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The Borscht Belt
Revisiting the Remains of America's Jewish Vacationland
The Borscht Belt, which features essays by Stefan Kanfer and Jenna Weissman Joselit, presents Marisa Scheinfeld's photographs of abandoned sites where resorts, hotels, and bungalow colonies once boomed in the Catskill Mountain region of upstate New York. 


"One winter I went with other teenagers to a convention at Grossinger's and remember my excitement at discovering the indoor swimming pool and the deep heat of their sauna. I recall that the whole place seemed to offer a wonderland of new experiences. I went to the convention again the next year, but I never went back after I left New York. There is a stark difference between my memory and the shell of a resort that exists today. But the past can be given form and detail by photography, and... cont'd



Our Lady of the Rock
Vision and Pilgrimage in the Mojave Desert
Lisa Bitel
In text and photographs, this book explores the monthly religious visions of Maria Paula Acuña at Our Lady of the Rock in California's Mojave Desert.


"Our Lady of the Rock examines the development of a contemporary devotion to the Virgin Mary in the Mojave Desert, led by the visionary Maria Paula Acuña. Lisa Bitel and Matt Gainer brilliantly combine historical and ethnographic analysis with visual documentation of the apparition site and the leader of the group. Fundamental to the devotion of those assembled around Acuña is the fascinating practice of photographing the sky where Our Lady appears. As a result, luminous... cont'd



Sicily
Culture and Conquest
Dirk Booms, Peter Higgs
This book, accompanying a major 2016 exhibition at the British Museum, offers a broad survey of the island's geography and its rich mythological and historical past, while focusing on Sicily’s two most artistically innovative periods.



The Aesthetic Function of Art
Gary Iseminger
How can we understand art and its impact? Gary Iseminger argues that the function of the practice of art and the informal institution of the artworld is to promote aesthetic communication. He concludes that the fundamental criteria for evaluating a...



The Aesthetic Relation
Gérard Genette
One of the best-known continental theorists writing today, Gérard Genette here explores our aesthetic relation to works of art. Through an analysis of the views of thinkers ranging from David Hume and Immanuel Kant to Monroe C. Beardsley, Arthur...



After-Images of the City
Criticism on the textual and iconographic construction of the city is extensive, yet the problem of historical change in representations of "the urban" has received little attention. Believing traditional accounts are limited by their reflection of a...



Agitate! Educate! Organize!
American Labor Posters
Lincoln Cushing, Timothy W. Drescher
"We seek to inform as well as to celebrate. The best posters about American workers and the jobs at which they labor make up a visually fascinating body of work that rewards our attention. The posters were produced with a dual purpose: to entertain...



Aim Duelle Luski and Horizontal Photography
Ariella Azoulay
This book is the product of a unique collaboration between the Israeli artist and philosopher Aim Deuelle Luski and Ariella Azoulay.



Alias Olympia
A Woman's Search for Manet's Notorious Model and Her Own Desire
Eunice Lipton
Eunice Lipton was a fledging art historian when she first became intrigued by Victorine Meurent, the nineteenth-century model who appeared in Edouard Manet's most famous paintings, only to vanish from history in a haze of degrading hearsay. But had...



Allan Sekula
Ship of Fools/The Dockers' Museum
Ship of Fools/The Dockers' Museum is the project on which the North American artist and writer Allan Sekula worked during the last three years of his life.



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