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"To Make Their Own Way in the World: The Enduring Legacy of the Zealy Daguerreotypes" - new publication

October 21, 2020

In 1850 Harvard professor and biologist Louis Agassiz commissioned a study in scientific racism. The resulting images of Jem, Alfred, Fassena, Delia, Jack, Renty, and Drana, a group of people of African descent enslaved in South Carolina, are now known as the Zealy daguerreotypes and have become critical artifacts in the study of enslavement and racism in American history. The images were first discovered by the staff of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology in the mid-1970s.

A new book co-published by Aperture...

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Muqarnas, "An Annual on the Visual Cultures of the Islamic World," volume 37 available Nov 2020

October 16, 2020

Muqarnas 37

Gülru Necipoğlu (Editor) and Maria J. Metzler (Managing Editor)

Muqarnas 37 introduces new research on Islamic material culture ranging from Abbasid period mosaics to the early twentieth-century art market. Featured articles include Charles Melville’s introduction of a chronicle that sheds light on the architectural program of Shah ʿAbbas I, in...

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Professor Joseph Leo Koerner's "Earth Tidings"

October 9, 2020

Joseph Leo Koerner’s curatorial intervention—“Earth Tidings,” a stand-alone exhibit featuring fifteen major paintings and drawings, including Joos van Craesbeeck’s remarkable Temptation of St. Anthony and two works by Caspar David Friedrich and —is finally on view in the large exhibition “CRITICAL ZONES: Observatories for Early Politics” at the Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe. Accompanied by a large catalogue just published by MIT (with three essays by Koerner), the show is largely the brainchild of Bruno Latour and Peter Weibel and concerns the science and politics of climate change...

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New issues of October Magazine to include essays by HAA faculty and alumni

October 7, 2020

Having evolved out of several seminars taught by Professors Gough and Buchloh on the Bauhaus, on Weimar Photography and Exile, two recent issues of OCTOBER MAGAZINE publish essays on these subjects by Jordan Troeller (HAA 2018), (part I, vol. 172) and Maria Gough, Hyewon Yoon (HAA 2016), Jessica Williams, Maxwell Boersma, and Benjamin Buchloh (part II in vol.173).

These issues can be accessed and/or purchased through the MIT Journal Press website. ...

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Harvard Crimson: "Dozens of Fall Courses Address Race, Inequality in America"

Harvard Crimson: "Dozens of Fall Courses Address Race, Inequality in America"

September 10, 2020

The Harvard Crimson recently spotlighted Fall courses at Harvard that aim to engage with the racial injustice in America after a summer of protests over anti-Black racism, including courses offered at HAA.

Associate Professor of African and African-American Studies and History of Art and Architecture Sarah E. Lewis ’01, who is teaching HAA274: “American Racial Ground” this semester, asks students to examine the relationship between visual art and the hyper-visuality of modern racial injustices....

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The British Academy welcomes new Fellow Gülru Necipoğlu

August 13, 2020

The British Academy has elected Professor Gülru Necipoğlu as a Corresponding Fellow at the Annual General Meeting on July 23, 2020. She is one of 86 new Fellows welcomed this year.

As a Corresponding Fellow, Professor Necipoğlu is affiliated with the disciplinary section History of Art and Music. Sections meet twice a year and discuss a range of matters about the Academy and the disciplines; they also conduct electoral business. The British...

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New York Times: "For Black Suffragists, the Lens Was a Mighty Sword", by Professor Sarah Lewis

August 13, 2020

A new article published in the New York Times by Professor Sarah Lewis explores how "photographs of generations of Black suffragists offer invaluable documents about their thwarted and central roles in the history of women’s rights."

With precious little scholarship about many women of color in the suffrage movement, these images become invaluable conduits to the past.

 

This is part of the untold legacy of the racial bias in the journey toward women’s suffrage: The uses of photography by Black women in...

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HUMAN 20: "A Colloquium in the Visual Arts" - now open for registration

HUMAN 20: "A Colloquium in the Visual Arts" - now open for registration

August 12, 2020

This Fall, HAA is pleased to announce a new undergraduate lecture course: "HUMAN 20 - A Colloquium in the Visual Arts."

An introduction to major works of art and architecture from around the world, co-taught by a team of six professors. Subjects include Frederick Douglass and Photography, Hokusai, the Parthenon and Persepolis, Dürer, Labille-Guiard, Guo Xi, Muybridge, Beckmann, the EJI Memorial to Peace and Justice, Mughal Painting, Manet, and Hooke. Students will be introduced to significant works of art from different historical eras and cultural contexts, all...

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Harvard Gazette, "Another long-overdue reckoning for America" - an interview with Professor Shawon Kinew

July 31, 2020

Professor Shawon Kinew was interviewed by the Harvard Gazette on the subject of the recent Supreme Court ruling affirming that a large portion of eastern Oklahoma remains Native American Lands, specifically, the land of the Muskogee (Creek) Nation, and the name change of the NFL franchise in Washington, D.C.

 

"This is a moment to reckon with the history of American land, how it was seized, how it was tilled, and the human toll of these practices.

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