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Katherine Doniak

PhD Candidate in History of Art, Faculty of Arts


Expertise Summary

Research Summary

PhD (full-time) - currently registered

Research Topic

Conceptual Art and Counterculture in 1960s America.

Research Summary

My research aims to redefine the established terms of conceptual art, in order to take into account the artistic practices of the American West Coast. Frequently written from perspectives that are New York-centric in their approach, the dominant academic accounts of conceptualism have characterized this art form as introspective and fundamentally apolitical in nature. This view fails to acknowledge the overt links to the countercultural movements of the 1960s, which were particularly evident within this region. The focus of my thesis is, therefore, to provide a sustained analysis of the relationship between West Coast conceptualism and the era's broader cultural climate of social activism. In doing this, my objective is to contribute research on a number of understudied artists, whilst simultaneously exploring the extent to which their engagement with wider, socio-political issues complicates our current understanding of this area of art history.

Research Interests

Conceptual Art; American counterculture; Californian art production; Performance Art; Art Criticism of the 1960s & 1970s

Research Supervisors

Dr Lucy Bradnock

Dr Mark Rawlinson


Midlands3Cities AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership

Getty Library Research Grant 2017


'Review of Terry Fox: Elemental Gestures, edited by Arnold Dreyblatt and Angela Lammert, CAA.Reviews, November 2017

Doniak, Katherine. Tate. "Untitled, Hassel Smith, 1959" March 2017

Doniak, Katherine. Tate. "Painting, Sam Francis,1957" January 2017

'Review of Creating the Future: Art and Los Angeles in the 1970s Michael Fallon,' 49th Parallel: An Interdisciplinary Journal of North American Studies , 37(November 2015)

'Review of American Hippies, W.J. Rorabaugh' U.S. Studies Online, January 2016

Black History in Nottingham: A Catalogue of Publications 2015 (co-edited with Norma Gregory & Nottingham News Centre CIC) (forthcoming)


Historians of the Twentieth Century United States (HOTCUS)

Editorial Roles/Other Activities

Reviews Editor, 49th Parallel: An Interdisciplinary Journal of North American Studies

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