Alden Gordon’s current work concentrates on the history of collecting in eighteenth-century France with a special emphasis on the Marquise de Pompadour and the Marquis de Marigny, both major patrons of art in the French Enlightenment. He has curated or contributed to major museum exhibitions in Europe and the United States. His recent publications range from the history of archaeological espionage in Naples to the workings of the auction markets in Paris in the eighteenth century.
A seasoned researcher in the French archives, Professor Gordon was recognized for his contribution to the knowledge of French culture in America with the title of Chevalier in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (1999). Prof. Gordon lectures extensively in the United States, France, the UK and Canada. He has been a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art, Washington; the Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art, Paris; the Centre de Recherche du Château de Versailles; the American Council of Learned Societies and the National Endowment for the Humanities. For three years Prof. Gordon directed the Trinity College Campus Master Plan and has served in various capacities in academic administration. He is the founding director of the Trinity College campus in Paris.