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‘We Cover New York’: protest, neighborhood, and street photography in the (Workers Film and) Photo League (2019)
Journal Article
Haran, B. (2019). ‘We Cover New York’: protest, neighborhood, and street photography in the (Workers Film and) Photo League. Arts, 8(2), 61. https://doi.org/10.3390/arts8020061

This article considers photographs of New York by two American radical groups, the revolutionary Workers Film and Photo League (WFPL) (1931–1936) and the ensuing Photo League (PL) (1936–1951), a less explicitly political concern, in relation to the a... Read More about ‘We Cover New York’: protest, neighborhood, and street photography in the (Workers Film and) Photo League.

‘Documenting an “Age-Long Struggle”- Paul Strand’s Time in the American Southwest’ (2019)
Journal Article
Haran, B. (in press). ‘Documenting an “Age-Long Struggle”- Paul Strand’s Time in the American Southwest’. Art History,

This article examines the photographs that Paul Strand made in the American Southwest between 1930-32, marking his crystallization as a photographer of interconnected people, objects, and places. Using Group Theatre director Harold Clurman’s appellat... Read More about ‘Documenting an “Age-Long Struggle”- Paul Strand’s Time in the American Southwest’.

Shaping the mass mind: Frederick Kiesler and the psychology of selling (2017)
Book Chapter
Haran, B. (2017). Shaping the mass mind: Frederick Kiesler and the psychology of selling. In A. J. Clarke, & E. Shapira (Eds.), Émigré Cultures in Design and Architecture, 63-76. Bloomsbury Publishing. https://doi.org/10.5040/9781474275637.ch-004

This paper concerns theories around the ‘psychology of selling’ advanced in New York at the end of the 1920s by two figures with strong Viennese connections. Kiesler was an avant-garde polymath—an ‘International Constructivist’ De Stijl member who br... Read More about Shaping the mass mind: Frederick Kiesler and the psychology of selling.

Watching the red dawn: the American avant-garde and the Soviet Union (2016)
Book
Haran, B. (2016). Watching the red dawn: the American avant-garde and the Soviet Union. Manchester University Press. https://doi.org/10.7228.../9780719097225.001.0001

Alongside the radical Constructivism of the New Playwrights Theatre, the American avant-garde’s most sympathetic engagement with Soviet revolutionary culture was in cinema. Unlike Soviet theatrical productions, Russian films were fairly widely viewed... Read More about Watching the red dawn: the American avant-garde and the Soviet Union.

Tractor factory facts: Margaret Bourke-White's Eyes on Russia and the romance of industry in the Five-Year Plan (2015)
Journal Article
Haran, B. (2015). Tractor factory facts: Margaret Bourke-White's Eyes on Russia and the romance of industry in the Five-Year Plan. Oxford Art Journal, 38(1), 73-93. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxartj/kcu032

This article examines the particular form of documentary that the photographer Margaret Bourke-White employed in her images of sovietisation during the first Five-Year Plan in Russia. By her own admission she was more interested in machines than poli... Read More about Tractor factory facts: Margaret Bourke-White's Eyes on Russia and the romance of industry in the Five-Year Plan.

Red Hashar: Louis Lozowick’s Representations of the Sovietization of Central Asia (2013)
Book Chapter
Haran, B. (2013). Red Hashar: Louis Lozowick’s Representations of the Sovietization of Central Asia. In W. Carter, B. Haran, & F. J. Schwartz (Eds.), Re-New Marxist Art History, 260-282. Art/Books Publishing

In 1931 the Russian-American artist Louis Lozowick travelled with members of the International Union of Revolutionary Writers to Tajikistan, one of the new Central Asian republics of the USSR. In Tajikistan, Lozowick chronicled the ‘sovietization’ of... Read More about Red Hashar: Louis Lozowick’s Representations of the Sovietization of Central Asia.

Magic windows: Friedrich Kiesler and department store constructivism (2013)
Book Chapter
Haran, B. (2013). Magic windows: Friedrich Kiesler and department store constructivism. In J. C. Welchman (Ed.), Sculpture and the Vitrine, 69-94. Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

This paper concerns the use of Constructivist aesthetics by Friedrich Kiesler in window displays for Saks Fifth Avenue department store in New York in 1928. This event arguably concluded the dissipation of the revolutionary potential of Russian Const... Read More about Magic windows: Friedrich Kiesler and department store constructivism.