Professor S. Hollis Clayson Presented with the Ordre des Palmes Académiques at Northwestern University
"On Wednesday March 11, 2015, Professor Hollis Clayson of Northwestern University was presented with the Ordre des Palmes Académiques, one of the highest insignias bestowed upon educators. The insignia, which was established in 1808 by Napoleon Bonaparte, seeks to recognize purveyors of the French culture and language."
For more information about the ceremony and Professor Clayson's prestigious award, please see this article from the French Embassy in the United States.
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
Northwestern Art History Alum Thomas Collins Named Director of the Barnes Foundation
The Barnes Foundation — now in its third year in its gleaming new home in downtown Philadelphia after a contentious relocation — announced on Wednesday that it had chosen Thomas Collins, a longtime museum leader and curator, to become its new executive director and president after a search of almost a year. For more information, see here.
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.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Elizabeth and Todd Warnock Lecture: Christopher Wood
Collecting Paradise: Buddhist Art of Kashmir and its Legacies
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.
Visual Public Spheres: Art Media in the Middle East and North Africa, 2001-2011
Organized by Hannah Feldman
About the Department
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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