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The Department of the History of Art and Visual Studies at Cornell University prepares students to undertake journeys into visual culture through traditional areas of study such as ancient, Medieval and Renaissance art, as well as through the integration of recent fields of theory and research. Students explore the history of cultural interactions as manifested in visual culture both inside and outside the West, from antiquity to present.
Note on teaching during COVID in the Department of History of Art:
History of Art is a discipline that depends on the viewing and discussion of images. Due to technical constraints in many of our classrooms, faculty and instructors are often unable to project their lectures via Zoom in accompaniment to physical teaching. For the same reason, recording lectures for viewing later is also not always possible.
Students missing classes due to COVID precautions are advised to keep up with the syllabus, readings, and other Canvas and library resources available to them, so as not to fall behind during their physical absence from class.
History of Art Majors' Society Exhibits:
From 1991 to 2018, the History of Art Majors’ Society (HAMS) provided a way for Cornell history of art majors to enhance their knowledge about the discipline of art history beyond the classroom. These students met at the Johnson Museum one evening each week throughout the academic year to develop an annual exhibition drawn from the permanent collection and to research, write, and publish an accompanying exhibition brochure.
Browse recent exhibits via the links below:
Three History of Art Department Members participate in panel at Native American Art Studies Association (NAASA) Conference in Kjipuktuk/Halifax, Nova Scotia
Last month, three members of our department participated on a panel at the Native American Art Studies Association (NAASA) Conference in Kjipuktuk/Halifax, Nova Scotia (October 11-13, 2023).Read more
Live events Nov. 16-17 will illuminate questions about performance, photograph and video – and the complex relationship between the three – posed in a current Johnson Museum exhibition.Read more
Join the History of Art Department on Friday, November 17th from 3:30-5:00 PM as we chat with three alums and hear about their careers and lives after Cornell. This event is free and open to the public.Read more
Irene Small (Princeton University) will give a Pulse of Art History talk on 11/6/2023 in Goldwin Smith Hall G22 at 4:45 PM. Title: Poor Image and Meta-Medium: Hércule Florence and the Invention of Photography in Brazil Abstract: This lecture investigates the solitary development of a photograp...Read more
Iftikhar Dadi organizes a major conference on cultural responses to climate change in South Asia. The Next Monsoon: Climate Change and Contemporary Cultural Production in South Asia Three-day conference: October 27 -29, 2023 Johnson Museum of Art, 114 Central Ave, Ithaca, NYRead more
Natalia Di Pietrantonio, PhD '18, Appointed Curator at The Crow Museum of Asian Art, University of Texas at Dallas
Natalia Di Pietrantonio, PhD '18, has been appointed Curator at The Crow Museum of Asian Art at the University of Texas at Dallas.Read more