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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 Jeffrey Hamburger elected a corresponding member of the Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen

January 24, 2022
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Congratulations to Professor Jeffrey Hamburger who has recently been elected as a corresponding member of the Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen (The Göttingen Academy of Sciences). The second oldest of the seven academies of sciences in Germany, it has the task of promoting research under its own auspices and in collaboration with institutions in and outside Germany.

For more, Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen website.

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Muqarnas volume 38 now available

December 10, 2021
Front Cover of Muqarnas 38

Muqarnas 38 begins by considering a curious Kufic-inscribed block in the eleventh-century church of Wuqro Cherqos in Ethiopia. Mikael Muehlbauer offers a biography of this object from its inception as an inscribed arch in a Fatimid great mosque to its medieval use as a chancel and luxury item. The next two articles focus on India, explaining the function of a fifteenth-century monument and manuscript, respectively. Mohit Manohar tackles issues of race in analyzing the Chand Minar, arguing that this stone minaret was built to commemorate the role of African and...

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Two interpretative projects at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum by Professor Shawon Kinew

December 9, 2021
Precis of short bio of Shawon Kinew, posted on Isabella Stewart Gardner website

“When I wrote for the interpretive project ‘Reconsidering Titian,’ I tried to capture the many different questions that arise for me when I look at Titian’s Rape of Europa. As an art historian and a professor, I find myself relaying facts of its commission … But these facts don’t really capture the power of this painting, an equally crucial aspect. It is one we can all see, and, perhaps for those of us brave enough, feel. Of all the poesie on display, Europa is the most violent, the most frightening,” Professor Shawon Kinew writes in “The Shimmering Quality of the Rape of Europa” on the @gardnermuseum’s Inside the Collection Blog.... Read more about Two interpretative projects at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum by Professor Shawon Kinew

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In conversation with Joseph Koerner - "In the Foreground: Conversations on Art & Writing" podcast

November 22, 2021
Title graphic for podcast " "In the Foreground: Conversations on Art & Writing" by The Clark Institute

In a recent episode of The Clark Art Institute's podcast, "In the Foreground: Conversations on Art & Writing", Professor Joseph Koerner spoke on the themes of history, trauma and wonder:

 "Caro Fowler speaks with Joseph Leo Koerner, professor of art history at Harvard University, who teaches and writes about the history of art from the late Middle Ages to the present day, with an emphasis on Northern Renaissance art. Joseph discusses his early focus on literary studies, psychoanalysis, and romanticism, and how his curiosity about the traumatic core of...

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Two recent awards for Professor Gülru Necipoğlu

November 12, 2021
Book cover for Muqarnas supplment "Treasures of Knowledge"

Congratulations to Professor Gülru Necipoğlu for winning an honorable mention at the Middle East Librarians’ Association (MELA). This was awarded for the Muqarnas supplement she co-authored with Professors Cemal Kafadar and Cornell H. Fleischer, titled “Treasures of Knowledge: An Inventory of the Ottoman Palace Library (1502/3-1503/4)”

Professor Necipoğlu also recently won a lifelong achievement award for her “Contribution to Architecture” (Mimarlığa Katkı...

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“Interview: A Conversation With Gülru Necipoğlu”, Historians of Islamic Art Association

November 4, 2021
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HIAA Board Member Simon Rettig recently sat for an interview with Gülru Necipoğlu, Aga Khan Professor of Islamic Art and Director of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at the Department of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University. Prof. Necipoğlu discussed the state of the field of Islamic art and the evolutions she noticed over the past decades.

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New publication by Jeffrey Hamburger and Joshua O'Driscoll to accompany exhibition "Imperial Splendor: The Art of the Book in the Holy Roman Empire, ca. 800–1500"

September 22, 2021
Jacket cover for book "Imperial Splendour" by Jeffrey Hamburger and Joshua O’Driscoll

Just published: the book by Jeffrey F. Hamburger and Joshua O’Driscoll (an alum of the department’s graduate program and now a curator in the Department of Manuscripts at the Pierpont Morgan Library & Museum in New York) to accompany the Morgan’s exhibition of Central European illuminated manuscripts from American collections: Imperial Splendor. The Art of the Book in the Holy Roman Empire, 800-1500, New York/London: The Morgan Library & Museum with D. Giles Ltd., 2021.

Imperial Splendor offers a sweeping overview of...

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