The Arts and Intellectual Life in Modern America

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  1. Improvised Continent
    In Improvised Continent, Richard Cándida Smith synthesizes over seventy years of Pan-American cultural activity in the United States and shows how Latin American artists and writers challenged U.S. citizens about their... Learn More
    Published: 28th September 2017
    Hardback | £41.00
  2. The Sociable City
    The Sociable City chronicles how, as the city's physical and social landscapes evolved over the course of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, urban intellectuals developed new vocabularies, narratives, and representational... Learn More
    Published: 3rd July 2017
    Hardback | £41.00
  3. Becoming Jane Jacobs
    In Becoming Jane Jacobs, an intellectual biography of the great urbanist, Peter L. Laurence asserts that The Death and Life of Great American Cities was not the spontaneous epiphany of an amateur activist but the product of a... Learn More
    Published: 21st January 2016
    Hardback | £28.99
    Paperback | £21.99
  4. Things American
    Things American examines the relationship between American museums and cultural democracy in the first part of the twentieth century by looking at the role museums like the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the institutions it inspired... Learn More
    Published: 24th October 2013
    Paperback | £23.99
  5. The Modern Moves West
    Exploring the transformation of California into a center for contemporary art through the twentieth century, this book dramatically illustrates the paths California artists took toward a more diverse and inclusive culture.... Learn More
    Published: 5th December 2012
    Paperback | £21.99
  6. Consuming Pleasures
    Between 1950 and 1972, American and European writers came to envision consumer culture in fresh, provocative ways. Across national boundaries, they shifted attention from condemnation to critical appreciation, critiqued cultural... Learn More
    Published: 2nd April 2012
    Hardback | £47.00
  7. Haunted Visions
    Examining the work of well-known American artists such as James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Frederic Remington, and Mary Cassatt, Charles Colbert demonstrates that Spiritualism played a critical role in the reception of art and the... Learn More
    Published: 7th June 2011
    Hardback | £52.00
  8. Do Museums Still Need Objects?
    In this broadly conceived study Steven Conn examines the development of American museums across the twentieth century with a historian's attention and a critic's eye. He focuses on an array of museum types and asks illuminating... Learn More
    Published: 31st December 2010
    Paperback | £21.99
  9. Late Modernism
    Late Modernism remaps the landscape of American modernism in the early decades of the Cold War, tracing the combative debate among artists, writers, and intellectuals over the nature of the aesthetic form in an age of mass politics... Learn More
    Published: 14th October 2010
    Hardback | £47.00
  10. For the Millions
    An intriguing look at the changing roles of artists in modern America.... Learn More
    Published: 24th April 2009
    Paperback | £21.99
  11. The Arts of Democracy
    Written by some of the most respected and accomplished scholars working in their fields, this volume illuminates the often contradictory impulses that have shaped the historical intersection of the arts, public culture, and the... Learn More
    Published: 27th January 2009
    Paperback | £22.99
  12. Art Work
    Between 1850 and 1880, thousands of women moved to New York City to study art and pursue careers as painters, designers, illustrators, and engravers. This book reconnects their accomplishments to the city's conspicuously democratic... Learn More
    Published: 4th June 2008
    Hardback | £56.00
  13. This Is Our Music
    "Takes us back to that moment between the fifties and the sixties when a new music called free jazz took root in the coffeehouses and nightclubs of New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles."—John Szwed, author of So What:... Learn More
    Published: 5th June 2007
    Paperback | £21.99