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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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Harvard Gazette: "Giving Carrie Mae Weems her due", an interview with Professor Sarah Lewis

September 17, 2021
Snapshot of title from Sarah Lewis article "Giving Carrie Mae Weems her due". Background image credits: “Mourning,” from the Constructing History series, 2008. © Carrie Mae Weems. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, New York

Professor Sarah Lewis spoke with the Harvard Gazette about the recent “October Files” journal she edited with HAA doctoral candidate Christine Garnier which explores the work of the influential American artist Carrie Mae Weems.

“It is no exaggeration to say that Carrie Mae Weems, an extraordinary artist and thinker, is one of the most prodigious artists of our time. I am so grateful that my colleagues Benjamin Buchloh [Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Modern Art] and Carrie Lambert-Beatty [Professor of HAA and Art, Film, and Visual Studies] kindly invited me to edit this volume...

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Joseph Koerner and Tamara Morsel-Eisenberg, "Iconoclash in Northern Italy" - new article in Critical Inquiry

August 31, 2021
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Professor Joseph Koerner has recently co-authored an article in CRITICAL INQUIRY (Volume 48, Issue 1) uncovering the backstory of a famous masterpiece of Renaissance painting. It's a story about religious violence, pictorial power, medieval Jewish legal commentary, and triumphalist histories of art.

This article draws together two works...

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Joseph Koerner, "Remembrance of cicada seasons past", Harvard Gazette

August 11, 2021
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Joseph Koerner heard a familiar sound while on a trip to Washington, D.C., in May: the hum of billions of cicadas emerging after 17 years of dormancy.

The Victor S. Thomas Professor of the History of Art and Architecture felt unsettled by the eerie whine. But the cacophony also ignited a deep memory of cicada seasons past and lessons about the interplay between life and art, ideas he brings to his own teaching, particularly when working with students just learning how to make a personal connection to a work — something he will be doing in...

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Two new publications by Professor Hamburger: "Color in Cusanus" and "The Birth of the Author: Pictorial Prefaces in Glossed Books of the Twelth Century"

August 9, 2021
Two new publications by Professor Hamburger: "Color in Cusanus" and "The Birth of the Author: Pictorial Prefaces in Glossed Books of the Twelth Century" (front covers)

Jeffrey F. Hamburger, Color in Cusanus. Stuttgart: Anton Hiersemann Verlag, 2021.

For Nicholas of Cusa, the fifteenth-century polymath, diagrams comprised the ideal medium with which to represent the highest truths. No less important, they provided the perfect vehicle with which to attain such truths in the first place. For his treatise De coniecturis (On Surmises), the cardinal devised diagrams in which color played an essential role by cobnveying the character of the perception of light in three-...

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Kirsten Burke: 2021 Derek C. Bok Award Citation

August 5, 2021
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Kirsten Burke, a PhD candidate at HAA, recently won the Derek C. Bok Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching of Undergraduates. Only five people are named each year. Testimonials were collected from her students as part of the nomination process and written up in a citation which can be read in full on the GSAS website.

“While she...

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Sarah Elizabeth Lewis Wins the 2022 Danto/ASA Prize

August 4, 2021
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The APA and the American Society for Aesthetics (ASA) are pleased to announce that Professor Sarah Elizabeth Lewis has been selected as the winner of the 2022 Arthur Danto/American Society for Aesthetics Prize for her paper, “Groundwork: Race and Aesthetics in the Era of Stand Your Ground Law.” The paper formed the subject of Professor Lewis's graduate seminar "American Racial Ground" in the Fall of 2020. It was published in Art...

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Harvard Art Museums to reopen September 4th

July 20, 2021
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The Harvard Art Museums announce today plans to reopen to the public on Saturday, September 4, 2021. Advance reservations will be required for visitors and will be available up to three weeks in advance. Reservations can be made on the museum website beginning August 20. A limited number of tickets may also be available each day to walk-in visitors. In conjunction with the reopening plans, the museums are also pleased to announce a new “Free Sundays” initiative. The museums will offer preview days for...

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