Throughout, artists’ works are foregrounded to better understand the challenges and opportunities this shifting media and institutional landscape presented for US-American artists working in these years.
This dissertation investigates four fiber conditions—stain, fold, infestation, and accretion—present in the contemporary artwork and craft by artists Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Sonya Clark, Binh Danh, Ann Hamilton, Meryl Mc Master, Rachel Meginnes, and Dread Scott, and compares these to historical fiber objects.
It argues that the art world increasingly employed the tactics, principles, and media of PR between 19 to imagine—and produce—publics for contemporary art.
By analyzing these PR practices in the context of period discourses on public art and the developing theoretical framework of postmodernism, this dissertation demonstrates that a careful attention to conflicting ideas and practices of “the public” yields new insights about the relationships between seemingly disparate threads of art-making.
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This dissertation traces uses and representations of water in post-1960s contemporary American art, focusing on instances in which water functions as a figure for a specific mode of convergence between ecological thought and artistic practice.
From artist Berenice Abbott’s macro-photographic apparatus for Supersight to mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot’s use of early computer graphics to invent a new form of geometry, it looks at how machine-assisted seeing restructured vision in America during a cold and invisible war.
In attending to the emergent interface between the human eye and the machine between 19, the project reframes twentieth-century art historical debates about opticality, scale, and the human body.
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The Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Dissertation Fellowships in American Art are awarded to graduate students in any stage of Ph. dissertation research or writing, for scholarship on a topic in the history of the visual arts of the United States.