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Anti-Racist Statement from the Department of History of Art and Architecture (April 2021)

April 5, 2021
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A letter by David J. Roxburgh, Department Chair:

Dear members of the HAA community,

I am writing today about the rise in anti-Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander violence and hate crimes which reached a new height in the mass shootings in Atlanta and the death of six Asian women. While these senseless and brutal acts, fueled by racist rhetoric, have grown exponentially in the past year they are by no means unprecedented expressions of prejudice and hate against the members of our Asian and AAPI community...

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Black Lives Matter Statement from the Department of History of Art and Architecture (June 2020)

June 18, 2020
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A letter by David J. Roxburgh, Chair, on behalf of the Faculty and Staff of HAA:

Dear Members of the HAA Community,

We, the Faculty and Staff of the Department of the History of Art and Architecture (HAA), affirm this truth: Black Lives Matter.

The past several weeks have been painful beyond measure, and it is difficult to put into words the sense of outrage and sadness we feel from the acts of intolerable and violent racism culminating with the recent police murders of...

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Suzanne Blier receives ACASA Leadership Award

June 21, 2021
Suzanne Blier with Ooni of Ife, head of the Yoruba Monarchs

Professor Suzanne Blier has received the ACASA Leadership Award from the Arts Council of the African Studies Association “in recognition of excellence, innovative contributions and vision in the fields of African and Diasporic Arts.” This award is given once in every three years at the Triennial Meeting of the association, a group that comprises art historians, curators, historians, anthropologists, and others engaging in African and Diaspora art history. Please join us in congratulating Suzanne...

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HAA Student Prize Winners AY 20-21

May 27, 2021
All student prize winners from HAA, AY21

Please join us in celebrating this years student prize winners from HAA. 

Thomas Temple Hoopes Prize - HAA graduating seniors Alden Fossett and Eliza Rubin have won 2021 Thomas Temple Hoopes Prizes for their respective senior theses Rotimi Fani-Kayode’s (no-place): A Spiritual Offering for an Empty World, and Sacred Desire: Multiplicity and Mystery in Parmigianino’s Madonna of the Long Neck. In addition to recognizing students' "excellence in undergraduate work," the Hoopes Prize also recognizes supervising faculty for their "...

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Alejandra Rojas Silva joins faculty of Ohio Wesleyan University

May 17, 2021
Alejandra Rojas Silva

Congratulations to recent HAA alumn Alejandra Rojas Silva for her new position as Assistant Professor of Art History and Fine Arts at Ohio Wesleyan University. More information is available on the OWU website: http://bit.ly/alejandrawesleyan

Alejandra Rojas Silva, Ph.D., is a Latin American art historian focused on representations of the natural world in relation to indigenous, colonial, and contemporary forms of identity. Her research, teaching, and curatorial work extend from the early modern period to the present. Her current book project, “Flora Incognita: Picturing...

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Two HAA Seniors Win 2021 Hoopes Prizes

May 11, 2021
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HAA graduating seniors Alden Fossett and Eliza Rubin have won 2021 Thomas Temple Hoopes Prizes for their respective theses “Rotimi Fani-Kayode’s (no-place): A Spiritual Offering for an Empty World”, and “Sacred Desire: Multiplicity and Mystery in Parmigianino’s Madonna of the Long Neck.”

In addition to recognizing students' "excellence in undergraduate work," the Hoopes Prize also recognizes supervising faculty for their "excellence in the art of teaching." Thus we have also to congratulate HAA Professors Robin Kelsey and Jeffrey Hamburger for advising these two prize-winning...

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New Publication: "Beyond Words: New Research on Manuscripts in Boston Collections", ed. Jeffrey F. Hamburger, Lisa Fagin Davis, Anne-Marie Eze, Nancy Netzer, and William P. Stoneman.

May 10, 2021
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"In the fall of 2016 an international scholarly con­ference accompanied the exhibition Beyond Words: Illuminated Manuscripts in Boston Collections. The speakers were chosen because of their expertise and because they were known to have research under­way pertaining to important manuscripts in the exhibition. The aim of both exhibition and conference was to provide a broad overview of the history of patronage and book production over the course of the High and late Middle Ages, to the extent that the eclectic holdings of Boston-area institutions permitted. Most of the papers...

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Frieze New York 2021 pays tribute to Vision & Justice Project and founder Sarah Elizabeth Lewis

May 5, 2021
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Professor Sarah Lewis and the Vision & Justice Project were the focal points of this year’s Frieze New York Art Fair. The Vision & Justice Project, founded by Professor Lewis, is rooted in education and is dedicated to examining art’s central role in understanding the relationship between race and citizenship in the United States. The tribute intends to explore this examination and expand the reach of the Vision & Justice Project, to give potential new audiences access to a visual literacy that could change the way they see the world...

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