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American Art
A journal of the nation's visual heritage

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Mickalene Thomas, Sista Sista Lady Blue, from Odalisque, 2007 (detail). C-Print, 42 1/2 x 48 in. © Mickalene Thomas. Courtesy Mickalene Thomas and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong, and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Since its founding in 1987, American Art has been an indispensable resource for scholars, collectors, and museum-goers who want to enrich their understanding of the nation's art and culture. American Art encompasses all aspects of the country's visual heritage from colonial to contemporary times. Elegant color plates give the journal a distinctive appearance, and the articles are written in an engaging style.


Articles planned in the coming months include the following:

  • A set of commentaries exploring the various ways in which issues of ecology and sustainability shape artistic practice, historical interpretation, and museum design and programming, by Renée Ater, Alan C. Braddock, Robin Kelsey, Kinshasha Holman Conwill, and Emily Eliza Scott
  • Cy Twombly, John Cage, and the Art of Hunting Mushrooms, by Alissa Walls
  • Separate Spheres: Potterines, Gender, and Domestic Sculpture in Turn-of-the-Century America, by Linda Kim
  • Reimagining the Movement: Beyond the Art of Negro Advancement at the Interior Building, 1937-1948, by Sara Butler
  • Americans Adrift: Geographic Mobility and Domesticity in Eastman Johnson's The Tramp, by Lacey Baradel
  • Roy Lichtenstein's Retromodernism, by Sara Doris

A one-year subscription for individuals costs $49, and provides full online access to all back issues of American Art. Members of Friends of the Smithsonian, Smithsonian National Associates, American Studies Association, and the College Art Association receive subscriptions at the discounted price of $39. The rate for students is $35. Higher rates apply for institutions.


For information on subscribing, purchasing single issues, or submitting articles to the journal, which is published for the museum by the University of Chicago Press, please visit http://www.press.uchicago.edu/ucp/journals/journal/amart.html. This link also acts as a portal to the electronic edition of the journal. For information on a new publication prize for foreign scholars, please consult www.americanart.si.edu/research/awards/terra.


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