Date of Award

Spring 5-4-2022

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Art & Art History

First Advisor

Thierry de Duve

Second Advisor

Harper Montgomery

Academic Program Adviser

Linda Klich


This thesis interrogates the postponement of the Philip Guston Now exhibition, examining the justification for the postponement, the actions taken by the National Gallery of Art, and the effects of the postponement. My research examines the museum’s choice to cite social justice as the main context for understanding Philip Guston.



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