Departmental Events

10:00 am | 4/4/2020 | San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Save the date! The fourth Berkeley/Stanford Symposium will be on April 4, 2020.

The Berkeley/Stanford Symposium is an annual gathering of emerging voices in the arts. Organized collaboratively by graduate students in Art History at both Stanford and UC Berkeley, the symposia are open to graduate students in all fields and young members of the wider community of visual culture, including artists, designers, museum professionals, and writers.

Details and RSVP information will be announced when available, check back soon!

5:00 pm | 4/7/2020 | TBD | Until 7:00 pm | 4/7/2020

Persis Berlekamp

We are pleased to announce that Persis Berlekamp (University of Chicago) will be the speaker for the Stoddard Lecture in Spring 2020.

A public lecture is scheduled for the evening of Tuesday, April 7.

A seminar is scheduled on Wednesday, April 8 at noon, attendance is open to UC Berkeley History of Art Department students, faculty, staff, and invited guests.

More details will be announced when available, check back soon!

9:00 am | 5/19/2020 | UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive | Until 12:00 pm | 5/19/2020

Save the date! 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). Light refreshments will be served.

5:30 pm | 4/1/2020 | Bancroft Hotel - Ball Room, 2680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley | Until 7:30 pm | 4/1/2020

John Pollini, Department of Art History, University of Southern California

The Del Chiaro Center for Ancient Italian Studies, the AHMA Program and the History of Art Department at UC Berkeley are pleased to announce the 2020 Del Chiaro Lecture, featuring: John Pollini, USC Associate Professor in Art History and Professor of Art History and History.

Reception to follow.

9:00 pm | 3/11/2020Until 9:00 pm | 3/12/2020

Big Give, UC Berkeley’s annual 24-hour online fundraising blitz, is happening 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. 

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Thank you for your generous support!

10:00 am | 2/24/2020 | 170 Wurster Hall | Until 11:30 am | 2/24/2020

Francesco Bandarin, Former Assistant Director-General of Culture and Director of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre (2000-2018)

Francesco Bandarin will speak on the restoration of Notre Dame Cathedral after the April 15, 2019 fire that destroyed the structure’s roof and spire. The lecture will include an assessment of the damage, a presentation of the current restoration activities, and a discussion of the reconstruction policies of the cathedral.

As Assistant Director-General for Culture and Director of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre from 2000 to 2018, Francesco Bandarin was responsible for policies affecting hundreds of world heritage sites around the globe. He is Distinguished Alumnus (2003) of the University of California, Berkeley, and until 2016 he was Professor of Urban conservation at the University IUAV of Venice, Italy. He co-authored The Historic Urban Landscape: Managing Heritage in an Urban Century (2012), Reconnecting the City (2015) and Reshaping Urban Conservation (2019). He is senior advisor of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture and serves as special advisor to the director-general of ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property). He is currently a Guest Scholar at the Getty Conservation Institute in Los Angeles.

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9:00 am | 2/21/2020 | 308A Doe Library, UC Berkeley | Until 5:00 pm | 2/21/2020

Revolving around a new reading of Giotto’s acclaimed Arena Chapel (Cappella degli Scrovegni) in Padua, this international book conference will pair some of the most eminent art historians in the field of Italian Renaissance / Early Modern Studies from Europe and the US east coast with interdisciplinary responses from prominent local historians, art historians, and specialists in related fields such as Classics, medieval, Renaissance, and literature studies from California (UCB, UCD, Stanford, and UCLA). 

On the conference day, speakers will engage themes from Henrike Lange’s book manuscript, Giotto’s Arena Chapel and the Triumph of Humility (Cambridge University Press) in five sections: I. The Sources of Antiquity as Other: Triumphal Architecture and the Lever of Humility, II. Crystallization: Matter and Illusion, III. Mystic Intelligence: Vision, Words, Cognition, IV. Giotto Historiographies, and V. Modernity & Modernities.

All respondents having read the manuscript beforehand, the five main speakers will offer comments on their section theme in relation to the manuscript as well as to their own expertise. Their presentations of about 30 minutes each will be compleme... [show more]

4:30 pm | 2/11/2020 | 308A Doe Library, UC Berkeley | Until 6:00 pm | 2/11/2020

Sarah E. Bassett, Associate Professor, Department of Art History, Indiana University

Sarah Bassett (Indiana University Bloomington) will address the thorny subject of style and meaning through the use of contrapposto on early Christian icons. This talk is sponsored through the Stoddard Lecture series fund.

Light refreshments will be served. 

11:00 am | 1/31/2020 | 308A Doe Library | Until 2:00 pm | 1/31/2020

Claire Ittner, Ellen Feiss, Imogen Hart, Justin Underhill, Whitney Davis

11 am: Claire Ittner, “The Black Cultural Research Project: Constructing a Black Arts Archive”
11:40 am: Ellen C. Feiss, “The Origins of the ‘Everyday’: Community Development, Liberal Government, Contemporary Art”
12:10 pm: Imogen Hart, “Decolonizing the Arts and Crafts Movement”
[10 minute break]
12:50 pm: Justin Underhill, “What Turns Pictures On”
1:20 pm: Whitney Davis, “Is the Spirit Here? Scepticism and the Twilight of Presence”

Light refreshments will be served.

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