Date of Award

Winter 12-21-2015

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Professor Lynda Klich

Second Advisor

Professor Harper Montgomery

Academic Program Adviser

Professor Nebahat Avcıoğlu


This thesis traces Gego’s contestation of art historical modernism through examining her relationship to the modernist grid and to her modernist genealogy of Constructivism, Geometric Abstraction, and Kineticism. These two nonlinear developments subvert the teleological conception of progress presumed by Greenbergian modernism, and bring forth Gego’s own aesthetic conception of temporality.



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