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Laura L. Meixner

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Detail: Aids for the Deaf

Indonesian Clay Dolls

Tapestry by Pieter van Aelst


Detail: Battle between the conquering Mongols and the Muslim population of Iran


Detail: Beyond the Taj


Detail: Eave hanging (ider-ider) with scenes from Butterfly L

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Detail: Three Laughers of the Tiger Glen


Detail: Le Ventre Legislatif


Detail: El Regreso del Canibal Macrobiotico


Forgotten Dream


Detail: Moche Panel Fragment with Four Figur

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Detail: Battle of the Sea Gods

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Detail: The Dream and Lie of Franco


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Laura L. Meixner

Associate Professor
Retiring Spring 2017

phone: 607-255-7079
room: Goldwin Smith Hall, GM07

French Realist Painting 1865-1900


Walt Whitman and the Visual Arts


Ph.D., Ohio State University

Research Interests

European and American visual cultures during the long nineteenth century, emphasizing French and American marketplaces. Impressionist seriality and U.S. commodities trade and tariffs, genre painting, caricatures, political cartoons, posters, anarchist theatre, popular images of labor, riots, strikes. Focus on media studies includes mass and consumer cultures in the U.S. from the Gilded Age through the present: radio serials, photojournalism, fashion, advertising, comic books and censors, T.V. and female audiences. Major influences connecting these are Bakhtin, Benjamin, De Certeau, and Rancière.

Recently Taught Courses

ARTH 3760 Impressionism in Society
5th in “Top 10 Classes to Take Before Grad,” Cornell Daily Sun, 5 November 2009.

ARTH 3740 Painting Nineteenth-Century America

ARTH 4761 Art & Social Histories
Rotating topics (new topics forthcoming 2011-12)
American Consumer Cultures and Machines
Mass Entertainments in the Great Depression
Political Cartoons, Caricatures, and Laughter
Bodies and Spectacles in the Long Nineteenth Century
Landscape as Ideology

Select Publications


French Realist Art and the Critique of American Society: 1865-1900 (Cambridge University Press, 1995).

Awarded the Gilbert Chinard Prize given by the Society for French Historical Studies and the Institut Français de Washington for best scholarly contribution to French and American Studies, 1995.

Recognized in Choice’s annual list of outstanding academic texts, 1996.

Essays on Labor and Luxury Economies from the Gilded Age to the Great Depression
(in progress)

Selected Articles

“ ‘Gambling with Bread’ ”: Monet, Speculation, and the Marketplace,” Modernism/modernity 17 (January 2010): 171-99.

“ ‘The Best of Democracy’: Walt Whitman, Jean-François Millet, and Popular Culture in Post-Civil War America,” Walt Whitman and the Visual Arts, eds. G. Sill and R. Tarbell (Rutgers University Press, 1992), pp. 28-52.

“Max Ernst’s Aquis Submersus as Literary Collage,” Arts Magazine 61 (November 1986): 80-85.

“Popular Criticism of Jean-François Millet in Nineteenth-Century America,” Art Bulletin 65 (March 1983): 94-105.

Select Presentations

“French Realist Art and the Daily Worker.” Plenary speaker at Critical Interventions Conference. Theme: Obscene Powers: Corruption, Coercion, and Violence. University of South Hampton/Southampton Institute, Southampton, U.K., 1999.

“Millet’s Man with a Hoe: Reproducing the Mechanical Body,” Symposium: Millet, Then and Now,” Sterling and Francine Clark Institute, Williamstown, Ma., 1999.

“Monet, Commodity, and Utopia in Gilded Age Chicago,” Art Institute of Chicago, 1998.

“Marketing Democracy: Barbizon Peasants and American Publics.” Haus der Kunst, Zentralinstiut fur Kunstgeschicte. Symposium: Barbizon: Die Schule der Natur, 1996.