Greater American Modernism: U.S. Photography and the Mexican Cultural Renaissance, 1920-1945
Summary: This book project, based on my dissertation, is a study of the work four major U.S. modernist photographers created in Mexico, the conditions that drew them south, and the exchanges they had with modern Mexican artists. Through sustained dialogue with Mexican artists working in a variety of media, Edward Weston, Tina Modotti, Paul Strand, and Helen Levitt contributed to a nascent Pan-American modernism by picturing Greater America. My research examines U.S. art history in an international context—thereby construing American art history broadly—and places photography back into conversation with painting, literature, and music.