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 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:

August 23, 2023

History of Art congratulates PhD student Krishna Shekhawat for winning a 2023 DARTS Grant, endowed by the Decorative Arts Society of Orange County in California, from the Decorative Arts Trust. The grant will support Krishna’s visit to the Mehrangarh Museum Trust in India to study an 18th-century gilded mahadol. We laud this recognition and support for Krishna’s work.

August 19, 2023

The Department of History of Art, University of California, Berkeley, invites applications for an Assistant Professor in Indigenous and/or Pre-colonial and/or Colonial Art and Visual Cultures of Latin America, tenure-track.

August 16, 2023

History of Art congratulates PhD student Christine Delia for winning funding from the University of California MX’s 2023 call for proposals for Short-Term Research in Mexico by UC graduate studentsThe aim of these funded short-term stays is to support graduate students at the University of California in accomplishing specific laboratory, library, or field research, at partner institutions in Mexico.

July 5, 2023

We are proud to celebrate recent fellowships, awards, and positions won by some of our spectacular graduate students. Congratulations, all!!!

Fellowships and Grants

Elizabeth Fair 

– Smithsonian American Art Museum Fellowship

– The Mayers Fellowship, The Huntington Library

Lesdi Goussen Robleto

– Summer Dissertation Writing Grant for Arts & Humanities

– Collection and Archive Fellow at 500 Capp Street