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Ten Graduate Students Awarded Dissertation Fellowships in American Art


2018 Luce Art news

Georgia O’Keeffe, East River from the Thirtieth Story of the Shelton Hotel, oil on canvas, 1928. In her project on spatial voids in turn-of-the-twentieth-century New York City, fellow Lee Ann Custer examines depictions of unfilled spaces to show how pockets of urban air were embedded in artistic culture during a time of rapid urban growth and development.

The American Council of Learned Societies is pleased to announce the recipients of the Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellowships in American Art, a program supported by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation. The 10 advanced graduate students were selected for their promising research in object- and image-based US art history.

 “This fellowship program has supported nearly 300 exceptional emerging scholars of US art history as they research and write their dissertations,” said Matthew Goldfeder, director of fellowship programs at ACLS. “This year’s 10 awardees carry on the program’s tradition of identifying and supporting the next generation’s leading scholars in the field as they develop original and significant contributions to knowledge.”

Each fellow receives a stipend of $32,000, as well as up to $4,000 for travel and research during the 2018-19 academic year. This year’s Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellows are pursuing projects on a wide range of topics and media, and the fellows and project titles are listed below. For more information about the recipients and their projects, click here.

Lee Ann Custer (University of Pennsylvania) The Voids of New York: Spaces of the Modern Metropolis in American Art from Chase to O’Keeffe

Courtney A. Fiske (Columbia University) Rethinking Postminimalism: Gordon Matta-Clark and the Cut, ca. 1970

Shannon Flaherty (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities) Tell Me About It: The Role of Confession in Contemporary Art

Holly Gore (University of California, Santa Barbara) Reinventing Work: Modernist Wood and Skilled Trade, 1940-1970

Alexis Bard Johnson (Stanford University) Turning the Page: Image and Identity in US Lesbian Magazines

Emilia Mickevicius (Brown University) New Topographics and the Reinvention of American Landscape Photography, 1975

Jeffrey Richmond-Moll (University of Delaware) Roots/Routes: Spirituality and Modern Mobility in American Art, 1900-1935

Xuxa Rodriguez (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) Performing Exile: Cuban-American Women’s Performance Art, 1972-2014

Abbe C. Schriber, Ellen Holtzman Fellow (Columbia University) For a Politics of Obscurity: David Hammons and Black Experimentalism, 1974-1989

Andrew P. Vielkind (Yale University) Studio as Laboratory: Experimental Cinema and Technoscience during the Cold War

Contact: Matthew Goldfeder, fellowships@acls.org

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