Departmental Events

  • Shrine of the Mañjughoṣa Emperor, c. 1787. Niched hanging panel and calligraphy couplet. Eastern side hall, Pavilion of Raining Flowers, Palace Museum, Beijing.

    Refuge in the Empire: Art of Buddhist Kingship in Qing Dynasty China

    Until 7:15 pm | 02/20/2019

    Wen-Shing Chou, Assistant Professor, Hunter College

    In 1757, the Qing Qianlong emperor of China sent a portrait of himself to Tibet with the express instructions that the image serve as his surrogate for making pilgrimages and receiving veneration. The portrait, which subsequently became a locus of devotion in the Potala Palace in Lhasa, features the emperor in the guise of an ordained Buddhist monk, king, and deity at the center of a vast spiritual pantheon above a paradisiacal landscape. At least a dozen similar works were produced at imperial workshops in Beijing throughout the latter half of the eighteenth century. This talk examines how these ideological images harnessed the efficacy of vision, materiality, lineage, and liturgy within an Indo-Tibetan devotional framework to effect and affirm a Qing-centered Buddhist orthodoxy. 

  • Ceiling of Main Chamber, Cave 9, Yungang. Second Half of the Fifth Century.

    The Architecture of Hyperbole: Problematics of Scale and Style in Early Chinese Buddhist Architecture

    Until 7:15 pm | 02/27/2019

    Jun Hu, Assistant Professor, Northwestern University

     The physical dimensions of Buddhas, like the Dharma, are often understood to be unfathomable. Even when they are described in scriptures, they appear in such hyperbolic terms that put them beyond human measure. The creation of cultic images and architectural spaces to enclose them therefore becomes a challenge and an opportunity to articulate the scaled relationship between the Buddha and the devotee. This lecture will look at how this is achieved at two levels: the creation of cave complexes and the construction of standalone timber structures and will conclude with some thoughts on the implications of this encounter with Buddhism for the development of Chinese architecture.

  • Stoddard Lecture Spring 2019-- Monastic Lessons in Cloth from Late Antique Egypt: Worn, Embodied, and Remembered

    Until 7:00 pm | 03/19/2019

    Thelma K. Thomas, Associate Professor of Fine Art, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

    The Department is pleased to announce that Thelma K. Thomas, New York University Institute of Fine Arts, will be the Stoddard Lecturer in spring 2019. Please check this page again for details. (Please note that the time is tentative.)

  • Stoddard Seminar Spring 2019

    Until 2:00 pm | 03/20/2019

    Thelma K. Thomas

    The Department is pleased to announce that Thelma K. Thomas, New York University Institute of Fine Arts, will present the Stoddard Seminar in spring 2019. Attendance is open to UC Berkeley History of Art Department students, faculty, staff, and invited guests. Please check this page again for more details.  

  • The 2019 Berkeley/Stanford Symposium at SFMOMA- Save the Date!

    The thrid Berkeley/Stanford Symposium will be on April 13, 2019. 

    The Berkeley/Stanford Symposium is an annual gathering of emerging voices in the arts. Organized collaboratively by graduate students in Art History at both Stanford and UC Berkeley, the symposia are open to graduate students in all fields and young members of the wider community of visual culture, including artists, designers, museum professionals, and writers.

    Details and RSVP information will be announced when available, check back soon!

  • Graduate Student Professionalization Workshop Series, 2018-19

    Until 2:00 pm | 04/17/2019

    Postdoctoral Fellowships and the Tenure Track Market
    Speakers: Gregory Levine and Lauren Kroiz
    Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 1:00-2:00, 308A Doe


    **Brown Bag event. Light refreshments will be provided**

  • Graduate Student Professionalization Workshop Series

    Until 2:00 pm | 04/17/2019

    Gregory Levine and Lauren Kroiz

    Postdoctoral Fellowships and the Tenure Track Market
    Speakers: Gregory Levine and Lauren Kroiz
    Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 1:00-2:00, 308A Doe Library

    **Brown Bag event. Light refreshments will be provided** 

  • St. Anne Teaching the Virgin to Read; 18th century; Goa. Repository: St. Joseph's Seminary Museum, Macau

    2019 Judith Stronach Travel Seminar Symposium

    Until 5:00 pm | 04/23/2019

    Indian Ocean Art Histories: Goa; Bombay; Kochi

    The 2019 Judith Stronach Travel Seminar focuses on the Indian Ocean, the third largest water body and the world’s oldest cultural continuum that has facilitated the mobility of people, objects, and ideas over millennia. Students in the seminar map the ways in which such oceanic networks also shaped the global history of art from the early modern period to the contemporary by focusing on three key moments in this longue durée history: Goa in the early modern period, Bombay under British rule, and the contemporary in Kochi via the 2018 Kochi-Muziris Biennale. Participants of the Travel Seminar to India will present their research papers at a symposium in honor of the Seminar's benefactor, Judith Stronach.

