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
"M=Memory" in Let Your Motto Be Resistance: African American Portraiture from 1865 to the Present
This stunning collection of photographic portraits traces US history through the lives of well-known abolitionists, artists, scientists, writers, statesman, entertainers, and sports figures. Drawing on the photographic collections of the National Portrait Gallery, author Deborah Willis explores how these images—many by famous photographers—reveal the nation's history through an African American lens and challenge us all to uphold America's highest ideals and promises.
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.
Barbara Mujica on Imagining the Passion in a Multiconfessional Castile, by Cynthia Robinson
"The way we look at early Spanish depictions of the Passion has undoubtedly changed forever." Read the full Marginalia Review.
Ibrahim El-Salahi: A Visionary Modernist
The first Tate Modern exhibition dedicated to African Modernism is curated by Cornell professor, Salah Hassan in collaboration with Ph.D. student Elvira Dyangani, and with contributions from Professor Iftikhar Dadi. Link to full story.
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