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  • Anneka Lenssen 2019 winner of the Prince Pierre of Monaco Foundation’s Prize for a Critical Essay on Contemporary Art

    An essay by assistant Professor Anneka Lenssen has been awarded the 2019 Prince Pierre of Monaco Foundation's Prize for a Critical Essay on Contemporary Art. Lenssen's prize-winning essay, "Abstraction of the Many? Finding Plenitude in Arab Painting," will be published in the catalogue to the upcoming exhibition Taking Shape: Abstraction from the Arab World, 1950s-1980s, opening at NYU's Grey Art Gallery in January 2020. Lenssen was nominated by Nada Shabout. The Foundation's announcement is here.

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  • When All That Is Solid Melts into Air exhibition at BAMPFA

    A Seed's Journey
    Gauri Gill and Rajesh Vangad: A Seed's Journey, 2019, from the series Fields of Sight, 2013–ongoing; acrylic paint on archival pigment print; 42 x 62 in.; BAMPFA, museum purchase. © Gauri Gill and Rajesh Vangad.
    When All That Is Solid Melts into Air: Exploring the Intersection of the Folk and the Modern in Postcolonial India  March 4–May 24, 2020 at BAMPFA, 2155 Center Street Berkeley. When All That Is Solid Melts into Air tells the story of the momentous social and artistic transformations that unfolded in the relationship between the “modern” and the “folk” within the political and historical context of postcolonial India. The largest body of work in the exhibition comes from BAMPFA’s extraordinary collection of contemporary folk art by Mithila, Warli, and Gond artists. Modern and contemporary artists represented include Sunil Janah, Gauri Gill, Rajesh Vangad, Jagdish Swaminathan, and filmmakers Nina Paley and Amit Dutta. When All That Is Solid Melts into Air: Exploring the Intersection of the Folk and the Modern in Postcolonial India is organized by UC Berkeley History of Art Assistant Professor Atreyee Gupta and BAMPFA Director and Chief Curator Lawrence Rinder with Associate Curator Stephanie Cannizzo and undergraduate and graduate students in the seminar The Folk and/in the Modern: Critical Concepts + Curatorial Practicum in Twentieth-Century South Asian Art. Student curators are Uttara Chaudhu... [show more]
  • Job Opening: Graduate Student Advisor

    History of Art is hiring! The part-time (20 hours per week) History of Art Graduate Advisor position is now open for applications.  This is a permanent position eligible for full UC benefits. Job details are here. The first review date is February 22, 2020. 
  • Lauren Kroiz Appointed Hearst Museum Faculty Director

    Lauren Kroiz
    Dr. Lauren Kroiz
    The Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology has announced the appointment of Dr. Lauren Kroiz as the Museum’s next Faculty Director for a five-year term, effective January 1, 2020. Dr. Kroiz is Associate Professor in the History of Art Department where her research and teaching focus on art and modernism in the United States during the twentieth century. She plans to engage both graduate and undergraduate students from a broad range of disciplines in classroom and hands-on work at the Museum. And her scholarly and curatorial work evince a deep understanding of the impact of colonialism on practices of collecting, archiving, and displaying; this knowledge and critical acumen will serve her well in the Museum’s work on repatriation and relations with Native American governments and communities. The Hearst Museum aims to be a place where cultures connect in uncommon ways, through exciting exhibits of the rich holdings of the collection, through hosting object-based teaching and research involving scholars from our campus community and beyond, and through public education and outreach. Founded in 1901, at present the Museum cares for a collection of an estimated 3.8 million objects that span all six... [show more]

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  • Commencement 2020

    History of Art Commencement exercises will take place on Tuesday, May 19th at 9:00 a.m. in the auditorium at The UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA). Save the date!

