Valance Hélène – Research fellow 2020-2012

Posted on September 17, 2020

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Research themes

  • American visual culture
  • U.S. history
  • art history
  • material culture

Current Project

This project considers representations of history in the American visual and material culture from the 19th century to the first half of the 20th century.

It examines how images (re)staged the history of the United States, analyzing their participation in the construction of a collective memory. Taking as its object a culture often considered without history, but which seems to have a prolific potential to create icons, as well as a formidable capacity to disseminate them across the world, this research intends to write the history of the images of history by providing an in-depth account of their productions, circulations, consumptions and transformations.

This “visual historiography” will renew the epistemological questions of history and studies on memory.

  • 2012 Ph.D., American studies (visual arts), Université Paris 7-Diderot. Dissertation entitled Au Filtre de la nuit : le nocturne dans l’art américain, 1890-1917. Advisor : Prof. François Brunet 
  • 2014-15 Terra Foundation for American art Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow, Courtauld Institute of Art, London.
  • 2015-Present Maîtresse de conférences (Associate professor), American studies, Université de Bourgogne Franche-Comté
      • Nuits américaines. L’art du nocturne aux États-Unis, 1890-1917. Paris : Presses de l’Université Paris-Sorbonne, 2015. English translation: Nocturne : Night in American Art, 1890-1917. Translation by Mary Jane Todd. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2018.
      • « Bringing Reality TV into the Period Room: The 1900 House » in Anca Lasc, Andress McClellan, Änne Söll (dir.), Space Unlocked, History Unfrozen: Revisiting the Past in Museums and Historic Sites Londres, Routledge, forthcoming 2020.
      • « Rematriating James McNeill Whistler: The Circulation of the Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1: Portrait of the Artist’s Mother » in François Brunet (dir.), Circulation. Chicago, Terra Foundation for American Art, 2017, pp. 114-45.