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Chancellor’s Professor of art history awarded NEH summer stipend to support book project

April 11, 2018
Chancellor’s Professor of art history awarded NEH summer stipend to support book project
Cécile Whiting is writing a book about U.S. landscape painting during and after World War II.

Cécile Whiting, Chancellor’s Professor of art history, has been awarded a summer stipend from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support the completion of her book Global War and the New American Landscape, 1939-48. “I am thrilled to receive an NEH grant,” Whiting said. “It will enable me to finish archival and photographic research in Washington, D.C., at the Archives of American Art, the National Archives and the Library of Congress, as well as to view paintings collected in the U.S. Army Center of Military History.” Her book project, one of 199 to be funded by the NEH, explores U.S. landscape painting during and after World War II, from bucolic, state-sponsored settings and patriotic renditions to grim reflections of war’s reality. Whiting is the author of Pop L.A.: Art and the City in the 1960s (University of California Press, 2006), which won the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s 21st annual Charles C. Eldredge Prize for outstanding scholarship in American art; A Taste for Pop: Pop Art, Gender and Consumer Culture (Cambridge University Press, 1997); and Antifascism in American Art (Yale University Press, 1989).