The Hudson River School, the beginnings of American modernism, art museums (history, theory, practice), the social history of art, critical theory
1973 Ph.D., The History of Art, Columbia University, New York, New York
1965 M.A., The History of Art, Columbia University, New York, New York
1963 B.A., Mathematics, Columbia College, New York, New York
Awards, Fellowships, Service
Member, Editorial Board, Panorama, Journal of the Association of Historians of American Art, 2018-2023
2010 Terra Foundation Visiting Professor of American Art, The John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies and the Art Historical Institute, The Free University, Berlin
2008 Robert Sterling Clark Distinguished Visiting Professor, Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art, Williamstown, Massachusetts
2007 Distinguished Teaching of Art History Award, The College Art Association
2006 Distinguished Visiting Professor, Graduate Program in the History of Art, University of Delaware
2000-2003 Member, Board of Managing Editors, American Quarterly
1996-2000 Member, Board of Directors, The College Art Association
1994-1997 Member, Art Bulletin Editorial Advisory Committee
1985-1986 Senior Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
“A Distasteful, Indelicate Subject,” American Art (Fall 2019), forthcoming.
“Aestheticizing Tendencies in Hudson River School Landscape Painting at the Beginning of the Gilded Age” in Margaret R. Laster and Chelsea Bruner eds., New York: Art and Cultural Capital of the Gilded Age (London and New York: Routledge, 2018), 56-70.
“The Bully Pulpit: Patriotism,” Panorama: Journal of the Association of Historians of American Art (Fall 2017), http://journalpanorama.org
“For a Social History of the Hudson River School,” American Art 31, no. 2 (Summer 2017), 43-45.
“Rereading An Anti-Catalog: Radical Art History and the Decline of the Left,” in Mathieu Copeland and Balthazar Lovay eds., The anti-museum (London: Fri Art and Koenig Books, 2016), 451-460 (print version of essay published on the web in 2011).
“The Bully Pulpit: Connoisseurship,” Panorama: Journal of the Association of Historians of American Art (Fall 2015), http://journalpanorama.org
“A Very Brief History of the Art Museum in the United States,” in Katarzyna Murawska-Muthesius and Piotr Piotrowski eds., From Museum Critique to the Critical Museum (Farnham: Ashgate Publishing, 2015), 15-36.
Co-editor with Andrew Hemingway, Transatlantic Romanticism: American Art and Literature, 1790-1860 (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2015) https://www.umass.edu/umpress/title/transatlantic-romanticism
“Thomas Cole and Transatlantic Romanticism,” in Andrew Hemingway and Alan Wallach eds., Transatlantic Romanticis: American Art and Literature, 1790-1860 (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2015), 206-226.
“On the Social History of American Art,” in John Davis, Jennifer Greenhill, and Jason LaFountain eds., A Companion to American Art (Hoboken, N.J.: John Wiley and Sons, f 2015), 71-84.
“A Note on Aestheticizing Tendencies in American Landscape Painting, 1840-1880,” in Warren Carter, Barnaby Haran, and Fred Schwarz eds., Renew Marxist Art History (Festschrift for Andrew Hemingway) (London: Art/Books, 2014), 140-150.
“Rethinking ‘Luminism’: Taste, Class, and Aestheticizing Tendencies in Mid-Nineteenth Century American Landscape Painting,” in Nancy Siegel ed., The Cultured Canvas: New Perspectives on American Landscape Painting (Durham: University of New Hampshire Press, 2011), 115-147.
“The Birth of the American Art Museum,” in Sven Beckert and Julia Rosenbaum eds., The American Bourgeoisie: Distinction and Identity in the Nineteenth Century (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2010), pp. 247-256.
“The Norman Rockwell Museum and the Representation of Social Conflict” in Patricia Johnston ed., Seeing High and Low: Representing Social Conflict in American Visual Culture (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2006), 357-367.
“Norman Rockwell at the Guggenheim,” in Andrew McClellan ed., Art and Its Publics: Museum Studies at the Millennium (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 2003), 97-116.
“Thomas Cole’s River in the Catskills as Antipastoral,” The Art Bulletin 84, no. 2 (June 2002), 334-350 and cover
Exhibiting Contradiction: Essays on the Art Museum in the United States, University of Massachusetts Press, 1998 (remains in print)
“Thomas Cole and the Aristocracy,” in Marianne Doezema and Elizabeth Milroy eds., Reading American Art (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1998): 79-108. A revised version of an essay published in 1981 in Arts Magazine.
Co-editor with William H. Truettner, Thomas Cole: Landscape into History, National Museum of American Art and Yale University Press, 1994. Author of principal essay.
“Making a Picture of the View from Mount Holyoke,” in David Miller ed., American Iconology: New Approaches to Nineteenth Century Art and Literature (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1993): 80-91, 310-312.
“The Universal Survey Museum,” Art History 3, no. 4 (Dec. 1980): 448-469; written in collaboration with Carol Duncan. Translations in French and Turkish.
“The Museum of Modern Art as Late Capitalist Ritual: An Iconographic Analysis,” Marxist Perspectives 1, no. 4 (Winter 1978): 28-51; written in collaboration with Carol Duncan. Translations in French, Spanish, and Russian.
Note Many of the articles and chapters listed above are available at https://wm.academia.edu/AlanWallach