For sustained support and critical comments regarding the essays in this
book I wish to thank Julian Olfs, Judith Piotrkowski, and the collective
wisdom of the advisory board of Theory & Event.
This project would never have been possible without the support of
Randall Griffey, who was curator of American art at the Mead Museum
of Amherst College when I received his invitation to meet Will Barnet
in the autumn of 2008. The director of the Mead, Elizabeth Barker, was
generous with her time and advice as well. They both have my gratitude.
More globally speaking, Amherst College sustains and supports the re-
search and scholarship of its faculty as always. I have been happy to take
advantage of its generosity once again.
For her continued friendship and advice and insight into the world of
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