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
Cosmopolitanism in Mexican Visual Culture
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," 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
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
Maria Fernandez: 2015 Arvey Book Award
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.
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