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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


Fields in the Month of June

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News and Events

Visual Culture Colloquium – Fall 2016

Fall 2016 poster

 8/30 Yael Rice

10/4 Sharmini Pereira

11/15 Derek Conrad Murray

All events at 4:30pm in 142 Goldwin Smith Hall.

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15 Minutes: Exposing Dimensions of Fame

15 Minutes: Exposing Dimensions of Fame opens with Meiji-era photographs and nineteenth-century cartes de visite to explore the way that photographs can distill and preserve identity and serve as placeholders for people, places, eras, and cultures. The medium of photography functions as a substitute for memories, experiences, and individuals, allowing viewers to experience closeness to something otherwise unfamiliar. Link to exhibit.

Visual Culture Colloquium - Spring 2016

2/9 Hannah Ryan

4/6 Ariella Azoulay

4/26 Susan Buck-Morss

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Findley Lecture Spring 2016 : Jennifer Greenhill

Findley Lecture Spring 2016

Jennifer Greenhill of USC to give annual Findley Lecture, “Joke Matter: Materialities of Humor From Mark Twain to Glenn Ligon.”

For more information, click here.

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Epic Ecologies

Epic Ecologies : Dadi Exhibiton

Iftikhar Dadi & Elizabeth Dadi exhibit their collaborative art work in Mumbai, India. Titled Epic Ecologies, the exhibition at Jhaveri Contemporary runs December 10, 2015 – January 9, 2016

Benjamin Anderson : Awarded Two Grants for his book, Cosmos and Community in Early Medieval Art

Benjamin Anderson

 Congratulations to Assistant Professor Benjamin Anderson who was recently awarded two highly competitive grants for his recent publication, Cosmos and Community in Early Medieval Art, Yale University Press. His two grants : The Millard Meiss Publication Fund of the College Art Association and The Kress Research Grant from the International Center of Medieval Art are highlighted in further detail in their respective links. 

Ananda Cohen Suarez explores art as a visual language through her study of Peruvian murals.

Ananda Cohen Suarez

 El Comercio Article

Visual Culture Colloquium : Joshua Chambers-Letson (Northwestern University)

VCC - November 10

Tuesday, November 10: Joshua Chambers-Letson (Northwestern University), “Danh Vō and the Communism of Incommensurability”

4:30 PM in 142 Goldwin Smith Hall
Followed by a reception in the History of Art Gallery

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Visual Culture Colloquium - Fall 2015

VCC Fall 2015

 9/15 Rick Johnson
10/20 Alexander Nagel
11/10 Joshua Takano Chambers-Letson

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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.

Kunsthistorisches Institut Fellowship

Ben Anderson

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Benjamin Anderson who has been awarded a summer fellowship at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, Max-Planck-Institut.

Hutchins Fellow and ACLS LUCE Collaborative Research Fellowship

Cheryl Finley

Congratulations to Associate Professor Cheryl Finley who will be spending the 2016 spring semester as a Hutchins Fellow at the W.E.B DuBois Research Institute at the Hutchins Center for African And African American Research at Harvard. Cheryl has also been awarded a prestigious ACLS LUCE Collaborative Research Fellowship along with colleagues Leigh Raiford and Heike Raphael-Hernandez, for their project Visualizing Travel, Gendering the African Diaspora.

Woodrow Wilson Foundation Career Enhancement Fellowship

Ananda Cohen Suarez

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Ananda Cohen Suarez for winning the Woodrow Wilson Foundation Career Enhancement Fellowship. The program awards junior faculty who have demonstrated commitment to eradicating racial disparities in core fields in the arts and sciences, and promoting cross-racial understanding in their university communities.

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.

Visualizing El Barrio

Visualizing El Barrio

“Visualizing El Barrio” - Students in an interdisciplinary class studied murals in New York City's El Barrio, learning about neighborhood aspects such as culture, history and preservation, and organized a student-curated exhibition located at the Latino Studies Program office, Fourth Floor, Rockefeller Hall. The exhibition runs until Feb. 13, 2015.

Check out the course blog site read a story by the Cornell Chronicle for more information.

Firing the Canon: the Cornell Casts and their Discontents


In the 1890s, 19th century casts of ancient Greek, Roman, Near Eastern, Egyptian, medieval and Renaissance pieces were collected and used as a way to facilitate education about these historic relics. Since then, many became lost, abandoned, reviled and sometimes even violently destroyed. 

Associate Professor of History of Art and Classics Annetta Alexandridis and Associate Professor of Classics and History of Art Verity Platt are working to restore the cast collection and make it once again available to the Cornell community. Read the Full Story and Watch the Exhibition Video

For the full interview with exhibition curator and Cornell professor, An-Yi Pan, see the Cornell Daily Sun article: Jie (Boundaries): Contemporary Art from Taiwan.

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 or

Risking Self & Space

Kaja M. McGowan Article

 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

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.