Urban Sights: Urban History and Visual Culture

Bridget Gilman

Bridget Gilman is a Visiting Lecturer in Art History at the University of California, Davis. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 2013; her dissertation, 'Re-Envisioning Everyday Spaces: Photorealism in the San Francisco Bay Area,' explores realism's postwar reemergence, networks of exchange in the literary and visual arts, and representations of demographic transformations on the West Coast. 

Her research interests lie at the intersection of art history and urban studies, focusing on the ways contemporary artists have responded to shifts in the American landscape. An essay devoted to Bill Owens's iconic photobook, Suburbia, was recently published in New Suburban Stories (Bloomsbury, 2013).