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Indonesian Clay Dolls

The dream and lies of franco

Detail: The Dream and Lie of Franco

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Fields in the Month of June

Amazon Cast Danielle Mericle

aids-for-the-deaf

Detail: Aids for the Deaf

battle

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

Beyond-the-Taj

Detail: Beyond the Taj

Eave-hanging

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

japan detail

Detail: Three Laughers of the Tiger Glen

Le-Ventre-Legislatif

Detail: Le Ventre Legislatif

Macrobiotico

Detail: El Regreso del Canibal Macrobiotico

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Forgotten Dream

Mochepanel

Detail: Moche Panel Fragment with Four Figur

sea gods

Detail: Battle of the Sea Gods

Tapestry by Pieter van Aelst

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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

Cosmopolitanism in Mexican Visual Culture

Cosmopolitanism in Mexican Visual Culture
María Fernández

Since the colonial era, Mexican art has emerged from an ongoing process of negotiation between the local and the global, which frequently involves invention, synthesis, and transformation of diverse discursive and artistic traditions. In this pathfinding book, María Fernández uses the concept of cosmopolitanism to explore this important aspect of Mexican art, in which visual culture and power relations unite the local and the global, the national and the international, the universal and the particular. She argues that in Mexico, as in other colonized regions, colonization constructed power dynamics and forms of violence that persisted in the independent nation-state. Accordingly, Fernández presents not only the visual qualities of objects, but also the discourses, ideas, desires, and practices that are fundamental to the very existence of visual objects.

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

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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