Spring 2018 (4.1)

In the Round

Bully Pulpit

Confederate Monuments, Public Memory, and Public History

Dell Upton follows up on the theme of his current book, What Can and Can’t Be Said: Race, Uplift, and Monument Building in the Contemporary South (Yale University Press) by asking a team of individuals critically engaged with public art, memory, and the nation about the recent debates around Confederate monuments and efforts to recognize histories of lynching.


Dell Upton, Distinguished Professor of Architectural History, University of California, Los Angeles

Renée Ater, Associate Professor Emerita, American Art, PhD, The University of Maryland

Sarah Beetham, Assistant Professor of Art History, Department of Liberal Arts, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Kirsten Pai Buick, Professor of Art History, University of New Mexico

Research Notes

Painting of a man in a boat in rough waves

“If You Can Read This . . .”: Winslow Homer’s The Gulf Stream and the Viewing of His Pictures

To anyone who had the temerity to press a nose against the picture, to sniff at or try to smell it, he gave a clear message. . . . Just below his signature and the painting’s date, Homer wrote in light-colored script, as if it were flotsam from a wreck: “At 12 feet from this picture/you can see it.”
The Goddess in the Basement

The Goddess in the Basement

I confess to a bit of a Diana fixation. . . . As a seasoned archer but a fledgling curator, I would jokingly remark that my preference would be to work for an art museum whose collection included an Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848­–1907) sculpture of Diana.
<em>From the Slipper of a Sylphide:</em> A Box by Joseph Cornell

From the Slipper of a Sylphide: A Box by Joseph Cornell

Elizabeth Welch, PhD Candidate, Department of Art and Art History, University of Texas at Austin The box commemorates, nearly to the day, the ninth anniversary of Cornell’s relationship with [Lillian] Moore, encapsulating a bit of the sparkle that she had lent to him with her positive response to his early ballet work.

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