Elizabeth L. Langhorne

Elizabeth L. Langhorne
Professor, History of Art
Central Connecticut State University
BA, Harvard University
PhD, University of Pennsylvania

Elizabeth L. Langhorne is a professor at Central Connecticut State University, where she teaches modern and contemporary art history. She has taught at the University of Richmond, where she was also Director of the Marsh Gallery, at the University of Virginia, and at Tulane University. While at the University of Virginia she organized a symposium, Abstract Expressionism: Idea and Symbol. Her 1977 PhD dissertation for the University of Pennsylvania, "A Jungian Interpretation of Jackson Pollock's Art through 1946," sparked a scholarly discussion with William Rubin, then Director of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, in the pages of Art in America in 1979-80. In the Fall of 1986 she became an Ailsa Mellon Bruce Visiting Senior Fellow, National Gallery of Art, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts. Her scholarship has focused on the art of Jackson Pollock

Publications (please click on link for full version of article)

Jackson Pollock: Kunst als Sinnsuche, Hawel Verlag, Wallerstein, forthcoming December 2012. This is a translation by Karsten Harries of an English text, Portrait and a Dream: Jackson Pollock's Search for Meaning, which still awaits a publisher. To order Jackson Pollock: Kunst als Sinnsuche, click here  


“Art as ‘Organizer’ of Life: The Case of Jackson Pollock,” in Politics of Practical Reasoning: Integrating Action, Discourse, and Argument, ed. Ricca Edmonson and Karlheinz Hülser (Lexington Books, 2012).

“Jackson Pollock: The Sin of Images,” in Meanings of Abstract Art: Between Nature and Theory, ed. Paul Crowther and Isabel Wunsche (Routledge Press, 2012).

 "‘The Effort of the Dance’: Gravity and Levity in the Poured Paintings of Jackson Pollock” in Gravity in Art: Essays on Weight and Weightlessness in Painting, Sculpture and Photography, ed. Mary Edwards and Elizabeth Bailey (McFarland and Co., 2012). 

"Pollock’s Dream of a Biocentric Art: The Challenge of His and Peter Blake’s Ideal Museum," in Biocentrism and Modernism, ed. Oliver Botar and Isabel Wunsche (Ashgate Press, 2011), pp. 227-238.

“Jackson Pollock und das Sakrale: Das Kirchenprojekt,” trans. Karsten Harries, in Sakralität und Moderne, ed. Hanna-Barbara Gerl-Falkovitz (Dorfen bei Munchen, Hawel Verlag, 2010), pp. 111-144. (English text:  "Jackson Pollock and the Sacred: The Church Project”)

Evolution and Revolution,” (Review of exhibitions, “Focus: Pollock and Printmaking,” Museum of Modern Art, Sept. 17, 1998-Jan. 12, 1999 and "Jackson Pollock: Early Sketchbooks and Drawings," Metropolitan Museum of Art, Oct. 22, 1997 - Feb. 8, 1998), Art Journal (Summer 1999), pp. 112-115.

"The Magus and the Alchemist: John Graham and Jackson Pollock," American Art (November 1998), pp. 47-67.

"Pollock, Picasso and the Primitive," Art History (March 1989), pp. 64-92.

"Jackson Pollock's ‘The Moon Woman Cuts the Circle'," Arts Magazine (March 1979) (Special Jackson Pollock issue). Reprinted in Pepe Karmel, ed., Jackson Pollock: Key Interviews, Articles, and Reviews, 1943-1993, MOMA, 1999.


Department of Art
Central Connecticut State University
1615 Stanley Street
New Britain, CT 06050-4010