Alumni News: Alexis Clark (Ph.D. ‘14)

Washington University, St. Louis


Alexis Clark (Ph.D. ‘14) has accepted a postdoctoral fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis. There, she will teach undergraduate and graduate courses on global Impressionism and museum history. Clark’s research concentrates on intersections between exhibitions, cultural politics, and narratologies of modern art; these interests inform her book manuscript currently under preparation, entitled The Musée du Luxembourg and the Making of Modern Art History, 1870-1937. Clark interrogates how the Musée du Luxembourg, as the first museum dedicated to contemporary art and the first to put Impressionism on display, incubated competing narratives of modern art in France written in the critical last decades of the nineteenth century. Today, the museum’s erstwhile collections line the walls of the Musée d’Orsay, and its mandate directs the Musée national d’art moderne (Centre Pompidou), thereby making the Luxembourg central to a constellation of institutions and ultimately, to the historiography and museology of modern and contemporary art. 

Clark has presented her research at national and international conferences. She has published widely, including recent and forthcoming articles and essays in Art History, Oxford Art Journal, The Burlington Magazine, Museum History Journal, Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide, H-France Salon, and Art History Teaching Resources Weekly. In November 2017, Clark (with David Peters Corbett) will co-convene the conference Writing Impressionism Into and Out of Art History, 1874-Today at the Courtauld Institute of Art.