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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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