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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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Harvard Art Museums to reopen September 4th

July 20, 2021

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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Front cover of journal "October Files: Carrie Mae Weems"

"Carrie Mae Weems", a new volume of October Files, edited by Professor Sarah Lewis

July 12, 2021

A new volume of October Files, edited by Professor Sarah Lewis, explores the work of the influential American artist Carrie Mae Weems—her invention and originality, the formal dimensions of her practice, and her importance to the history of photography and contemporary art. Since the 1980s, Weems (b. 1953) has challenged the status of the Black female body within the complex social fabric of American society. Her photographic work, film, and performance investigate spaces that range from the American kitchen table to the nineteenth-century world of historically Black Hampton University...

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Suzanne Blier receives ACASA Leadership Award

June 21, 2021

Professor Suzanne Blier has received the ACASA Leadership Award from the Arts Council of the African Studies Association “in recognition of excellence, innovative contributions and vision in the fields of African and Diasporic Arts.” This award is given once in every three years at the Triennial Meeting of the association, a group that comprises art historians, curators, historians, anthropologists, and others engaging in African and Diaspora art history. Please join us in congratulating Suzanne...

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Congratulations to HAA Undergraduate Degree Recipients 2021

June 3, 2021

Congratulations to all the degree recipients of the A.B. in History of Art and Architecture, 2021:

Ana Maria Delmar
Alden Fossett 
Isabel Gibney
Adam Gordon
Kaitlin Hao
Laura Sky Herman
Samantha Meade
Nikole Naloy
Annabelle Paterson
Audrey Pettner
Eliza Rubin
Lauren Toman

All student prize winners from HAA, AY21

HAA Student Prize Winners AY 20-21

May 27, 2021

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

Thomas Temple Hoopes Prize - HAA graduating seniors Alden Fossett and Eliza Rubin have won 2021 Thomas Temple Hoopes Prizes for their respective senior theses Rotimi Fani-Kayode’s (no-place): A Spiritual Offering for an Empty World, and Sacred Desire: Multiplicity and Mystery in Parmigianino’s Madonna of the Long Neck. In addition to recognizing students' "excellence in undergraduate work," the Hoopes Prize also recognizes supervising faculty for their "...

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Alejandra Rojas Silva joins faculty of Ohio Wesleyan University

May 17, 2021

Congratulations to recent HAA alumn Alejandra Rojas Silva for her new position as Assistant Professor of Art History and Fine Arts at Ohio Wesleyan University. More information is available on the OWU website: http://bit.ly/alejandrawesleyan

Alejandra Rojas Silva, Ph.D., is a Latin American art historian focused on representations of the natural world in relation to indigenous, colonial, and contemporary forms of identity. Her research, teaching, and curatorial work extend from the early modern period to the present. Her current book project, “Flora Incognita: Picturing...

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Two HAA Seniors Win 2021 Hoopes Prizes

May 11, 2021

HAA graduating seniors Alden Fossett and Eliza Rubin have won 2021 Thomas Temple Hoopes Prizes for their respective theses “Rotimi Fani-Kayode’s (no-place): A Spiritual Offering for an Empty World”, and “Sacred Desire: Multiplicity and Mystery in Parmigianino’s Madonna of the Long Neck.”

In addition to recognizing students' "excellence in undergraduate work," the Hoopes Prize also recognizes supervising faculty for their "excellence in the art of teaching." Thus we have also to congratulate HAA Professors Robin Kelsey and Jeffrey Hamburger for advising these two prize-winning...

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