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Anne Higonnet

Title Professor
Department Art History, Barnard College
Email AHIGONNET@barnard.edu
Phone 212-854-5050
New York NY 10027

Anne Higonnet works on nineteenth century art, childhood, and collecting. A Harvard College B.A, she received her PhD from Yale University in 1988. She taught for years at Wellesley College and is now Professor of Art History at Barnard College. She has published four books and dozens of articles on topics ranging from Impressionism to contemporary photography. Her many awards include Guggenheim, Getty, and Social Science Research Council fellowships, as well as grants from the Mellon, Howard, and Kress Foundations. Most recently, she was awarded a Barnard College Presidential Award, and was the faculty speaker at the 2009 Columbia University MA graduation.

Her teaching and research projects for the 2009-2010 academic year included: an experimental undergraduate seminar at and about a museum, the Frick Collection, funded by the Mellon Foundation; an undergraduate travel seminar on Paris, Capital of the Nineteenth Century, complete with a trip to Paris; and an investigation into the creation and history of a mysterious masterpiece at the Metropolitan Museum, Marie-Denise Villers's Young Woman Drawing, helped by graduate students Sarah Schaefer and Susan Wager. In the spring of 2009, graduate students, led by Catherine Roach and Emerson Bowyer, organized an major conference on 19th century images, called Multiplying the Visual. Jordan Bear successfully defended his PhD thesis in May 2009.

Selected Publications:

A Museum of One's Own; Private Collecting, Public Gift, Periscope Publishing, 2009.

Lewis Carroll (Phaidon, 2008)

"Museum Sight." In Art and its Publics, ed. Andrew McClellan. Blackwell, 2003.

Pictures of Innocence: The History and Crisis of Ideal Childhood (Interplay), Thames & Hudson, 1998.

"Myths of Creation. Camille Claudel and Auguste Rodin." In Significant Others. eds. Isabelle de Courtivron & Whitney Chadwick, Thames & Hudson, 1993.

Essays on images. In Volumes IV and V of The History of Women, eds. Michelle Perrot and Georges Duby, multiple American, European, and Asian editions, 1992-95.

Berthe Morisot's Images of Women. (Harvard University Press, 1992)

Berthe Morisot. A Biography. (multiple editions 1989-95)