Scholarly Journals

The following journals can be found in the library. For on-campus online access, click the links below.

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Afterall: A Journal of Art, Context and Enquiry
Print access: September 2005 – 2009; September 2010; March 2012 – Present

Online access (on campus only): 1998 – Present

Afterall is a journal of contemporary art, providing a forum for in-depth analysis of art’s context and seeking to inspire artists to see art as an agency for change. Each issue provides the reader with lengthy, well-researched articles, and includes different writers discussing the same artist’s work from varied perspectives. Their website includes additional articles not appearing in the print version.

Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism
Print access: January 2000 – Present (Missing some issues)

Online access: 1994 – Present

For over 30 years, Afterimage has been an important voice in the photography, film, video and visual book community. Along with feature articles, books and exhibition reviews, essays and news, every issue of Afterimage also includes over 300 free notices for jobs, call-for-work, exhibitions and screenings.

American Arts Quarterly
Print access: 2005 – Present

Online access: Some content is available on their website.

American Arts Quarterly supports today’s burgeoning cultural revival by championing creative individuals in a variety of artistic disciplines.

Animation: an interdisciplinary journal
Print access: July 2008 – Present

Online access: Current Year + one year past
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Animation is an international, peer-reviewed journal that brings together research in film and media studies, architecture, art and design, visual culture and creative practice. The journal seeks to create an academic dialogue mapping the interdisciplinary nature of animation studies. Articles address all known techniques, revealing animation’s implications for other forms of time-based media.

Animation Practice, Process & Production (AP3)
Print access: 2011 – Present

Online access: 2011 – Present
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Animation Practice, Process & Production is a journal presenting, analysing and advancing how animation is created and shown. From Pixar to Parn, Aardman to X-Men, Motion Capture to Mobile Phone, GUI to Gallery, all forms of animation will be revealed and assessed.

Art Bulletin
Print access: March 1929 – 1937 ; Sep & Dec 1940 ; Dec 1941 ; Dec 1988 ; 1999 – Present (Some issues missing throughout)

Online access: 1975 – Present (Art Source)
1919 – 2009 (JSTOR via Multnomah County Library)

The Art Bulletin publishes leading scholarship in the English language in all aspects of art history as practiced in the academy, museums, and other institutions. From its founding in 1913, the journal has published, through rigorous peer review, scholarly articles and critical reviews of the highest quality in all areas and periods of the history of art. Articles take a variety of methodological approaches, from the historical to the theoretical.

Art in Print
Print access: 2015 – present

Online access (on campus only): 2011 – present

Art in Print offers important and timely writing on art and prints by an international array of curators and critics, artists and scholars. Our reach is global, and encompasses the complete history of printed images from ancient China to 21st century Brooklyn.

Art Journal
Print access: May 2007 – Present

Online access: 1974 – Present (Art Source)
1960 – 2009 (JSTOR via Multnomah County Library)

The mission of Art Journal, founded in 1941, is to provide a forum for scholarship and visual exploration in the visual arts; to be a unique voice in the field as a peer-reviewed, professionally mediated forum for the arts; to operate in the spaces between commercial publishing, academic presses, and artist presses; to be pedagogically useful by making links between theoretical issues and their use in teaching at the college and university levels; to explore relationships among diverse forms of art practice and production, as well as among art making, art history, visual studies, theory, and criticism; to give voice and publication opportunity to artists, art historians, and other writers in the arts; to be responsive to issues of the moment in the arts, both nationally and globally; to focus on topics related to twentieth- and twenty-first-century concerns; to promote dialogue and debate. (And to write the longest sentences known to humankind… -ed.)

Art Papers
Print access: 1993 – Present

Online access: 1981 – 2012 (Art Source)

Art Papers is a non-profit organization dedicated to the examination, development, and definition of art and culture in the world today. Its mission is to provide an independent and accessible forum for the exchange of perspectives on the role of contemporary art as a socially relevant and engaged discourse.

