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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

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.

Visual Culture Colloquium – Fall 2016

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 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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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.”

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

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

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

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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