Professor Emerita of Art, Art History and Visual Studies
Ph.D., Rutgers University 1983
M.A., Rutgers University 1975
B.A., University of Massachusets at Boston 1973
Patricia Leighten received her PhD from Rutgers University. She is author of The Liberation of Painting: Modernism and Anarchism in Avant-Guerre Paris (University of Chicago Press 2013) and Re-Ordering the Universe: Picasso and Anarchism, 1897-1914 (Princeton University Press 1989) as well as coauthor of A Cubism Reader: Documents and Criticism, 1906-1914 (University of Chicago Press 2008) [Le cubisme devant ses contemporains–Documents et critiques (1906-1914), Paris: Les Presses du réel, forthcoming] and Cubism and Culture (Thames & Hudson 2001 [Cubisme et culture 2002]). Her field of research is late nineteenth-/early twentieth-century art and politics, including the history of photography. In her research, she is interested in the relationship between visual culture and the politics of both representation and interpretation. She is currently researching photography and anarchist ideology in the 20th century, and continuing to present her scholarship at conferences and in publications.
ExpertiseModernism and politics in early 20th century Europe, photographic history and theory
Leighten, P. "La Propagande par le rire: Satire and Subversion in Apollinaire, Jarry and Picasso's Collages." Gazette des Beaux-Arts CXII (October 1988): 163-172.
Leighten, P. "Clarence John Laughlin: The Art and Thought of an American Surrealist." History of Photography XII (1988): 129-146.
Leighten, P. "The Dreams and Lies of Picasso." Arts Magazine LXII.2 (October 1987): 50-55.
Leighten, P. "Picasso's Collages and the Threat of War, 1912-13." The Art Bulletin 67.4 (December 1985): 653-672. Full Text
Leighten, P. "Critical Attitudes toward Overtly Manipulated Photography in the 20th Century, Part II." Art Journal 37.4 (1978): 313-321.
Leighten, P. "Critical Attitudes Towards Overtly Manipulated Photography in the 20th Century, Part I." Art Journal 37.2 (December 1977): 133-138.
Leighten, P. "DeCarava at the Witkin." Photograph I (1977): 14 and 28-.
“From Mutual Aid to Radical Individualism: Neoimpressionism and Fauvism in Light of Anarchist Aesthetic Theory". Symposium: Pissarro's Politics in Context: Anarchism and the Arts in France, 1849-1900. Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA. Septemb...