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Professor Copeland Wins 2017 Absolut Art Writing Award

Huey Copeland, Associate Professor of Art History, has been named the 2017 recipient of the prestigious Absolut Art Writing Award, intended to support new writing by the world's most creative talent. Copeland will spend the next year focusing on his award-winning book project, Touched by the Mother: On Black Men and Artistic Practice, 1966-2016​, which collects his new and previously published essays, articles, reviews, and interviews. Recent recipients of the award include critic Coco Fusco (2013) and Tate curator Mark Godfrey (2015).

Undergraduates Vanessa Gao and Linnea Hodge Elected to Phi Beta Kappa

The department warmly congratulates Vanessa Gao and Linnea Hodge on their election to Phi Beta Kappa, one of the most prestigious academic societies. Their election speaks to excellent scholarship in Art History and at Northwestern as a whole.

Professor Normore Wins Prestigious Teaching Award

Congratulations to Christina Normore who has received the 2017 E. Leroy Hall Award for Excellence in Teaching from Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. The prestigious award is based on nominations received from Northwestern undergraduate students.

New Faculty Member

We are pleased to announce the hire of Ayala Levin for our position in Global Modern and Contemporary Architecture. Dr. Levin will begin teaching in Winter 2018. Ayala Levin is an architectural historian specializing in architecture and urban planning in postcolonial African states. She is currently working on two book projects. The first examines the export of Israeli architecture and planning to Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire and Ethiopia in the 1960s-1970s. The second explores American regional planning and urban design in North and sub-Saharan Africa since the 1960s.

Aisha Motlani Awarded Graduate Research Grant for Research in India; Accepted to Summer Institute of Technical Studies at Harvard Art Museums

Motlani will be conducting research for her dissertation which examines the impact of the 1857 Indian Rebellion on British visual culture. Through a careful analysis of prints, paintings, and photographs of the Indian Rebellion produced for British audiences she reveals the ways in which the event prompted artists to alter or adjust existing styles, formats and tropes, and to embrace novel subject matter and modes of visual discourse. The Graduate Research Grant will help finance a trip to Lucknow and Delhi, India, to carry out field work necessary for the completion of chapter three of her dissertation, which focuses on Felice Beato’s photographs of Lucknow after the months- long siege of the city. Through a first-hand examination of the sites photographed by Beato, she hopes to better understand the practical and aesthetic decisions he made while photographing the city and its monuments. She also plans to visit memorials to the Indian Rebellion in Lucknow and Delhi that were built in the aftermath of the event.

Two Graduate Students Win 2017-18 Fulbright Fellowships to South Korea and Spain

Douglas Gabriel will be traveling to South Korea, where he will continue research on his dissertation, Between Propaganda and Protest Aesthetics: Realism in North and South Korean Art (1984 -- 1994). He is examining connections between North and South Korean art during the late Cold War period.
Emily Wood will be in Madrid and Valladolid to research the artistic and political connections between the court of Philip II in Madrid and the Medici in Florence.

Emma Chubb Named Inaugural Charlotte Feng Ford ’83 Curator of Contemporary Art

Current graduate student (expected to graduate May 2017) was recently named Charlotte Feng Ford '83 Curator of Contemporary Art at Smith College Museum of Art beginning July 2017. See announcement here.

Alumna Liza Oliver Calls for More Women Museum Directors in The New York Times

“Why the Met Should Appoint a Female Director” calls on the Metropolitan Museum of Art to lead by example in this pivotal moment in its very public financial and institutional predicament. The op-ed, written by alumna Liza Oliver (PhD., 2014), assistant professor of art history at Wellesley College for The New York Times, describes the lack of equality for women in directorships. Access the full text here.­­

Talia Shabtay exhibition praised in Chicago Tribune

Current graduate student and Block Museum fellow, Talia Shabtay, receives praise from Chicago Tribune on the exhibition she curated, "Mining Pictures: Stories from Above and Below Ground."  See article here.

Associate Professor Huey Copeland is one of five finalists for the 2017 Absolut Art Writing Award

The award offers an author the opportunity to realize a dream project. Previously awarded to Coco Fusco (2013) and Mark Godfrey (2015), this biennial prize is intended to support new writing by the world's most creative talent.

Professor Huey Copeland

Normore Awarded Tenure

Professor Christina Normore received tenure and serves as the Department Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Statement on Department’s Commitment to Openness and Inclusion

The Department of Art History is committed to openness and inclusion. The recent US Presidential election has only sharpened these convictions. Our research and teaching commitments are varied: faculty and students in our department study artistic practices around the globe, issues of race and ethnicity, cross-cultural exchange, gender, and histories of oppressed people’s visual expression. Our devotion to intellectual inquiry compels us to take a stand against acts of intimidation and expressions of hate, whether they use the rhetoric of xenophobia, racism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, misogyny, or some combination thereof. We affirm our commitment to Northwestern’s and our own department’s diverse intellectual community and to the safety of our students, faculty, and staff. We affirm solidarity with Muslims, the undocumented, and other minority and historically oppressed groups, and ask to be held accountable to those most affected by recent political events.

Thompson Wins Caribbean Studies Association Book Award

Krista Thompson, Weinberg College Board of Advisors Chair, has been awarded the Gordon K. and Sybil Lewis Prize by the Caribbean Studies Association for Shine: The Visual Economy of Light in African Diasporic Aesthetic Practice. The award recognizes the "best book about the Caribbean published over the previous three-year period in Spanish, English, French, or Dutch." Congratulations!

Alumni Win 2016 Johnson Award

Alison Fisher (Ph.D., 2014) and Greg Foster Rice (Ph.D., 2003) received the Society of Art Historian's 2016 Philip Johnson Award for The City Lost & Found: Capturing New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, 1960-1980. The award is given annually to an outstanding exhibition catalogue by the leading scholarly society devoted to the study of architecture and the built environment.

Martha Tedeschi Appointed Director of Harvard Art Museums

Congratulations to Martha Tedeschi (Ph.D., 1994), who has been named Elizabeth and John Moors Cabot Director of the Harvard Art Museums. As Deputy Director for Art and Research at the Art Institute of Chicago since 2012, Tedeschi oversees the museum’s eleven curatorial departments, and facilitates numerous programs including the Andrew W. Mellon Chicago Objects Study Initiative that directly benefits department graduate students. She will assume her new position and title in July 2016.