Each year, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago celebrates the culmination and closure of students' studies at the masters level. In studio areas, the celebration takes place in the form of the thesis exhibitions, while the academic areas complement this with the thesis abstracts publication. This thesis abstract collection gathers and showcases thesis research undertaken in six programs: Master of Arts in Arts Administration and Policy; Master of Arts in Art Education; Master of Arts in Modern Art History, Theory, and Criticism; Master of Arts in Art Therapy; Master of Arts in Teaching; and Master of Science in Historic Preservation.


2013 Thesis Abstracts

Ionit Behar
The value in context : Michael Asher's displacements in Chicago, 1979 and 2005

Laura Bickford
"Well, time goes by" : obsolescence in Vollis Simpson's whirligigs

Jennifer Louise Breckner
The judgment of taste : meal as medium

Lee Colon
Dada as contagion : metaphors of syphilis in Berlin, 1917–1920

Murphy Elizabeth Crain
The visible and the tactile : the Chicago work of Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, 1973–1946

Rachel Hutcheson
Time unbound and off the reel : Tony Conrad's Yellow Movies

Maura Lucking
An architecture of "The Provisional Paradigm" : Ray Kappe's residential and educational design, 1965–1976

Laura Rose Nevins
Atomic bombshells : women, sexuality, and stereotyping in American science fiction film posters of the 1950s

William Anthony Ruggiero
Venezuelan development In vitro : the environments of Domingo Á?lvarez, from 1967 to 1974

Hanlu Zhang
Accident or movement : a conceptual analysis of Chinese conceptual photography of the 1990s


2012 Thesis Abstracts

Lauren Bellard
Black mountain college campus as a cultural landscape

Alison Bovaird
Nuanced nostalgia : critical subversion of childhood memories in the work of Charles Ray, Tom Sachs and Cory Arcangel

Katherine Brown
Everyday I'm tumblin' : performing online identity through reaction GIFs

Bridget Carron
Self-portraits beyond carnal : Arnulf Rainer and Lucas Samaras

Cecily Ferguson
Different light : creolizing Swedish modernism

Jennifer Gerow
Pronouncing the shift : Zoe Leonard's Analogue

Charles Laurier
Arata Isozaki and the problem of tradition in post World-War II Japanese architecture

KC Lynch
Moonlighting : gender, screwball and postmodernity in the 1980s

Matthew Mullane
Capsular Japan : the "information society" and Kisho Kurokawa’s Nakagin Capsule Tower

Destinee Rose Oitzinger
Techno-visions and digital paradoxes : electronic media and the politics of public space

Megan Owoc
Rubber Time and latent psychological trauma : Mella Jaarsma's SARA-Swati (2000) and I Am Ethnic (2000)

Emily Scibilia
Renewed "Spirit of Hyde park" : a case study in mural restoration

Jeannette Tremblay
The digital, the analog, and the spectral : two case studies of contemporary Chinese art

Natalie M. VanOverbeke
The relationship of the American parlor, social etiquette, and the iconography of dress as seen in art in the nineteenth century

Hanna Yoo
In and out of character : Eleanor Antin's role-playing project, 1972-87


2011 Thesis Abstracts

Allison Paige Ashmore
Architecture designed to be published : modernism over construction in Arts & Architecture magazine's case study house program.

Beth Capper
Pleasure Palace Theater of the Future : Shirley Clarke and the Tee Pee Video Space Troupe

Melanie Erica Emerson
Mirrored and masked : the work of Elke Krystufek and Mathilde ter Heijne

Emily (Maggie) Gottlieb
The muppets take the met : puppetry, public media, and the American museum

Alice Heeren
The Inhotim Cultural Institute : the museum in the neodevelopmentalist era

Ashley L. Homitz
The 1925 Sigel and Stockman mannequin papier-mch

Amelia Ishmael
Black Metal in the white tower : metal's formless presence in contemporary art

Michelle A. Lee
Ingestional aesthetics : deciphering eating in contemporary art

Lea Schleiffenbaum
The establishment of loan exhibitions at the Royal Academy, or Genesis in old master paintings

Courtney R. Thompson
Specters of ownership

Paul-David Young
The cinematic animal and the cinematic umwelt in Au Hasard, Balthazar


2010 Thesis Abstracts

Francesca L Baldry
In a Fantastic Hour: Contextual Investigations of Corporeal Response to Giuseppe Penone's Hidden Life Within and Alpi Marittime

Lana P Beardslee
Themes In and Implications of Andy Warhol's Blow Job

Margaret Ellen Di Giulio
Trauma theory in art history

Gregory J Harris
Photography By the Book: Wall, Matta-Clark and the Photobook After Ruscha

