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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

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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

Atlas of the Transatlantic Slave Trade

Atlas of the Transatlantic Slave Trade
Cheryl Finley

Between 1501 and 1867, the transatlantic slave trade claimed an estimated 12.5 million Africans and involved almost every country with an Atlantic coastline. In this extraordinary book, two leading historians have created the first comprehensive, up-to-date atlas on this 350-year history of kidnapping and coercion.

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Prof. Cheryl Finley and Prof. Deborah Willis (NYU) deliver welcoming remarks at the US Embassy, South Africa for the opening of Black Portraitures 3 conference in Johannesburg, SA 17-19 November 2016. Follow us on #blackportraitures


We, the Department of the History of Art and Visual Studies, write in response to the recent presidential elections. One of our department's greatest strengths is its coverage of artistic practices from across the globe, with special emphasis on issues of race and ethnicity, cross-cultural exchange, and gender, as well as postcolonial and decolonial approaches to visual culture. The environment of xenophobia, racism, and misogyny engendered by the presidential campaign and election threatens the diverse intellectual environment on which this department prides itself. Moreover, it has implications for the collective safety of students, faculty, and staff on this campus. We hereby reaffirm our dedication to the well-being of Cornell's diverse community, and remain vigilant to the needs of those who are the most affected by these recent political developments.

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.”

For more information, click here.

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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