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

September 10, 2020
Harvard Crimson: "Dozens of Fall Courses Address Race, Inequality in America"

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
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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
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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

August 12, 2020
HUMAN 20: "A Colloquium in the Visual Arts" - now open for registration

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
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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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Professor Eurydice Georganteli: Biography of a Cultural Route

July 30, 2020
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Professor Eurydice Georganteli, lecturer in the history of art and architecture and managing editor of the Digital Atlas of Roman & Medieval Civilizations (DARMC) at Harvard University, is currently a visiting scholar in Byzantine Studies at Dumbarton Oaks. Her recent talk, “Whose Culture? Archaeology, Byzantine Studies, and Modernity along Egnatia, 1864–1923,” introduced one of the oldest routes of cultural exchange.

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HAA Alum Akili Tommasino interviewed by WBUR: "5 Museum Curators Share The Artwork They’ve Missed The Most"

July 30, 2020
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 Akili Tommasino, Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and HAA alumn, recently spoke with WBUR about the artwork he misses the most from the MFA collections during the pandemic shutdown.

“Born in British Guiana (present-day Guyana) and a fixture in the 1960s NYC art scene, Frank Bowling challenged his contemporaries, embracing the technicolor hues and gestural nature of abstract painting when pop art and minimalism ruled the scene. Much of Bowling’s work hearkens to his transatlantic identity — “...

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New Publication by Trevor Stark, "Total Expansion of the Letter: Avant-Garde Art and Language After Mallarmé"

June 26, 2020
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HAA alum Trevor Stark (PhD 2016) has recently published his first book "Total Expansion of the Letter: Avant-Garde Art and Language After Mallarmé" (MIT Press, 2020). Stark is Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Calgary and the 2020-21 Naomi Lacey Fellow at the Calgary Institute of the Humanities.

At the outset of the twentieth century, language became a visual medium and a philosophical problem for European avant-garde artists. In Total Expansion of the Letter, art historian Trevor Stark offers a provocative history of this “linguistic turn...

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Kevin Lotery named Assistant Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at Boston College

June 24, 2020
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Congratulations to HAA alumn Kevin Lotery, who will be taking up the position of Assistant Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art in Europe & the Americas in the Art, Art History, and Film Department at Boston College. Kevin also recently published his first book "The Long Front of Culture: The Independent Group and Exhibition Design."

Synopsis: "In 1950s London, a cadre of young artists, theorists, and popular culture aficionados known as the Independent Group (IG) came together for a series of pressing meetings. Their humble...

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Letter by David J. Roxburgh, Chair, on behalf of the Faculty and Staff of HAA

June 18, 2020

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 George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Rayshard Brooks, Sean Monterrosa, and the many others whose lives have...

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