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Steven Holl

Examines Steven Holl’s intricate and distinctive process of making architecture through approximately one hundred models, related sketches and other studies created for nine recent projects.

Affective Images

Explores intervisual case studies in relation to migration, xenophobia, and gender.

Are You Watching Closely?

Identifies a new genre—misdirection films—and explains its appeal to contemporary producers and audiences.

Imagination, Music, and the Emotions

By Saam Trivedi
Subjects: Philosophy

Articulates an imaginationist solution to the question of how purely instrumental music can be perceived by a listener as having emotional content.

Beautiful, Bright, and Blinding

Phenomenological analysis of beauty and art across various aspects of lived experience and culture.

Ripping England!

Examines an all too often neglected period of postwar British cinema and popular culture.

Beyond Beauty

Traces the decline of beauty as an ideal from early German romanticism to the twentieth century.

Marking Time

Addresses an understudied yet highly significant aspect of the work of the influential artist Andy Warhol: his exploration of anniversaries.

Art as Contemplative Practice

Art as yoga and meditation for artists, contemplative practitioners, art educators, and art therapists.

Passionate Detachments

Investigates the cultural value of film violence.

Hitchcock's Moral Gaze

Offers new and compelling perspectives on the deeply moral nature of Hitchcock’s films.

Report on the Aeginetan Sculptures

Tells the story of Bavaria’s acquisition of ancient Greek sculptures that rivaled those acquired by England from the Parthenon.

American Stranger

Reconstructs how Ray became a “rebel auteur” in cinema culture.

Gestures of Love

Examines movie romance in light of our emotional bond to the actors and characters on screen.

The Politics of Persuasion

Examines how the US media covers high-profile public policy issues in the context of competing claims about media bias.

Movies and Midrash

Brings popular cinema and Jewish religious texts into a meaningful dialogue.

John Huston as Adaptor

Argues that understanding Huston’s film adaptations of literary works is essential to understanding his oeuvre as a filmmaker.

Brechtian Cinemas

Explores the influence of Bertolt Brecht’s ideas on the practice and study of cinema.

Beauty in the City

Presents a major new interpretation of the Ashcan School of Art, arguing that these artists made the working class city at the turn of the century a subject for beautiful art.

National Museum of Dance and Hall of Fame

Explores the rich history, collections, and significance of the only museum in the United States dedicated solely to the art form of dance.

Regarding Life

Contends that the narrative and aesthetic qualities of the documentary genre enable new understandings of animals and animal/human relationships.

Dark Affinities, Dark Imaginaries

A story of self, braided to a story of American culture.

Seeing Like the Buddha

Considers film as a form of Buddhist ritual and contemplative practice.

Cinematic Cuts

Explores the philosophical, literary, and psychoanalytic significance of film endings.

New York Art Deco

The first guidebook devoted exclusively to New York City’s Art Deco treasures.

Sara Greenberger Rafferty

Presents recent work by the Brooklyn-based artist known for unsettling works that contend with such topics as domesticity, the body, consumer culture, fashion, and violence.

Chaekgeori

The first major exhibition in the United States of chaekgeori painting, including on view for the first time many screens from private collections and various Korean institutions.

Text/ures of Iraq

Presents work by Halahmy and eight other contemporary artists from Iraq: Hayder Ali, Amal Alwan, Mohammed al Hamadany, Ismail Khayat, Hanaa Malallah, Hassan Massoudy, Naziha Rashid, and Qasim Sabti.

Intimately Unfamiliar

Showcases the latest trends in art and design, from painting and sculpture to photography, printmaking, and metals.

Carl Walters and Woodstock Ceramic Art

Surveys the forty-year career of Carl Walters (1883-1955), a pioneer of modern ceramic art in the United States.

Invented Lives, Imagined Communities

How Hollywood biopics both showcase and modify various notions of what it means to be an American.

Ghost Faces

Combines psychoanalysis, queer theory, masculinity studies, and cultural studies to explore contemporary manhood in film.

Encounters with Godard

A wide-ranging and accessible approach to Godard’s later work, and a major intervention in the study of film and ethics.