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Print access: Winter 2000 ; Spring 2003 – Present

Online access: 2000 – Present
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Using essays, interviews, and artist projects to present a wide range of topics in language accessible to the non-specialist, Cabinet is designed to encourage a new culture of curiosity, one that forms the basis both for an ethical engagement with the world as it is and for imagining how it might be otherwise.

Camera Obscura: feminism, culture, and media studies
Print access: Some issues from 1979 – 2006 ; 2007 – Present

Online access (on campus only): 1976 – Present

Since its inception, Camera Obscura has devoted itself to providing innovative feminist perspectives on film, television, and visual media. It consistently combines excellence in scholarship with imaginative presentation and a willingness to lead media studies in new directions. Its debates, essays, interviews, and summary pieces encompass a spectrum of media practices, including avant-garde, alternative, fringe, international, and mainstream.

Craft Research (CRRE)
Print access: 2012 – Present

Online access: 2012 – Present
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The aim of Craft Research is to advocate and promote current and emerging craft research, including research into materials, processes, methods, concepts, aesthetic and style. This may be in any discipline area of the applied arts and crafts, including craft education.

Critical Inquiry
Print access: 1974 – 2001 ; 2009 – Present

Online access: 2002 – Present (on campus only)
1974 – 2006 (JSTOR via Multnomah County Library)

Combining a commitment to rigorous scholarship with a vital concern for dialogue and debate, Critical Inquiry presents articles by eminent critics, scholars, and artists on a wide variety of issues central to contemporary criticism and culture. The wide interdisciplinary focus creates surprising juxtapositions and linkages of concepts, offering new grounds for theoretical debate.

Critical Interventions: Journal of African Art History and Visual Culture
Print access: July 2007; Spring 2012 – Present

Online access: 2007 – Present
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Critical Interventions focuses on the arts and visual cultures of global Africa, which encapsulates African and African Diaspora identities in the age of globalization. It provides a forum for investigating the value of African art/cultural knowledge in the global economy and its mediation protocols, reviewing in particular how this value is created via the politics of reception and commodification. The journal thus inaugurates a formal discourse on the aesthetics, politics, and economics of African cultural patrimony and African ownership of the intellectual property rights of its indigenous knowledge systems and forms of cultural practice. Through this focus it stakes out a ground on what promises to be the principal site of discursive engagement for the field of African art history in this century.

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Design and Culture: The Journal of the Design Studies Forum
Print access: 2009 – Present

Online access: 2009 – Present
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Design and Culture looks for rigorous and innovative critical frameworks to explore ‘design’ as a cultural phenomenon today. As a forum for critique, the journal features a substantial reviews section in each issue. Moreover, in-depth essays analyze contemporary design, as well as its discourse and representations. Covering a field that is increasingly interdisciplinary, Design and Culture probes design’s relation to other academic disciplines, including marketing, management, cultural studies, anthropology, material culture, geography, visual culture and political economy.

Design Ecologies (DES)
Print access: 2012 – Present

Online access: 2012 – Present
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Design Ecologies foregrounds the inextricable connection between human communication and ecological accountability in architectural design. This burgeoning field has the potential to become a far-reaching discipline, bonding a community that crosses over into and out of architecture, environment, interaction, urbanism, and performing arts and communication.

Design Issues
Print access: Mar 1997 – Sept 1997; Mar 1998; Apr 2005 – Present

Online access: 2000 – Present (on campus only)
1984 – 2004 (JSTOR via Multnomah County Library)

The first American academic journal to examine design history, theory, and criticism, Design Issues provokes inquiry into the cultural and intellectual issues surrounding design. Regular features include theoretical and critical articles by professional and scholarly contributors, extensive book reviews, and illustrations. Special guest-edited issues concentrate on particular themes, such as artificial intelligence, product seminars, design in Asia, and design education. Scholars, students, and professionals in all the design fields are readers of each issue.

