Ann Eden Gibson, Abstract Expressionism Other Politics

Heroism of the individual artist

"America's conflation of freedom and individualism with masculinity" (43)

Modernism and primitivism at work (45)

Gender politics rather than racial politics of Jazz Diplomacy


Eva Cockroft, "Abstract Expressionism, Weapon of the Cold War," in Francis Frascina, Pollock and After: The Critical Debates

Museums as more than repositories of past art(125)

Myth of the "bohemian enclave" (125)

MoMA as a "war contractor" (127)

Thomas W. Braden and the importance of showcasing dissent (128)

"freedom of expression" (can you trademark that?)

Debates about censorship (130)


Greg Castillo, Cold War on the Home Front: The Soft Power of Midcentury Design

Understanding "The Kitchen Debate"

George Nelson and the American National Exhibition in the U.S.S.R. (ix.) vs. "Splitnik"

Culture of display and industrial exhibition

"We're Building a Beter Life" - Eames, Knoll, Wegner, and Ferrari-Hardoy (68)

Gender politics of East and West Germany (77) - the modernized Hausfrau (77)