Terra Foundation for American Art Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship

Terra Foundation for American Art

Fellowships in Berlin

The Terra Foundation Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow at the Institut für Kunst- und Bildgeschichte der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin for 2016-2018 is Larne Abse Gogarty

In the winter term 2016-2017, Larne will be teaching the following course :

Performance and Politics in the United States, 1913-present. (Tuesdays 10 am – noon, Raum 0:12 , Georgenstraße 47, first session on 25th October, BA seminar)

This course examines the interdisciplinary formation of performance in modern and contemporary American art. Topics include political pageantry and the ‚proletarian‘ avant-garde in the US; the Federal Theatre Project during the depression; modern dance; the gradual codification of performance as a legitimate ‚medium‘ within the visual arts during the Cold War and how this affected notions of improvisation, endurance and virtuosity; performance and counterculture in the 1950s-60s. We explore the place of performance within feminist and queer art; Blackness and performance; the current interest in dance within contemporary art; the positioning of performance within ’social practice‘; and current, ‚delegated‘ performance as a manifestation of contemporary labor relations. Through taking the course, students will gain a sense of how performance has intersected with political struggle throughout the 20th century, as well as how performance practices formed a catalyst within the breakdown of medium specificity.


The Terra Foundation for American Art Visiting Professor at the John F. Kennedy Institute, Freie Universität Berlin for the winter term 2016/17 is Allison Stagg.

Allison Stagg offers the following courses:

American Art Between the Revolution and the Civil War  (Wednesdays 10 am – noon, room 319, first session on November 2; 32101, BA Vertiefungsseminar culture A or B)

An introduction to art produced in America between the 1770s and the early 1860s. This class will focus thematically on the paintings, sculpture, and graphic art of the period. Several classes will meet at Berlin museum to view art objects made by both American and European artists.

„The Lovers of Fun may be gratified“: Early American Caricature Prints and Visual Culture, 1789-1840 (Wednesdays from 2-4 pm, room 319, first session on November 2; 32114, MA module B Culture HS and interdisciplinary seminar)

George Washington at the guillotine, Thomas Jefferson pictured with his slave, and Andrew Jackson as King. This course will focus on the history of political caricature in Europe and its emergence in America at the beginning of Washington’s presidency as a popular medium of propaganda and attacks. There will be several class visits to the Deutsches Historisches Museum to view prints made after American artists: such as Charles Willson Peale and Gilbert Stuart, and to the art library to view political caricature prints.

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