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Becoming a "Chevalier"

In an interview with Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences, Professor S. Hollis Clayson speaks about how her career path led to the receipt of the prestigious Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes académiques.  The full article can be read here.
Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes académiques
Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes académiques


Bartholomeus Spranger: Splendour and Eroticism in Imperial Prague, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Jupiter and AntiopeOrganized by Adjunct Associate Professor Sally Metzler, this is the first major exhibition devoted to Bartholomeus Spranger (1546–1611), a fascinating artist who served a cardinal, a pope, and two Holy Roman Emperors, this exhibition examines Spranger's remarkable career through a selection of his rare paintings, drawings, and etchings, most of which are on loan from international museums and private collections. Spranger emerged as one of the most prominent artists at the court of Rudolf II in Prague and the most significant Northern Mannerist artist of his generation. Adding a unique dimension to the exhibition are works by artists who helped shape Spranger's artistic horizon.  More information about the exhibit can be found at the Metropolitan Museum website, and a review of the exhibition can be found here.

Claire Dillon (B.A. 2014) Highly Commended for Undergraduate Paper

On Friday 21st November Claire Dillon (B.A. 2014) from Northwestern University was highly commended by the international awarding body  The Undergraduate Awards.

The world’s only pan-discipline academic awards programme, The Undergraduate Awards (UA) recognises and rewards innovative young thinkers across 25 disciplines from business and engineering to visual arts and midwifery. Each year, the top performing students – winners and highly commended entrants – are invited to the UA Global Summit. The 2014 UA Global Summit welcomed 120 future leaders to Dublin, Ireland to spark cutting-edge ideas, forge lasting collaborations, and encourage responsible leadership.

The 120 winners and highly commended students from around the world, and representing 50 universities, attended the UA Global Summit in Dublin’s Christ Church Cathedral on Friday, 21st November. Winners were awarded the George Berkeley Gold Medal for their leading-edge research and course work.

Claire Dillon was highly commended in the Media & The Arts Category for her paper The Center Cannot Hold: Methodological Complications in the Study of Bruce Nauman and Samuel Beckett.

Claire also attended the UA Global Summit 2013, when she was Highly Commended for her paper last year. This year Claire was awarded a ticket to the Summit for her success as a campus Ambassador for The Undergraduate Awards.  

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.



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2014-15 Warnock Lecture Series

Yukio Lippit, The Ise Shrines and the Metabolism of Japanese Architecture

Japan's Ise Shrines are notable for being entirely rebuilt every twenty years, a practice that has continued almost uninterrupted since the late seventh century. This lecture explores the historical context in which Japan's Ise Shrines were first formalized as a shrine compound, and considers the various ways in which their "renewal" has been understood throughout history.  Lippit is the Harris K. Weston Associate Professor of the Humanities in the History of Art + Architecture at Harvard University.


Warnock Undergraduate Seminar
with Yukio Lippit

Department Symposia

Oct 17-18
Myers Symposium in Honor of David Van Zanten Organized by Sheila Crane, Min Lee, and Kevin Murphy

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

April 24
Organized by Claudia Swan

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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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