Anna Vallye’s research explores the histories of modernism in art and architecture as it intersected with changing social and political institutions, as well as with cultural transformations in urban life. She is especially interested in how twentieth-century regimes of political administration and governance in Europe and America influenced the professional identities of architects, designers, and planners, their work, and the physical organization of the urban fabric. More broadly, this relationship illuminates how expert knowledge has shaped the spaces of everyday life.
Vallye is at work on a book about the American careers of German-speaking architects, planners, and designers Walter Gropius, Martin Wagner, Ludwig Hilberseimer and Gyorgy Kepes in the interwar and immediate postwar period.
Like her scholarship, Vallye’s courses locate art history in the larger contexts of social history, linking it to political and economic theory, social science and the history of professions. She encourages students to explore connections among different fields of study and practice.
Vallye also has a background and strong interest in curatorial practice. She was the curator of Léger: Modern Art and the Metropolis at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (2013-2014), and of several smaller exhibitions. She has worked at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and, as an intern, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
She was the recipient of the Junior Fellowship in the Mellon Humanities, Urbanism and Design Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania; the Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Washington University in St.Louis; and the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Her catalogue for the Léger exhibition was awarded the 2014 Dedalus Foundation prize.
Vallye will be teaching the following courses at Connecticut College: Building Cultures, Case Studies in Modern Architecture, Modern Architecture Faces the Metropolis, and The Architectural Imaginary: Encounters Between Art and Architecture.
Léger: Modern Art and the Metropolis, Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art and New Haven: Yale University Press, 2013. With contributions by: Christian Derouet, Maria Gough, Stuart Liebman, Spyros Papapetros, and Jennifer Wild.
Léger 1910-1930: La visione della città contemporanea, Venice: Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia and Milan: Skira editore, 2014.
“Gyorgy Kepes’s ‘Universities of Vision’.” In Émigré Design Cultures: Histories of the Social in Design, Elana Shapira (ed.) London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2017.
Review of Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design, Exhibition at the Jewish Museum, NYC. In JSAH: Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, forthcoming September 2017.
“Léger envoie un pneumatique à Cendrars.” In Fernand Léger: Le Beau est partout, Arianne Coulondre (ed.) Metz: Centre Pompidou-Metz, 2017.
“Between the Easel and the Mural: On the Social Ambitions of Painting in Space.” In Fernand Léger: Painting in Space, Katia Baudin (ed.) Cologne: Museum Ludwig, 2016.
On Antoine Pevsner’s Bas-relief en creux (Sunken Bas Relief), 1926-27. In Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum Collection Catalogue, Sabine Eckmann (ed.) St.Louis: Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University St.Louis, 2016.
Multiple Entries. The Keith and Kathy Sachs Collection Catalogue, Carlos Basualdo (ed.) Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2016.
“What’s the Use?” Review of Un/Fair Use, Exhibition at the Center for Architecture, NYC. In ARQ: Architecture Research Quarterly 19 (December 2015): 325-328.
“The Middleman: Kepes’s Instruments.” In A Second Modernism: MIT, Architecture and the ‘Techno-Social’ Moment, Arindam Dutta (ed.) Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2013.
Review of Peggy Deamer, ed., Architecture and Capitalism: 1845 to the Present. In Constructs (Fall 2013): 18.
“On the Space of an Exhibition,” Yale Press Log, 3 December 2013, http://blog.yupnet.org/2013/12/04/on-the-space-of-an-exhibition-from-curator-annavallye/.
“The Strategic Universality of trans/formation, 1950-1952,” Grey Room 35, Spring 2009.
“The Reenchantment of the World: Ruth Vollmer’s Science.” In Thinking the Line: Ruth Vollmer, 1961-1978, Nadja Rottner and Peter Weibel (eds.) Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2006.
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