Department News

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


Twenty-Seventh Annual Hilla Rebay Lecture: Hollis Clayson

Alfred Maurer (American, 1868?1932), The Bal Bullier, c. 1900?01. Oil on canvas, 28 13/16 x 36 5/16 in. (73.18 x 92.23 cm). Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Massachusetts. Photo: Petegorsky / Gipe Photo

Tues, Jan 27, 6:30 pm

Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Ave, New York, NY

Hollis Clayson’s analysis of the visual culture of Paris takes root in the often overlooked fact that lighting (éclairage) was a key attribute of the City of Light in the 19th century. Clayson maintains that the forms of artificial illumination, their visual properties, and the era’s debates about them provided circumstances that stimulated aesthetically innovative art. The lecture analyzes the work of John Singer Sargent, Childe Hassam, and Mary Cassatt, and several of the era’s leading caricaturists.

FREE event. No advance ticket registration required. Doors open at 6 pm.

A reception follows the talk.

More information can be found here.

 


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.

 

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Current & Upcoming Events

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.


CAA Reception for the Department of Art History and Art Theory & Practice

February 12, 6:30-8:30 PM
Flatiron Lounge
37 W. 19th Street
New York, NY

RSVP to Mel at mel.keiser@northwestern.edu.

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
Naturalia-Arteficialia
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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