Since 2009 the Terra Foundation Paris Center & Library has served as the hub of our European activities, invigorating a rich dialogue on the visual arts of the United States through:
- Academic programs,
- Exhibitions and institutional partnerships,
- Publication programs, and
- Europe’s only research library devoted exclusively to American art.
Terra Foundation Paris Center & Library
29 rue des Pyramides
Phone: +33 1 43 20 67 01
Fax: +33 1 40 20 49 88
- September through May: Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m., and by appointment on other weekdays
- June and July: By appointment only
- Closed in August, on French national holidays, and the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day.
This non-circulating research library is open to the public and free of charge. For more information about library facilities and research services or to make an appointment, please email [email protected] or call +33 1 43 20 82 65.
The Paris Center & Library welcomes a growing international community of scholars and curators, as well as the interested public, and provides a regular forum on art of the United States through lectures, workshops, and symposia. Programs focus on current topics in American art and visual culture with an emphasis on cross–cultural and interdisciplinary perspectives, including:
- A Conversation with Michael Fried;
- “Barnett Newman’s ‘Formalism’: A Transatlantic Dialogue” with Michael Schreyach & Eva Ehninger; and
- “Mark Rothko’s Breakthrough and the Art of Medieval Europe,” by Thomas Crow with a response by Éric de Chassey.
Additionally, Paris Center & Library staff collaborate closely with universities and museums throughout Europe to develop a wide range of academic programs that encourage the exchange of ideas about American art. These programs include research and teaching fellowships and partner-hosted lectures and symposia, such “L’Impressionnisme et la Politique” at the Musée des Impressionnismes Giverny.
Exhibitions & Institutional Partnerships
Paris Center & Library staff act as ambassadors for the Terra Foundation collection in Europe. We organize exhibitions, provide curatorial expertise, and serve as a liaison for museums seeking international partners and venues. Moreover, in conjunction with our Exhibition Grants, we work closely with curators to create opportunities to view and study the visual arts of the United States throughout Europe.
The Terra Foundation for American Art’s publications program includes grants, a book translation prize, and an international essay prize specifically dedicated to scholars working outside the United States.
Terra Foundation Library of American Art
Europe’s only research library devoted exclusively to the historical art of the United States and transatlantic artistic exchange, the Terra Foundation Library of American Art specializes in art from the eighteenth century to 1980, with particular emphasis on the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Holdings consist of nearly 9,500 English-language books and catalogs, including rare materials and digital resources, on painting, sculpture, and graphic arts, as well as photography and decorative arts, all of which are available online. JSTOR and ProQuest (American Periodicals Series and International Bibliography of Art) are also available for consultation.