The Chicago list in art and architecture is diverse. I seek dynamic studies that help shape these disciplines and prove valuable to readers in other spheres (e.g., history of science, media and communication, anthropology). Our offerings in a given year might include a critical history of African American abstract art during the rise of Black Nationalism in the 1960s alongside a study of contemporary political activism by fiber artists in the Americas. Recent acquisitions include 1971: A Year in the Life of Color, by Darby English; Fray: Art and Textile Politics, by Julia Bryan-Wilson; Artificial Darkness: An Obscure History of Art and Media, by Noam Elcott; and Surface: Matters of Aesthetics, Materiality, and Media, by Giuliana Bruno.
In ancient studies, I seek well-crafted books of history that engage the social, cultural, ecological, and political predicaments of the Mediterranean Rim, Central Asia, and the Atlantic. Books that demonstrate the contemporary value of archaeology, heritage, cultural property, migration and repatriation are always welcome.
James Toftness is my colleague in these endeavors.