Nika Levando
Natalia Goncharova and The Ballet Russes

Grace Elizabeth Murray
Building the Devi Art Foundation and the Kolkata Museum of Modern Art : Global art and museums in the new urban India

Rabbya Naseer
Promises to Keep: Performance of the Self Portrait in Contemporary Pakistani Art

Karin J Patzke
Cultural Heritage and Digital Culture: Understanding the Role Of Digital Images Of Museum Objects On The World Wide Web

Katherine A. Pill
Appropriating Desire: Collier Schorr's Jens F. Series

Greg Stuart
Reclaiming Trash: Three Artists from Nigeria

Candace Wirt


2009 Thesis Abstracts

Jennifer Balton
Yue Minjun, Liu Jianhua, and Zhou Xiaohu : images of multiples, repetition and the Chinese economy

Emily Joan Bauman
Projected monuments : successes and failures of the projected image memorial

Anna Kryczka
Medium as disruption : pop drawings

Denise Mahoney
Cecilia Beaux : image and class in the age of innocence

Roman Petruniak
Art workers on the Left : the Art Workers Coalition and the emergence of a new collectivism

Jesse Adams Stein
Domesticity and gender in the industrial design of Apple Computer 1977-1984

Whitney S. Tassie
Primary dealers of contemporary art use symbolic capital to create value

Eduardo Vivanco
Between you and me, on Dan Graham and James Turrell

Michelle West
Questioning bodies in space : identity, perception and intersubjectivity in the early performances of Rebecca Horn


2008 Thesis Abstracts

Lindsay Bosch
Reading at the interface : exploring parallels between internet art and artists' books

Jessica Cochran
Organized, instigated, and devised : considering the "relational" practice of Jeremy Deller

Thea Liberty Nichols
Chicago imagism defined : Franz Schulze and Dennis Adrian in conflict and conversation

Shannon R. Stratton
Re-materializing the subject : handicraft and the re-articulation of subjective identity and personal agency


2007 Thesis Abstracts

Melanie Bollman
The Bohm-Biederman correspondence : collaborative possibilities for the art-science discourse

Lara Bullock
Art is art, so is art writing: stylistic intersections of contemporary artists, critics, philosophers, and historians

Rebecca E. Davis
Shahzia Sikander : screening creative exile through cross-mediation

Alison H. Denner
Hybridization : vulgarizing the modernist canvas

Caroline Morgan Ewing
Kindred refuse and unbound identities : the performative installations of Georges Adeagbo

Catherine Hannah
American memorial quilts and the material culture of mourning

Kari Holt
Ironies of desire

Karen I.M. Huang
Chicago's own Mexican odyssey : a dialogue in the arts, 1925-1946

Lisa Jaronski
The early photographs of Robert Rauschenberg : 1949-1955

Audrey M. Mast
Thoroughly modern Coco : an examination of the work of Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel as modernist design

Justin Thomas Natale
What's the difference between an orange? Indeterminacy in Wolfgang Tillmans's still life photography

Patrick Page
Millennium Park : people at the center

Britany L. Salsbury
Theorizing the gaze in representations of prostitution by two female painters in Weimar Germany

Lily B. Siegel
The lowrider and other extremes : lowrider aesthetic as defiant bravado

Jennifer E. Stone
Fifth Avenue avant-garde : convergences of contemporary art and store window display in New York department stores

Alisa Swindell
Lights on the pedestal : depictions of whiteness in the photography of Tina Barney

Soren Whited
The task of history : the demands of meaning and immediacy


2006 Thesis Abstracts

Elisa Camp
Minimalism split : James Turrell and light and space on the West Coast

Jennifer Gheith
Who I am is Palestinian : Emily Jacir's documentation of everyday life

Margo Handwerker
Shifting places/solid ground : bordering on visibility in Tijuana

Katrina Kuntz
A new American expression in the 1980s : the neoexpressionist paintings of David Salle and Eric Fischl

Jessica Moss
Lee Godie - artist in a "publick camera"

Kelly Roark
Color and artistic identity : Whistler, van Gogh and yellow

Emily A. Soszko
The language of modern museum sculpture gardens : the development of gardens at the Museum of Modern Art and the Walker Art Center

Farris Wahbeh
Forget Godard : the cinematic abductions of Pier Paolo Pasolini and Guy Debord

John Patrick Walsh
Hommage á Cézanne : Odilon Redon, the Nabis and the French Avant-Garde,1890-1900

Michaelene Zawacki
William Valentiner : champion of modern German art