About Us


  • 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.
  • Congratulations to our class of 2022

    Congratulations to the members of the Class of 2022 who participated in our Commencement ceremony! Doctoral Degree

    Susan Eberhard

    Shivani Sud

    Bachelor of Arts Degree

    Natalie K. Aguilera

    Quetzal Arévalo

    Haochen Bai

    Nicolas Hendrix Bult

    Lily Callender

    Renée L. Castro-Ring

    Marisa Cunanan

    Nusheen Ghaemi

    Matthew L. Gomberg

    Fae Gonzalez-Moosa

    Jordan Gonzalez

    Eugenia (Snow) Guilfoyle

    Christine Haggin

    Collette Sweet Marie Keating

    Jadyn Lee

    Sophia Maso

    Sam McGinnis

    Iris Rebecca McGuckin

    Ninel Melkonyan

    Matisse Mulligan

    Robin P. Nguyen

    Theo Rai

    Neha Shah

    Ruby B. Shapiro

    Margaret A. Smith

    Melanie Zoerb

  • Julia Bryan-Wilson awarded the Henkin Citation

    The Department of History of Art congratulates Professor Julia Bryan-Wilson on her receiving The Leon A. Henkin Citation for Distinguished Service is awarded by the Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Campus Climate (DECC) of the Berkeley Division of the Academic Senate.  The Henkin Citation is given in recognition of an “exceptional commitment to the educational development of students from groups who are underrepresented in the academy.”
    The department's nomination of Professor Bryan-Wilson notes identified her consistent and courageous work removing barriers and creating opportunities for LGBTQIA+ and minoritized students, and her teaching and mentoring in critical race theory, feminist/queer theory, and African American, Latin American/Latinx, and Indigenous art, and curatorial practice.
  • Water Moon Reflections: Essays in Honor of Patricia Berger

    Cover: Water Moon Reflections Essays in Honor of Patricia Berger
    Cover image: Guanyin of the Southern Sea, Chinese, Liao (907–1125). Wood with paint, 95 × 66 × 43 1/2 inches (241.3 × 167.64 × 110.49 cm). The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri. Purchase: William Rockhill Nelson Trust, 34–10. Cover design: Mindy Chen.
    Water Moon Reflections: Essays in Honor of Patricia Berger  has been recently published by the Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley. Spanning two millennia and East and Inner Asia, this volume's essays highlight Patricia Berger's vast range of expertise as well as general themes that run through her work. Topics include art's relationship to political power and collective memory, the cultural and material fluency of Qing objects and texts, multiplicity and self-fashioning through portraiture and dance, and conformity and authority in relation to selfhood and modern and contemporary art.  Contributors Wen-shing Chou is Associate Professor of Art History at Hunter College, City University of New York. Rae Erin Dachille is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and East Asian Studies at the University of Arizona. Ellen Huang (PhD, University of California San Diego) is Associate Professor of material culture at ArtCenter College of Design. Sunglim Kim (PhD, University of California, Berkeley) is Associate Professor of Korean art in the Department of Art History and the Asian Societies, Cultures, and Languages Program at Dartmouth College. Elizabeth Kindall... [show more]

    TAGS: Patricia Berger

  • Bay Area Undergrad Research Symposium on April 9

    The Bay Area Undergraduate Art History Research Symposium will take place on April 9 from 1pm-4:30pm at Mills College's Lisser Hall (reception to follow on the Lisser Hall terrace). Meet undergraduate students from the San Francisco Bay Area and learn about their latest research. Nusheen Ghaemi, one of our very talented History of Art majors, will be presenting. 

    TAGS: Symposium, Undergraduate

  • Art History Summer Session Classes 2022

    We invite you to take a look at our summer session classes. 

    Session A (six weeks, May 23-July 1)

    Vintage photo of construction worker climbing cable. HA 186A | CCN: 15770 Art and Labor: The Visual Culture of Work in Early Twentieth-Century United States  Amy O’Hearn Mon-Thurs / 12-2:00pm   Culinary still life HA N190B | CCN: 15771 Food and Drink in Mediterranean Art Jennifer Black  Mon-Thurs / 3-5:00pm   Folk art portrait of a woman HA 190H | CCN: 14367 Folklore and the Folkloresque in Contemporary Art Kristine Barrett Mon-Thurs / 10-12:00pm  

    Session D (six weeks, July 5-August 12)

    Decorative Chinese Plate HA 34 | CCN: 15774 Mediations and Materials: Art in China Susan Eberhard Mon-Thurs / 10:00-12:00pm   Indian ivory sculpture from the Middle Ages HA 190C | CCN: 15776 Bronze, Ivory, and Dragon’s Blood: Making the Middle Ages in the Indian Ocean World  Ariana Pemberton Mon-Thurs / 12:00-2:00pm

    TAGS: Summer sessions

  • Commencement 2022

    History of Art Commencement exercises will take place on Wednesday, May 18th at 9:00 a.m. in the auditorium at The UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA). Save the date! This year’s commencement speaker is Christina Yang, Chief Curator BAMPFA, and an alumna of the department.

    TAGS: Commencement, Graduate, Graduation, Undergraduate

Scroll to Top