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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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Professor Suzanne Blier recognized by Harvard Square Business Association as Women's History Month honoree

March 15, 2021
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Across the US, the UK and Australia, the month of March is celebrated as Women’s History Month. Each year, the Harvard Square Business Association commemorates Women’s History Month by proudly publishing an annual list of women business owners and directors, as well as political, civic, academic, cultural and non-profit leaders from across the Square and across the city.

This year, Professor Suzanne has been named in the category "City of Cambridge - Business and Neighborhood Association Leaders" for her local community activism.

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Interview: Art Historian Sarah Lewis on Why Black Artists Have Been ‘Over-Exhibited and Under-Theorized’

March 1, 2021
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Professor Sarah Lewis was recently interviewed by artnews.net as part of a series of conversations with scholars engaged with Black art for Black History Month.

The full article is available to read on the artnews.net website

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New Publication: Jinah Kim, "Garland of Visions: Color, Tantra, and a Material History of Indian Painting"

February 25, 2021
Book cover: Garland of Visions by Professor Jinah Kim

Jinah Kims new book, Garlands of Visions: Color, Tantra, and a Material History of Indian Painting, explores the generative relationships between artistic intelligence and tantric vision practices in the construction and circulation of visual knowledge in medieval South Asia. Shifting away from the traditional connoisseur approach, Jinah Kim instead focuses on the materiality of painting: its mediums, its visions, and especially its colors.She argues that the adoption of a special type of manuscript called pothi enabled the material translation of a private and internal...

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Adam Jasienski wins Arthur Kingsley Porter Prize

February 16, 2021
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Adam Jasienski, HAA 2008 (BA), 2016 (PhD), who is currently Assistant Professor of Art History at Southern Methodist University, has been awarded the Arthur Kingsley Porter Prize from the College Art Association for his article “Converting Portraits: Repainting as Art Making in the Early Modern Hispanic World.”

"The Arthur Kingsley Porter Prize was established in 1957, in memory of a founding member of the CAA and one of the first American scholars of the discipline. This award seeks to encourage high...

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"Groundwork: Race and Aesthetics in the Era of Stand Your Ground Law", article by Professor Sarah Lewis

January 20, 2021
Mark Bradford, 150 Portrait Tone, 2017, mixed media on canvas, 20 ft. x 25 ft. 10 in. (6.1 x 7.9 m) (artwork © Mark Bradford; photograph by Joshua White, provided by the artist and Hauser & Wirth)

Professor Lewis' article "Groundwork: Race and Aesthetics in the Era of Stand Your Ground Law" is now available to read in volume 79 of the College Art Association's Art Journal. The full article is available to read on the CAA website.

 

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Benjamin Buchloh’s exhibition "Gerhard Richter: Painting after All" named best of 2020

January 11, 2021
Gerhard Richter, Birkenau, 2014, oil on canvas, four parts. Installation view. Photo: Chris Heins.

Professor Benjamin Buchloh’s exhibition Gerhard Richter : Painting after All, co -curated with Sheena Wagstaff at the Metropolitan Museum Met Breuer, New York, was named in ARTFORUM's "Review of the year" as "one of the best exhibitions of the year 2020."

You can read Jason Farago’s review of the exhibition on the ARTFORUM website here.

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HAA Alum Akili Tommasino appointed to Associate Curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

January 11, 2021
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Congratulations to HAA alumn Akili Tommasino for his recent appointment as Associate Curator at the Metroplitan Museum of Art in New York.

“Akili, an arts educator and expert in 20th-century avant-garde art movements, has been an associate curator at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston since 2018. Prior to joining the MFA Boston, he worked as a curatorial assistant in the department of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, where he curated the 2017 exhibition “Projects: 107: Lone Wolf Recital Corps,” and published essays in Among Others: Blackness at MoMA and MoMA Highlights... Read more about HAA Alum Akili Tommasino appointed to Associate Curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
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