Lori Cole



Surveying the Avant-Garde: Questions on Modernism, Art, and the Americas in Transatlantic Magazines (Penn State University Press, 2018)

This book examines art and literature of the Americas through the lens of the questionnaire, a genre as central as the manifesto to the history of the avant-garde. Questions such as “How do you imagine Latin America?” and ‘What should American art be?” issued by magazine editors to their contributors, yield a self-reflexive history of modernism as told by its key players, enabling writers and artists to position themselves within national and aesthetic communities in print.

Reviewed by Harris Feinsod in American Literary History Online (Dec. 2018)

Reviewed by Eamon McCarthy in Bulletin of Spanish Studies (Oct. 2019)

Reviewed by David A. J. Murrieta Flores in Terrae Incognitae (Jan. 2020)

Reviewed by Harper Montgomery in Latin American and Latinx Visual Culture (April 2020)

Reviewed by Lynda Klich in Modernism/Modernity (September 2021)

Book Chapters

“Paper Exhibitions: The Magazine as Exhibition Catalogue,” Historic Avant-Garde Work on Paper, Ed. Sascha Bru (Routledge, 2024), p. 91-105.

“‘A Traveling Exhibition’: Magazines and the Display and Circulation of Art in the Americas,” New Directions in Print Cultural Studies: Archives, Materiality, and Modern American Culture, Eds. Jesse W. Schwartz and Daniel Worden (New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2022) p. 173-203.

“‘¿Qué es la vanguardia?’: Ultraism Between Madrid and Buenos Aires,” Modernidad y vanguardia: rutas de intercambio entre España y Latinoamérica (1920-1970), Eds. Paula Barreiro López and Fabiola Martínez Rodríguez (Madrid: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, 2015) p. 127-137.

“Reproducing the Avant-Garde: The Art of Modernist Magazines.” The Aesthetics of Matter. Modernism, the Avant-Garde and Material Exchange, European Avant-Garde and Modernism Studies Series. Vol. 3. Ed. by Sarah Posman, Anne Reverseau, David Ayers, Sascha Bru, Benedikt Hjartarson. (Berlin/New York: Walter de Gruyter 2013) p. 183-194.

“Madrid: Questioning the Avant-Garde” The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines Volume 3: 1880-1940, eds. Peter Brooker and Andrew Thacker. (Oxford University Press, 2013) p. 369-392.

“Revisiting the Vanguard: Duchamp in Buenos Aires,” The Popular Avant-Garde, ed. Renée Silverman. (New York and Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2010) p. 77-95.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

“‘Do we have an international culture?’ Questioning Transnational Periodical Studies,” Modernism/Modernity Print Plus, vol. 8, cycle 2, Special Cluster on Modernist Periodical Studies and the Transnational Turn (Dec. 11 2023).

“‘What is 291?’ Iterations of an Avant-Garde and its Legacies,” Journal of Avant-Garde Studies, Vol. 1, No. 1 (2020) p. 1-31.

“‘How do you imagine Latin America?’: Questioning Latin American Art and Identity in Print,” The Global South Vol. 7, No. 2 (2014) p. 110-133.

“Légitime défense: From Communism and Surrealism to Caribbean Self-Definition,” Journal of Surrealism and the Americas, Vol. 4, No. 1 (2010).

Journal Articles

“‘What is the Matter with Magazine Art?’: On Censoring the Masses,” Art Practical, 6.4 (May 2015).

“‘Do you Believe in Angels?’ and Other Inquiries: Eugene Jolas’ questionnaires for transition magazine,” Cabinet Magazine, No. 53 (Spring 2014) p.13-20.

“‘What is the Avant-Garde?’ The Questionnaire as Historiography,” Journal of Art Historiography, December 2011.

“At the Site of State Violence: Doris Salcedo and Julieta Hanono’s Memorial Aesthetics,” Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies, Vol 15. (Fall 2011) p.87-95.

“Magazine Modernism: Notes from the NEH Seminar,” Journal of Modern Periodical Studies, Vol. 2, No. 1 (Fall 2011) p. 116-119.


Mirta Antonelli, “State Terrorism, Clandestine Language/ Notes on the Argentine Military Dictatorship,” PMLA, Trans. Lori Cole, Vol 124, No. 9 (October 2009) 1794-9.

Exhibition Catalogue Essays

“Reimagining Surrealism through Journals,” Surrealism Beyond Borders, eds. Stephanie D’Alessandro and Matthew Gale. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2021, 44-48.

“Charmion von Wiegand and the Creative Work of Criticism,” Charmion von Wiegand: Expanding Modernism, ed. Maja Wismer. Kunstmuseum Basel, 2021.

“Alfred Stieglitz: Equivalent, 1923,” and “Joseph Kosuth: Five Words in Green Neon, 1965,” The Whitney Museum of American Art. Museum collection handbook. May 2015.

“Rose Video 03: Maria Lassnig and Mary Reid Kelley,” The Rose Art Museum. Exhibition brochure. Spring 2014.

“Rose Video 02: Mark Boulos and Josephine Meckseper,” The Rose Art Museum. Exhibition brochure. Fall 2013.

Co-writer of the chronology of the history, culture, and art of the 1930s. Encounters with the 1930s, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Exhibition catalogue. Fall 2012.

