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

Twentieth Century
Dissertations Completed by Subject, 2017

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Abrams, Matthew, “Alternative Modernisms: Collective Creativity” (Yale University, S. Zeidler, D. Joselit)

Andersen, Tawny, “Performativity as critical praxis: J.L Austin, Jacques Derrida, Judith Butler, Catherine Malabou, c. 1955-2014” (McGill University, Amelia Jones)

Andrus, Timothy, “Stuart Davis’s Art Theory, 1920-1928” (Virginia Commonwealth University, R. Hobbs)

Angel, Sara, “A Moral Persuasion: The Nazi-Looted Art Recoveries of the Max Stern Art Restitution Project 2002-2013” (University of Toronto, E. Legge)

Apostol, Corina Lucia, “Dissident Education: Socially Engaged Art from Eastern Europe (1980-present)” (Rutgers University, J. Sharp)

Berkowitz, Elizabeth, “Bloomsbury's Byzantium and the Writing of Modern Art” (Graduate Center, CUNY, R. Long)

Bissonauth, Natasha, “Play at the Turn of the Millennium: Reframing South Asian Diasporic Art (1980s - present)” (Cornell University, I. Dadi)

Blaylock, Sara “Infiltration and Excess: Experimental Art and the East German State, 1980 - 1989” (University of California, Santa Cruz, J. González)

Cohen, Jennifer, “Surrealism and the Art of Consumption” (University of Chicago, C. Mehring)

Conley, Niki Eaton, “Lt. Claggett Wilson, Queer Masculinity, and the Formation of American Modernism” (University of Missouri, K. Schwain)

Eppley, Charles, “Soundsites: Max Neuhaus, Site-Specificity, and the Materiality of Sound as Place” (Stony Brook University, A. Uroskie)

Fiduccia, Joanna, “Hollow Man: Alberto Giacometti and the Crisis of the Monument, 1935–1945” (UCLA, G. Baker)

Fiedorek, Kara, “Priests of the Sun: Photography and Faith, 1860-1910” (Institute of Fine Arts/NYU, R. Slifkin)

Freese, Lauren “Taste in the City: Depictions of Food Consumption in Urban America, 1880-1920” (The University of Iowa, J. Kinsey)

Gerspacher, Arnaud, “Posthumanist Animals in Art: France and Belgium 1972-87” (Graduate Center, CUNY, C. Bishop)

Greenberg, Alyssa, “Arts Awareness at the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Art Museum Education as Artistic and Political Practice” (University of Illinois at Chicago, T. Quinn)

Gyorody, Andrea, “Thought into Action and Action into Object: Joseph Beuys and the Political Work of Social Sculpture” (UCLA, G. Baker)

Hallman, Lee, “On London Ground: The Landscape Paintings of Frank Auerbach and Leon Kossoff” (Graduate Center, CUNY, E. Braun)

Harbin, Virginia Allison, “Visual Excess in Contemporary Art from the South Asian Diaspora” (Rutgers University, T. Flores)

Heung, Elsie, “Women's Suffrage in American Art: Recovering Forgotten Contexts, 1900-1920” (Graduate Center, CUNY, G. Levin)

Isgro, Marina, “The Animate Object of Kinetic Art, 1955-1968” (University of Pennsylvania, C. Poggi)

Kauffman, Alexander, “‘Faire un Cinéma‘: Marcel Duchamp and the Moving Image” (Pennsylvania, C. Poggi)

Klemm, Hannah, “Systems Depictions: A.R Penck and the East German Underground, 1953 1980” (University of Chicago, C. Mehring)

Landres, Sophie, “Opera for Automatons: Charlotte Moorman’s Early Collaborations with Nam June Paik” (Stony Brook University, A. Uroskie)

Larson, Katharine, “Alberto Burri in Rome, 1946-1960” (Johns Hopkins University, M. Fried)

Levenson, Abra, “Figures and Things: Charles Demuth, 1907-1935” (Princeton, R. DeLue)

Machida, Nico, “The Syntax of Sites: Art and United States Urban Infrastructure, 1956-1980” (UCLA, M. Kwon)

Martynyuk, Olena, “Postmodern Perestroika: Ukrainian Artistic Networks of the 1980s–1990s” (Rutgers University, Jane A. Sharp)

McClellan, Meghan, “Visual Humor: Female Photographers and the Making of Modern American Womanhood, 1860-1915” (University of Missouri, K. Schwain)

