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  • New publication from Aglaya K. Glebova

    The Department is delighted to announce the publication of Aglaya Glebova's new book  Aleksandr Rodchenko: Photography in the Time of Stalin.  From the Yale University Press website: Through the lens of Aleksandr Rodchenko’s photography, a new and provocative understanding emerges of the troubled relationship between technology, modernism, and state power in Stalin’s Soviet Union Tracing the shifting meanings of photography in the early Soviet Union, Aglaya K. Glebova reconsiders the relationship between art and politics during what is usually considered the end of the critical avant-garde. Aleksandr Rodchenko (1891–1956), a versatile Russian artist and one of Constructivism’s founders, embraced photography as a medium of revolutionary modernity. Yet his photographic work between the late 1920s and the end of the 1930s exhibits an expansive search for a different pictorial language. In the context of the extreme transformations carried out under the first Five-Year Plans, Rodchenko’s photography questioned his own modernist commitments. At the heart of this book is Rodchenko’s infamous 1933 photo-essay on the White Sea–Baltic Canal, site of one of the first gulags. Glebova’s careful reading o... [show more]
  • In Memoriam – Andrew F. Stewart

    In Memoriam
    Andrew F. Stewart (1948-2023)
    Andrew Stewart, Professor of Ancient Mediterranean Art and Archaeology, passed away on Friday, 13, 2023, after a long illness.
    An obituary and information regarding a tribute will be forthcoming.
  • History of Art Commencement 2023

    History of Art Commencement exercises will take place on Tuesday, May 16th at 9:00 a.m. in the auditorium at The UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA). Save the date!
  • Tausif Noor wins awards

    History of Art offers our heartiest congratulations to PhD student Tausif Noor for winning not one but two recent prestigious awards for excellence in art writing! Tausif received an Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant in 2022 to support short-form writing And, he has been named a winner of a 2023 Dudley Prize for Art Writing (alongside our own T. J. Clark, Professor Emeritus, History of Art Department, UC Berkeley). The judges praised Noor's historical insights in particular, citing his “exhaustively researched essays on a wide array of subjects” which “seamlessly intertwine considerations of aesthetics and production with an admirable sensitivity to the contexts of history and personality.”
  • Celebrating Graduate Student Achievements in 2021-2022

    We are very proud to celebrate (a bit belatedly) some of the recent fellowships, awards, and positions won by our graduate students over the course of last academic year–now supporting advanced training and innovative scholarship!  Graduate Predoctoral Fellowships/Awards Joseph Albanese -Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program, Spain Elizabeth Fair -Outstanding GSI Award Ellen Feiss -2022 Erasmus+ Global Engagement Fund, Freie Universität Berlin Lesdi Goussen Robleto -AAUW American Dissertation Fellowship Claire Ittner -Smithsonian Institute Predoctoral Fellowship (Will Barnet Fellowship) Vanessa Jackson  -Mentored Research Award, Graduate Division -Outstanding GSI Award Andrea Jung-An Liu  -Taiwan Governmental fellowship, Fall 2022-Spring 2023 Riad Kherdeen -Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship Grace Kuipers -Terra Foundation Predoctoral Fellow in American Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum -Tyson Scholar of American Art, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Rebecca Levitan -Phi Beta Kappa Fellowship -IES fellowship (Berkeley-Upsala) -Research grant from the Cycladic Museum in Athens -Spring: Simon Keay Fellow, British... [show more]
  • Between Imperialism and Revolution: The Romantic Imaginary of Alexander Orlovsky

    A lecture given by Maria Taroutina (Yale-NUS) will take place on November 4 at 12 pm in 308A Doe Library.
  • World Art Lecture Series

    World Art Series 5×7
    Argillite carving with totemic figures. Courtesy of the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology and the Regents of the University of California
    Thursday, October 6 Kamini Vellodi Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, Theory, and History of Art and Director of Research Excellence, Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh, UK “Diagramming ‘World Art’”   Tuesday, November 1 Stephen Whiteman Senior Lecturer in Art and Architecture of China and Head of Research Degree Programmes, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, UK “The Word Itself: The Language of Mapping in China”   Tuesday, November 8 Matthew Spellberg Dean of the College, Outer Coast College, Sitka, Alaska “On Dreaming and Feasting: Hearths of Tradition in the Pacific Northwest and Beyond”  
    The series showcases leading international voices in world art studies today, presenting their perspectives on the past and present roles of art history and theory in an interdisciplinary global landscape. Each lecture will be introduced by the series organizer, Whitney Davis, Pardee Distinguished Professor of History & Theory of Ancient & Modern Art at UC Berkeley.

    All lectures will be held in Doe University Library Room 308A at 5 pm PST.

    The lectures are in-person and open to the public; all are welcome. Please ob... [show more]
  • Welcome New Faculty 2022-2023

    Nana Adusei-Poku  Dr. Nana Adusei-Poku is joining us as an assistant professor in African Diasporic art history this Fall '22. Her research and teaching interests include four central themes or areas: artistic production from the African Diasporas; cultural shifts and their articulation at the intersections of art, politics, and popular culture; curatorial practice as a research tool; and critical pedagogy in relationship to decolonize aesthetics--all explored within a truly interdisciplinary field linking art history, African diaspora studies, critical race theory, curatorial praxis, museum studies, gender and sexuality studies, feminist theory, and more. Current book projects include a study of Black Melancholia as condition and concept (we are thrilled to cite Nana's just-opened exhibition Black Melancholia at the CCS Bard Galleries, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, receiving serious appreciation in the press) and an edited volume, Reshaping the Field: Art of the African Diasporas on Display, for Afterall. Prior to Berkeley, Nana was a Term Associate Professor and Luma Scholar at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard, and held Research Professor positions at the Hogeschool Rotter... [show more]
  • Professor Emerita Joanna G. Williams obituary

    Joanna and former students
    Joanna Williams with former students Cristin McKnight Sethi, Orna Tsultem, Sujatha Meegama, Sandra Sardjono, and Alka Hingorani (L-R), June 2012
    Professor Emerita Joanna G. Williams, distinguished scholar of South and Southeast Asian art, passed away at her home in Berkeley on June 16, 2022, at the age of eighty-four. She was one of the foremost scholars of South and Southeast Asian art and architecture and, indeed, one of the most well-regarded for her seminal work on fourth- and fifth-century sculpture and architecture as well as later folk traditions. Born in southern Indiana, Williams received a B.A. from Swarthmore College in 1960 and a M.A. from Radcliffe College in 1961. She then received a Ph.D. from Harvard University for her dissertation titled Buddhist Wall Paintings of Khotan (1969). Williams joined the faculty at UC Berkeley in 1967, where she held a joint appointment in the Departments of History of Art and South and Southeast Asian Studies. Her distinguished career extended over four decades and included landmark publications such as The Art of Gupta India: Empire and Province (1982) and The Two-Headed Deer: Illustrations of the Rāmāyaṇa in Orissa (1996). Based on extensive fieldwork, The Art of Gupta India offered a groundbreaking analysis of Indian sculpture and architecture of the fourth and fifth centuries. Turning to debate... [show more]
  • The 2021-2022 History of Art Newsletter is here!

    We are excited to share with you the 2021-2022 issue of our departmental newsletter. A huge thanks goes to Julia Bryan-Wilson, Justin Underhill, Heather Reilly, and Julie Wolf. This link will take you to the newsletter.
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