Book Reviews

Review of Emily Hage, Dada Magazines: The Making of a Movement (London, Bloomsbury, 2020) in Modernism/Modernity, Vol. 29, No. 2 (April 2022), 452-454.

Book Review, Grant Kester’s The One and the Many: Contemporary Collaborative Art in a Global Context, e-misférica, Journal of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, Issue 9.1, “On the Subject of Archives,” Summer 2012.

Encyclopedia Entries

Encyclopedia entry for “Leonora Carrington,” Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism, Summer 2012.


Lori Cole interviewed by Michael Schapira, Full-Stop, January 2015.

Questionnaire Responses

"What should art institutions do now?" Paper Monument, September 2018.

Reviewed by James McAnally, “Organizing Futures,” Art in America (Jan. 2019)


Artforum (Artforum.com)
Silvia Gruner, online March 2016
Penelope Umbrico, online January 2016
Cromofobia, online January 2015
Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet, and Contemporary Art ,
online January 2015
Eleanor Antin, online April 2014
(Re)presentaciones: Fotografía Latinoamericana Contemporánea, online August 2013
Abstract Generation, online June 2013
Paint Things: Beyond the Stretcher, online March 2013
Mickalene Thomas, online January 2013
Contemporary Cartographies: Drawing Thought, online January 2013
America in View, online December 2012
Revolution Not Televised, online August 2012
Jesús Soto, online February 2012
Antonio Manuel, online October 2011
Lyle Ashton Harris, online September 2011
Erwin Blumenfeld, online February 2011
Alfred Stieglitz New York, online November 2010
Martin Soto Climent, online November 2010
Guillermo Kuitca, online October 2010
Resurrectine, online May 2010
Solid-State, online May 2010
Beyond Participation: Hélio Oiticica and Neville D’Almeida in New York, online March 2010
Avant-Guide to NYC: Discovering absence, online November 2009
Agnes Denes, online November 2009
Graciela Iturbide, online August 2009
In Practice, online February 2009
Things Fall Apart, online January 2009
Contradictions in Black and White, online January 2009
Nobuyoshi Araki, online January 2009
Street Art, Street Life: From the 1950s to Now, online October 2008
Untethered, online October 2008
Michal Chelbin, online October 2008
Richard Avedon: Photographs 1946–2004, online August 2008
César Baldaccini: An Anthology by Jean Nouvel, online August 2008
Ready Made, online July 2008
Nina in Position, online February 2008
Site 92: Phase II, online February 2008
Made in France: Eight Artists and the Graphic Novel, online February 2008
Beginning with a Bang! From Confrontation to Intimacy, online October 2007
The Geometry of Hope: Latin American Abstract Art from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection, online Oct 2007
Works from the Collection and Loans at the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, online Oct 2007
Stalking with Stories: The Pioneers of the Immemorable, Online September 2007
Leandro Katz, online August 2007
Universal Language & the Avant-Garde: Viking Eggeling, Hans Richter, and Jonas Mekas, online May 2007
Dateline Israel: New Photography and Video Art, online May 2007
The Happiness of Objects, online May 2007
The Disappeared (Los Desaparecidos), online March 2007
Spectral Evidence, online February 2007
Re:Generation: Emerging Women Artists, online February 2007
Omission, online January 2007
Renegades: 25 Years of Performance, online January 2007
Nothing and Everything, online October 2006
Love and War: The Weaponized Woman, online October 2006
Marianne Brandt, online, June 2006
Dubuffet/Basquiat: Personal Histories, online May 2006
Regeneration at Aperture, online May 2006
La Normalidad, online, March 2006
Pepón Osorio, print Sept 2004

Flash Art
Pinta Art Fair, January 2008
Doubtful Strait: Challenging Conventional Truths, Translation, June 2007
Just Off Focus, December 2006
Legacies: Contemporary Artists Reflect on Slavery, October 2006
Switch on the Power: Noise and Musical Politics, Translation, October 2006
30 Años: Estética de la Memoria, May 2006
Nosotros, May 2006
9/11/73, November 2005

New York Magazine (nymag.com)
Merce Cunningham Studio, August 2006
Mark Morris Dance Center, August 2006
BRIC Rotunda Gallery, July 2006
Nyehaus, July 2006
Allan Stone Gallery, August 2005
Atlantic Theater Company, August 2005
AXA Gallery, August 2005
Feigen Contemporary, August 2005
The Studio Museum in Harlem, August 2005
El Museo del Barrio, August 2005
Silo NYC, August 2005
PaceWildenstein, August 2005
Cheim and Read, August 2005
Brooklyn Academy of Music, August 2005
BAM Harvey Lichtenstein Theater, August 2005
Smack Mellon Gallery, August 2005
PPOW Gallery, August 2005
Central Synagogue, August 2005
Joyce Theater, August 2005
Museum at Eldridge Street, August 2005

The Village Voice
“Creepy Island Hopping,” October 2005.
“Punk Rock Protest Party,” August 2004.
“Non-Art Museums,” December 2003.
“A Perfect Day for a Monk in New York City,“ October 2003.
Various “Best of New York“ articles 2000-5 and “Holiday Preview“ articles 2003-4

The Adirondack Review
“Imagery of the Unconscious: The Fantastic Dark and Unsettling Light of Michael Hafftka,” Spring 2010.

Post Road Magazine
“On the Aesthetic Agenda of the Antiwar Movement”, Issue 7, 2003