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 summer term 2017, Larne will be teaching the following course:

Dystopia and Utopia in Californian Art and Popular Culture. (Thursday 10am – noon, Room 3.30, Georgenstraße 47, first session on 20th April, BA seminar)

This course addresses how utopian and dystopian imaginaries of California have been produced and explored within the visual arts, also drawing on literature, cinema and music. We address the period from the Gold Rush to the energy crisis of the 1970s, beginning with the representation of nature and the frontier in mid-19th Century landscape painting and early photography, before considering the marketing of California to the rest of the United States, as well as overseas. Next, the course addresses early modernism in California, New Deal era public art, urbanism and architecture in Los Angeles. In moving towards the post WWII years, we consider the blooming of the Los Angeles gallery scene, the Black Arts Movement after the Watts uprising, counterculture, feminist art, the Chicano cultural movement and eco-art. Artists discussed on the course include Albert Bierstadt, Charles Christian Nahl, Carleton Watkins, Eadward Muybridge, Weegee, Wallace Berman, Ed Kienholz, Ed Ruscha, Melvin Edwards, Ed Bereal, Noah Purifoy, Senga Nengudi, Judith Baca, Asco and Bonnie Sherk. Throughout, we also draw on literature and cinema to enrich our sense of the period, and the central theme of utopia and dystopia as it transformed from the Gold Rush to the energy crisis of the 1970s.

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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