Porous boundaries

Art and essays

Edited by Cyril Reade and David Corbett

Porous boundaries

Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-8985-5
  • Pages: 232
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £85.00
  • Published Date: July 2015
  • BIC Category: Art History, History of art, ART / Criticism & Theory, ART / History / General, The arts / History of art / art & design styles


This innovative and exciting volume celebrates the career of Janet Wolff: a highly influential voice in the literature of sociology, cultural studies, visual studies and art history, as well as dance and modernism for several decades. Her work has significantly contributed to the way we view issues as diverse as modernism, the flâneur, British and American art in the early twentieth century, and the gendered literature of modernity.

The volume contains contributions from a number of Janet Wolff's collaborators and others who are associated with the fields in which she has worked, including Zygmunt Bauman, Walid Raad and Griselda Pollock. The book includes original artworks, memoir and essays inspired by her example and which deal with questions she has discussed. The book will be of interest to academics and postgraduate students in any of these disciplines, as well as those interested by the form of a transatlantic academic career.


Introduction: Porous boundaries: Art and essays - Cyril Reade and David Peters Corbett
I. Monroe Avenue Branch, Rochester, New York; The Bakken Library, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Roger Mertin
II. Michael Ann Holly and Keith Moxey interview with Janet Wolff
III. 'I photographed an old dinette table.' - Allen Topolski
IV. Janet Wolff's artists - Howard Singerman
V. Woman in an Ermine Collar, after Kathleen McEnery Cunningham - Ruth Kessler
VI. Unprofessional painting: mass observation, modern art, and everyday life - Lucy Curzon
VII. The Catalogue - Cheryl Sourkes
VLLL. Creative marginality, collectors of the avant-garde - Vera Zolberg
IX. Reklame, Partisan Review - RB Kitaj
X. Dancing with Janet Wolff - Mark Franko
XI. Days of quiet, days of growth - Nancy Topolski
XII. Beauty and affect, time and art in our post-traumatic moment - Griselda Pollock
XIII. Minyan - Cyril Reade
XIV. New blueprints for knowledge production - Margot Bouman
XV. Preface to the third edition - Walid Raad
XVI. A certain modesty, or the ethics of gray - Jackie Stacey
XVII. Moving Shadows II/Reflections on Crossing LVI - Anne Subercaseaux
XVIII. Principles of Uncertainty - Joanna Scott
XIX. Pacific original - Arch Miller
XX. A few scattered (my own and borrowed) thoughts on the fate of intimacy, friendship and love in our liquid modern age - Zygmunt Bauman
XXI. Acropolis Revisited - Carl Chiarenza
XXII. Contributors
XXIII. Janet Wolff publications


Cyril Reade is Associate Professor of Art History and Director of the Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

David Peters Corbett is Professor of Art History and American Studies at the University of East Anglia

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