The Department of History of Art and Visual Studies
Our department studies areas traditionally central to the discipline such as ancient, medieval and Renaissance art, and the integration of recent fields of theory and research to the study of global visual culture. Students further their understanding of the discipline of art history, its roots, its methodologies, as well as its historical and critical connections with other disciplines.
Kanitra Fletcher PhD ‘19, co-curates landmark exhibition “Afro-Atlantic Histories” at the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
For centuries, artists have told and retold the complex histories of the African Diaspora. Afro-Atlantic Histories (April 10 – July 17, 2022) takes an in-depth look at the historical experiences and cultural formations of Black and African people since the 17th century.Read More
Lara Fresko Madra PhD ’22 was awarded a Metropolitan Museum Fellowship. Every spring the Met’s Fellow share new avenues of research. This year’s colloquium was May 16-26 via Zoom.Read More
Sara teaches classes on contemporary art, art and ecology, and the Latin American avant-garde. She is also working on a book project.Read More
The Visual Arts Administration MA at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development was the first in the US to focus on visual arts management careers in both traditional and alternative contexts.Read More
Kremnitzer is a Research Associate in the Painting and Sculpture of Europe department at the Art Institute of Chicago where she works on nineteenth-century exhibitions and catalogues. Most recently, she was part of the curatorial team responsible for Monet and Chicago (2020) and Manet and Modern Bea...Read More
The “Sculpture Shoppe” exhibition displays selections from Cornell’s plaster cast collection of Greco-Roman sculptures alongside – and sometimes within – contemporary artists’ responses to cast culture and classical art.Read More
History of Art Events
Cornell University is located on the traditional homelands of the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' (the Cayuga Nation). The Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' are members of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, an alliance of six sovereign Nations with a historic and contemporary presence on this land. The Confederacy precedes the establishment of Cornell University, New York state, and the United States of America. We acknowledge the painful history of Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' dispossession, and honor the ongoing connection of Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' people, past and present, to these lands and waters.
This land acknowledgment has been reviewed and approved by the traditional Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' leadership.