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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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Jacket cover for book "Imperial Splendour" by Jeffrey Hamburger and Joshua O’Driscoll

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

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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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

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

September 17, 2021

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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Jane Schindler and team at Stillhart Design Studio

Jane Schindler, HAA '09, becomes partner in design firm Stillhart Konzeption und Gestaltung

September 16, 2021

Jane (Cheng-) Schindler, HAA class of ‘09 recently became partner in the design firm Stillhart in Zürich, Switzerland.

“We do graphic design in the cultural sector, mostly for museums, non-profits, and arts-adjacent professionals (architects, photographers, theatres, urban planners...). Projects we’re thrilled to be working on: a graphic identity and digital platform for a new foundation for gender equality; and an exhibition on the history of colonialism in Switzerland;...

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Christopher Platts appointed Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Cincinnati.

September 2, 2021

Christopher Platts (HAA '06) has been appointed Assistant Professor of Art History in the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning at the University of Cincinnati. This year he is teaching courses in medieval and early modern art, critical approaches to art history, and museum studies.

Chris recently co-curated the exhibition The Great Wonder: Violet Oakley and the Gothic Revival at Vassar (February 7-June 13, 2021) at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. An accompanying...

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

August 31, 2021

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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