Michele H. Bogart
Areas of Specialization: Social History of Public Art, Urban Design and Commercial Culture in the United States
Ph.D. University of Chicago
Office: Staller Center for the Arts #4215
Michele H. Bogart has taught American visual culture studies at Stony Brook since 1982. Her areas of expertise are urban design and commercial culture. She has published on public art, memorials, animation, landscape and garden history, photography, illustration, and advertising. Bogart received her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. She is author of Artists, Advertising, and the Borders of Art, published by the University of Chicago Press in 1995; Public Sculpture and the Civic Ideal in New York City, 1890-1930 (University of Chicago Press, 1989; paperback ed. Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1997), which received the Smithsonian Institution/ Museum of American Art’s Charles C. Eldredge Prize in 1991; and of the prizewinning The Politics of Urban Beauty: New York and Its Art Commission (University of Chicago Press, 2006). She was a talking head in the documentary on movie poster artist Reynold Brown (“The Man Who Drew Bug-Eyed Monsters”), which aired on PBS television in July 1996, and for the Lucasfilm DVD on artist Norman Rockwell; and for a special program on public art for Kulturen på News, the daily Arts & Politics show on national Danish television TV2 News (November 2012). She was a member of the editorial advisory board for the “Cultural Studies of the United States” series, published by the University of North Carolina Press, and has served on the editorial boards of The Journal of Urban History and American Art.
Bogart has been the recipient of fellowships from the Smithsonian Institution, National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and the Terra Foundation for American Art. From 1998 through 2003 she served as a member of the City’s design review agency, the Art Commission of the City of New York (now the Public Design Commission), and was for four years its Vice President. She is past president of the Associates of the Public Design Commission and a member of the Commission’s Conservation Advisory Group. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the New York Preservation Archive Project. Bogart is presently completing a book-length study on public sculpture in New York City from the period spanning Cold War and culture wars, and is beginning exploration of the paintings of Nicolas Poussin. Michele H. Bogart is the recipient of the Leon Levy Fellowship at the Center for the History of Collecting at the Frick for spring 2020.