Maggie M. Cao (NHC Fellow, 2021–22)

Project Title

Painting and the Making of American Empire‚ 1830­–1898

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Cao, Maggie

Fellowship Work Summary, 2021–22

Maggie M. Cao completed a draft of her book Painting and the Making of American Empire. She revised her essay "The Readymade and the Counterfeit: The Material Conditions of Art and Money” for a volume entitled Intermedia edited by Ursula Frohne and Racheal Delue (University of Chicago Press, forthcoming). Her essay “Racial Geographies and Nineteenth-Century Landscape” was published in The David C. Driskell Center's exhibition catalog American Landscapes (2021). Another essay, “Maritime Media and the Long Eighteenth Century” appeared in Journal 18. She also wrote an op-ed for The Conversation on the hit TV show Is it Cake?, which was republished by numerous media outlets, including Smithsonian Magazine and Salon.com.