Alisa Chiles is a PhD candidate in the History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania, specializing in modern architecture and decorative arts. She holds a BA in Art History from Stanford University and an MA in Art History from New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts. Her dissertation, “On Duels and Designs: French and German Modernism at the Deutscher Werkbund Exhibition, Paris 1930,” has received support from the Smithsonian and the Decorative Arts Trust. It examines the Deutscher Werkbund’s 1930 Parisian exhibition in the context of the national rivalry between France and Germany, and considers how this rivalry stimulated the invention of new artistic forms during the early twentieth century. She is also interested in war memorials and recently published an article on French Beaux-Arts architect Paul Cret’s WWI war memorial designs. Prior to studying at Penn, Alisa worked for six years in the Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. She has also worked for the George Nakashima Foundation, and interned at the Musée d’Orsay, the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts, and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hanna House in Stanford, CA.
The Center for Curatorial Leadership to Convene its 2018 CCL/Mellon Foundation Seminar in Curatorial Practice This July, the Center for Curatorial Leadership (CCL) will welcome fifteen art history doctoral students to New York City for the CCL/Mellon Foundation Seminar in Curatorial Practice. This fifth iteration of the program will bring ... Read More >
Highlights from the Fifth Annual CCL/Mellon Foundation Seminar in Curatorial Practice This July, the Center for Curatorial Leadership (CCL) convened its fifth annual CCL/Mellon Foundation Seminar in Curatorial Practice. The program assembled 15 art history doctoral students from a dozen universities specializing in areas ranging from Roman glass portraits through to modern ... Read More >