McCollum, Christina, “'Exhibitions of Outsider Art Since 1947” (Graduate Center, CUNY, R. Golan)

Nesselrode, Sean, “The Harvest of Modernity: Art, Oil, and Industry in the Venezuelan Twentieth Century” (Institute of Fine Arts/NYU, E. Sullivan)

O'Reilly, Colleen, “Visual Pedagogy in Cold War America: Berenice Abbott, Will Burtin, and the International Visual Literacy Association” (University of Pittsburgh, J. Ellenbogen)

Ouellet, Maryse, “Après l'imprésentable: contemporanéité du sublime dans
les oeuvres de Shirin Neshat, Olafur Eliasson et Ryoji Ikeda” (McGill University, Christine Ross)

Parrish, Sarah, “Anthropologies of Fiber: Claire Zeisler, Ed Rossbach, Sheila Hicks” (Boston University, G. Williams)

Peterson, Lindsay, “Building the Home Front: The Lanham Act and the Modernization of Housing in the United States” (Institute of Fine Arts/NYU, J-L. Cohen)

Phillips, Daniel K., “Kazimir Malevich and Russian Modernism” (University of Chicago, M. Jackson)
Polonyi, Eszter, “Ghost Writer: Béla Balázs's Hauntology of Film,” (Columbia University, N. Elcott)

Raffel, Amy, “Merchandise, Mass Media, and Accessibility: Keith Haring’s Pop Shop” (Graduate Center, CUNY, S. Wilson)

Read, Heather, “Canonizing Modernism: An Avant-Garde Legacy in France's Sacred Art Movement, 1939-1958” (Washington University in St. Louis, J. Klein)

Reitz, Erin, “Radical Aesthetics: The Art of the Black Panthers, 1966–1982” (Northwestern University, H. Feldman)

Sarvé-Tarr, Marin, “Seizing the Everyday: Lettrist Film and the French Postwar Avant-Garde, 1946-1954” (University of Chicago, C. Mehring)

Schopp, Caroline Lillian. “Body Analyses / Poetic Acts - Ambivalences of Austrian Performance Art after 1945” (University of Chicago, C. Mehring)

Scott, Hallie, “Communicationists and Un-Artists: Pedagogical Experiments in California, 1966-1974” (Graduate Center, CUNY, C. Bishop)

Serrano, Ortiz De Solórzano, Blanca, “Between Limit and Possibility: Art in Cuba during the Special Period” (Institute of Fine Arts/NYU, E. Sullivan)

Seymour, Brian, “Art Collecting and Shaping Publics at the Turn of the Twentieth Century: A Philadelphia Story” (Temple University, G. Silk)

Shapiro, Abigail Jane, “Ree Morton and feminist installation art: 1968 – 1977” (McGill University, Amelia Jones, Carrie Rentschler)

Silveri, Rachel, “The Art of Living in the Historical Avant-Garde,” (Columbia University, B. Joseph)

Smith, Laura Lake, “Imaging the In-Between: The Serial Art of Richard Tuttle” (University of Georgia, I. Wallace)

Smucker, David, “Street Views: Automotive Vision and Postwar American Photobooks” (Stony Brook University, B. Belisle)

Spaulding, Daniel, “Beuys, Terror, Value: 1967-1979” (Yale University, C. Buckley, D. Joselit)

Venator, Melissa, “Light Play: Light Art in 1920s Germany” (Rice University, G. Bader)

Vergara-Vargas, Erandy, “Movement and orientations: four interactive installations
from Latin America” (McGill University, Christine Ross)

Wang, Han-Chih, “The Profane and Profound: American Road Photography from 1930 to the present” (Temple University, G. Silk)

Warner, Emily S., “Abstraction Unframed: Abstract Murals in New York, 1935-1960” (University of Pennsylvania, M. Leja)

Weintraub, Sara, “From Design to Completion: The Transformation of U.S. War Memorials on the National Mall” (Graduate Center, CUNY, H. Senie)

Wong, Hannah, “A 'Funny Guy' Comes to America: Humor, Sex, Machines and the Viewer in the Work of Francis Picabia, 1913-1918” (University of Texas at Austin, L. Henderson)

Young, Allison, “Torn and Most Whole: On the Poetics of Difference in the Art of Zarina Bhimji” (Institute of Fine Arts/NYU, R. Slifkin)