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

African Art (sub-Saharan)
Dissertations in Progress by Subject, 2013

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Bares, Eva, “Finding Place: Diaspora Experiences in Contemporary African Women’s Art” (Stony Brook University, B. Frank)

Baskin, Jill, “Picturing Freedom’s Shores: The Visual Culture of African Americans in Liberia, 1821–1865” (Virginia, L. Nelson)

Beck Cohen, Stephanie, “The Visual State: Liberian Art, Politics, and Economy at World’s Fairs, 1876–1984” (Indiana, Bloomington, P. McNaughton)

Carey, Dwight, “Building the Commercial Empire: Creole Architecture and Global Trade in the French Colonial World, 1659–1810” (UCLA, S. Nelson)

Cohen, Joshua, “Masks and the Modern: African/European Encounters in Twentieth-Century Art” (Columbia, Z. Strother)

Colard, Sandrine, “Photography in the Colonial Congo” (Columbia, Z. Strother)

Dumouchelle, Kevin, “Traditions of Modernity in an African City: Continuity and Change in the Architecture of Kumasi” (Columbia, S. Vogel)

Fine, Jonathan, “Mandu Yenu Thrones: Tradition, Aesthetics, and Politics in the Bamum Kingdom, 1885–2008” (Princeton, C. Okeke-Agulu)

Gant, Kimberli, “Eko o ni baje (May Lagos Be Indestructible): Visual Representations of Lagos, Nigeria from 1960 to 2008” (UT Austin, E. Chambers, C. Smith)

Jones, Erica P., “The Multiple Lives of Objects: Museums, Heritage, and Modernity in the Cameroon Grassfields” (UCLA, S. Nelson)

Kirkwood, Meghan L. E., “Religious Resources, Nation, and Environment: The Representation of Land in Contemporary South African Photography” (Florida, V. Rovine)

Larsen, Lynne A. E., “The Royal Palace of Dahomey: Symbol of a Transforming Nation” (Iowa, C. Roy)

Lortie, Marie, “Afrique en Créations: Transnational Patronage in the Francophonie” (Toronto, E. Harney)

Majeed, Risham, “Alternating Alterities: Exhibiting Medieval and African Art at the Trocadéro, 1878–1937” (Columbia, S. Murray, S. Vogel)

Martinez, Genia, “Arabic Enacted: Script in Religious Visual Culture of Senegal” (Florida, V. Rovine)

Masilela, Nomaduma, “Set Setal’s Imaginaire: Intervention in Public Space, Historiography, and Conceptualism” (Columbia, K. Jones)

Paoletti, Giulia, “La Connaisance du Réel: Fifty Years of Photography in Senegal (1910–60)” (Columbia, Z. Strother)

Richards, Christopher L., “We Have Always Been Fashionable: The Significance of Fashion in Accra, Ghana, from 1953–2013” (Florida, V. Rovine)

Ross, Emma, “Aesthetic Experience and Expression: Representation of Dan Women in the Cote d’Ivoire” (Yale, R. Thompson)

Sheldon, Brittany, “Visualizing Culture: Traditional Women’s Artistry in Ghana’s Upper East Region” (Indiana, Bloomington, P. McNaughton)

Sims, Theresa, “Photography and Zulu Vernacular Portraiture, 1860 to the Present” (Harvard, S. Blier)

Sytsma, Janine, “Departures: A Critical Study of the Ona Group and the Spread of Onaism” (Wisconsin, Madison, H. Drewal)

Teriba, Adedoyin, “Afro-Brazilian Ideals in the Architecture of Southwest Nigeria (ca.1880–1960)” (Princeton, E. da Costa Meyer)

Van Pee, Yasmine, “La colonisation pittoresque: Crafting Heritage in Interwar Belgian Congo, 1920–1940” (UC Berkeley, D. Grigsby)

Windmuller-Luna, Kristen, “Building Faith: Ethiopian Art and Architecture during the Jesuit Interlude, 1557–1632” (Princeton, C. Okeke-Agulu)

Zengotitabengoa, Beatriz, “Dressing the Horse: Visualizing Court Power and Bariba Identity at the Kingdom of Nikki, Benin” (Michigan, D. Doris, R. Silverman)