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Catherine Dossin

Catherine Dossin

Assistant Professor of Art History

Ph.D., The University of Texas, Austin, 2008

Office Hours: TTH 3-4pm
Office: PAO 3157
Office Phone: (765) 494-6469
Office Fax: (765) 496-2076


Art History

Originally from France, Catherine Dossin received a Master’s degree with Very High Honor from the Sorbonne with a thesis devoted to André Derain and The Return to Classicism, 1880-1940, and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. Her dissertation entitled The Stories of the Western Artworld, 1936-1986, uncovered gaps between the US, French, German, and Italian accounts of post-War art, and tried to interpret these differences and explain how one particular view came to prevail as the story of Western contemporary art. She was the recipient of pre-doctoral fellowships from the Getty Research Institute and the Terra Foundation for American Art. Purdue Library awarded her a Scholar Grant, while the Office of the Vice President of Research at Purdue University founded her research through a Enhancing Research in the Humanities and the Arts Grant, and a Global Research Synergy Grant

 Professor Dossin has been at Purdue since fall 2008. She teaches courses on modern and contemporary art in the United States, Europe, and Latin America in the nineteenth and twentieth century, with an emphasis on the relationships between art, culture, and politics. Other areas of expertise include transatlantic dialogues, women artists, photography, and historiography. Her methodological approach combines close attention to the material objects with comprehensive examination of the socio-economic and cultural context. With her students, she organized several art exhibitions and colloquia. In September 2007, the Division of Instructional Innovation and Assessment of University of Texas presented her with their inaugural Graduate Student Instructor Award. In the summer of 2012, she was invited to teach courses on Western art as part of the China Summer Program in Beijing.

 Dr. Dossin’s research areas encompasses to the geopolitics of the art world, the history of art history, and cultural transfers in the second part of the 20th century. Her work has been published in Woman’s Art Journal,  American Art Journal, Visual Resources, and several edited collections. She just completed a manuscript tentatively titled Geopolitics of the Western Art World, 1940s-1980s. From the Fall of Paris to the Invasion of New York. Taking on the comeback of Western European artists in the early 1980s and the end of U.S. artistic hegemony, the book documents and illuminates the successive shifts in the artistic leadership of the West after the Second World War starting with the end of the Parisian domination. In so doing, it provides a comprehensive re-interpretation of the history of the Euro-American art world and its mechanisms in the second part of the twentieth century.

 Interested in the contribution of quantitative and cartographic analysis, Catherine Dossin is a founding members of ARTL@S, a research project launched in 2009 by Dr. Béatrice Joyeux-Prunel at the Ecole normale supérieure de Paris (rue d’Ulm). In order to present Artl@s, and its methods that they define a Spatial (Digitale) History, Dossin and Prunel have organized colloquia and conferences in France and the United States, including The Spaces of Arts (Purdue, 2012), and published articles. In the framework of Artl@s, Dossin is preparing a Spatial (Digital) history of the reception of American art in postwar Europe, which will be published as a dynamic web interface and as a book featuring 3D codes which will enable comings and goings between the paper publication and the interactive maps.

 Catherine Dossin serve as the President of EPCAF (European Postwar and Contemporary Art Forum a professional association that bring together art historians from all over the world working on European art.

She is also the historiographer and a board member of the Itinerant Laboratory for Perceptual Inquiry (ILPI).