Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby is the Goldman Distinguished Professor in the Arts and Humanities in the History of Art Department at University of California, Berkeley. She specializes in 18th- through early 20th-century French and American art and visual and material culture, particularly in relation to the politics of race and colonialism. Dr. Grigsby writes on painting, sculpture, photography and engineering as well as the relationships among reproductive media and new technologies from the 18th to the early 20th centuries.
Dr. Grigsby is the author of Extremities. Painting Empire in Post-Revolutionary France (2002); Colossal. Engineering the Suez Canal, Statue of Liberty, Eiffel Tower and Panama Canal. Transcontinental Ambition in France and the United States in the Long Nineteenth Century (2012); and Enduring Truths. Sojourner's Shadows and Substance (University of Chicago Press, 2015). Her current book-in-progress, Creole Looking. Portraying France’s Foreign Relations in the Nineteenth Century, examines France’s relationship to the Caribbean and Americas. She also curated Sojourner Truth, Photography and the Fight Against Slavery, an exhibition of her collection of civil war photographs given to the Berkeley Art Museum (July 27-October 23, 2016).
Dr. Grigsby has received numerous fellowships and awards, including two Andrew W. Mellon New Directions Fellowships (2002 and 2008), a grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts (2005), a History of Art Undergraduate Association Award for Outstanding Contribution to Art Historical Education (2003), and The Distinguished Teaching Award, UC Berkeley (2012).
The Katherine Tsanoff Brown Lecture Series, in its inaugural year, is made possible through the generous support of The Katherine Brown Fund. The series honors Katherine Tsanoff Brown, Rice University's first teacher of art history, later the Dean of Undergraduate Affairs, and an ardent supporter of public lectures and visiting scholars in the arts even after her retirement from Rice University in 1989.