Department News

Professor Thompson's Exhibition En Mas': Carnival and Performance Art of the Caribbean Featured as a Critic's Pick on Artforum.com

Professor Krista Thompson's exhibition "En Mas': Carnival and Performance Art of the Caribbean" at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans was featured on Artforum.com as a Critic's Pick. Curated with Claire Tancons, the exhibition features nine commissioned artists who draw on the social and aesthetic practices of Carnival in their public performance work to critique and transform definitions of performance art and postcolonial manifestations of Carnival.

The article can be found here.


Professor S. Hollis Clayson Presenting the Twenty-Seventh Annual Hilla Rebay Lecture at the Guggenheim Museum

Professor Clayson will be delivering the prestigious Twenty-Seventh Annual Hilla Rebay Lecture at the Guggenheim Museum, titled "Episodes from the Visual Culture of Electric Paris."

Professor Clayson’s analysis of the visual culture of the French capital city takes root in the often overlooked fact that lighting (éclairage) was a key attribute of the City of Light in the nineteenth century. The pitched social, aesthetic, and technical debate about new forms of artificial illumination took shape along an axis defined by dazzle (blindness) at one end, and illumination (visibility) at the other. Clayson maintains that the new lights, their visual properties, and the era’s debates about them provided circumstances that stimulated aesthetically innovative art gingerly balanced vis-à-vis the lights themselves between rejection and embrace, between disavowal and enthusiasm. Her lecture will analyze works by John Singer Sargent, Childe Hassam, Mary Cassatt, and several of the era’s leading caricaturists.

Lecture will take place on May 12th at 6:30 PM. The event is free and followed by a reception. Learn more at guggenheim.org/calendar.


The Left Front Reviewed in The New Yorker

The Left Front, which was curated by Jill Bugajski (Ph.D. 2014) and current Ph.D. candidate John Murphy, was reviewed in the current issue of The New Yorker, which can be found here.

"The show makes visible a twisty saga that the critic Clement Greenberg, who started his career in the late nineteen-thirties at the initially Communist-sponsored Partisan Review, mentioned in passing in a 1961 book, “Art and Culture.” He wrote, “Some day it will have to be told how ‘anti-Stalinism,’ which started out more or less as ‘Trotskyism,’ turned into art for art’s sake, and thereby cleared the way, heroically, for what was to come.”

-Peter Schjeldahl, "Left Turns," The New Yorker, 2015 January 1


A New Location for the Department

The Department of Art History has moved to a new address while our building is being renovated. We are now located in downtown Evanston, at 1800 Sherman Ave, Suite 4400, Evanston, IL 60201. We hope you will visit us at our new space.

 

Events

Wednesday, May 20, 20155:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Elizabeth and Todd Warnock Lecture: Christopher Wood

Current & Upcoming Events

Department of Art History 2015 Undergraduate Honors Colloquium

The Department of Art History proudly presents the 2015 Undergraduate Honors Colloquium on April 24th from 3:30 to 5:00 PM in the TGS Commons. Sinéad López and Alex Lordahl will be presenting, with Douglas Gabriel and Elizabeth Benjamin as graduate respondents. Presentations will be followed by a reception.


 

Collecting Paradise: Buddhist Art of Kashmir and its Legacies

Collecting Paradise: Buddhist Art of Kashmir and its Legacies - See more at: http://www.blockmuseum.northwestern.edu/view/exhibitions/upcoming-exhibitions/Collecting_Paradise.html#sthash.CLSQrvsT.dpuf
Collecting Paradise: Buddhist Art of Kashmir and its Legacies will present an original and innovative look at Buddhist art from the region of Kashmir, as well as ways it has been “collected.” Bringing together approximately fifty objects from collections around the world, it will consider many legacies of Kashmiri art and culture, including the religious meanings of the works (subject matter, role in rituals, and reception by viewers of all kinds), their aesthetic and cultural value, the historical relationships among the Kashmiri “originals” and the Western Himalayan descendants, and the Western practice of collecting art from other cultures.  - See more at: http://www.blockmuseum.northwestern.edu/view/exhibitions/upcoming-exhibitions/Collecting_Paradise.html#sthash.CLSQrvsT.dpuf
Collecting Paradise: Buddhist Art of Kashmir and its Legacies will present an original and innovative look at Buddhist art from the region of Kashmir, as well as ways it has been “collected.” Bringing together approximately fifty objects from collections around the world, it will consider many legacies of Kashmiri art and culture, including the religious meanings of the works (subject matter, role in rituals, and reception by viewers of all kinds), their aesthetic and cultural value, the historical relationships among the Kashmiri “originals” and the Western Himalayan descendants, and the Western practice of collecting art from other cultures.  - See more at: http://www.blockmuseum.northwestern.edu/view/exhibitions/upcoming-exhibitions/Collecting_Paradise.html#sthash.CLSQrvsT.dpuf
Collecting Paradise: Buddhist Art of Kashmir and its Legacies will present an original and innovative look at Buddhist art from the region of Kashmir, as well as ways it has been “collected.” Bringing together approximately fifty objects from collections around the world, it will consider many legacies of Kashmiri art and culture, including the religious meanings of the works (subject matter, role in rituals, and reception by viewers of all kinds), their aesthetic and cultural value, the historical relationships among the Kashmiri “originals” and the Western Himalayan descendants, and the Western practice of collecting art from other cultures.  - See more at: http://www.blockmuseum.northwestern.edu/view/exhibitions/upcoming-exhibitions/Collecting_Paradise.html#sthash.CLSQrvsT.dpuf

Open through May 19, 2015 at Northwestern's Block Museum of Art, this exhibition curated by Professor Rob Linrothe presents an original and innovative look at Buddhist art from the region of Kashmir, as well as ways it has been "collected."  Bringing together approximately fifty objects from collections around the workd, it will consider many legacies of Kashmiri art and culture, including the religios meanigns of the works (subject matter, role in rituals, and reception by viewers of all kinds), ther aesthetic and cultural value, the historical relationships among the Kashmiri "originals" and the Western Himalyan descendants, and the Western practice of collecting art from other cultures.  For more information see here.


Toulouse-Latrec Prints: Art at the Edges of Modernity

Open through May 19, 2015 at Northwestern's Block Museum of Art, this exhibition curated by Professor S. Hollis Clayson is a focused exhibition exploring the scope of Lautrec’s work in print media in the final decade of his life. From public works such as posters, illustrated books, and theater programs, to privately circulated portfolios, this selection of works reveals a wide range of lithographs by one of the best known artists of the modern era. For more information see here.

Department Symposia

Winter 2014
Visual Public Spheres: Art Media in the Middle East and North Africa, 2001-2011
Organized by Hannah Feldman

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Welcome to the Northwestern University Department of Art History, a place comprised of a highly talented and productive group of scholars I am proud to call my peers. Our faculty is renowned for its interdisciplinary scholarship with particular strengths in early modern and 19th-century European art and architecture, Modern and Contemporary art and architecture across the globe, and Black Visual Culture in the United States and African Diaspora. Read more

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