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Katherine Gregory Field

MA Candidate, Art History (American Art)

Research Interests

  • American art

  • African American studies

  • Photography

  • Archives

  • History of science and scientific imagery

  • Natural history and ethnography

  • Landscape painting

  • Paper and photography conservation


BA, Art and Architecture, Princeton University


Katherine Gregory Field is a modern and contemporary art historian specializing in American art and photography. Her interests constellate around the writing of revisionist art histories and analyzing the interplay between art and socio-economic politics. She is particularly focused on African American art, theories of archives, documentary photography, the intersection of painting and literature, and the history of scientific imagery and ethnography.

Katherine graduated from Princeton University in 2013, where she received a BA in Art and Architecture and a certificate in American Studies. She wrote a senior thesis on Glenn Ligon’s text-based paintings, arguing that his conceptual artworks simultaneously present and refute the possibility of a coherent “Black identity” in America. After graduating, Katherine worked for several years at the startup Artsy in New York, where she served as the Director of Gallery Relations. She has previously interned in the conservation and curatorial departments at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. At the University of Texas, she is also a research assistant in the Black Diaspora Archive at the LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collection.