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Detail: Aids for the Deaf

Indonesian Clay Dolls

Tapestry by Pieter van Aelst


Detail: Battle between the conquering Mongols and the Muslim population of Iran


Detail: Beyond the Taj


Detail: Eave hanging (ider-ider) with scenes from Butterfly L

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Detail: Three Laughers of the Tiger Glen


Detail: Le Ventre Legislatif


Detail: El Regreso del Canibal Macrobiotico


Forgotten Dream


Detail: Moche Panel Fragment with Four Figur

sea gods

Detail: Battle of the Sea Gods

The dream and lies of franco

Detail: The Dream and Lie of Franco


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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

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Books and Publications by Our Faculty

Let Your Motto Be Resistance

"M=Memory" in Let Your Motto Be Resistance: African American Portraiture from 1865 to the Present
Cheryl Finley

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.

Revolt: Aesthetics of Dissent and Disgust

Revolt: Aesthetics of Dissent and Disgust

 "Revolt: Aesthetics of Dissent and Disgust," a new exhibition at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art curated and organized by students in the History of Art Majors Society, shows how revolution within the realm of art and in society as a whole are inextricably connected, and that art not only reflects but also contributes to the creation of new political, social, or cultural realities. Link to full story.

Iftikhar Dadi and Elizabeth Dadi: Efflorescence


 On view at John Hartell Gallery, Sibley Dome from April 2 - 24, 2015.

 Reception: April 10th at 5pm at the John Hartell Gallery, Sibley Dome

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Maria Fernandez: 2015 Arvey Book Award

Maria Fernandez

 Maria Fernandez received 2015 Arvey Book Award from the Association for Latin American Art  for her book, Cosmopolitanism in Mexican Visual Culture (University of Texas  Press 2014). The competition includes books published during the last year in English, Spanish and Portuguese in all periods of Latin American art,  from Pre-Columbian to contemporary art.

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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