Department News

Hollis Clayson, "Episodes from the Visual Culture of Electric Paris"

October 9th / 6 PM / SAIC Ballroom

Our esteemed professor, Hollis Clayson - recent recipient of the Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes académiques (Knight in the Order of the Academic Palms) by the French Ministry of Education in recognition of her service to French culture - will be giving a lecture at SAIC about her research into the effects of artificial lighting on the visual culture of Paris in the 19th-century.  The lecture is free and open to the public.  More information 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.

2013-14 Department Newsletter

The 2013-14 Department of Art History Newsletter is now available online.  If you would like to receive a printed copy to keep updated with the Department's activities, please send your mailing address to



Wednesday, November 5, 20145:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Elizabeth and Todd Warnock Lecture: Yukio Lippit

Wednesday, February 25, 20155:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Elizabeth and Todd Warnock Lecture: Trinh T. Minh-ha

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

Recent Event Recap

Myers Symposium in Honor of David Van Zanten

This symposium honors the scholarship of David Van Zanten, Mary Jane Crowe Professor in Art and Art History, who has taught in the Department of Art History at Northwestern University since 1979 and the University of Pennsylvania from 1971 to 1979.

This event will celebrate his contributions over his 44-year career as a researcher and teacher. Colleagues and students from Europe and the United States will not only thematize his work but also discuss the current state of the fields in art history, architecture, and urban studies.

More information can be found on the event website.

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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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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