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Deborah Pokinski


Deborah Pokinski
Deborah Pokinski

Chair, Associate Professor of Art History

Molly Root House 215
315-859-4380

Deborah Pokinski is working on a study of the images of women in the work of turn-of-the-century American artist William McGregor Paxton. Her research interests include the history of American architecture, especially the late 19th century; history of turn-of-the-century American painting; and women in art. Pokinski wrote The Development of the American Modern Style, among with other works. She curated two exhibitions at the Emerson Gallery in collaboration with art history majors and curated "Sculpture Space Inside Outside," sponsored by the Emerson. She earned a doctorate in modern art history from Cornell University.

Recent Courses Taught

Proseminar in Art History
Defining American Art
Modernism into Contemporary Art

Selected Publications

Books

  • John McEnroe and Deborah Pokinski, eds. Critical Perspectives in Art History, Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice-Hall: 2002
  • The Development of the American Modern Style, UMI Research Press, Ann Arbor, Mich.: 1984

Encyclopedia Articles

  • “Maria Oakey Dewing,” “Marisol Escobar,”  “Robert Reid,” “Alma Thomas,” “Richard Upjohn” in The Grove Encyclopedia of American Art, Oxford University Press USA, January, 2011. In print and online form.

Essays

  • “The Pleasures of Amateur Art,” with Tally Gibson ’05, Carolyn McLean ’05 and Laura Weatherly ’05, The Chronicle of Higher Education, 9 July, 2004, B15
  • “Käthe Kollwitz: The Fame and Status of a Woman Artist,” in Krieg! Käthe Kollwitz and Images of War, exhibition catalogue, Emerson Gallery, Hamilton College, 2003
  • “Sofonisba Anguissola,” in Lives and Legacies: Artists, Writers, and Musicians, Michel-Andre, Tom Brothers, and John McEnroe, eds., Westport, Conn.: Oryx Press, 2001
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  • “Mary Cassatt,” in Lives and Legacies: Artists, Writers, and Musicians, Michel-Andre, Tom Brothers, and John McEnroe, eds., Westport, Conn. Oryx Press, 2001
  • “Artemisia Gentileschi,” in Lives and Legacies: Artists, Writers, and Musicians, Michel-Andre, Tom Brothers, and John McEnroe, eds., Westport, Conn.: Oryx Press, 2001
  • “Auguste Rodin,” in Lives and Legacies: Artists, Writers, and Musicians, Michel-Andre, Tom Brothers, and John McEnroe, eds., Westport, Conn., Oryx Press, 2001
  • “Robert Rauschenberg,” in Lives and Legacies: Artists, Writers, and Musicians, Michel-Andre, Tom Brothers, and John McEnroe, eds., Westport, Conn., Oryx Press, 2001

Select Exhibitions

  • June - September 2006,"Sculpture Space Inside Outside," Emerson Gallery and campus grounds, Hamilton College, in collaboration with Susanna White, registrar/curator, Emerson Gallery
  • June - August 2005, “Nature as Refuge,” Emerson Gallery, Hamilton College, in collaboration with Caroline Walsh ’05 and John C. O’Neal, Hamilton professor of French
  • June - August 2004, "Elihu Root, Jr., Class of 1903: Lawyer-Painter," Emerson Gallery, Hamilton College, in collaboration with David Nathans, Talbot Gibson ’04, Carolyn McLean ’04, and Laura Weatherly '04
  • January - March 2003, Whistler and His Contemporaries: Prints of Venice," Emerson Gallery, Hamilton College, with Katie Saunders ’03 and Caitlin Cunningham ’04

College Service

Chair, Art History Department, 2008 - present
Acting chair, Art History Department, January - June 2006
Acting chair, Art Department, July 2001 - January 2002
Chair, Art Department, 1993 - 2000
Associate Dean of Faculty, 1988 - 1992

Professional Affiliations

College Art Association
Society of Architectural Historians
National Trust for Historic Preservation

Appointed to the Faculty: 1978

Educational Background

Ph.D., Cornell University
M.A., Cornell University
B.A., Randolph-Macon Woman's College

Dissertation

The Most Appropriate Style: The Development of Modern American Architecture, 1893-1933
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