Understanding the Viennese artist Hans Makart’s studio requires looking beyond style to matters of science and commerce, subjectivity and power.
Since the middle of the nineteenth century, archaeology has been firmly established as a specific way of exploring the past. So where, then, is the dividing line between history and archaeology?
Threats and Promises: The Marketing and Promotion of Electric Lighting to Women in the United States, 1880s-1960s
Margaret Maile Petty
Examining the development of a specific gendered discourse driven by the electrical industry that united key beliefs about feminine beauty, identity, and the domestic interior.
Jeffrey T. Schnapp
Within the framework of an overall theory of the cultural history of materials, this article reconstructs the role of tempered glass in the modernist imagination.
What does Lauren Conrad have in common with Rimsha Masih? One is an American reality TV star who parlayed her MTV persona into a do-it-yourself website, a fashion line, and several semiautobiographical novels; the other is an illiterate Pakistani Christian.
Jeffrey T. Schnapp
How does one portray the human subject of speed? Both in terms of able bodies and quick wits?
What does it mean to "replace the government of persons by the administration of things?" And what do we do about all this paperwork?
From Pahlavi Isfahan to Pacific Shangri La: Reviving, Restoring, and Reinventing Safavid Aesthetics, ca. 1920–40
This article considers the relationship between self-conscious cultural reawakening in early Pahlavi Iran and the cotemporaneous vogue for Persian art and aesthetics in the United States.
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