My work examines the exhibition, sale, and critical reception of Italian art and how it shaped and was shaped by national and international socio-political shifts. My book Cold War American Exhibitions of Italian Art and Design: ‘Italy at Work: Her Renaissance in Design Today’
is will be published with Routledge press in their series “Routledge Research in Art Museums and Exhibitions.” Cold War American Exhibitions of Italian Art and Design
is an interdisciplinary study on the 1950-53 exhibition “Italy at Work” that considers its place within the Cultural Cold War, the impact of the Italian mixing of art, craft, and industry in the interwar and postwar periods, and the use of the exhibition to bolster US interests at home and abroad. I also have published a number of articles and book chapters on selling and exhibiting Italian art in the US. My scholarship has been included in the volume Postwar Italian Art History Today: Untying ‘the Knot’
(Bloomsbury Press, 2018)―now available in paperback. My included chapter titled “Buying Marino Marini: The American Market for Italian Art after WWII” looks at politicized collection practices during the early Cold War. I also have two essays on on the 1949 exhibition “Twentieth Century Italian Art” at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA): one in the latest edition of Italian Modern Art
, and in another book Modern in the Making: MoMA and the Modern Experiment 1929-1949
, (Eds. Sandra Zalman and Austin Porter. London: Bloomsbury Press.). I also recently published an essay on the 1947-48 ceramic Crocifisso
by Lucio Fontana for a 2020 Art Institute of Chicago (AIC) catalogue for the exhibition Material Meanings: Selections from the Constance R. Caplan Collection
EducationPh.D., 2015, University of Michigan: Doctor of Philosophy in History of Art
M.A., 2008, School of the Art Institute of Chicago: Master of Arts in Modern Art History, Theory, and Criticism
B.A., 2005, University of Wisconsin-Madison: Bachelor of Arts in Art History with a Certificate in Religious Studies
Journal Article (Peer Reviewed):
2020 “Exhibiting Italian Modernism After World War II at MoMA in ‘Twentieth-Century Italian Art’,” in Raffaele Bedarida, Silvia Bignami, and Davide Colombo (eds.), Methodologies of Exchange: MoMA’s “Twentieth-Century Italian Art” (1949),
monographic issue of Italian Modern Art
, 3 (January 2020), https://www.italianmodernart.org/journal/articles/exhibiting-italian-modernism-after-world-war-ii-at-moma-in-twentieth-century-italian-art/
Book Chapters (Peer Reviewed):
2020 “Exhibiting Italian Democracy in the 1949 “Twentieth Century Italian Art” at the Museum of Modern Art,” in Modern in the Making: MoMA and the Modern Experiment, 1929–1949
, Eds. Sandra Zalman and Austin Porter. London: Bloomsbury Press. 215-229.
2018 “Buying Marino Marini: The American Market for Italian Art after WWII,” in Postwar Italian Art History Today: Untying ‘the Knot’
, Eds. Sharon Hecker and Marin Sullivan, London: Bloomsbury Press. 155-172.
Exhibition Catalogue Entries:
2020 “Lucio Fontana Crucifixion,
” in Material Meanings: Selections from the Constance R. Caplan Collection,
Ed. Matthew S. Witkovsky, Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago. (Peer Reviewed)
2016 “Art for the People: Federal Arts Project’s Creation of American Taste” in Art for the People: WPA Prints and Textiles from the Permanent Collection
, Ed. T. Michael Martin, Murray: Murray State University.
2015 “Biographies” and “Bibliography,” in Three Michigan Architects,
Eds. Joseph Rosa and Nancy Bartlett, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Museum of Art.
(2020) Review: “Marino Marini” at the Center for Italian Modern Art, Italian Art Society Bulletin
2020 Review: “High + Low: A Forty-Five Year Retrospective of D. Dominick Lombardi 1975 – 2019” at the Clara M. Eagle Gallery, d’Art International Magazine
, January 2020, 870. (Online access: https://www.dartmagazine.com/?p=870
2019 Review: “Metaphysical Masterpieces 1916-1920: Morandi, Sironi, and Carrà” at the Center for Italian Modern Art, Italian Art Society Bulletin
XXX, 1 (Winter 2019), 4-5.
2009 Review: “A Case for Wine: from King Tut to Today (The Art Institute of Chicago, July 11-September 20, 2009),” Chicago Artists’ News
, Vol. XXXVI, No. 8, September 2009
2009 Review: “Science Experiments: Dominic Paul Moore & Laurel Roth at the International Museum of Surgical Science,” Chicago Artists’ News
, Vol. XXXVI, No. 4, April 2009
(editing) Cold War American Exhibitions of Italian Art and Design: ‘Italy at Work: Her Renaissance in Design Today’
(writing) Marino Marini and Italian Modernism: Italian Sculpture Before and After WWII
(writing) “‘Italy at Work’ in the United States: The Politics of Italian Art and Culture After the Second World War”
(writing) “Review: Francesca Billiani Fascist Modernism in Italy: Arts and Regimes: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2022” in Journal of Art Historiography, Birmingham, UK: University of Birmingham.
MembershipsCollege Art Association (CAA)
European Postwar & Contemporary Art Forum (EPCAF)
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
Italian Art Society (IAS)
SECAC (formerly the Southeastern College Art Conference)
United Campus Workers of Kentucky (UCW Kentucky)