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
Facing America: Iconography and the Civil War
Facing America: Iconography and the Civil War investigates and explains the changing face of America during the Civil War. To conjure a face for the nation, author Shirley Samuels also explores the body of the nation imagined both physically and metaphorically, arguing that the Civil War marks a dramatic shift from identifying the American nation as feminine to identifying it as masculine.
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