Dr Jody Patterson

Dr Jody Patterson

Visiting Research Fellow in Art History

School of Society and Culture (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)




PhD, University College London, 2009

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC, 2009

Terra Foundation Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in American Art, Ecole normal supérieure, 2009-2011

Teaching Fellow, University College London / Slade School of Fine Art, 2005-2008



Professional membership

Association of Art Historians

College Art Association

British Association of American Studies

Association of American Studies



Teaching interests

American Art and Culture of the 19th and 20th Centuries

International Modernism

Art and Politics

State Culture during the 1930s



Research interests

Visual Arts and Cultural Politics in the United States

International Mural Painting and Public Art

New Deal Art Programmes 

State Art and Culture during the 1930s




'Marx on the Walls': Muralism and Anglo-American Exchange During the1930s,' Tate Papers 27 (Spring2017): http://www.tate.org.uk/research/publications/tate-papers/27

‘”Point of Promise and of Danger”: Social Art and the Legacies of theDemocratic Front in Cold War America,’ Special Issue: The Realism Problemin the Art History of the Postwar Period, Kunst und Politik16(2014): 77-91.

'Modernism and Murals at the 1939 New York World’s Fair,' AmericanArt 24.2 (Summer 2010): 50-73. 

'TheArt of Swinging Left in the 1930s: Modernism, Realism, and the Politics of theLeft in the Murals of Stuart Davis,' Art History 33.1 (February2010): 98-123.

'Stuart Davis, Painting and Politics in the 1930s,' BurlingtonMagazine (July 2009): 465-468.


Modernism for the Masses: Painters, Politics, and Public Murals in 1930s New York (in preparation).


‘Meyer Schapiro, Marxism, and Modernism in the US,’ ArtHistories, Cultural Studies and the Cold War, eds Grant Pooke,Ben Thomas (forthcoming Ashgate Publishing).

'The Nature of Abstract Art,’ Histoire Sociale de l'art: uneanthologie critique, vol. 1, eds Neil McWilliam, Constance Moréteau, Johanne Lamoureux (Institutnational d’histoire de l’art, Presses du réel, 2015), pp. 562-579.

‘Art and Politics on the New York Waterfront in the 1930s,’ Re/New Marxist Art History,  eds Warren Carter, Barnaby Haran, Frederic J. Schwartz (Art/BooksUCL, 2013), pp. 316-332.

‘”It don’t mean a thing”: Jazz, Modernism, and Murals in New Deal NewYork,’ Music and Modernism, c.1849-1950,  ed. Charlotte de Mille (CambridgeScholar’s Publishing, 2011), pp. 229-255.

'"Flight From Reality"? A Reconsideration of Gorky’s Politicsand Approach to Public Muralism in the 1930s,' Arshile Gorky: ARetrospective (Philadelphia Museum of Art / Yale University Press,2009), pp. 74-93.

Other Publications

Book reviews

'American Artists Against War, 1935-2010,' Journal of AmericanHistory, 103.2 (2016): 512-513.

'The Writing on the Walls,' Art History 34.1 (February2011): 203-208.

'Fernand Léger: Paris-New York,' The Art Book 16.3(August 2009): 25-27.

'Stuart Davis, A Catalogue Raisonné,' Oxford Art Journal 31.3(Spring 2009): 457-460.

'Radical Art. Print-making and the Left in 1930s New York,' ArtHistory 28.5 (November 2005): 790-794.