The Design Journal
Print access: 2012 – Present

Online access: 1998 – Present
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Established in 1998, The Design Journal is an international refereed journal covering all aspects of design. The journal welcomes articles on design in both cultural and commercial contexts. The journal is published three times a year and provides a forum for design scholars, professionals, educators and managers worldwide. It publishes thought-provoking work that will have a direct impact on design knowledge and that challenges assumptions and methods, while being open-minded about the evolving role of design.

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Print access: July 2009 – Present

Online access: Some content available on their website.

Since 1979, Granta has published many of the world’s finest writers tackling some of the world’s most important subjects, from intimate human experiences to the large public and political events that have shaped our lives.

Grey Room
Print access: 2008 – Present

Online access (on campus only): 2000 – Present

Grey Room brings together scholarly and theoretical articles from the fields of architecture, art, media, and politics to forge a cross-disciplinary discourse uniquely relevant to contemporary concerns. Publishing some of the most interesting and original work within these disciplines, Grey Room has positioned itself at the forefront of the most current aesthetic and critical debates.

Harvard Design Magazine
Print access: 1997 – 2000 ; 2007 – Present

Harvard Design Magazine covers current topics in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, and planning with a critical eye. A theme serves as the touchstone for an issue; recent examples include sustainability and design practices. Within the boundaries of the selected theme, articles focus on culture, theory, design, history, technology, and materials.

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Journal of Design History
Print access: 2010 – Present

Online access (on campus only): 2010 – Present

Journal of Design History plays an active role in the development of design history (including the history of the crafts and applied arts), as well as contributing to the broader field of studies of visual and material culture. The journal includes a regular book reviews section and lists books received, and from time to time publishes special issues.

The Journal of Modern Craft
Print access: 2008 – Present

Online access: 2008 – Present
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The Journal of Modern Craft covers all aspects of craft as it exists within the condition of modernity (conceived as roughly from the mid-19th century to the present day), without geographical or disciplinary boundary. Its editors welcome articles that analyze the relevance of craft to architecture, design, contemporary art, and other fields, as well as the central disciplines of clay, wood, fiber, glass, metal, paper, etc. The overall editorial objective is to support a mobile and wide-ranging contemporary discourse on craft as an issue in all creative fields, while also being an authoritative historical voice on the subject of craft as a field or movement in its own right.

Journal of Visual Art Practice (JVAP)
Print access: 2012 – Present

Online access: 2001 – Present
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The Journal of Visual Art Practice supports research across the entire range of visual arts. The journal engages with the progressive nature of the subject, reflecting upon the changing terrain of art in recent years.

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Leonardo: Journal of the International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology
Print access: 1987 – 1990 ; 2004 – 2005 ; 2011 – Present

Online access (on campus only): 1999 – Present

Leonardo was founded in 1968 in Paris by kinetic artist and astronautical pioneer Frank Malina. Malina saw the need for a journal that would serve as an international channel of communication between artists, with emphasis on the writings of artists who use science and developing technologies in their work. Today, Leonardo is the leading journal for readers interested in the application of contemporary science and technology to the arts.

Leonardo Music Journal (LMJ)
Print access: 2011 – Present

Online Access (on campus only): 1999 – Present

Leonardo Music Journal (LMJ) began publication in 1991 as a companion to Leonardo, documenting the ideas of composers, musicians, sound artists and instrument builders. LMJ is published annually and includes a CD.

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Material Religion: The Journal of Objects, Art and Belief
Print access: 2012 – Present

Online access: 2005 – Present
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Material Religion is an international, peer-reviewed journal, which seeks to explore how religion happens in material culture—images, devotional and liturgical objects, architecture and sacred space, works of arts and mass-produced artifacts. No less important than these material forms are the many different practices that put them to work. Ritual, communication, ceremony, instruction, meditation, propaganda, pilgrimage, display, magic, liturgy and interpretation constitute many of the practices whereby religious material culture constructs the worlds of belief.

The Moving Image Review and Art Journal (MIRAJ)
Print access: 2012 – Present

Online access: 2012 – Present
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The Moving Image Review & Art Journal (MIRAJ) is the first international peer-reviewed scholarly publication devoted to artists’ film and video, and its contexts. It offers a forum for debates surrounding all forms of artists’ moving image and media artworks: films, video installations, expanded cinema, video performance, experimental documentaries, animations, and other screen-based works made by artists. MIRAJ aims to consolidate artists’ moving image as a distinct area of study that bridges a number of disciplines, not limited to, but including art, film, and media.

