UC Berkeley History of Art Department



  • Computational Photography Techniques for Object-Based Research

    Until 2:00 pm | 03/15/2019

    Carla Schroer, Co-founder and Director of Cultural Heritage Imaging (CHI), San Francisco

    In this workshop, Carla Schroer will introduce the basics of two methods of computational photography—RTI and photogrammetry--and the extraordinary possibilities they offer for the study of artworks and historical artifacts. Schroer will demonstrate how light alone can be harnessed to reveal surface information unavailable through direct observation. Her talk will also will showcase the applicability of photogrammetry (3-D modeling) for the research, conservation, and documentation of artworks. The presentation includes an overview of the needed equipment, software, basic image collection techniques, and data preservation through Digital Notebook. Schroer is a pioneer and leader in the field of computational photography. She has worked on numerous cultural preservation projects (a Diego Rivera mural, Greek stelai, medieval manuscripts) and taught such workshops around the world. Her talk is not to be missed.


    The workshop has received funding from the Stoddard Lecture Series Fund and the History of Art Department at UC Berkeley.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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: ieas@berkeley.edu, 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: isas@berkeley.edu, 510-642-3608

  • Etrusco-Corinthian Pottery in Context - a Corinthianising Phenomenon in Etruria

    Szilvia Lakatos, Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest

    The Del Chiaro Center and the History of Art Department at the University of California Berkeley are pleased to present the Fall 2018 Del Chiaro Lecture:

    Etrusco-Corinthian Pottery in Context - a Corinthianising Phenomenon in Etruria

    Reception to follow.
    For more information, please contact Lisa C. Pieraccini.


  • A Borderless Renaissance? Multiculturalism in an Expanding World, 1500-1800

    Until 5:00 pm | 11/30/2018

    12:00 – 1:30pm: Mythologies, Technologies, Ecologies
    Paula Findlen, Stanford University
    Liesder Mayea, University of Redlands
    Sugata Ray, UC Berkeley

    2:00 – 3:00pm: Confessional and Colonial Crossroads
    Eric Dursteler, Brigham Young University
    David Frick, UC Berkeley
    Gitanjali Shahani, San Francisco State

    4:00 – 5:00pm: Panelist Roundtable
    “How to teach a Multicultural Renaissance”

    Sponsored by the Designated Emphasis in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Stooddard Fund in the History of Art Department, and Department of Italian Studies

  • Aleksandr Rodchenko and Varvara Stepanova, Layout from Ten Years of Uzbekistan, 1934-5.

    The Soviet Face from Moscow to Uzbekistan: Aleksandr Rodchenko and Photography in the Age of Stalin

    AGLAYA GLEBOVA, Assistant Professor of Art History, Film & Media Studies and Visual Studies, University of California at Irvine.

     In the late 1920s, the Soviet avant-garde extolled photography as the medium of revolutionary modernity. “Do not lie! Photograph and be photographed!” Aleksandr Rodchenko, one of the medium’s most vocal proponents, famously wrote in 1928. By 1937, Rodchenko had all but relinquished his camera. How did photography go, in the space of less than a decade, from a technology of the future to a medium that was not only dispensable but untenable? This talk explores some of the critical steps along this route through the tropes of the human face and the close-up and photography’s alleged oscillation between distortion and unveiling.

  • Allan deSouza, Borough Boogie Woogie, 2017, digital print, 24

    Bay Area Conversations: The Arts of South Asia and its Diasporas

    Until 7:00 pm | 10/26/2018


    Join us for a day of conversations at the Institute for South Asia Studies with art historians, curators and artists in the Bay Area.

