2022–2024 Postdoctoral Fellow, Art History
PhD in History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University
Christine Garnier specializes in the histories of art, material circulation, and the environment in what is now the United States, with a particular focus on the Intermountain West. She will receive her PhD in the History of Art and Architecture from Harvard University in June of 2022. Her current project, The American Silverscape: Art, Extraction, and Sovereignty (1848–1893), examines how silver objects helped assert, obscure, and resist settler-colonial rhetoric about natural resource extraction during the mining boom of the nineteenth century. By analyzing a range of media––from exposition sculptures to Diné silver jewelry––the project develops the analytic of the silverscape to position the study of nineteenth-century American decorative silver within broader histories of environmental racism and Indigenous resistance. This research has been supported by the Wyeth Foundation for American Art, the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Huntington Library, the Center for Craft, the Decorative Arts Trust, and the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University. Christine holds an MA in art history from Tufts University and a BS in mathematics from the Catholic University of America.