    Joseph Albanese
    Katherine Bruhn
    Melissa Carlson
    Alex Ciolac
    Riad M. Kherdeen
    Andrea Jung-An Liu
    Ariana Pemberton
    Ramón De Santiago
    Joel Thielen

  • Shoroon Bumbagar: Tombs with Mounds in Central Mongolia

    Nancy S. Steinhardt, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Pennsylvania

     The talk begins with a tomb often known as Shoroon Bumbagar that was excavated in Bayannuur, Bulgan province, Mongolia, in 2011. Covered with murals but without an inscription or other information about its date, the tomb is studied alongside the better known tombs such as Pugu Yitu’s (d. 678), only five kms away, and tombs of Tang China and Sogdiana. Before drawing conclusions, the talk turns to Türk, Uyghur, and other contemporary painting and architecture in Mongolia, to question the borders of Chinese art and architecture and why they are so extensive.

    Moderator: Patricia Berger, History of Art Emerita, UC Berkeley

    Event Contact:, 5106422809

    Free and open to the public.

    Sponsors: UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative, History of Art, Archaeological Research Facility, Center for Chinese Studies

  • Eduardo Westerdahl, Jacqueline Lamba, and André Breton at the exhibition in Tenerife, 1935

    Upcoming Lecture: Óscar Domínguez and the International Surrealist Exhibition of Tenerife, 1935

    Until 12:00 pm | 02/06/2019

    Join us for “Culture and Politics in Spain: Óscar Domínguez and the International Surrealist Exhibition of Tenerife, 1935,” a lecture by Dr. Javier Cuevas del Barrio (University of Málaga).

  • Sandy Rodriguez: Codex Rodriguez - Mondragon

    Until 2:00 pm | 02/05/2019

    Sandy Rodriguez

    Join Los Angeles based Chicana artist Sandy Rodriguez for a lunch talk about her latest series Codex Rodriguez-Mondragon. She will discuss how she arrived at this body of work, including: the role of field study, research, politics, ethnobotany, chemistry, interdisciplinary collaborations, civic engagement and art history in her practice.

    Lunch will be provided.

    About the speaker:
    Sandy Rodriguez is an artist and independent educator. Her artwork investigates the methods and materials of painting across cultures and histories. Her most recent work includes the Codex Rodriguez-Mondragón, a bioregional map and series of paintings about the intersections of history, color, medicine, and cultura. Her landscapes capture moments of transformation in the social, political, and cultural landscape of Los Angeles, with a focus on themes of resistance, persistence, and cultural regeneration. She was raised in San Diego, Tijuana, and Los Angeles. Rodriguez earned her BFA from California Institute of Arts and designed and administered education programs and resources for numerous museums and arts organizations since 1998.

    Presented by The Department of History of Art, the Latin American Art and Literature Group and the Center for Latin American Studies University of California.


  • Fifth Annual CAA Preview

    Until 12:30 pm | 02/01/2019

    Anneka Lenssen, Imogen Hart, Whitney Davis

    10:00 – 10:40 Anneka Lenssen, "Backfill: Agencies of Sand in Syrian 'Postwar' Painting"

    10:40 – 11:20 Imogen Hart, "Race and the British Arts and Crafts Movement"

    11:20 – 12:00 Whitney Davis, “The Groundline”

    12:00 – 12:30 Coffee and light refreshments will be served.

  • Paper Jewels: Postcards from the Raj

    Until 7:00 pm | 01/29/2019

    Omar Khan

    A presentation by distinguished scholar and San Francisco based historian, Omar Khan, on his new publication Paper Jewels: Postcards from the Raj, a visual tour of India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka through 500 vintage postcards (1892 to 1947).

    The event is FREE and OPEN to the public.

    Event Sponsors: Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, South Asia Art Initiative and UC Berkeley History of Art Department.

    For more info see the UC Berkeley Events Calendar listing.

    Event Contact:, 510-642-3608

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