    9:30: I N T R O D U C T I O N S
    Allan deSouza, Department of Art Practice, University of California, Berkeley

    10:00-11:00: M O B I L I T Y
    Chair: Ramón De Santiago, University of California, Berkeley
    Deborah Stein, Independent Scholar and Curator, Swings, Ships, and Camel Motels: When 15th-century Architecture is Thought in Mandu, Malwa
    Talinn Grigor, University of California, Davis, Ancient Iran in Bombay
    Padma Maitland, Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, Gandhi Superstar
    Usha Iyer, Stanford University, Histories of the Ephemeral: Producing a Narrative of Film Dance through Song Booklets
    Asma Kazmi, University of California, Berkeley, Cranes and Cube and Some Other Works

    11:30-12:30: D W E L L I N G
    Chair: Melissa Carlson, University of California, Berkeley
    Aditi Chandra, University of California, Merced, Unruly Monuments: Disrupting the State through Delhi’s Islamic Architecture
    Pallavi Sharma, California College of the Arts, A Traveling Tale: My Recent body of Work
    Qamar Adamjee, Asian Art Museum, The Art of Sitting: Re-looking at Indian Paintings
    Mary-Ann Milford-Lutzker, Mills College, Home is a Foreign Place
    Sugata Ray, University of California, Berkeley, Ecoaesthetics: On how to Live with Sentient Plants

    1:30-2:30: F U T U R I T Y
    Chair: Leena Joshi, University of California, Berkeley
    Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Artist, Heterosexual Hubris
    Jisha Menon, Stanford University, Building Bangalore, and the Poetics of Dwelling in Sheela Gowda’s Artworks
    Shalini Agrawal, California College of the Arts; Pathways to Equity, Diversity and Equity in Community-based Practice
    Debashish Banerji, California Institute of Integral Studies, Title tbd
    Sita K. Bhaumik, California College of the Arts, The Places Where the Answers Were
    Atreyee Gupta, University of California, Berkeley, Untitled

    3:00-4:00: C U R A T I N G
    Forrest McGill, Asian Art Museum, Cosmic and Earthly Dance in the Arts of India and Its Neighbors
    Cho Rao, Independent Art & Museum Consultant, Emerging Art Center: Delhi
    Karin G. Oen, Asian Art Museum, Forming and Reforming: Contemporary Art at the Asian
    John Zarobell, University of San Francisco, Emerging Megacities in South Asia
    Kathy Zarur, California College of the Arts, About Place

    4:00-4:45: Reception

    5:00 -7:00: B O O K T A L K - 120 Kroeber Hall
    How Art Can Be Thought: A Handbook for Change 
    Author: Allan deSouza
    Respondent: Asma Kazmi, Department of Art Practice, University of California, Berkeley
    Respondent: Atreyee Gupta, History of Art Department, University of California, Berkeley
    Moderator: Sugata Ray, History of Art Department, University of California, Berkeley

    The South Asia Art Initiative, inaugurated in Spring 2018, is the culmination of a comprehensive art program, built over the past several years, that promoted conversation around the visual cultures of South Asia through talks, conferences, and exhibitions. The goal of the Initiative is to move onto the next level with local, national, and international collaborations that combine creative energies with insights drawn from scholarly research.

  • Graduate Student Professionalization Workshop Series, 2018-19

    Until 2:00 pm | 10/17/2018

    Speakers: Patricia Berger and Justin Underhill
    Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 1:00-2:00, 308A Doe


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

  • An abstract etching by Mitsuo Kano is among the pieces available through the Library’s Graphics Arts Loan Collection program. (UC Berkeley Library)

    Art for the Asking: 60 Years of the Graphic Arts Loan Collection at the Morrison Library

    Until 6:00 pm | 10/05/2018

    Speakers: Lauren Kroiz, Professor, UC Berkeley History of Art Department; Keith Cranmer, Bay Area Printmaker; Randy Hussong, Lecturer, UC Berkeley Art Practice Department

    Sponsor: Library

    The reception for the exhibition Art for the Asking: 60 Years of the Graphic Arts Loan Collection at the Morrison Library will be Friday, October 5th from 4-6pm in the Morrison Library. The reception will feature talks by Professor Lauren Kroiz of the UC Berkeley History of Art Department and Bay Area printmaker Keith Cranmer. There well also be a tour of the exhibition at 4pm and 5:30pm by UC Berkeley History of Art graduate student Ramon De Santiago.

