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!

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. 

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.

12:00 am | 11/20/2019 | Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall | Until 1:00 pm | 11/20/2019

Sugata Ray in conversation with Whitney Davis

In the enchanted world of Braj, the primary pilgrimage center in north India for worshippers of Krishna, each stone, river, and tree is considered sacred. In Climate Change and the Art of Devotion (Washington, 2019), Sugata Ray (History of Art) shows how this place-centered theology emerged in the wake of the Little Ice Age (ca. 1550-1850), an epoch marked by climatic catastrophes across the globe. In a major contribution to the emerging field of eco-art history, Ray compares early modern conceptions of the environment and current assumptions about nature and culture. Examining architecture, paintings, photography, and prints created in Braj alongside theological treatises and devotional poetry, he explores seepages between the natural ecosystem and cultural production. After a brief conversation about the book, they open the floor for discussion.

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.

11:00 am | 10/24/2019 | 308A Doe Library, UC Berkeley | Until 4:00 pm | 10/24/2019

Rileigh Clarke, Chris Hallett, Claire Lyons, Lisa C. Pieraccini, Sofie Heiberg Plovdrup

The History of Art Department and the Del Chiaro Center at UC Berkeley are delighted to present a workshop featuring Etruscan Identities: Image and Imagination. 

11:00 Welcome and Introduction

11:30 Rileigh Clarke, Student, History of Art, UC Berkeley – Reflections on Etruscan Mirrors at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum

11:50 Sofie Heiberg Plovdrup, Ph.D. candidate, University of Copenhagen
When the Etruscans and Romans ‘Faced’ Each Other

Light Refreshments

1:00 Claire Lyons, Curator of Antiquities, J. Paul Getty Museum—Image and Identity on Funerary Furniture in Central Italy

1:45 Chris Hallett, Professor of Roman Art, History of Art & Classics, UC Berkeley—The Etruscans in the Roman Imagination

2:45 Lisa Pieraccini, Adjunct Associate Professor of Etruscan Art, History of Art, UC Berkeley—Etruscan Identities: Images and Perceptions

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

5:00 pm | 10/9/2019 | 10 Stephens Hall, UC Berkeley | Until 7:00 pm | 10/9/2019

Speaker: Raj Rewal, Architect. Moderators: Andrew Shanken, Professor of Architecture and Acting Vice-Chair for Faculty, College of Environmental Design; Atreyee Gupta, Assistant Professor of Global Modern Art and South and Southeast Asian


Sponsors: Institute for South Asia StudiesSarah Kailath Chair of India StudiesSouth Asia Art Initiative, Department of History of Art, College of Environmental DesignGlobal Urban Humanities

Raj Rewal’s talk will reference space, structures and sustainability with examples from traditional values that have inspired him and which have relevance to our times.
SPACE: How to reconcile modern rationalism with typologies abstracted from the past to create spaces which link the buildings based on climate and culture Jaisalmer in India, Toledo in Spain, Sienna in Italy are great examples which have inspired my works like Asian games village and National Institute of Immunology.
STRUCTURES: Screens in stone lattice with geometrical perforations are an important feature of Indian architecture with similar examples in Alhambra which have led me to new structural solutions for Lisbon Ismaili Centre, Exhibition complex in Delhi and steel rooftop of the Library for the Indian Parliament.
SUSTAINABILITY: In our new projects we are harnessing solar energy in an innovative way to integrate it as a design element on a vast scale. The design for the Visual Arts Institutional Ca... [show more]

5:00 pm | 9/12/2019 | 308A Doe Library, UC Berkeley | Until 7:00 pm | 9/12/2019

Rizvana Bradley, Professor of History of Art and African American Studies, Yale University

This talk explores the way visual art archives generate surplus material that work to both construct and interrogate an image of the human. The talk opens by revisiting Saidiya Hartman’s central query from the essay, “Venus in Two Acts” (2008). There, Hartman asks: “What are the stories one tells in dark times?” At stake is the role of art in the valuation of human life, and, in contradistinction – if perhaps unconsciously – the revaluation of the human. Central to the talk is a consideration of the way art’s frequent aestheticization of suffering is bound up with a manipulation of formal concerns that appear medium specific. Bringing Hartman’s question to bear on material from film, photography, painting, and other media, I explore whether art’s dark return to the archive of colonialism ensures a dangerous form of epistemological closure, so that to see and to know the history of the colonized is to violently repeat the biopolitical reduction of the colonized to specific signatures of dispossession.

Rizvana Bradley is Assistant Professor of the History of Art and African-American Studies at Yale.  

More event details here.

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