modern Art, 1907–1940” (CUNY, K. Manthorne)

Byrd, Dana E., “Reconstructions: Material Life of the Plantation, 1861–1877” (Yale, E. Cooke, Jr.)

Carr, Dennis, “Early Furnituremaking in the Narragansett Basin, 1636–1740” (Yale, E. Cooke, Jr.)

Desvernine Reed, Sara, “Havana: A Study in Interiors, Identities, and Ideologies” (Delaware, B. Herman)

Dreller, Sarah M., “The Time, Life, and Fortune of Time Inc.’s Architectural Forum Magazine, 1932–64” (UIC, P. Hales)

Ersan, Gokhan, “The Making of the Modern Turkish Household: Koç Industries, 1947–1980” (UIC, P. Hales)

Ferng, Jennifer, “Nature’s Objects: Geology, Aesthetics, and the Understanding of Materiality in Eighteenth-Century Britain and France” (MIT, M. Jarzombek)

Francis, Razan, “Secrets of the Arts: Enlightenment Spain’s Contested Islamic Craft Heritage” (MIT, D. Friedman)

Gordon, John Stuart, “Lurelle Guild’s Historical Modernism: The Legacy of the Colonial Revival in American Modernist Design” (Boston, K. Morgan)

Hartzell, Freyja, “Delight in Sachlichkeit: Richard Riemerschmid and the Thingliness of Things” (Yale, E. Cooke, Jr.)

Helfenstein, Eva, “Between Banquet Table and Collection: Precious Vessels in the Art and Culture of Fifteenth-Century Europe” (Harvard, H. van der Velden)

Houghteling, Sylvia, “Trade Patterns: The Mercantile Aesthetics of South Asian Cloth, ca. 1700” (Yale, E. Cooke, Jr., T. Barringer)

Jones, Meghen, “Tomimoto Kenkichi and the Discourse of Modern Japanese Ceramics” (Boston, A. Tseng)

Joy, Catherine Lanford, “Reflecting Refinement: The Making and Meaning of Silver Metal in Antebellum Boston, 1800–1875” (Yale, E. Cooke, Jr.)

Lasc, Anca, “Designing Space: The French Private Interior Illustrated, 1852–1914” (USC, V. Schwartz)

Laux, Barbara M., “Claude III Audran, Modern Ornemaniste of the Rococo Style” (CUNY, J. Sund)

Marchand, Marie-Ève, “Institutionnalisation et statut des arts décoratifs: enjeux de la construction d'une catégorie artistique au 19ième siècle” (Université de Montréal, C. Bernier, R. Froissart-Pezone)

Moon, Iris, “Charles Percier, Pierre-François-Léonard Fontaine, and the French Empire Interior, ca. 1800” (MIT, M. Jarzombek)

Navratil, Emily Schuchardt, “Native American Chic: The Marketing of Native Americans in New York between the World Wars” (CUNY, J. Sund)

Obniski, Monica, “Fashioned by Folk Art and Modernism: Alexander H. Girard’s Postwar American Design Projects” (UIC, R. Bruegmann)

Osdene, Stefan, “Illuminated Signscapes: The Rise of Neon Signage and Electrical Advertising in America, 1890–1960” (Wisconsin, Madison, A. Martin)

Ruud, Brandon, “Beneath the Surface: The Aesthetic and Ideological Appropriation of Native American Artwork during the Arts and Crafts Period” (UIC, E. Baird)

Sanford, Lauren M., “Out to Sea: Imagery of Women and Water from Nineteenth-Century England” (UNC Chapel Hill, M. Sheriff)

Taft, Maggie, “Making Danish Modern, 1945–1960” (Chicago, C. Mehring)

Tunstall, Alexandra, “Woven Paintings: Tapestries in the Ming (1368–1644) and Qing (1644–1911) Dynasties” (Columbia, R. Harrist)

Wager, Susan, “Boucher’s Bijoux: Luxury Reproductions in the Age of Enlightenment” (Columbia, A. Higonnet)

Warren, Erica, “Munthe’s Myths: Designing a Norwegian Nation in Decorative Art” (Minnesota, G. Weisberg)

Wells, Katharine, “Tapestry and Tableau: Historical Revival, Medium Specificity, and the Marketing of Modernism” (USC, N. Troy)