TERRA Foundation

The Larca enjoys a close partnership with the Terra Foundation.  

Based in Chicago, the Foundation is dedicated to the study and promotion of American art. It supports exhibitions, study programs, and international exchange programs for academics and curators.

For more information about the Terra Foundation for American Art.

At the Terra Foundation Paris Center, students and academics have access to Europe’s only research library devoted exclusively to American art. The Paris Center is the hub of the Foundation’s European activities, fostering a rich dialogue on the visual arts of the United States through academic programs, institutional partnerships, exhibition and publication programs.

For more information about the Terra Foundation Paris Center.

Terra Foundation grants and partnerships accessible to Larca members

Post-Doctoral Research and Teaching Fellowship in Paris

A Post-Doctoral specialist in American art spends two years in Paris and teaches Visual Culture seminars open to students from the Masters programs at Université Paris Cité and Paris-Nanterre.

Summary :

Endowed by a generous grant of the Terra Foundation, this two-year research and teaching fellowship in Paris offers a postdoctoral scholar the opportunity to pursue their own work, and teach at Université Paris Cité and Université de Paris-Nanterre. The fellow will receive a $ 42,000 annual stipend (to cover all costs including travel, housing, visa, health insurance, research, and so on; to be disbursed in euros).

In addition, the program also includes a $ 2,000 annual fund towards the organization of scientific events.

Each fall in the 24-months period (2022–24) the Fellowship recipient will teach (in English) a seminar in American art history and visual culture to graduate students specializing in art history (Paris Nanterre) and American visual and cultural studies (Université de Paris).

S/he will conduct personal research in conjunction with the Art History and Visual Culture research teams of the two partner universities.

Martyna Majewska, the new Terra Foundation Research and Teaching Fellow for 2022-2024

Congratulations and a warm welcome to Martyna Majewska, the newly appointed Terra Foundation Research and Teaching Fellow for 2022-2024. She will be teaching a seminar open to Masters students from Paris-Cité University and from Paris-Nanterre University, titled: American Art Embodied: Body-Centered Practices in US Art since the 1950s. 

‘I recently received my PhD from the School of Art History at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, where I also taught at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. My thesis, ‘Resisting Overdetermination, Destabilising Representation: African American Artists Performing for the Camera since the 1970s,’ examined a selection of practices in which artists mobilise embodied performances to produce specific, carefully designed and incisive images. My project demonstrated that this mode of image production has been exceptionally successful in challenging hegemonic representations of people of colour, exposing the racist and heteropatriarchal stereotypes inscribed in these representations. I look forward to developing further my thinking about photography, performance and the construction of race with colleagues and students at LARCA.’

Seminar : American Art Embodied: Body-Centered Practices in US Art since the 1950s.

This course examines the emergence of performance art as one of the most influential forms of expression in American art of the 20th and 21st centuries. It traverses a wide variety of practices involving the use of artists’ bodies: from protest actions and happenings to body prints, to movement exercises and collaborative, choreographed spectacles. Works examined in the module may also be associated with categories such as conceptual art, land art, video art, and social practice. While exploring the various ways in which artists mobilized their bodies as vehicles for making art, students will learn how body-centered practices came to be displayed in museums, consumed, and commodified. To this end, the course covers the subject of mediation and mediatization of ephemeral, embodied modes of artistic expression, as well as discussing audience reactions and participation. Equally, it examines the ways in which performances can be restaged and reinterpreted. Students will familiarize themselves with key theoretical frameworks for discussing performance art and its historicization, while engaging in debates on critical issues—such as war, exploitation, gender identity—raised via embodied artistic practice. Throughout the course, we will pay special attention to the convergence of performance art and activism, studying the impact of US-based grassroots organizations and political movements on body art.