Patricia Leighten

Patricia Leighten

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.


Modernism and politics in early 20th century Europe, photographic history and theory


Picasso and the Allure of Language
Throughout his life, Pablo Picasso had close friendships with writers and an abiding interest in the written word. This groundbreaking book, which draws on the collections of... read more »
The Liberation of Painting: Modernism and Anarchism in Avant-Guerre Paris
The years before World War I were a time of social and political ferment in Europe, which profoundly affected the art world. A major center of this creative tumult was Paris... read more »

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 12.2 (January 1, 1988): 129-146. Full Text

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, PD. "Critical Attitudes toward Overtly Manipulated Photography in the 20th Century." Art Journal 37.2 (December 1, 1977): 133-138. Full Text

Leighten, P. "DeCarava at the Witkin." Photograph I (1977): 14 and 28-null.


Spring 2015

Dada and Surrealism (ARTHIST 288.01)
East Duke 204B, WF 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
Special Topics (ARTHIST 590S.08)
East Duke 204A, W 01:25 PM-03:55 PM

Fall 2014

Hist Photo 1839-Present (ARTHIST 303.01)
East Duke 204B, TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
Topics in Art History (ARTHIST 790.01)
East Duke 204A, Th 01:25 PM-03:55 PM
Hist Photo 1839-Present (VMS 303.01)
East Duke 204B, TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM

Spring 2014

Cubism and Culture (ARTHIST 304.01)
East Duke 108, TuTh 04:40 PM-05:55 PM
European Art 1900-1945 (ARTHIST 280.01)
East Duke 108, TuTh 01:25 PM-02:40 PM