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 (see below).
The Terra Foundation Paris Center & Library is a member of the International Association of Research Institutes in the History of Art (RIHA).
Terra Foundation for American Art
121 rue de Lille
Phone: +33 1 43 20 67 01
Fax: +33 1 40 20 49 88
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 11,000 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 catalogued online. JSTOR, Artstor Digital Library, and ProQuest (American Periodicals Series and International Bibliography of Art) are also available for consultation.
A partnership with the Fondation Custodia, home to the Frits Lugt Collection and the first private art history library in France, provides access to a shared reading room and combined holdings of approximately 150,000 volumes on Western art history.
Reading room hours:
Monday–Friday, 2:00–6:00 p.m.
Please note that, due to French and Dutch national holidays, the library is exceptionally closed to the public on the following days in 2020:
Monday, April 13
Monday, April 27
Friday, May 1–Tuesday, May 5
Friday, May 8
Thursday & Friday, May 21 & 22
Monday, June 1
Monday & Tuesday, July 13 & 14
Monday, August 3–Monday, August 31
Wednesday, November 11
Monday, December 21, 2020–Friday, January 1, 2021
This non-circulating research library is open to the public and free of charge. For more information about library facilities and research services, please contact Ewa Bobrowska at [email protected] or +33 1 43 20 82 65.
The Paris Center 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:
- The four-part conference series “Holland-America: A Transatlantic Dialogue, from 1609 to Today”;
- “Publishing Your Art Historical Research in the United States” by Emily Shapiro;
- 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 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 as “Crash and Burn: Destruction in American Art” at Courtauld Institute of Art.
Exhibitions & Institutional Partnerships
Paris Center 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.