History of Art at Cornell
Study in the Department of the History of Art crosses not only boundaries of geography and academic disciplines, but also of time as it integrates traditional history of art with more recent fields of theory and research. Read More
Books and Publications by Our Faculty
Cosmopolitanism in Mexican Visual Culture
Since the colonial era, Mexican art has emerged from an ongoing process of negotiation between the local and the global, which frequently involves invention, synthesis, and transformation of diverse discursive and artistic traditions. In this pathfinding book, María Fernández uses the concept of cosmopolitanism to explore this important aspect of Mexican art, in which visual culture and power relations unite the local and the global, the national and the international, the universal and the particular. She argues that in Mexico, as in other colonized regions, colonization constructed power dynamics and forms of violence that persisted in the independent nation-state. Accordingly, Fernández presents not only the visual qualities of objects, but also the discourses, ideas, desires, and practices that are fundamental to the very existence of visual objects.
Iftikhar Dadi, keynote speaker at Haus der Kunst International Conference: “Postwar—Art between the Pacific and the Atlantic, 1945-1965″
Conceived as an in-depth study of the postwar period, the four-day international conference, “Postwar—Art between the Pacific and Atlantic, 1945–1965″ shifts from a Western/European vantage point to redirect attention to a multifocal and polyphonic history of art since 1945. Read the full story at artandeducation.net or hausderkunst.de.
Risking Self & Space
What Kind (Kim) of Human Being (Nara)? Teaching the History of Southeast Asian Art, One Travel Story at a Time (Professor Kaja M. McGowan) Read the full article here.
Grad students create lifelike 'Roman' funeral masks
Making lifelike wax molds of their own faces to replicate Roman funeral masks, Cornell researchers explored the significance of materials in the ancient practice of remembering deceased ancestors. Read the full story here.
Visual Studies Minor
Encouraging the interpretation of the historical and contemporary visual world from diverse perspectives, including architecture, art, cinema, digital media, gender, globalization, performance, popular culture, print and electronic media, race, social institutions, and scientific developments. Learn More