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  • 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]
  • Congratulations to the Class of 2020

    Congratulations GraduatesDoctoral Degree

    Matthew Culler
    Karine Douplitzky
    Jessica Flores García
    Elizabeth McFadden
    Sasha Rossman

    Bachelor of Arts Degree

    Mimy Arias
    Sadie Bennett
    Blaire Borkowski
    Madison Brooke
    Elina Choi
    Rileigh Clarke
    Jamie Danis
    Frances Dyson
    Chelsea Glickman
    Benjamin Good
    Echo Hansen
    Yiman Hu
    Yueqiu Hu
    Shreya Kareti
    Abbey Kingsbury
    Tina Kremzner-Hsing
    Dayana Laguna
    Sydnie Pedemonte
    Maricruz Pulido
    Erika Ranahan
    Hannah Rasekhi
    Brigitta Rehn
    Izabela Rice
    Arisa Saito
    Chloe Tsz Yui Shum
    Leilah Talukder
    Holly Ulicki
    Andres Villatoro-Benitez
    Emily Walker
    Yuxin Wang
    Meixuan Xiao
    Morgan Yanni
    Yazhi Zheng

    TAGS: Graduation

  • Celebrating Graduate Students 2019-2020

    Graduate Pre-doctoral Fellowships/Awards

    Jess Bailey Paul Mellon Centre Junior Fellowship, London, UK Sarah Cowan National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend Ramón de Santiago -Summer 2020 FLAS Fellowship for Tagalog Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison awarded by the Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies at UC Berkeley -Travel Award for the Study of Indigenous Languages (Nahuatl) awarded by the Center for Latin American Studies at UC Berkeley -Mellon Foundation Curatorial Preparedness and Object-Based Learning Grant for Travel awarded by the Department of History of Art at UC Berkeley Ellen Feiss Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, Woodrow Wilson Foundation Jez Flores Outstanding GSI Award Claire Ittner Chester Dale Fellowship, The Metropolitan Museum of Art Riad Kherdeen ABD Graduate Student Research Grant in International Studies from Berkeley’s Institute of International Studies Grace Kuipers Summer Research Grant, Center for Latin American Studies,  Verónica Muñoz-Nájar  Chester Dale Predoctoral Fellowship, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts Yessica Porras  Mellon International Dissertation Research F... [show more]

    TAGS: Awards, Fellowships, Graduate students, Mellon Fellowship

  • New Virtual Tour: When All That Is Solid Melts into Air

    Untitled by Baua Devi
    Baua Devi: Untitled, 1983; watercolor; 21 1/4 x 29 1/2 in.; BAMPFA, museum purchase.
    On March 3, 2020, When All That Is Solid Melts into Air: Exploring the Intersection of the Folk and the Modern—an exhibition of modern and contemporary South Asian art—opened at BAMPFA, merely days before the shelter in place guidelines were announced. But we can still see the exhibition through this new virtual tour. The exhibition emerged from a seminar titled, The Folk and/in the Modern: Critical Concepts + Curatorial Practicum in Twentieth-Century South Asian Art, co-taught by History of Art Department Assistant Professor Atreyee Gupta and former BAMPFA Director and Chief Curator Lawrence Rinder. Along with Atreyee Gupta and Lawrence Rinder, the curators for this exhibition are BAMPFA Associate Curator Stephanie Cannizzo and student curators Uttara Chaudhuri, Shuli Fang, Yiman Hu, Vanessa Jackson, Michelle Kwhak, Ashley Pattison-Scott, Ariana Pemberton, Saif Radi, Ryan Serpa, and Ellen Song. The virtual tour is also viewable on YouTube.  

    TAGS: Virtual Tour, Atreyee Gupta, Berkeley Art Museum

  • Department publishes latest Newsletter

    We are excited to share with you the 2019-2020 issue of our annual departmental Newsletter. This link will take you to the Newsletter. A huge thank you to Julie Wolf for her design work.
    This and past Newsletters can also be accessed here; select "Read the full issue online" to read the Newsletter as an online magazine. If you choose to download the pdf instead, we recommend selecting the "two pages" view. 
  • 2020 Prytanean Faculty Award goes to Asst. Prof. Henrike C. Lange

    Dr. Henrike C. Lange, Assistant Professor in the Departments of History of Art and Italian Studies has won the 2020 Prytanean Faculty Award. Since 1986, The Prytanean Honor Society Alumnae Association awards annually a financial grant to an outstanding woman junior faculty member on the Berkeley campus. Through a competitive process, the winner is chosen for her record as a distinguished teacher, her demonstrated scholarly achievement, and her success as a role model for students at the University of California, Berkeley. 

    TAGS: Henike Lange, Prytanean Faculty Award

  • Big Give is Happening Now!

    Big Give, UC Berkeley’s annual 24-hour online fundraising blitz, is happening now!  You can make a donation to support the History of Art department during Big Give 2020 starting at 9pm on Wednesday, March 11 through 9pm on Thursday, March 12.  Follow us on FacebookInstagram and Twitter for updates during Big Give 2020 and for History of Art events and news. Thank you for your generous support!
  • The Big Give is on March 12

    Coming Soon! Big Give, UC Berkeley’s annual 24-hour online fundraising blitz, is coming up on March 12th. Cal Alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff and friends will come together to support our great university.   You can make a donation to support the History of Art department during Big Give 2020 starting at 9pm on Wednesday, March 11 through 9pm on Thursday, March 12.  Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for updates during Big Give 2020 and for History of Art events and news. Thank you for your generous support!

    TAGS: Big Give 2020

  • Enroll Now for Summer Session 2020

    Enrollment is now open for History of Art's Summer Session 2020 courses:  

    Summer 2020 / Session A (6 weeks, May 26-July 2)

    Histories of Photography HA 182, M-W 2-4pm, Delphine Sims


    Summer 2020 / Session D  (6 weeks, July 6-August 14)

    Art and Social Change in Asia: Contemporary Art + Architecture from Asia, ca. 1945-present HA 37, M-Th 2-4pm, Stephanie Hohlios

    Introduction to Modern Art HA 80, M-Th 10-12pm, Karine Douplitzky

    Theories and Methods of Art History HA 100, M-Th, 12-2PM, Joseph Albanese

    Fashion, Technology, and the Sensible HA 156C, M-Th 10-12pm, Michele D’Aurizio


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