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

Pre-Columbian Art
Dissertations in Progress by Subject, 2011

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Cole, Ethan, “Pottery and Politics at San José de Moro, Peru, AD 450 to AD 950” (UCLA, C. Klein)

Earley, Caitlin, “At the Edge of the Maya World: Art, Politics, and Ritual in the Comitan Valley” (UT Austin, J. Guernsey)

Ellis, Helen Burgos, “Maize Imagery in the Codex Borgia: Ritual, Agriculture, and Society in Late Post-Classic Central Mexico (ca. 1250–1521)” (UCLA, C. Klein)

Finegold, Andrew, “Dramatic Renditions: Battle Murals and the Struggle for Elite Legitimacy in Epiclassic Mesoamerica” (Columbia, E. Pasztory)

George, Jeremy, “The Cultural Poetics of Inka Architecture” (CUNY, E. Quiñones-Keber)

Gomez-Tejada, Jorge, “In Image and in Word: The Codex Mendoza and the Invention of the Ancient Americas for Early Modern Audiences (1553–1838)” (Yale, M. Miller)

Granados-Salinas, Rosario Inés, “The Cult of Our Lady of Remedios: Devotion,
Aesthetics, and Society in Colonial Mexico City, 1520–1811” (Harvard, T. Cummins)

Henderson, Lucia, “Bodies Politic, Bodies in Stone: Imagery of the Human and the Divine in the Sculpture of Late Preclassic Kaminaljuyú, Guatemala” (UT Austin, J. Guernsey, D. Stuart)

King, Virginia, “Malinalco: An Expression of Mexica Political and Religious Dominance in a Subject Territory” (UT Austin, D. Stuart, L. Diel)

Machado, John, “The Murals of Las Higueras, Vera Cruz, Mexico” (UT Austin, J. Guernsey)

Matusik, Taryn, “The Image Breakers: Sculptural Mutilation among the Olmec and Maya” (Columbia, E. Pasztory)

McGarry, Renee, “Exotic Contact: Flora and Fauna in Mexica Visual Culture” (CUNY, E. Quiñones-Keber)

Pulido Rull, Ana, “Land Grant Painted Maps: Native Artists, Defense of Territory, and the Power of Visual Persuasion in Colonial New Spain” (Harvard, T. Cummins)

Rojas, Alejandra, “Flora Incognita: Knowledge and the New World in Four Sixteenth-Century Herbals” (Harvard, T. Cummins)

Rubenstein, Meghan, “Animate Architecture at Kabah: Terminal Classic Art and Politics in the Puuc Region” (UT Austin, J. Guernsey, D. Stuart)

Siegler, Jennifer, “Interaction and Imitation: Chimú Art after the Conquest by the Inka Empire, 1460–1534” (Emory, R. Stone)

Steinbach, Penny, “Sacrificing the Jaguar Baby: Understanding a Classic Maya Myth on Codex-Style Ceramics” (UT Austin, D. Stuart, J. Guernsey)

Terry, James, “Signifying Architecture: Maya Architecture of Chicanna and the Central Yucatan” (Yale, M. Miller)

Tierney, Meghan, “Envisioning Nasca: Sculptural Polychrome Ceramics, ca. 1–450 CE” (Emory, R. Stone)

Trever, Lisa Senchyshyn, “Moche Mural Painting and Practice at Pañamarca: A Study of Image Making in Ancient Peru” (Harvard, T. Cummins)