Research Interests: Art of the United States, Latin America, and Their Cross-Currents, 1750-1950
Katherine Manthorne, a specialist in modern art of the Americas, earned her Ph.D. from Columbia University. Before coming to the Graduate Center she was director of the Research Center at the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum, where she also served as executive editor of the journal American Art. Earlier she was professor and chairperson of art history at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her fellowships and awards include the Tyson Scholarship at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art; Terra Foundation Professor, Free University, Berlin; Baird Library Fellow, Smithsonian Institution; and Senior Fulbright Research Fellow, University of Venice.
Manthorne’s foundational scholarship had long focused on artistic exchanges across the Americas, from her Tropical Renaissance (1989) to Fern Hunting Among These Picturesque Mountains: Frederic Edwin Church in Jamaica (2010). She has turned her attention to the role of women in the American art world in a biography of Eliza Pratt Greatorex and “Seneca Falls Preambles: Women and the Visual Arts before Woman’s Rights, 1750–1848” (in progress). She has collaborated on numerous museum exhibitions and publications, including Luminist Horizons: The Art and Collection of James A. Suydam (2006) and The Landscapes of Louis Rémy Mignot: A Southern Painter Abroad (1996). Her current project is “‘You Ought to be in Pictures’: Film and American Modernism, 1896–1939.”