Music, Sound, and the Moving Image (MSMI)
Print access: 2008 – Present

Online access (on campus only): 2007 – Present

Music, Sound, and the Moving Image is the first international scholarly journal devoted to the study of the interaction between music and sound with the entirety of moving image media – film, television, music video, advertising, computer games, mixed-media installation, digital art, live cinema, et alia. Co-edited by Anahid Kassabian (University of Liverpool) and Ian Gardiner (Goldsmiths College), the journal is truly interdisciplinary, inviting contributions across a range of critical methodologies, including musicology and music analysis, film studies, popular music studies, cultural theory, aesthetics, semiotics, sociology, marketing, sound studies, and music psychology.

Print access: 2006 – present
Online access: 2004 – present

n+1 is a print and digital magazine of literature, culture, and politics published three times yearly.

n. paradoxa: international feminist art journal
Print access: 2004 – Present

Online access: Some content available on their website.

n.paradoxa publishes scholarly and critical articles highlighting feminist art and feminist art theory written by women critics, art historians and artists on and in relation to the work of contemporary women artists post-1970 (visual arts only) working anywhere in the world. Each thematic volume in print contains artists and authors from up to 10 countries in the world and explores their work in relation to feminist theory and feminist art practices.

Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art
Print access: 2013 – Present

Online access (on campus only): 1994 – Present

Nka focuses on publishing critical work that examines the newly developing field of contemporary African and African Diaspora art within the modernist and postmodernist experience and therefore contributes significantly to the intellectual dialogue on world art and the discourse on internationalism and multiculturalism in the arts. Nka mainly includes scholarly articles, reviews (exhibits and books), interviews, and roundtable discussions.

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Print access: 1981 – Present (some issues missing)

Online access: 2001 – Present (on campus only)
1976 – 2006 (JSTOR via Multnomah County LIbrary)

At the forefront of art criticism and theory, October focuses critical attention on the contemporary arts and their various contexts of interpretation: film, painting, music, media, photography, performance, sculpture, and literature. Examining relationships between the arts and their critical and social contexts, October addresses a broad range of readers. Original, innovative, provocative, each issue presents the best, most current texts by and about today’s artistic, intellectual, and critical vanguard.

Pacific Arts
Print access: January 2013 – Present

Pacific Arts welcomes articles on the art of the Pacific region, especially papers on all topics pertinent to the visual and performing arts of the peoples of Polynesia, Micronesia, Melanesia, Australia, and Indonesia.

PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art
Print access: 1998 – Present

Online access (on campus only): 2002 – Present

PAJ is admired internationally for its independent critical thought and cutting-edge explorations. PAJ charts new directions in performance, video, drama, dance, installations, media, film, and music, integrating theater and the visual arts. Artists’ writings, critical commentary, interviews, and a special review section for performances and gallery shows are highlighted along with plays and performance texts from around the world.

The late-seventies in NYC generated a lively scene in experimental theatre, performance, dance, music, sound, video, film, clubs, and festivals. Numerous alternative spaces were opened up and publications started, though none were exclusively devoted to downtown performance, except Performance Art/LIVE Magazine. Many who appear in the pages of these archival issues are part of the still inchoate histories of performance, including Stuart Sherman, Michael Smith, Joan Jonas, and Cookie Mueller.

Access Performance Art Magazine, 1979 – 1980 and LIVE, 1980 – 1982. (On campus only.)

Print access: September 2007 – Present

Online access: Some content is available on their website.

Founded in 1976, Parabola is devoted to the exploration of the myths, symbols, rituals, and art of the world’s religious and cultural traditions. Every issue explores one of the facets of human existence from the point of view of many world religions and spiritual traditions with essays and images.

