Event Review Guidelines

American Quarterly regularly publishes reviews of art and museum events (and their event catalogues) that are of interest to scholars of American studies, usually 1-2 per issue. These include events in historical, cultural, science, and art museums, art and historical organizations, libraries, and other venues. Because these reviews are often, if not usually, for events that are no longer on view or that readers will not be able to see, they are intended to address broader issues in the field in relation to material culture, visual culture and museum studies. Authors are invited to be expansive in suggesting subjects for review.

Event reviews should be 4,000-8,000 words in length and raise questions related to American studies. They may include up to 6 images. Authors are invited to expand the format of traditional reviews, by addressing any of a range of exhibitions or events. Review essays may, for example, address:

We will also consider proposals for shorter reviews of single events (e.g., a small gallery exhibit) of 2,500–4,000 words, with up to three images.


For a museum exhibit, the author should contact the museum or institution and tell them they are reviewing for American Quarterly, and request that they send a catalogue and press materials. You can request a walk-through of the exhibition and discuss the exhibition with the curatorial staff (or the education and marketing departments), if you think it is appropriate.



Exhibition press kits often include photographs. Most museums and exhibition spaces will have images available. Otherwise, authors will need to locate copies of the images and secure permission from the appropriate source.

We can accept illustrations either as black and white photographs or as electronic scans (this is preferred). Be sure that you have proper permission for all artwork and send copies of all permissions granted to AQ.

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The review should begin with a header listing the full name of the exhibition, the institution, and the curator and/or designer, the dates of the exhibition, and the catalogue information if applicable.

Please direct all submissions and correspondence to both Sarah Leavitt and Susette Min.

American Quarterly is also open to proposals for reviews of other cultural forms that are of interest to American studies scholars, including reviews of films, television shows, web sites, and CDs. Please send proposals to Sarah Leavitt and Susette Min.