Winter 2015 (1.1)


Black and white etching showing a scene in Chinatown

The Language of Line: Chinese Writing, German Speech, and the Visual Poetics of John Winkler’s San Francisco Chinatown Etchings, 1916–1921

John W. Winkler (1894–1979) was born in Vienna and immigrated to the United States as a young man. Arriving in San Francisco in 1912, he studied with the painter and printmaker Frank Van Sloun at the San Francisco Institute of Art, and by the 1920s, he was an internationally celebrated etcher.
Photograph of a postcard depicting a night scene of a city

“Art” Smith, Flying at Night, and the 1915 San Francisco World’s Fair

When aviation pioneer and stunt pilot Lincoln Beachey was tragically killed in the early days of the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE), organizers grappled with whether or not to schedule additional demonstrations of this dangerous new mode of loco-motion at the San Francisco fair. Three weeks later, Art Smith strapped fireworks to the back of
Image of a woods scene with numerous trees and three skulls on the ground

Nature Defamiliarized: Picturing New Relationships between Humans and Nonhuman Nature in Northern Landscapes from the American Civil War

In 1866, Winslow Homer exhibited Prisoners from the Front (fig. 1) at the National Academy of Design annual exhibition in New York.[1. For brief summaries of the salient features of Prisoners from the Front, see Marc Simpson, Winslow Homer: Paintings of the Civil War (San Francisco: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, 1988), 247–55; and

Bully Pulpit

Introduction: Bully Pulpit

The inaugural Bully Pulpit considers a historical question with significant implications for contemporary art history: how have American art historians defined and reconceived their discipline during past moments of severe economic, political, and institutional crisis?


Lauren Kroiz, University of California, Berkeley

Martin A. Berger, Professor of History of Art and Visual Culture, University of California at Santa Cruz

JoAnne Mancini, Senior Lecturer in History, Maynooth University

Frances Pohl, Dr. Mary Ann Vanderzyl Reynolds ’56 Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Art History, Pomona College

Erika Doss, Professor of American Studies, University of Notre Dame

Jennifer Jane Marshall, Director of Undergraduate Studies and Associate Professor of North American Art at the University of Minnesota

Alexander Nemerov, Department Chair & Carl and Marilynn Thoma Provostial Professor in the Arts and Humanities, Stanford University

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