Philosophy of Photography (POP)
Print access: 2012 – Present

Online access: 2012 – Present
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Philosophy of Photography is a new peer-reviewed journal devoted to the scholarly understanding of photography. It is not committed to any one notion of photography nor, indeed, to any particular philosophical approach. The purpose of the journal is to provide a forum for debate on theoretical issues arising from the historical, political, cultural, scientific and critical matrix of ideas, practices and techniques that may be said to constitute photography as a multifaceted form. In a contemporary context remarkable for its diversity and rate of change, the conjunction of the terms ‘philosophy’ and ‘photography’ in the journal’s title is intended to act as a provocation to serious reflection on the ways in which existing and emergent photographic discourses might engage with and inform each other.

Print access: 2009 – Present

Online access: 2008 – Present
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Photographies seeks to construct a new agenda for theorising photography as a heterogeneous medium that is changing in an ever more dynamic relation to all aspects of contemporary culture. Photographies aims to further develop the history and theory of photography, considering new frameworks for thinking and addressing questions arising from the present context of technological, economic, political and cultural change.

Photography & Culture
Print access: 2012 – Present

Online access: 2008 – Present
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Photography & Culture is a refereed journal that is international in its scope and inter-disciplinary in its contributions. It aims to interrogate the contextual and historic breadth of photographic practice from a range of informed perspectives and to encourage new insights into the media through original and incisive writing. Photography & Culture publishes research papers, discursive critiques and reviews. It appears at a key moment as photography evolves; once again, to embrace a technological change that is shifting both contemporary usage and historic understanding.

Print Quarterly
Print access: March 2009 – Present

Online access: Indexed on their website.

Print Quarterly is the leading international journal dedicated to the art of the print from its origins in the fifteenth century to the present. It is peer-reviewed. The Journal publishes recent scholarship on a wide range of topics, including printmakers, iconography, social and cultural history, popular culture, print collecting, book illustration, decorative prints, and techniques such as engraving, etching, woodcutting, lithography and digital printmaking. The journal strives to cover Asian, Latin American and African printmaking as well as the Western tradition.

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Studies in Comics (STIC)
Print access: 2012 – Present

Online Access: 2012 – Present
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Studies in Comics aims to describe the nature of comics, to identify the medium as a distinct art form, and to address the medium’s formal properties. The emerging field of comics studies is a model for interdisciplinary research and in this spirit this journal welcomes all approaches. This journal is international in scope and provides an inclusive space in which researchers from all backgrounds can present new thinking on comics to a global audience. The journal will promote the close analysis of the comics page/text using a variety of methodologies. Its specific goal, however, is to expand the relationship between comics and theory and to articulate a “theory of comics.” The journal also includes reviews of new comics, criticism, and exhibitions, and a dedicated online space for cutting-edge and emergent creative work.

Third Text: critical perspectives on contemporary art and culture
Print access: 2001 ; 2003 – 2008 ; 2010 – Present

Online access: 1997 – Present
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Third Text is an international scholarly journal dedicated to providing critical perspectives on art and visual culture. The journal examines the theoretical and historical ground by which the West legitimises its position as the ultimate arbiter of what is significant within this field. Established in 1987, the journal provides a forum for the discussion and (re)appraisal of theory and practice of art, art history and criticism, and the work of artists hitherto marginalised through racial, gender, religious and cultural differences. Dealing with diversity of art practices – visual arts, sculpture, installation, performance, photography, video and film – Third Text addresses the complex cultural realities that emerge when different worldviews meet, and the challenge this poses to Eurocentrism and ethnocentric aesthetic criteria. The journal aims to develop new discourses and radical interdisciplinary scholarships that go beyond the confines of eurocentricity.

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World Art
Print access: 2013 – Present

Online access: 2011 – Present
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World Art encourages critical reflection at the intersections of theory, method and practice. It provides a forum for redefining the concept of art for scholars, students and practitioners, for rethinking artistic and interpretive categories and for addressing cultural translation of art practices, canons and discourses. It promotes innovative and comparative approaches for studying human creativity, past and present.

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