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  • Pictographic dress: decoloniality in the performance of memory 

    Link, Linda Joy (2020)
    My thesis examines pictographic War Honor Dresses collaboratively hand-sewn and painted in North America, attributed to the final decade of the eighteenth century. As a natural progression of the centuries-long Indigenous ...
  • Evelyn Gleeson and The Dun Emer Guild: Redefining a Woman’s Place in the Arts 

    Brightwell-Gray, Abigail (2020)
    This thesis will explore a myriad of topics not often analyzed within the art historical academic field. It adds to recent endeavors to understand the role of women as artists in the early twentieth century by highlighting ...
  • Henri Rivière, Japonsime, and Les Trente-Six Vues de la Tour Eiffel 

    Christenson, Paul J (2020)
    Les Trente-Six Vues de la Tour Eiffel is a bound book that contains 36 lithographs by Henri Rivière printed in 1902. These lithographs reflect the social, political, and artistic changes that had occurred in Paris by the ...
  • Representations of the Dreaming Mind in Nineteenth-Century French Art 

    Love, Rachael Alyson (2019)
    During the nineteenth century, philosophic and popular interest in dreams and the unconscious increased dramatically. Simultaneously, artists and writers increasingly recognized the immense creative impulses that resided ...
  • Sites of trauma, bodies of recovery: the work of contemporary South African artist Jane Alexander 

    Mickelson, Amy Nygaard (2019)
    Sites of Trauma, Bodies of Recovery: The Work of Contemporary South African Artist Jane Alexander explores the interconnections between the aesthetics of trauma in post-apartheid culture, history, and politics through the ...
  • Living Landscapes: John Dunkley and the Cultural Landscape of Colonial Jamaica 

    Lawder, Rebecca (University of Missouri -- Kansas City, 2019)
    To many Jamaicans nature itself was spiritual and alive, and while John Dunkley’s landscapes seek to mystify audiences, this thesis seeks to discern the complex symbolism within his paintings. Although only moderately ...
  • Toward the Origins of Peyote Beadwork 

    Hubbell, Gerald R. (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2018)
    Peyote beadwork is a nuanced and elegant art form. Hundreds of thousands of people today use peyote beadwork, including the Native American Church, powwow people, gourd dancers and Native Americans wanting a marker of ...
  • Crawford Ralston: Structures of Time 

    Ritter, William S. (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2018)
    Ralston Crawford is an American artist best known for his Precisionist aesthetic style that celebrates the edifices of modern America such as bridges, silos, and grain elevators. Crawford utilized a highly controlled ...
  • Translating Magic: Remedios Varo’s Visual Language 

    Derks, Meredith (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2017)
    Remedios Varo was fascinated by esoteric subject matter. Her studies included alchemy, Russian mysticism, Tarot, and the occult. While her paintings frequently depict a scientist, explorer, or some magical figure in a ...
  • Re-imaging the Spaces of Femininity: Vanessa Bell and the Domestic Interior 

    Hampton, Danielle (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2017)
    This study charts British artist Vanessa Bell’s (1879-1961) manipulation of the feminine interior during the most experimental years in her practice, 1910 through 1915. Bell’s forays into decorative design and her ...
  • Rose Piper: New Discoveries 

    Dohogne, Meghan (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2016)
    Rose Piper (1917- 2005) was an African-American artist, based primarily in New York, who garnered attention with her success in oil painting. She utilized her talent to transcend medium in a multidisciplinary career. ...
  • Art in Scale: Barbara Marshall and the Fine-Scale Miniature Movement 

    Taylor, Laura S. (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2016)
    Throughout time, humans have engaged with miniatures as a means of making sense of their world. For each generation and each culture, this phenomenon manifests in a way that meets the needs of its participants. This thesis ...
  • Pieter Bruegel The Elder’s The Months: A Perspective 

    Erker, Nicholas R. (2014)
    In the year 1565, Antwerp merchant Nicolaes Jongelinck commissioned Pieter Bruegel the Elder to paint a series of paintings, The Months, for his suburban villa. Unfortunately, Jongelinck lost possession of the series of ...
  • Making the Connection: J.B. Murray and the Scripts and Forms of Africa 

    Clifton-James, Licia E. (2016)
    This dissertation focuses on the artwork of J.B. Murray, an African American artist from Mitchell, Georgia. The goal of this dissertation is to explore J.B. Murray’s production of protective scripts and spirit figures. ...
  • Gulshan Muraqqa’: An Imperial Discretion 

    Bushra, Hamama Tul (2016)
    This thesis researches two folios (pages) from the Gulshan muraqqa’, an imperial album of the Mughal Empire. The two folios, The Poet and the Prince and A Buffalo Hunting a Lioness, are currently in the permanent ...
  • Fresh Meat Rituals: Confronting the Flesh in Performance Art 

    Acamovic, Milica (2016)
    Meat entails a contradictory bundle of associations. In its cooked form, it is inoffensive, a normal everyday staple for most of the population. Yet in its raw, freshly butchered state, meat and its handling provoke ...
  • Rubens' vision for the Luxembourg Palace 

    Newlands, Jennifer Lynn (2015)
    Marie de Medici commissioned a series of twenty-four paintings intended as an allegorical cycle of her life from the artist Peter Paul Rubens in 1622. This thesis proposes that the cycle does not have just one intention ...
  • Contemporary Landscape Photography: Dissolving Boundaries in Jungjin Lee’s Wind Series 

    Nelson, Amelia (2016)
    In the Wind series (2004-2007), Korean photographer Jungjin Lee captures tumultuous views of the American desert. These photographs are printed on handmade mulberry paper, which Lee sensitizes by hand and heavily edits ...
  • Synthesis of Communications: A Spiritual Voice Amidst Belligerent Noise 

    Lindeman, Ashley N. (2016)
    This study presents Benedetta Cappa Marinetti’s Sintesi delle comunicazioni (Synthesis of Communications) murals, a public commission for the Palermo Post Office, as a vital contribution to the Italian Futurist Movement ...
  • Representations of Insanity in Art and Science of Nineteenth-Century France: From the Demonic to the Degenerate 

    Karaim, Tara L. (2016)
    This thesis seeks to analyze depictions of insanity in the nineteenth century, especially in France. Through research into the history of psychiatry and the history of image culture, I intend to explain the changing ...

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