The University of Maryland Center for Art and Knowledge at The Phillips Collection announces the 2021–22 Postdoctoral Fellow in Modern and Contemporary Art History: Dr. Perrin Lathrop
The Phillips Collection and the University of Maryland host postdoctoral fellowships during the academic year. Each fellowship allows recipients to work with the Phillips’s exceptional collection and the University of Maryland’s leadership programs in art historical scholarship, interdisciplinary experimentation, and virtual technologies. During the academic year, fellows teach one undergraduate or graduate course, present at least one public lecture, and participate in other programs and discussions with scholars, critics, museum staff, and students at the museum and the university.
Dr. Perrin M. Lathrop received her PhD from the Department of Art & Archaeology at Princeton University in 2021, where she also earned a Graduate Certificate in African American Studies. Her research and teaching explore the interlocking intellectual histories and networks of nationalism, Pan-Africanism, and modernism that informed art produced under the strictures of colonialism in Africa. This work has been supported by Princeton University, the Smithsonian, the Paul Mellon Centre, and the Warhol Foundation and has appeared in African Arts, The Journal of African History, Critical Interventions, and Savvy Journal; and in volumes produced by the Newark Museum, the Princeton University Art Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, Harvard University, Phaidon, Bookcraft Nigeria, and Skira. Dr. Lathrop is co-curator of the traveling exhibition African Modernism in America, 1947-1967with Fisk University Galleries and the American Federation of Arts. Opening in fall 2022, the show has been awarded grants from the Warhol Foundation, the Sotheby’s Prize, and the National Endowment for the Arts. As the UMD-Phillips Postdoctoral Fellow, she will focus on this exhibition and its catalogue.
ABOUT THE PHILLIPS COLLECTION
The Phillips Collection, America’s first museum of modern art, was founded in 1921. The museum houses one of the world’s most celebrated Impressionist and American modern art collections, and continues to grow its collection with important contemporary voices. Its distinctive building combines extensive new galleries with the former home of its founder, Duncan Phillips. The Phillips’s impact spreads nationally and internationally through its diverse and experimental special exhibitions and events, including its award-winning education programs for educators, students, and adults; renowned Phillips Music series; and dynamic art and wellness and Phillips after 5 events. The museum contributes to global dialogues with events like Conversations with Artists and Artists of Conscience. The Phillips Collection values its community partnerships with the University of Maryland—the museum’s nexus for scholarly exchange and interdisciplinary collaborations—and THEARC—the museum’s satellite campus in Southeast DC. The Phillips Collection is a private, non-government museum, supported primarily by donations.
ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
The University of Maryland, College Park is the state’s flagship university and one of the nation’s preeminent public research universities. A global leader in research, entrepreneurship and innovation, the university is home to more than 40,000 students,10,000 faculty and staff, and 300 academic programs. As one of the nation’s top producers of Fulbright scholars, its faculty includes two Nobel laureates, four Pulitzer Prize winners and 59 members of the national academies. The institution has a $2.2 billion operating budget and secures more than $1 billion annually in research funding together with the University of Maryland, Baltimore. For more information about the University of Maryland, College Park, visit www.umd.edu.