Kiely Awarded Dissertation Fellowship in American Art

Kiely Awarded Dissertation Fellowship in American Art

Doctoral Candidate in Architecture Joss Kiely was awarded a Luce Fellowship in American Art from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS). The fellowship supports Kiely’s dissertation, titled The Infrastructure of Itinerancy: Aviation, American Economic Imperialism, and the Late Modern Architecture of Minoru Yamasaki, 1951-1986. Kiely’s dissertation places a focus on Detroit-based architect Minoru Yamasaki’s contributions to late modern architecture as result of the widespread demands of foreign commerce, diplomacy, and international travel in the newly globalized condition of modernity. Fellowships were awarded to 11 advanced graduate students pursuing promising research in object-and-image-based American art history.

The Infrastructure of Itinerancy examines the boundary between form and structure in projects ranging from the US consulate in Kobe, built in 1955, and the 1961 Dhahran Civil Air Terminal to the 1970-1 World Trade Center as a means to explore the changing role of architecture in response to the mandates of air travel through political and technological lenses. In a time of increased migration of people and goods across the globe, this project considers Yamasaki’s diverse set of projects as part of a growing “infrastructure of itinerancy” that expanded the United States’ modernist ideology and economic imperialism through architectural form.

The American Council of Learned Societies, a private, nonprofit federation of 73 national scholarly organizations, is the preeminent representative of American scholarship in the humanities and related social sciences. The 25th annual Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellowships in American Art are supported by a grant from the Luce Foundation.

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