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  • Julia Bryan-Wilson Contributes to Award-Winning Volume

    Lawrence Alloway: Critic and Curator (Getty Research Institute), which includes Julia Bryan-Wilson's contribution "The Present Complex: Lawrence Alloway and the Currency of Museums," received the Historians of British Art Book Award for best multi-authored work in 2015.

    The award citation reads:

    Lucy Bradnock, Courtney J. Martin, and Rebecca Peabody, eds., Lawrence Alloway: Critic and Curator, Getty Research Institute.

    Lawrence Alloway (1926–1990) was a key figure in the development of modern art in Europe and America from the 1950s to the 1980s. He is credited with coining the term pop art and with championing conceptual art and feminist artists in America. His interests as a critic and as a curator at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York were wide-ranging, however, and included architecture, design, earthworks, film, neorealism, science fiction, and public sculpture. Early in his career he was associated with the Independent Group in London and although he was largely self-taught, he was a noted educator and lecturer. A prolific writer, Alloway sought to escape the conventions of art-historical discourse. This volume illuminates how he often shaped the field and anticipated approaches such as social art history and visual and cultural studies. Lawrence Alloway: Critic and Curator provides the first critical analysis of the multiple facets of Alloway’s life and career, exploring his formative influence on the disciplines of art history, art criticism, and museum studies. The nine essays in this volume depend on primary archival research, much of it conducted in the Lawrence Alloway Papers held by the Getty Research Institute. Each author addresses a distinct aspect of Alloway’s eclectic professional interests and endeavors.

    TAGS: undergraduate, Julia Bryan-Wilson, graduate

  • Lauren Kroiz Wins CAA Publication Prize

    Assistant Professor Lauren Kroiz received a Wyeth Foundation for American Art Publication Grant from the College Art Association for her book Cultivating Citizens: The Regional Work of Art in the New Deal Era. Thanks to a generous grant from the Wyeth Foundation, these awards are given annually to publishers to support the publication of one or more book-length scholarly manuscripts in the history of American art, visual studies, and related subjects. For this grant program, “American art” is defined as art created in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

    TAGS: Lauren Kroiz, American art, College Art Association, Wyeth Foundation

  • Equity Advisors Host Campus Affirmation Rally

    On Thursday, November 10, Faculty Equity Advisors across campus hosted an "informal rally to affirm support for a diverse, inclusive, and equitable campus community, and for the extension of these values to our society at large."

     "We want each and every member of our campus community to know that they are valued and have allies and advocates in every Department and
    College.

    It is important to provide the opportunity for our campus members to participate in a positive action that shows solidarity and strength in numbers. This complements other more focused efforts on campus including the creation of safe spaces and opportunities for dialogue."

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  • Commencement 2017

    History of Art Commencement exercises will take place on Tuesday, May 16 at 9:00 a.m. in the auditorium at BAMPFA. Save the date!

    We are excited to announce that our 2017 Commencement Speaker will be Tirza Latimer, Chair of Visual and Critical Studies at California College of the Arts.

    TAGS: undergraduate, graduate, Graduation, Commencement

  • Gallery Talk with Students at BAM

    Students who participated in a special curatorial component of the course Contemporary Art in the Americas, co-taught by Curator Constance Lewallen and Professor Julia Bryan-Wilson, discussed works on view at the Berkeley Art Museum. See the exhibit's online "booklet" here.

    TAGS: undergraduate, Julia Bryan-Wilson, graduate, Berkeley Art Museum

  • Final Three Weekends: Sojourner Truth, Photography, and the Fight Against Slavery

    This exhibition ends on Sunday, October 23. A review by Maria Porges, local artist and writer and Associate Professor at California College for the Arts, has recently been published. 

    TAGS: Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby, photography, Sojourner Truth, BAMPFA

  • Rubens Professor in Residence Spring 2017

    The Department is pleased to announce the appointment of Koenraad Van Cleempoel to the visiting Pieter Paul Rubens Chair for Spring 2017. Koenraad Van Cleempoel is one of the world’s foremost experts on Flemish scientific instruments of the Renaissance period, having completed his PhD at the Warburg Institute in the School of Advanced Studies at the University of London in 1998 with a dissertation entitled Aspects of Scientific Instruments Production in Louvain between 1550 and 1600. He is also the co-author of Spheres: The Arts of the Celestial Mechanics (Paris: J. Kugel). Specifically art historical perspectives undertaken in his work include attention to the iconography of scientific instruments in Flemish and Dutch art—in such works as Gossaert’s portrait of a young girl, the Five Senses series of Jan Brueghel the Elder and Peter Paul Rubens and Jan Vermeer’s Astronomer. That Van Cleempoel is an avid pursuer of yet-undiscovered scientific instruments can be seen in his substantive 2003 co-authored article, “A Recently Discovered Sixteenth-Century Spanish Astrolabe” published in Annals of Science, and in 2015, “A Newly Discovered Medieval Astrolabe with Gear Mechanism,” in Medieval Encounters (proceedings of a conference at the Warburg Institute). He holds the position of Full Professor in Art History and Vice-dean of the Faculty of Architecture and Arts of Hasselt University, the youngest and most innovative of universities in Belgium.

    While at Berkeley, Professor Van Cleempoel will teach a seminar on “Sixteenth-Century Scientific Instruments as Materialized Knowledge.” We are fortunate to have the rare opportunity for such a course. It will combine notions and methods of the history of science, art and ideas with a focus on Louvain and Antwerp as centers of production of scientific instruments such as astrolabes, armillary spheres, astronomical rings and sundials in specific intellectual milieux.
     

    TAGS: undergraduate, graduate, Dutch Studies, history of science, astrolabes, Dutch art

  • New Book Co-Authored by Julia Bryan-Wilson

    Art in the Making: Artists and their Materials from the Studio to Crowdsourcing was released in June 2016 by Thames and Hudson. A book launch event will be held at the Berkeley Art Museum on October 6 (more information to come!).

     

    TAGS: Julia Bryan-Wilson, Glenn Adamson, Contemporary Art

  • Sojourner Truth Exhibition at Berkeley Art Museum

    The Berkeley Art Museum will be mounting an exhibition, Sojourner Truth, Photography, and the Fight Against Slavery, based on the materials used by Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby for her book, Enduring Truths: Sojourner's Shadows and Substance (University of Chicago Press, 2015). The exhibition is scheduled to run from July 27 to October 23, 2016; see the UC Berkeley press release for more information about it and a good brief review of the exhibition, "How Sojourner Truth Used Photography to Help End Slavery" is at Smithsonian.com; it's included in the August 12th KQED The Do List (starting at 3:04).

    TAGS: Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby, Sojourner Truth