Professor of 20th-century European and American Painting and Sculpture
Professor Mona Hadler is also on the faculty at Brooklyn College. Her current book on postwar art and popular culture, Rites of Destruction: Ephemerality and Demolition in Postwar Visual Culture, was published in 2017. She has written on the art of Lee Bontecou in many venues, including an essay for the traveling Bontecou retrospective shown at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2003. She has also published on New York art and visual culture of the fifties including essays on Abstract Expressionists William Baziotes and David Hare, and articles on the relation of jazz and the visual arts, the postwar artistic response to nuclear explosions, and most recently on the Pontiac hood ornaments and demolition derbies of that era.
"The Oral History Project: William T. Williams." Bomb, February 2018.
Rites of Destruction: Ephemerality and Demolition in Postwar Visual Culture, London; I B Tauris, forthcoming, Spring 2017.
“Lee Bontecou and Drawing: From the Real to the Strange,” Woman’s Art Journal, 35, no 1 (Spring/Summer 2014): 23-32 .
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"Baziotes, Surrealism, and Boxing: 'Life in a Squared Ring.'" The Space Between: Literature and Culture, 1914-1945 9, no. 1 (2013): 119-138.
"The Demolition Derby: Rites of Destruction." Journal of the Society for Commercial Archeology 30, no. 2 (Fall 2012): 8-15.
"David Hare, Surrealism, and the Comics." The Space Between 7, no. 1 (2011): 93-108.
"Pontiac Hood Ornaments: Chief of the Sixes." Journal of the Society for Commercial Archeology 28, no. 1 (Spring 2010): 6-15.
"Lee Bontecou's Worldscapes." Lee Bontecou, A Retrospective. Ex.Cat. (Chicago: Museum of Contemporary Art, and New York: Abrams, 2003, reprinted Yale University Press, 2008).
"Lee Bontecou: Plastic Fish and Grinning Saw Blades." Women's Art Journal Vol. XXVIII No.1 (Spring/Summer 2007): 12-18.
"Jazz and the New York School." Representing Jazz, ed. Krin Gabbard (Durham:Duke University Press, 1995).
"Lee Bontecou's 'Warnings.' " Art Journal Vol. LIII, no. 4 (Winter 1994): 56-61.
Co-editor, Art Journal, Winter 1994 issue on postwar sculpture.