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John Davis

Alice Pratt Brown Professor of Art

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John Davis

John Davis earned his A.B. from Cornell University and M.A., M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University.

Professor Davis offers courses covering the history of art and architecture in the United States, from the seventeenth through the mid-twentieth centuries. He is also a member of the American Studies Program and the Museums Concentration. He is the author or co-author of six books and museum catalogues, as well as several dozen articles and essays. His most recent books are American Art to 1900: A Documentary History (2009, co-authored with Sarah Burns), and the co-edited Blackwell Companion to American Art (2015). An essay on William Merritt Chase's exhibition strategies is forthcoming in the catalogue of the Chase retrospective organized by the Phillips Collection and the MFA, Boston. Davis is currently on leave from Smith College until 2018; he is serving as the Executive Director of the Paris office of the Terra Foundation for American Art.