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  • Julia Bryan-Wilson awarded 2019 Guggenheim Fellowship

    Julia Bryan-Wilson
    Doris and Clarence Malo Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art, Julia Bryan-Wilson, has been awarded a 2019 fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for individuals who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts. Established in 1925 by former United States Senator Simon Guggenheim and Olga Hirsh Guggenheim as a memorial to their son, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation offers fellowships to further the development of scholars and artists by assisting in research in any field of knowledge and creation. The Foundation receives approximately 3,000 applications each year. This year Bryan-Wilson is one of five UC Berkeley faculty -among a diverse group of 168 scholars, artists, and writers- to receive the coveted award. Bryan-Wilson plans to use the funds for research and travel as she finishes her book about the work of American sculptor Louise Nevelson.

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  • Celebrating Graduate And Undergraduate Students 2018-2019

    Undergraduate Achievements

    Nada Hosking (BA 2014) Executive Director of Global Heritage Fund Gabriella Wellons (BA 2018) A paid summer internship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art  

    Graduate Pre-doctoral Fellowships/Awards

    J.G. Bailey European Research Council Consolidator Grant: Global Horizonte in der Kunst des Mittelaters, Universität Bern Ramón de Santiago Tinker Foundation grant Center for Latin American Studies Summer Field Research Grant Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship for Nahuatl Language Study Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award Scholarship, Rare Book School, "The Art & Science of Cartography, 200–1550 CE," University of Virginia Karine Douplitzky France–Berkeley Fund Fellowship with Professor Todd Olson to collaborate with Ann Lafont (Director of Studies EHESS, France) (2018–19) Susan Eberhard CASVA Andrew W. Mellon Predoctoral Fellowship E. C. Feiss Ellen Holzman Fellow, Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellowship in American Art Smithsonian Institution Predoctoral Fellowship, Smithsonian American Art Museum [Declined] Townsend Center for the Humanities Dissertation Fellowship Stephanie Hohlios Dissertation research fellowship for 2019–20... [show more]

    TAGS: Acknowledgments, Andrew Sears, Awards, CASVA, Delphine Sims, Elaine Yau, Ellen Feiss, Emma Silverman, Fellowships, Gabriella Wellons, Grace Harpster, Graduate, Jennifer Stager, Jessica (Jez) Flores García, Kappy Mintie, Laure Marest-Caffey, Lesdi Goussen Robleto, Miriam Said, Ramon de Santiago, Rebecca Levitan, Rosaline Kyo, Sarah Louise Cowan, Shivani Sud, Susan Eberhard, Thadeus Dowad, Tobias Rosen, Undergraduate, Yessica Porras

  • History of Art graduate students visit India as part of the 2019 Judith Stronach Travel Seminar

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    Participants of the 2019 Judith Stronach Travel Graduate Seminar at the Sé Cathedral in Goa.
    The Spring 2019 Judith Stronach Travel Graduate Seminar: Indian Ocean Art Histories: Goa; Bombay; Kochi taught by Professor Sugata Ray visited India during the Spring Break. Bringing together art history, environmental humanities, and maritime history, the Seminar took as its theme the social, cultural, and economic significance of oceanic waters. The Indian Ocean – the third largest water body and the world’s oldest cultural continuum that has facilitated the mobility of people, objects, and ideas over millennia – served as the locus of study. Over the course of a week, students in the Seminar visited three port cities in India to map the ways in which oceanic networks shaped and continue to shape artistic production. Participants of the Travel Seminar will present their research papers at a symposium in honor of the Seminar’s benefactor, Judith Stronach on April 23, 2019. Details of the symposium here.

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  • Julia Bryan-Wilson’s FRAY receives Frank Jewett Mather Award for Art Criticism

     Professor Julia Bryan-Wilson's book FRAY: Art and Textile Politics has received CAA's 2019 Frank Jewett Mather Award for Art Criticism. More on the award can be found here. Congratulations, Julia!

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  • Julia Bryan-Wilson’s FRAY awarded ASAP Book Prize

    Doris and Clarence Malo Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art Julia Bryan-Wilson has been awarded the 2018 Book Prize from the Association for the Study of Arts of the Present (ASAP) for her book FRAY: Art and Textile Politics. More on this award can be found here

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