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The Department of the History of Art & Architecture is horrified and saddened by the systemic racism and violence against African Americans in this country.  We are also energized and hopeful that the protests for justice on behalf of George Floyd and the many others who have died will effect real change.  We invite you to view the following video which provides a perspective on racism in this country and demonstrates the very real rage and sorrow this history has created. You may agree or disagree with the speaker, author Kimberly Jones, but we hope this will help inspire thought and discussion in these unsettled times. There are no easy answers, only hard questions that we must collectively ask.

Prathama Banerjee in Conversation with Bhaskar Sarkar, with Moderator Swati Chattopadhyay
HAA 2020-2021 Lecture Series: Expertise
141MH The Americas on Display
ARTHI 186A/293D - Methods in Digital Art History
186O Art and Animate Matter: Visual Culture in the Classic Maya World
254 Mexican Manuscripts, Chicanx Codices
253D Living Monuments
INT 137MK Early Modern Media and the Invention of Facts
Fikret K. Yegül - The Temple of Artemis at Sardis


Caplan’s dissertation, "Their Flickering Creations: Value, Appearance, Animacy, and Surface in Nahua Precious Art" (2019), has been won the biennial award for the best dissertation in the field of Latin American art history.

Professor Chattopadhyay will address "Architectural History or a Geography of Small Spaces?"

The award will support research for her dissertation, "A Spectacle of Inclusion: The Rise of Contemporary Art from the Arab World, Iran, and Turkey in the United States and England, 1970-2020."

Upcoming Events

Prathama Banerjee in conversation with Bhaskar Sarkar, moderated by Swati Chattopadhyay


  1. March 15, 2021 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Red and Inexpert: Sketching Ecological Crisis in Mao-era Riverscapes

Christine I. Ho (History of Art and Architecture, University of Massachusetts Amherst)


  1. March 25, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm


Rembrandt van Rijn, “Beggars Receiving Alms at the Door of a House,” 1648, etching, engraving, and drypoint (image: Courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington)

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