Terra Foundation-supported Events

“Holland-America, 1609 to Today” Conference Cycle
“‘Delirious New Amsterdam’: Art, Material Culture, and Circulation in New York and the Colonial Atlantic World”

Before New York became New York City, it was a trading post run by the Dutch, a hub of mercantile exchange and the largest settlement in New Holland, which extended from present-day New England to the Mid-Atlantic. In the absence of art galleries, academies, and courts, the borders between art, science, and commerce were more fluid than today, and the material culture of New Amsterdam reflects the complex channels of circulation in ideas, images, print material, and goods crossing the Atlantic Ocean in those first two centuries of exploration. Sarah Monks, a specialist in British art, will ground the discussion in the concept of the Atlantic World, a wide geographical and cultural space composed of numerous nations and motivations. Christopher Heuer will speak about New Amsterdam as a city, making reference to the earliest maps and drawings of the city, and demonstrating disconnects between the planned form, the represented appearance, and the actual layout of the city that are, he argues, specifically Dutch.


  • Christopher Heuer, Associate Director, Research and Academic Program, The Clark Art Institute
  • Sarah Monks, Lecturer in European Art History, School of Art, Media and American Studies, University of East Anglia

This event is free and open to the public. It will be held in English. Please RSVP by March 14 to:
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“Delirious New Amsterdam” is the second event in the conference series “Holland-America: A Transatlantic Dialogue, from 1609 to Today.” For more information about the series, please visit: