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  • Rhetoric Accepting Applications for Lecturer Pool

    Our colleagues in UC Berkeley's Department of Rhetoric invite applications for a pool of qualified temporary instructors to teach undergraduate courses, should a need arise, in any of the following possible areas: History, Theory of Rhetoric, Rhetoric of Law, Rhetoric of Science, Rhetoric of Religion, Political Theory, Rhetoric of Images and Reading and Composition. Applications will continue to be accepted until January 16, 2021. More details and application instructions can be found here: https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/JPF02458
  • Daniel Marcus appointed Associate Curator at the Wexner Center for the Arts

    Daniel Marcus (Ph.D. 2017) has been appointed Associate Curator at the Wexner Center for the Arts at the Ohio State University, where he is also a lecturer in the Department of History of Art. Congratulations, Daniel! 
  • Emma Silverman Awarded National Park Service Mellon Humanities Fellowship

    Emma Silverman (PhD History of Art 2018) has been appointed the Mellon Public Humanities Fellow at the National Park Service, where she will be working on a project about racial justice, practices of commemoration, and public monuments. Congratulations, Emma!

    TAGS: Mellon Humanities Fellow, National Park Service, Emma Silverman

  • 2021-22 Graduate Program Announcement

    We regret to announce that the Department of History of Art will not accept applications to our graduate program for the 2021 admissions cycle in order to ensure that our department has resources to support our current students and to prepare for future admissions. The decision was not taken lightly. We look forward to reading applications again in the fall of 2021 for the 2022 cohort.
  • Julia Bryan-Wilson Featured in the 2020 Textile Society of America Symposium

    Julia Bryan-Wilson joins Jolene Rickard as plenary speakers, along with keynote Sanford Biggers, at the Textile Society of America conference in October 2020. The virtual symposium will be held on October 15-17, registration ends on October 14.

    TAGS: Textile Society of America, Julia Bryan-Wilson

  • Welcome New Graduate Students

  • Sojourner Truth in Central Park

    A new monument honoring suffragists Sojourner Truth, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony will be the first monument honoring nonfictional women in New York's Central Park. While designing the work, sculptor Meredith Bergmann consulted with historians Nell Irvin Painter, Margaret Washington and UC Berkeley History of Art Professor Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby, who in turn met with her graduate students Delphine Sims, Vanessa Jackson, Ryan Serpa and Grace Kuipers. Bergmann credits Prof. Grigsby and her students with providing valuable input in regard to the representation of Sojourner Truth. An unveiling ceremony will happen on August 26 at 8am EST. Go to monumentalwomen.org to watch the livestream of the event and for more information on the Women's Rights Pioneers Monument and the Monumental Women Campaign. A recent NYT article provides details about the campaign and monument.

    TAGS: Vanessa Jackson, Grace Kuipers, Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby, Delphine Sims, Ryan Serpa

  • Aglaya Glebova receives Graham Foundation Publication Award

    “Cover for ‘USSR in Construction’ journal,” December 1933.
    Aleksandr Rodchenko, “Cover for ‘USSR in Construction’ journal,” December 1933. Courtesy Rodchenko and Stepanova Archive, Moscow
    Aglaya Glebova received a Graham Foundation Publication Award for her monograph, Aleksandr Rodchenko and Photography in the Age of Stalin (Yale University Press, forthcoming 2021), which  reexamines the alleged end of modernism in the 1930s Soviet Union through the photographic work of Aleksandr Rodchenko (1891–1956), a key figure in European interwar art.  Founded in 1956, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts fosters the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society. The Graham realizes this vision through making project-based grants to individuals and organizations and producing exhibitions, events, and publications.

    TAGS: Aglaya Glebova, Graham Foundation, Award

  • Elaine Yau (PhD ’15) in NYT review of Rosie Lee Tompkins Retrospective

    Rosie Lee Tompkins: Untitled. 1986
    Rosie Lee Tompkins: Untitled, 1986; quilted by Willia Ette Graham, 1986; BAMPFA, Bequest of the Eli Leon Living Trust. Reproduced courtesy of the Estate of Effie Mae Howard. Photo: Sharon Risedorph Photography.
    Elaine Yau (PhD '15) is mentioned in Roberta Smith's New York Times review of  Rosie Lee Tompkins: A Retrospective at BAMPFA. Yau, a Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow, is the co-curator of the exhibition and author of the foundational essay on the artist in the exhibition catalogue.   
  • History of Art Faculty Statement of Solidarity with BLM

    We, the faculty of the History of Art Department at UC Berkeley, condemn the despicable, racist murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and so many other victims of police brutality and white supremacy. We are outraged at the systemic racism that has afflicted Black and Brown people in this country for centuries. We denounce state violence against peaceful demonstrators. We denounce the use or the threatened use of our military against the people. We join our Black colleagues and students in demanding concrete, institutional remedies for police violence and oppression.
    We are aware of our specific responsibilities as scholars in the humanities and the social sciences. We practice art history as a critical discipline especially in terms of educating about the historical and political dimensions of the present and the power of images in effecting social injustices. We could do more. We pledge ourselves to interrogate the ways in which we are complicit in perpetuating white supremacy and racism. We resolve to examine our curriculum, pedagogy, admissions policies, hiring priorities, student support models, and place in the university educational mission at-large in order to be the chan... [show more]
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