Our program encourages the crossing of not only geographic but also disciplinary borders. Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of fields, including archaeology, dendrochronology and material culture, anthropology, architecture and urban planning, art practice, connoisseurship, critical and post colonial theory, media studies, museum studies, performance, race and gender studies, religious studies, the sciences, and social history.
Moche (Peru), Moche Panel Fragment with Four Figures, 500–700 AD
Camelid wool on cotton, Collection of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University
Bequest of Michael A. McCarthy, Class of 1956; 2002.122, Image courtesy of the Johnson Museum
'Firing the Canon'
Associate Professor Annetta Alexandridis is featured in 'Firing the Canon: The Cornell Casts and Their Discontents':
Mnemosyne: Meanderings through Aby Warburg's Atlas
Begun in 1924 and left unfinished at the time of his death in 1929, the Mnemosyne Atlas is Aby Warburg’s attempt to map the “afterlife of antiquity,” or how images of great symbolic, intellectual, and emotional power emerge in Western antiquity and then reappear and are reanimated in the art and cosmology of later times and places, from Alexandrian Greece to Weimar Germany. Focusing especially on the Renaissance, the historical period where he found the struggle between the forces of reason and unreason to be most palpable, Warburg hoped that the Mnemosyne Atlas would allow its spectators to experience for themselves the “polarities” that riddle culture and thought.
Click here to explore ten panels from the Mnemosyne Atlas.