Anarchism and Art

Interprets popular art forms as exhibiting core anarchist values and presaging a more democratic world.

Libre Acceso

Analyzes the diverse roles and pervasive presence of disability in Latin American literature and film.

Diversity of Sacrifice

Explores sacrificial practices across a range of contexts from prehistory to the present.

Doing Time

Proposes that cinematic time is not a fixed idea, but a dynamic exchange between film and viewer.

American Chartres

Photographs by Bruce Jackson
Text by Bruce Jackson
Subjects: New York/regional
Series: Excelsior Editions

Documents the city’s surviving grain elevators and their profound influence on twentieth-century architecture.

Looking with Robert Gardner

Assesses the range and magnitude of Robert Gardner’s achievements as a filmmaker, photographer, writer, educator, and champion of independent cinema.

Bradley Walker Tomlin

Presents new scholarship, images, and primary sources that explore the art and legacy of a critical yet under-recognized figure in Abstract Expressionism and twentieth-century American art.

In/Animate

Documents the groundbreaking art of nationally renowned metalsmith Myra Mimlitsch-Gray.

Lessons Learned from Popular Culture

Informative and entertaining introduction to the study of popular culture.

Selling War, Selling Hope

Details how presidents utilize mass media to justify foreign policy objectives in the aftermath of 9/11.

A Very Old Machine

Argues that Indian cinema’s deep nineteenth-century past continues to play a vital role in its twenty-first-century present.

The Spike Lee Brand

A rare look at Spike Lee’s creative appropriation of the documentary film genre.

Despite All Adversities

Provides sophisticated theoretical approaches to Latin American cinema and sexual culture.

The Flesh of Images

Highlights Merleau-Ponty’s interest in film and connects it to his aesthetic theory.

The Sitcom Reader, Second Edition

Updated version of an engaging overview of the television situation comedy.

On the Street and in the Studio

The catalogue for a two-part exhibition that presents more than sixty compelling photographs—including prints by Eugène Atget and Berenice Abbott—exploring major themes in modern photography, donated by leading photography specialist and dealer Howard Greenberg.

The Floating World

Documents the art and science of three-dimensional abstract artworks created in the 1970s and 1980s by one of the leading innovators of fine art holography.

Andrew Lyght

Documents the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art’s exhibition of work by Guyana-born contemporary artist Andrew Lyght and provides new scholarship contextualizing Lyght’s work within the history and culture of Guyana and modern art.

Jervis McEntee

Redefines McEntee's place in the history of nineteenth-century American landscape painting.

Carlos Estevez

Serves as a source for the exploration of many dimensions of the human experience in relation to other beings, ranging from machines and blueprints to mollusks and plants.

Reading Objects 2015

Interdisciplinary responses to works in the permanent collection of the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz.

Binghamton Babylon

Documents a volatile and productive moment in the development of film studies.

The Leonardo Series

A one-to-one encounter with Leonardo da Vinci's work on human proportion.

Passing Interest

Explores how the trope of racial passing continues to serve as a touchstone for gauging public beliefs and anxieties about race in this multiracial era.

Warrior Women

Considers the significance of female Chinese action stars in national and transnational contexts.

Bad Seeds and Holy Terrors

Examines the complexities and contradictions that arise when the monsters in the movies are children.

Apropos of Nothing

Everything you wanted to know about the Lacanian critique of deconstruction, but were afraid to ask the Coen Brothers.

River of Words

By Nina Shengold
Photographs by Jennifer May
Foreword by Dennis Stock
Subjects: New York/regional
Series: Excelsior Editions

An intimate group portrait of contemporary Hudson Valley writers.

Klee's Mirror

A philosophical perspective on the relation between Paul Klee’s art and his thought.

Videofreex

How a collective of artists, storytellers, and activists exploited the new technology of portable video for creative and political purposes.

Bombay before Bollywood

Traces the development of Indian cinema from the 1920s to the mid-1990s, before "Bollywood" erupted onto the world stage.

Lonely Places, Dangerous Ground

A range of approaches to the director's life and work.

Painting Modernism

Studies the influence of the plastic arts on the major writers of Latin American modernism.

