Students who participated in a special curatorial component of the course Contemporary Art in the Americas, co-taught by Curator Constance Lewallen and Professor Julia Bryan-Wilson, discussed works on view at the Berkeley Art Museum. See the exhibit's online "booklet" here.
The Department is pleased to announce the appointment of Koenraad Van Cleempoel to the visiting Pieter Paul Rubens Chair for Spring 2017. Koenraad Van Cleempoel is one of the world’s foremost experts on Flemish scientific instruments of the Renaissance period, having completed his PhD at the Warburg Institute in the School of Advanced Studies at the University of London in 1998 with a dissertation entitled Aspects of Scientific Instruments Production in Louvain between 1550 and 1600. He is also the co-author of Spheres: The Arts of the Celestial Mechanics (Paris: J. Kugel). Specifically art historical perspectives undertaken in his work include attention to the iconography of scientific instruments in Flemish and Dutch art—in such works as Gossaert’s portrait of a young girl, the Five Senses series of Jan Brueghel the Elder and Peter Paul Rubens and Jan Vermeer’s Astronomer. That Van Cleempoel is an avid pursuer of yet-undiscovered scientific instruments can be seen in his substantive 2003 co-authored article, “A Recently Discovered Sixteenth-Century Spanish Astrolabe” published in Annals of Science, and in 2015, “A Newly Discovered Medieval Astrolabe with Gear Mechanism,” in Medieval Encounters (proc... [show more]
Getty Undergraduate Multicultural Internship
Ramon de Santiago
Haas Scholar - twenty highly qualified, academically talented undergraduates come together to build a supportive intellectual community during their final year at UC-Berkeley
McNair Scholar - prepares selected UC Berkeley undergraduates for graduate study
Summer Undergraduate Research Award - to conduct research in the eastern United States for an honors thesis on Bay Area Figurative Painting, advised by Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby
Gabriella (Nunez) Wellons
George A. Miller Scholar - provides outstanding community college transfer students with a research and community service stipend
Berkeley's Institute of International Studies (IIS) Undergraduate Merit Scholarship supports undergraduate research in any area of international studies.
Graduate Pre-doctoral Fellowships/Awards
Fellowship for Research at Emory College; Mellon Curatorial Internship Award
Jessica (Jez) Flores
CASVA Summer Travel Award for American Art Historians
Elizabeth... [show more]
The Department of History of Art at UC Berkeley is enormously pleased to announce that Patricia Berger (Professor of Chinese Art) has been awarded the 2016 College Art Association Distinguished Teaching of Art History Award. This award honors Professor Berger's many significant contributions to undergraduate and graduate mentoring. CAA will formally recognize its Awards for Distinction honorees at a special awards ceremony to be held during Convocation at the 104th Annual Conference in Washington, DC, on Wednesday evening, February 3, 2016, 5:30–7:00 PM.
The Department is delighted to announce the publication of Professor Diliana Angelova's Sacred Founders: Women, Men, and Gods in the Discourse of Imperial Founding, Rome through Early Byzantium.
Students in Professor Julia Bryan-Wilson's contemporary art history class are collaborating with curator Connie Lewallen for the upcoming show Mind Over Matter, opening at the Berkeley Art Museum in fall 2016. The undergraduates are researching some of the objects, photographs, and ephemera in the exhibit—which focuses on the museum's rich holdings in conceptual art—and writing essays for the online exhibition catalogue. Bryan-Wilson and Lewallen have been working together for over a year to facilitate this collaboration.
History of Art Commencement exercises will take place on Monday, May 16 at 9:00 a.m. in Zellerbach Playhouse. Save the date!
We are excited to announce that our 2016 Commencement Speaker will be Rue Mapp (A.B. UC Berkeley History of Art, 2009).
Rue Mapp is the founder and CEO of OutdoorAfro (outdoorafro.com), an organization dedicated to creating communities, events, and partnerships that support diverse participation in the Great Outdoors. The organization works to reconnect African-Americans with natural spaces and one another through recreational activities.
Professor Lisa Trever and some students in the seminar "Mural Painting and the Ancient Americas" arrive at the de Young Museum in San Francisco to study and photograph the fragments of ancient murals from Teotihuacan, Mexico on view there in the Harald Wagner collection. With the support of the Digital Humanities at Berkeley initiative and the staff of the Visual Resources Center of the Department of History of Art, the class used specialized equipment to take photographs for panoramic stitching and photogrammetry. Special thanks to Sue Grinols, Director of Photo Services and Imaging, and Dr. Matthew Robb, curator of the Art of the Americas at the de Young, for making this visit possible. Students enrolled in the seminar will use these photographs in the production of their final research projects. The surprisingly traffic-free trip from Berkeley to Golden Gate Park even allowed the group to stop for tea at the Japanese Tea Garden before beginning their photographic work!
Left to right: Yessica Porras, Kat Huggins, Michaela Guerrera, Gabriella Nunez, Verónica Múnoz-Nájar, Nathan Kelleher, Lisa Trever, and Arianna Campiani.
Photograph by Lynn Cunningham
Body and Empire: A Conversation
Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby
Still Thinking about Olympia’s Maid
Opening with Manet’s voyage to Brazil after the second French abolition of slavery, this talk focuses on the too often overlooked black woman in Manet’s Olympia (1863) and the model Laure who posed for this painting and others. Manet’s painting stages a creole scene that makes visible France’s long reliance on slavery, but also its Revolutionary redefinition of all blacks as paid workers after the second abolition of slavery in 1848. How does thinking about the entry of blacks, specifically black women, into France’s economy of wage labor differently illuminate Manet’s painting?
Of the "Effeminate" Buddha and the Making of an Indian Art History
Internalizing colonial accusations of the “effeminacy” of the native male body, nineteenth-century Indian ideologues and reformers attempted to redeem the national body through a range of phallocentric body cultures. Anti-colonial art history, however, deliberately appropriated colonizing discourses of the effeminate native body to epistemologically challenge the hegemonic hyper-masculinity advocated by both the regulatory mechanisms of the British Em... [show more]