BOOKS RECEIVED: Adam Jolles, “The Curatorial Avant-Garde: Surrealism and Exhibition Practice in France, 1925-1941” (Penn State UP, 2014)
All too often, the historical avant-garde is taken to be incommensurate with and antithetical to the world inhabited by the museum. In The Curatorial Avant-Garde, by contrast, Adam Jolles demonstrates the surrealists’ radical transformation of the ways in which… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Nancy MacKay, “Curating Oral Histories: From Interview to Archive” 2nd ed.  (Left Coast Press, 2015)
For the past ten years, Nancy MacKay’s Curating Oral Histories (2006) has been the one-stop shop for librarians, curators, program administrators, and project managers who are involved in turning an oral history interview into a primary research document, available for… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Geoffrey Kurtz, “Jean Jaurès: The Inner Life of Social Democracy” (Penn State UP, 2016)
Jean Jaurès was a towering intellectual and political leader of the democratic Left at the turn of the twentieth century, but he is little remembered today outside of France, and his contributions to political thought are little studied anywhere. In… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Sigrid Schmalzer, “Red Revolution, Green Revolution: Scientific Farming in Socialist China” (University of Chicago Press, 2016)
In 1968, the director of USAID coined the term “green revolution” to celebrate the new technological solutions that promised to ease hunger around the world and forestall the spread of more “red,” or socialist, revolutions. Yet in China, where modernization… Read More
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