Daniel J. Sherman

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_MG_0578Lineberger Distinguished Professor of Art and History
(Joint appointment with Art History)

109 Hanes Art Center
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599


AB Harvard University, 1980
PhD Yale University, 1985

Art Department Profile

Research Interests

Daniel Sherman’s research interest encompass the history of museums, monuments and commemorative practices in modern Europe and the United States, and the broad history of modernism in the visual arts in France. His current research explores the connections between archaeology, empire, and the media in France in the first half of the twentieth century.

Some Notable Publications

  • Worthy Monuments: Art Museums and the Politics of Culture in 19th Century France (Harvard University Press, 1989)
  • Museum Culture: Histories, Discourses, Spectacles (co-edited; University of Minnesota Press, 1994)
  • The Construction of Memory in Interwar France (University of Chicago Press, 2000)
  • Museums and Difference (edited; Indiana University Press, 2008)
  • French Primitivism and the Ends of Empire, 1945-75 (University of Chicago Press, 2011)

Courses Taught (as schedules allow)

  • HIST 468:  Art, Politics, and Society in France, 1850-1914
  • HIST 514: Monuments and Memory
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