Departmental Events

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. 

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!

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.

4:00 pm | 12/5/2019 | UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center Street, Berkeley | Until 7:00 pm | 12/5/2019

From mythical perceptions of vast oceanic waters to porcelain excavated from shipwrecks, from the visual culture of port cities to depictions of marine life, this edition of Five Tables mines the BAMPFA collection to unearth global histories of the Indian Ocean—the earth’s third largest body of water and the site of the world’s oldest cultural continuum, facilitating the mobility of people, objects, and ideas around the world. Curated by students in UC Berkeley Professor Sugata Ray’s Fall 2019 course Introduction to the Art and Architecture of South and Southeast Asia, this presentation explores how such oceanic networks also shaped global histories of art. Free Admission.

10:00 am | 11/19/2019 | 308A Doe Library | Until 12:00 pm | 11/19/2019

Julie Wolf

This course will introduce students of art history to the basic principles of digital photography, along with some guidelines for best practice in manual mode. We will review the mechanics of digital image capture. Topics will include image formats, the exposure triangle, and color balance.

Students should bring a digital camera and download Adobe Bridge and Adobe Photoshop on to a laptop through UC’s free Adobe CC 2018 Desktop App.

Enrollment is limited to 12 people. Priority given to UCB History of Art undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty. Enrollment deadline Nov. 14.


9:30 am | 10/31/2019 | 308A Doe Library, UC Berkeley | Until 12:30 pm | 10/31/2019

Join the Conversion and Negotiation class to view their Day of the Dead alters and learn more about the celebration.

Traditional refreshments will be provided.

Sponsored by L&S BIG IDEAS.

1:30 pm | 10/23/2019 | 308A Doe Library, UC Berkeley | Until 4:30 pm | 10/23/2019

Justin Underhill

Pre-registration Required

Come join us for the first Digital Art History Workshop at the newly-founded Visualization Lab for Digital Art History! This session will introduce participants to the basics of 3D data in its relevance for visualizing and documenting cultural heritage.

Topics will include:

  • The basics of modeling and rendering
  • Common file formats, terminology, and software packages
  • Workflows for laser scanning


Software for participants to install on their laptops before the workshop:

SketchUp Pro 30-day trial:

Autodesk Maya Educational Download

*Contact the V-Lab if you do not own a laptop and would like to participate*

*This software is compatible with both Mac and Windows*

Please also bring headphones that are compatible with your laptop and a three-button mouse.


Enrollment is limited to 12 people.
Priority is given to UCB History of Art undergraduates, graduates, staff, and faculty. To enroll, please email
Enrollment deadline: October 16, 5 PM

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