Allison Perelman

Art History & Archaeology | Entering Year: 2017

Allison Perelman is a PhD candidate in the Department of Art History and Archaeology. She holds an BA from Brown University, Providence, and an MA from the University of Chicago. She was previously the dedicated research associate for nineteenth-century exhibitions in the Department of European Painting and Sculpture at the Art Institute of Chicago. Her writing has been published in catalogues from the Art Institute of Chicago as well as the Musée d’Orsay, Paris. 

Allison is currently writing her dissertation, entitled “Private Space, Public Self: Studios of the Avant-Garde in Fin-de-Siècle France.” Through a series of case studies, this project examines avant-garde artists’ studios in France c. 1880–1910 and argues that such spaces were not merely sites of artistic production, but also artistic products in and of themselves. Moreover, it will consider how artists employed the decoration and staging of their private studios as a means of public self-fashioning.