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

April 5, 2021

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

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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New Publication “Constructing Latin America: Architecture, Politics, and Race at the Museum of Modern Art”, by Patricio del Real

June 27, 2022

Professor Patricio del Real’s new publication “Constructing Latin America: Architecture, Politics, and Race at the Museum of Modern Art” will be published at the end of August. The book provides “a nuanced look at how the Museum of Modern Art’s carefully curated treatment of Latin American architecture promoted U.S. political, economic, and cultural interests.” ...

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HAA Student Prize Winners AY 21-22

May 27, 2022

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

The Matthew Abramson '96 Prize for Best Senior Thesis in History of Art and Architecture - Congratulations to Paul Tamburro, who won for his senior thesis Orality and the Maya “Scribe”: Reading Reading Back into the Picture. The Matthew Abramson '96 Prize is awarded by faculty vote of the Department of History of Art and Architecture to the one student of this department whose thesis has been determined as "Best Senior Thesis" as based primarily...

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Stephanie Tung, Class of ’06, appointed as Byrne Family Curator of Photography at PEM

May 17, 2022

Stephanie Tung, class of ’06, has recently been appointed as the Byrne Family Curator of Photography at the Peabody Essex Museum. The role…

“… oversees one of the nation’s oldest and largest photography collections. Formerly serving as PEM’s Assistant Curator and then Associate Curator with a focus on photography, Tung was instrumental in shepherding the 2020 acquisition of approximately 1,600 photographs by artists with ties to East Asia, a...

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Brandon Presser, Class of '05

May 5, 2022

Since graduating, Brandon Presser, HAA Class of ’05, has worked in the Louvre, in Tokyo as an architectural apprentice, and in Thailand as a scuba diving professional. From there, he became the youngest person to join the writing team at Lonely Planet, and has since written over 50 travel publications. He has written for multiple publications including Bloomberg, Harper’s Bazaar, Conde Nast Traveler, and Town & Country.

 

His new book out from Hachette entitled THE FAR LAND: 200...

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Professor Suzanne Blier elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

April 29, 2022

Congratulations to Professor Suzanne Blier, Allen Whitehill Clowes Chair of Fine Arts and of African and African American Studies, for her recent election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences honors excellence and convenes leaders from every field of human endeavor to examine new ideas, address issues of importance to the nation and the world, and work together “to cultivate every art and science which may tend to advance the interest, honor, dignity, and happiness of a...

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Jack Alessio Pretto, Class of ’14

April 26, 2022

Jack Alessio Pretto, HAA Class of ’14, spent six years at Calvin Klein, first working on their built environments, and then as an art director. Before leaving, he art-directed the Calvin Klein Global Pride 2021 campaign where he had the privilege of working with photographers including Collier Schorr and Ryan McGinley.

This past summer, he started a new journey with the New York based womenswear company, Khaite, as their Senior Manager of Brand Marketing and Environments. “In the latter part of my role, environments, I design and develop all things in the built environment -...

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