The Centre for American Art at The Courtauld was established in September 2016 with the help of a generous grant from the Terra Foundation for American Art. The Centre exists to support and develop research in the field of American art of all periods, from the earliest moment to the present day, and in its international, transnational and global contexts.
The Centre for American Art organises major international conferences, hosts regular seminar series of visiting speakers, welcomes Visiting Professors, supports PhD students’ research-related travel to the US, and develops and runs major research projects in the field. It provides an intellectual home and focus for The Courtauld’s PhD students, MA students, and postdoctoral fellows in American art. The Centre seeks to develop relationships with European and UK partners and acts as a focus to extend existing international collaborations with historians of American art in North America and Europe.
The Centre supports MA teaching in American subjects, including “New York-London-Paris, 1880-1940” (Professor Corbett) and “The Sixties: Eccentric, Erotic, Psychotic” (Dr Applin), and “Circum-Atlantic Visual Culture, c1770-1830” (Dr Chadwick).
The 2017 Centre for American Art conference “Writing Impressionism Into and Out of Art History, 1874 to Today” has produced a Yale on-line book, edited by Alexis Clark and Frances Fowle, and available here: Globalizing Impressionism: Reception, Translation, and Transnationalism