Winchester School of Art

August Jordan Davis

BFA (Hons), MA (Distinction), PhD

Primary position:
Senior Research Fellow

Background

The University of Southampton

August is an Art Historian specialising in modern and contemporary art (20th and 21st centuries) of North America and Britain. She obtained a BFA (Hons) in Art History from the University of North Texas before moving to the UK. Studying with Francis Frascina and Jonathan Harris at Keele University, August obtained an MA (Distinction) in Visual Arts in Contemporary Culture, which, like her BFA, was a theory and fine art practice course, combining art historical research with fine arts practice. Continuing to work with Jonathan Harris as her supervisor, August undertook doctoral research into the art and activism of American artist Martha Rosler. August's thesis addressed Rosler's anti-war photomontages, situating them within their socio-cultural, historical and aesthetic contexts; producing original research into the source images appropriated by Rosler in these works of 1967 – 1974 and 2004 – 2008. August's research interests include: feminist art; video and performance art; conceptual and post-conceptual art; art historiography; art as activism; critical theory; and American art, political and social history.

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Publications

The University of Southampton's electronic library (e-prints)

Article

Davis, August Jordan (2013) Aesthetics and relations of debate and history. Cultural Politics an International Journal (In Press).
Davis, August (2009) Review. Art & Today by Eleanor Heartney. The Art Book, 16, (4), 45-46.
Davis, August (2006) Passionate Signals. The Art Book, 13, (2), 42-43. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-8357.2006.00672.x).
Davis, August Jordan (2005) Decoys and Disruptions: Selected Writings, 1975-2001. The Art Book, 12, (2), 34-35. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-8357.2005.00533.x).
Davis, August (2002) Review of: The New Art History: An Introduction, by Jonathan Harris. Visual Culture in Britain, 3, (2), 143-148.

Book

Davis, August and Harris, Jonathan (eds.) (2012) Bashir Makhoul, Alhoash, Jerusalem, Palestinian Art Court

Book Section

Davis, August (2012) Martha Rosler's fighting legions: semiotics of the kitchen (1975/2003) - performance and the (video) document. In, Harris, Jonathan (ed.) Dead History, Live Art? Spectacle, Subjectivity and Subversion in Visual Culture since the 1960s. Chicago Ridge, US, University of Chicago Press, 209-239. (Tate Liverpool Critical Forum).
Davis, August and Harris, Jonathan (2012) Re: Turn. In, Bashir Makhoul. Alhoash, Jerusalem, Palestinian Art Court , 14-38.

Conference or Workshop Item

Davis, August (2012) Star Wars, return of the '60s (or why Martha Rosler brought the war back home yet again). In, Association of Art Historians Annual Conference, Milton Keynes, GB, 29 - 31 Mar 2012.
Davis, August (2011) Martha Rosler's Reboot. In, Art / Institutions / As Research , Liverpool, UK,
Davis, August (2009) The political is personal: Martha Rosler's positions in the lifeworld. In, University of Liverpool 7th Annual Art History PhD Conference, Liverpool, UK,
Davis, August (2008) The visible suppressed: Martha Rosler and Max Ernst. In, University of Liverpool 6th Annual Art History PhD Conference, Liverpool, GB,
Davis, August (2007) The visible suppressed: Max Ernst and Martha Rosler. In, AHRC Surrealism Centre's 5th Annual PhD Symposium on Surrealism and its Legacies, London, UK,
Davis, August (2007) Spectres and Spectacle: the Visual Culture of Martha Rosler. Association of Art Historians Annual Conference, 2007, Belfast; Session convened by Jonathan Harris: "Globalisation and Art since 1945: Disciplinary Renewal or Transformation?", Belfast, GB,
Davis, August (2007) Martha Rosler as bibliophile. In, University of Liverpool, 5th Annual Art History PhD Conference, Liverpool, UK,
Davis, August (2006) Martha Rosler as anti-war artist: "If Not Now, When?". In, 4th Annual Art History PhD Conference, Liverpool, UK,
Davis, August (2005) A woman's work is never done: maintenance labour, maintenance art - Wilding, Ukeles and Rosler. In, Conception:Reception. Association of Art Historians Annual Conference , Bristol, UK,
Davis, August (2004) The visual culture of Martha Rosler. In, Edge of Reason (Research Forum) at TATE Liverpool, Liverpool, UK,
Davis, August (2004) In the place of the public - observations on Martha Rosler's spectacular critique. In, Association of Art Historians Annual Conference , Nottingham, GB, 01 - 03 Apr 2004.
Davis, August (2003) The question of the mass: Martha Rosler. In, University of Liverpool Annual Art History PhD Conference, Liverpool, UK,

Thesis

Davis, August (2011) Bringing the war back home: Martha Rosler's anti-war photomontages (1967-2008). University of Liverpool, School of Architecture and Building Engineering, Doctoral Thesis .
 

Research

Research Interests

In addition to her research into modern and contemporary art of North America and Britain (1960 to present), August has written on the work of Bashir Makhoul, including co-editing a monograph of this artist's work (published 2012). August additionally is researching the work of post-conceptual documentary photographer Fred Lonidier, and writing on issues around Gender and Subcultures.

Research project

Enter Ghost, Exit Ghost

Exhibition by Bashir Makhoul in 2012 which raises questions about the kinds of spaces that have emerged in sites of conflict and in the urban margins of globalization

Contact

Dr August Jordan Davis
Winchester School of Art
University of Southampton
Park Avenue
Winchester
Hampshire
SO23 8DL

Room Number: WSA/W1143

Telephone: (023) 8059 6932
Email: A.J.Davis@soton.ac.uk