"Every time I lead a tour, I end up learning something new. Even though I’ve spent countless hours learning about works of art, the time I spend in museums teaches me the most in terms of what it means to experience art. My teaching is rooted in the idea that there is no replacement for being in the presence of a work. Giving tours for Paris Muse allows me to spend hours in my favorite museums and experience collections anew. Teaching in world-class museums like the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay is an opportunity to discuss how what we see is shaped by what we know (or don’t know!). I enjoy giving visitors the facts, but I am truly passionate about giving them the tools they need to look past the surface appearance of a work and dig deeper. It’s my goal for visitors to leave with a new understanding of how to look. This is something that they can carry home with them, long after vacation is over."
Katie is an Assistant Professor of Art History at Dartmouth College, where she teaches courses in European art and visual culture from the 18th to the 20th centuries. She studied art history and French at UC Berkeley and then earned herPhD in art history at the University of Michigan, where she specialized in 19th-century French art and visual culture. Katie has been the recipient of several fellowships including a Fulbright and an American Council of Learned Societies postdoctoral fellowship. Her current book project focuses on the relationships between visual representations of war, emergent modes of visual production across a range of media, and structures of political power from the French Revolution through the Crimean War.