I am grateful to a number of colleagues and institutions for their support throughout this project. In particular, I would like to thank Georg Jäger at the Institut für Deutsche Philologie, Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München, for his invitation to conduct research in Munich under the auspices of an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Fellowship. His enthusiasm for the project, his insights during the early stages of its development, and the opportunity to share it with his students are greatly appreciated.
I would also like to specifically thank the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for its funding of this project and its ongoing support, which made my extensive research in Germany possible. I am grateful to the foundation's outstanding staff for providing assistance during the grant, as well as for their ongoing commitment to new areas of research. My research in the United States and Europe was also funded by Iowa State University. Both a Faculty Improvement Leave and financial support from the Council on Scholarship in the Humanities at Iowa State University allowed me to expand the scope of this project and to present my research-in-progress at numerous conferences. In Berlin, the Institut für Museumskunde provided generous access to their archival materials and publications.
For their reading, comments, and suggestions on various aspects of the manuscript, I am indebted to numerous colleagues. I would particularly like to thank Gerd Gemünden, Georg Jäger, Alice Kuzniar, Burkard Hornung, and Michelle Mattson. I am grateful to Elizabeth Rectanus for her unwavering support of the project and for drawing my attention to the works of Annie Leibovitz. Neelum Chaudhry's perceptive comments on the project were of considerable help in steering the manuscript to publication. I would also like to thank Hans Haacke for his permission to use photographs of his installations, for his stimulating work (both print and visual) on corporate sponsorship, and for his interest in the book. David Yust kindly provided photographs of Christo and Jeanne-Claude's Wrapped Reichstag.
Finally, at the University of Minnesota Press, I would like to thank my editor Jennifer Moore for her commitment to the book project and Robin A. Moir for her able assistance with the manuscript preparation.