Date of Award

Summer 8-4-2022

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Art & Art History

First Advisor

Emily Braun

Second Advisor

Howard Singerman

Academic Program Adviser

Lynda Klich


This thesis provides a microhistory of Paula Cooper’s early efforts in creating a more cooperative gallery model with emerging artists and seeding the growth of SoHo, New York. It also argues for Cooper’s unheralded role in sustaining women artists through marketing, economic support, visibility, and wider institutional opportunities.



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