B Is for Bad Cinema

Considers films that lurk on the boundaries of acceptability in taste, style, and politics.

Buddhism and American Cinema

Discusses both depictions of Buddhism in film and Buddhist takes on a variety of films.

How to Escape

Passionate and rollicking personal and intellectual essays by philosopher Crispin Sartwell.

Race, Love, and Labor

Contemporary work by artists of color from the Center for Photography at Woodstock.

Dick Polich

Explores the significant impact that the metallurgist Dick Polich and his foundry, Tallix, have had on contemporary art.

Chinese through Song, Second Edition

An innovative approach to teaching Chinese language and culture, using folk and popular songs.

The Transatlantic Gaze

Tracks the influence of Italian cinema on American film from the postwar period to the present.

Doing Democracy

Demonstrates how activists and others use art and popular culture to strive for a more democratic future.

The Guitar and the New World

A transformative look at a popular instrument and a hidden chapter of American history.

What We Want Is Free, Second Edition

Explores how contemporary artists use gifts, barter, and other forms of nonmonetary exchange as a means and medium of artistic production.

Mary Reid Kelley

Celebrates the first exhibition devoted to the finely crafted and researched costumes, objects, and drawings that Mary Reid Kelley creates for her visually and intellectually stimulating videos made in collaboration with Patrick Kelley.

Life Streams

Incisive exploration of the work of Cuban-American artist Alberto Rey.

Along His Own Lines

The first scholarly exhibition catalogue of the work of Eugene Speicher (1883-1962), one of the foremost American realists of his generation, who was closely associated with George Bellows, Robert Henri, Leon Kroll, and Rockwell Kent.

Improvisation, Creativity, and Consciousness

Using insights from Integral Theory, describes how the improvisational methods of jazz can inform education and other fields.

The Prosthetic Pedagogy of Art

Uses autobiographical and cultural narratives related to art research and practice to explore, experiment, and improvise multiple correspondences between and among learners’ own lived experiences and understandings, and those of others.

Lost in Transition

Looks at the fate of Hong Kong’s unique culture since its reversion to China.

Endtimes?

A groundbreaking study of ten difficult years in the life of America's most important newspaper.

Youth Peacebuilding

Defines a new research area linking youth cultures and music with peacebuilding practice and policy.

Anonymous

Explores the tension between an ancient culture’s unbroken artistic tradition and the personality-driven world of contemporary art.

Aesthetics of the Virtual

Reconfigures classic aesthetic concepts in relation to the novelty introduced by virtual bodies.

Collecting Objects / Excluding People

Combining aesthetic and political history, explores the influence of Chinese people and objects on American visual culture.

Native Recognition

Offers a new interpretation of the century-long relationship between the Western film genre and Native American filmmaking.

Photo-Rapide

Contemporary life in Mali is recorded in full color documentary photographs by François Deschamps.

Malian Portrait Photography

This catalogue introduces readers to Malian photographers Malick Sidibé and Seydou Keïta and others whose images visualize an influential form of post-colonial African identity.

Fields of Vision

Offers a far-reaching survey of the latest trends in art and design by twenty-eight faculty members of the art department of the State University of New York at New Paltz.

The Graphic Art of Robert Cimbalo

A selection of lithographs, etchings, woodcuts, and drawings by Robert Cimbalo.

The Structures of Love

Reframes the terms of cultural analysis with a fresh take on transference theory in Freud and Lacan and a critical engagement with the philosophy of Alain Badiou.

Body as Evidence

Analyzes how race and gender intersect in the rhetoric and imagery of popular culture in the early twenty-first century

Shinohara Pops!

Surveys the fifty-year career of the avant-garde artist Ushio Shinohara.

Russel Wright

Explores the work and philosophy of renowned industrial designer Russel Wright, whose former home in the Hudson Valley—Manitoga—is now a national historic landmark.

Hitchcock, Second Edition

An expanded edition of a classic work of film criticism, with a provocative and eloquent new chapter on Marnie, Hitchcock's most heartfelt--and most controversial--film.

John Emmett Connors

An artist’s appreciation of the Collar City, Troy, New York.