Alexis Clark

I am a sixth-­-year (soon to be seventh year) doctoral candidate in the Art History Department, completing my dissertation on the development of Paris’s Muse?e national du Luxembourg (1871-1914) collection and exhibition histories, and the intersection of those histories with competing political philosophies such as republicanism, socialism, and solidarism in France. I examine contemporary art exhibitions and institutions as a prism through which these and other political philosophies were reflected. My dissertation reflects my interest in how political philosophies are condensed and otherwise inscribed into popular institutions, and how the public can be educated (or coerced) into the acceptance of political ideology through those institutions. This work has further been inspired by my recent engagement with local activist circles, for example the Public School Durham that promotes learning outside the traditional classroom.