    A pre-reception event will take place from 2-3:30pm in the Printmaking Studio (265 Kroeber Hall) where artist and Lecturer in the UC Berkeley Art Practice Department Randy Hussong will give a demonstration and talk about the printmaking process. Participants will have the option of printing their own souvenir prints for the reception in the Printmaking Studio at this event.

    Both of these events are open to the public.

    Friday, October 5th

    Pre-Reception Printmaking Event
    Printmaking Studio
    265 Kroeber Hall

    Exhibition Reception and Tour
    Morrison Library
    101 Doe Library

    Art for the Asking: 60 Years of the Graphic Arts Loan Collection at the Morrison Library will be up in Doe Library’s Brown Gallery until March 1st, 2019. This exhibition celebrates 60 years of the Graphic Arts Loan Collection, and includes prints in the collection that have not been seen in 20 years, as well as prints that are now owned by the Berkeley Art Museum. There are also cases dedicated to the history of printmaking told through prints in the Graphic Arts Loan Collection and cases devoted to the different printmaking processes.

    Event Contact: libraryevents@berkeley.edu, 510-642-3671

  • Vasari's Words: Douglas Biow and Henrike Lange in conversation

    Until 7:00 pm | 10/03/2018

    Join us for a conversation with Douglas Biow, Superior Oil Company-Linward Shivers Centennial Professor in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, UT Austin and Henrike Christiane Lange, Assistant Professor, Italian Studies and History of Art, UC Berkeley. 

    Sponsored by Institute of European Studies, Department of Italian Studies, Department of History, Department of History of Art, D.E. in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies.

    In conversation with Professor Henrike Lange (UC Berkeley, Italian Studies / History of Art), Professor Douglas Biow (UT Austin) will present his new book Vasari's Words: The 'Lives of the Artists' as a History of Ideas in the Italian Renaissance (forthcoming September 2018 from Cambridge University Press). In this new study of Giorgio Vasari's seminal text, Biow connects five key words to the cultural and historical currents of late Renaissance Italy, situating the 'Lives of the Artists' in the context of modern intellectual history: What does it mean to have a 'profession', professione, and possess 'genius', ingegno, in the visual arts? How is 'speed', prestezza, valued among visual artists of the period and how is 'time', tempo, conceptualized in Vasari's narrative and descriptions of visual art? Finally, how is the 'night', notte, conceived and visually represented as a distinct span of time in Vasari’s Lives?

    Douglas Biow is the Superior Oil Company-Linward Shivers Centennial Professor in Medieval and Renaissance Studies at UT Austin and Director of the Center for European Studies and the France-UT Institute. He is the author of a number of articles and six books: Mirabile Dictu: Representations of the Marvelous in Medieval and Renaissance Italy (Michigan, 1996); Doctors, Ambassadors, Secretaries: Humanism and Professions in Renaissance Italy (Chicago, 2002), the recipient of a Robert W. Hamilton Book Award; The Culture of Cleanliness in Renaissance Italy (Cornell, 2006), named a Choice Outstanding Title; In Your Face: Professional Improprieities and the Art of Being Conspicuous (Stanford, 2010); and On the Importance of Being an Individual: Men, Their Professions, and Their Beards (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015). His most recent book, Vasari's Words: The "Lives of the Artists" as a History of Ideas in the Italian Renaissance, is published by Cambridge University Press (2018). He has been the recipient of a number of scholarly awards, including NEH, Delmas, and Guggenheim Fellowships.

    Henrike Christiane Lange holds a joint appointment in Berkeley's Departments of History of Art and Italian Studies. She specializes in Italian late medieval / early Renaissance art and architecture history and literature. A second field of expertise is historiography in the European and American late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Her art historical research has focused in recent years on Giotto, Donatello, Mantegna, and the history and theory of relief sculpture. Other current projects include Botticelli's Dante, the Italian Mediterranean, and a cultural history of triumphs. Professor Lange's museum experience includes curatorial and pedagogical projects at the Kunsthalle and the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg, with a focus on nineteenth- and twentieth-century collections, and at the Yale University Art Gallery, with a focus on the early Italian collection. Narratology, language and communication theory, opera, and contemporary Italian film remain in the center of Professor Lange’s interests.