February 3, 2024

The department is pleased to announce the publication of Eclipse and Revelation, Total Solar Eclipses in Science, History, Literature, and the Arts, edited by Henrike Lange and Tom McLeish.

January 28, 2024

The department congratulates PhD student Michele D’Aurizio for securing a Spring 2024 appointment as a predoctoral fellow at the Bibliotheca Hertziana, at Max Planck Institute for Art History in Florence, Italy. While in residence at the Max Planck Institute, Michele will be at work on the research project “Alighieri Boetti’s tecnica povera.” Read more about it here:

December 19, 2023

Berkeley News has published an article about the BAMPFA pop-up exhibition which was the final project for Professor Sugata Ray’s Art and Climate Change, a course offered as part of a new program for first-year students by the College of Letters and Science.

Read the article here.


November 3, 2023

What can art, architecture, design, and performance practices offer to current debates on climate change and environmental justice? Curated by students in UC Berkeley Professor Sugata Ray’s Fall 2023 College of Letters & Science First-Year Pathways course Art and Climate Change, this Five Tables presentation highlights artworks in the BAMPFA collection that reflect, mediate, and delve into the interconnected ecologies of life.

October 8, 2023

Congratulations to Aglaya Glebova. Her book Aleksandr Rodchenko: Photography in the Time of Stalin has been shortlisted for the Modernist Studies Association’s First Book Prize.

The full list and announcement is here: 

October 6, 2023

September 20, 2023

The department is pleased to announce that an essay by Whitney Davis, on James McNeill Whistler’s appropriations of Asian folding screens in the early 1870s, will be featured in the catalog for a major international exhibition on Asian and Western screens opening at the Prada Foundation in Milan in November.

September 18, 2023

The Department of Art History is pleased to announce that Lisa Pieraccini has been selected for the United States Capitol Historical Society Fellowship for her research on “Depictions of Native American Women and Early Identity at the U.S. Capitol.”

September 12, 2023

The History of Art Department is pleased to announce the publication of Consumption, Ritual, Art and Society:Interpretive Approaches and Recent Discoveries of Food and Drink in Etruria (2023). Edited by Lisa Pieraccini and Laurel Taylor. From the Brepols website: Food determines who we are. We are what we eat, but also how we eat, with whom we eat, where we eat and, in some cases, even why we eat.

The Department of Art History extends a warm welcome to Shannon Jackson as Chair of Art History.

We also welcome our new Graduate students: