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. Her field of research is late nineteenth-/early twentieth-century art and politics in France, and the history of photography. She has won numerous awards and fellowships and published extensively on visual culture and anarchism in Paris. The first art historian to publish a study of the importance of the anarchist movement for the development of twentieth-century modernism, in Re-Ordering the Universe: Picasso and Anarchism, 1897−1914 (Princeton University Press 1989), she extensively expanded on this subject in The Liberation of Painting: Modernism and Anarchism in Avant-Guerre Paris (University of Chicago Press 2013). She is also co-author, with Mark Antliff, of A Cubism Reader: Documents and Criticism, 1906-1914 (University of Chicago Press 2008), trans. Le cubisme devant ses contemporains–Documents et critiques (1906-1914) (Paris: Les Presses du réel, forthcoming 2019) and Cubism and Culture (Thames & Hudson 2001), trans. Cubisme et culture 2002). 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
Antliff, M., and P. Leighten. Le cubisme devant ses contemporains – Documents et critiques (1906-1914). Les presses du réel, 2019.
Leighten, P. The Liberation of Painting: Modernism and Anarchism in Avant-Guerre Paris. University of Chicago Press, 2013.
Antliff, Mark, and Mark Leighten P. A Cubism Reader: Documents and Criticism, 1906-1914. University of Chicago Press, 2008.
Leighten, P., and P. Antliff, M. Cubisme et culture. Translated by C. -. M. Diebold, Thames and Hudson, 2002.
Antliff, M., and P. Leighten. Cubism and Culture. London and New York: Thames and Hudson, 2001.
Leighten, P. Re-Ordering the Universe: Picasso and Anarchism, 1897-1914. Princeton University Press, 1989.
Leighten, Patricia, and Mark Antliff. “Anarchist Modernism after Signac: Fauvism, Futurism, Cubism.” Paris 1900 and Post-Impressionism: Signac and the Indépendants, edited by Mary-Dailey Desmarais et al., Musée des Beaux-Arts, 2020.
Leighten, Patricia. “Le Début de l’engagement politique de Picasso: l’anarchisme et le modernisme en Espagne et en France (1897-1914).” Picasso et La Guerre, Gallimard/Musée de l’Armée/Musée national Picasso-Paris, 2019.
Leighten, P. “A Politics of Technique: Fauvism and Anarchist Individualism.” Anarchism and the Avant-Garde: Radical Arts and Politics in Perspective, edited by Carolin Kosuch, Brill, 2019.
Leighten, P. “America, with Burk Uzzle.” All About America: Photographs by Burk Uzzle, Ackland Museum of Art, University of North Carolina, 2016.
Leighten, P. “Embattled Cubism: Picasso, Rivera and World War I.” Picasso and Rivera: Conversations Across Time, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 2016.
Leighten, P. “Café Scene; Salomé; Head of a Woman; Vase, Gourd and Fruit; Scallop Shells on a Piano; Still Life with Calling Card; and Ace of Clubs.” Picasso and the Allure of Language, edited by Susan Greenberg Fisher, Yale University Press, 2009.
Leighten, P. “Réveil anarchiste: Salon Painting, Political Satire, Modernist Art.” Realizing the Impossible: Art Against Authority, edited by E. Ruin et al., 2007.
Antliff, Mark, and Mark Leighten P. “Primitive.” Critical Terms for Art History, edited by Robert Nelson et al., 2003.
Leighten, P. “Colonialism, l’art nègre, and les Demoiselles d’Avignon.” Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, edited by C. Green and C. Cambridge University Press, 2001.
Leighten, P. “Gary Kuehn: Metaphor and Metamorphosis.” Gary Kuehn, 1988, pp. 4–21.
Leighten, P. “Anarchist satire in pre-world War I Paris: The case of František Kupka.” Sub Stance, vol. 46, no. 2, Jan. 2017, pp. 50–70. Manual, doi:10.3368/ss.46.2.50. Full Text
Leighten, P. “The world turned upside down: Modernism and anarchist strategies of inversion in L'assiette au beurre.” Journal of Modern Periodical Studies, vol. 4, no. 2, Jan. 2013, pp. 133–70. Scopus, doi:10.5325/jmodeperistud.4.2.0133. Full Text
Leighten, P. “Modernist Abstraction, Anarchist Antimilitarism, and War.” Anarchist Developments in Cultural Studies, Jan. 2012.
Leighten, P. “Artists in Times of War: Response to Ariel Dorfman’s 'Picasso’s Closet'.” Art Bulletin, Mar. 2009.
Leighten P, P. “Passionate Discontent: Creativity, Gender, and French Symbolist Art by Patricia Mathews.” Modernism/Modernity, vol. 8, Apr. 2001, pp. 369–71.
Leighten, P. “Picasso's century (Comments on Pablo Picasso's The 'Frugal Repast', 'Head of a Sleeping Woman', 'Standing Nude', 'Painter and Model Knitting', and 'Face of Marie-Therese').” Queens Quarterly, vol. 105, no. 2, 1998, pp. 217–27.
Leighten, P. “Kees van Dongen: Art, Anarchism, & Audience.” Ideas, vol. IV/2, Research Triangle Park, NC: National Humanities Center, 1996, pp. 46–52.
Leighten, P. “Reveil Anarchiste: Salon Painting, Political Satire, Modernist Art.” Modernism/Modernity, vol. II, Apr. 1995, pp. 17–47.
Leighten, P. “Cubist Anachronisms: Ahistoricity, Cryptoformalism, And Business-As-Usual in New York.” Oxford Art Journal, vol. XVII, Oct. 1994, pp. 91–102.
Photography and Anti-Authoritarianism: The Inter- and Postwar Career of Henri Cartier-Bresson. Fascism and the International Workshop. Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne. May 24, 2018 - May 26, 2018
A Politics of Technique: Fauvism and Anarchist Individualism. International Workshop: Anarchism in Culture. Re-assessing the Influence of a Manifold Libertarian Concept on European Modernity (1820s-1930s). German Historical Institute, Rome. Septembe...
All About America: The Photographs of Burk Uzzle. Curator. (2016)
Co-organized by guest curator Patricia Leighten, Professor of Art History & Visual Studies at Duke, and Sarah Schroth, Nasher Museum's Interim Director and Nancy Hanks Senior Curator, Light Sensitive included over 100 works drawn from leading North Carolina collections.