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Professor Linrothe's Collecting Paradise Exhibition Reviewed in The New York Times

Professor Linrothe's exhibition, Collecting Paradise, originally installed at the Block Museum, is now on view at the Rubin. In this review in The New York Times, the two iterations of the exhibition are compared.


Professor Copeland Appointed New Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at The Graduate School

Photograph by LaMont Hamilton

Effective September 1, 2015, Professor Copeland will be the new Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Northwestern's Graduate School.  In this new role, Copeland will provide "academic leadership for all doctoral, master's certificate, and cluster programs under the supervision of The Graduate School."  For more information, see here.

Professor Clayson Named 2015 Kirk Varnedoe Visiting Professor at Institute of Fine Arts

In 2015, Professor Clayson will be the Kirk Varnedoe Visiting Professor at New York University's Institue of Fine Arts.  This professorship brings distinguished scholars to the Institute to teach a course and give a series of public lectures, and was endowed in 2006 in honor of Professor Varnedoe's legacy of "innovative teaching and remarkable public presence."  For more information, see here.

Professor Feldman Awarded an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation New Directions Fellowship

Hannah FeldmanProfessor Feldman was awarded an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation New Directions Fellowship to pursue advanced training in Middle Eastern Urban Studies.  New Directions Fellowships assist faculty members who seek to acquire systematic training outside their own areas of special interest.

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

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 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.

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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Current & Upcoming Events

Myers Symposium:  Before the Contemporary: Arts, Institutions, Revolutions

Organized by Professor Feldman, this week-long series of events start a conversation about new historiographies of art, urban space, and public culture in the Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey, 1900-present

A  listing of included events can be found by clicking on the image above.

Black Arts United States: Institutions and Interventions

Black Arts United States: Institutions and Interventions is a conference organized by Northwestern's Black Arts Initiative and co-sponsored by the Department of Art History. The conference will take place June 4-6, and will feature closing remarks by Associate Professor of Art History Huey Copeland as well as a panel moderated by Art History PhD candidate Faye Gleisser. For a complete listing of the conference schedule and to register, please visit  The conference is free and open to the public. 

Medieval Colloquium:  A World Within Worlds? Reassessing the "Global Turn" in Medieval Art History

The Medieval Colloquium, organized by Professor Christina Normore, will take place June 5-6th at University Hall 201.

More information about the conference can be found 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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