Irene Bierman-McKinney (1942-2015)
Served from 1982-2012
Irene Bierman-McKinney was a leading scholar in the field of Islamic art and architecture and treasured mentor to nearly a dozen Ph.D. students during her two decades at UCLA. In addition to her active membership in many academic organizations, she served as both Director of the Middle East Center and Chair of the Department of Art History at UCLA and produced a broad range of publications including Writing Signs: The Fatimid Public Text (University of California Press, 1998), Napoleon in Egypt (ed., Ithaca Press, 2003), and Text and Context in Islamic Societies (co-ed., Ithaca Press, 2004).
Albert Boime (1933-2008)
Served from 1979-2008
Albert Boime was a noted scholar and Professor of Art History, serving in the department for nearly three decades. Known for exploring the social and political contexts in which art is produced, he was an expert in 19th-century European art but his work crossed many genres, including work on outsider art, popular imagery in Europe and America, and significant national monuments. He is particularly known for his seminal four-volume “Social History of Modern Art”, (University of Chicago Press), spanning nearly 3,000 pages: “Art in an Age of Revolution, 1750-1800” (1987); “Art in an Age of Bonapartism, 1800-1815” (1990); “Art in an Age of Counterrevolution, 1815-1848” (2004); and “Art in an Age of Civil Struggle, 1848-1871” (2007).
Susan B. Downey
Served from 1965-2012
Susan Downey taught as Professor of Art History from 1965 until her retirement in 2012, during which time she also served as core faculty at the UCLA Cotsen Institute of Archaelogy. In addition to her scholarly research and teaching in Mediterranean and Near Eastern Archaeology, she also undertook committed service to numerous UCLA academic organizations and committees. Her publications include Terracotta Figurines and Plaques from Dura-Europos (University of Michigan Press, 2003) in addition to numerous articles.
Cecilia F. Klein
Served from 1976-2011
Cecelia Klein served as Professor of Art History from 1976 until her 2011 retirement as a leading scholar in Pre-Columbian, Oceanic, and Native North American Art. In addition to her active leadership chairing symposia and academic programs for her field and many exhibition contributions, her writings included books and co-edited volumes and journal series, including The Face of the Earth: Frontality in Two-dimensional Meso-american Art, (Garland Publishing Co., 1976) and Depictions of the Dispossessed (co-ed., Art Journal, Vol. 49, No. 2, 1990).
Served from 1976-2009
David Kunzle taught at UCLA as Professor of Art History from 1976 until his 2009 retirement. A prolific author and one of the founding fathers of contemporary comics scholarship, he has written articles and books on a diverse range of topics, many of them pertaining to popular, political, and public art, including From Criminal to Courtier: The Soldier in Netherlandish Art 1550-1670 (Brill, 2002) and an updated edition of Fashion and Fetishism, a Social History of the Corset, Tight-Lacing, and Other Forms of Body Sculpture in the West (Penguin Social History Classics, 2002).
Donald McCallum (1939 – 2013)
Served from 1969-2013
Donald F. McCallum had a long distinguished career as a scholar of Japanese art history and beloved teacher who taught at UCLA until his 2013 retirement. His particular specialty was Japanese Buddhist art, an area in which he published three books: Hakuhō Sculpture (University of Washington Press, 2012); The Four Great Temples: Buddhist Archaeology, Architecture, and Icons of Seventh-Century Japan (University of Hawai‘i Press, 2009); and Zenkoji and Its Icon: A Study in Medieval Japanese Religious Art (Princeton University Press, 1994).
Served from 1960-1993
Professor Carlo Pedretti served as Professor of Art History and Armand Hammer Chair in Leonardo Studies at UCLA from 1960 – 1993. Widely considered the leading authority on Leonardo Da Vinci and a highly sought after expert consultant in cases of disputed attributions, he has authored more than 50 books and 700 essays and articles in various languages including Leonardo da Vinci (Taj Books, 2005). He currently operates a Center for Leonardo Studies in a villa overlooking Vinci, the town of the Leonardo’s birth.
Served from 1983-2003
Donald Preziosi is a current Research Professor and taught at UCLA for two decades as Professor of Art History, during which time he developed the art history critical theory program as well as the UCLA museum studies program. His publications include Rethinking Art History: Meditations on a Coy Science (Yale, 1989), The Art of Art History (Oxford, 1998), and Art, Religion, Amnesia: The Enchantments of Credulity (Routledge, 2013). His research, teaching, and writing link together cultural studies, intellectual history, critical theory, and the arts and museologies of various ancient and modern societies.
Served from 1993-2002
Anthony Vidler served as Professor of Art History and Chair at UCLA beginning in 1993, with a joint appointment in the School of Architecture from 1997 until he departed UCLA in 2002 to serve as Dean of the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union. He is a historian and critic of modern and contemporary architecture, specializing in French architecture from the Enlightenment to the present; his publications include The Scenes of the Street and Other Essays (Monacelli Press, 2011) and Histories of the Immediate Present: Inventing Architectural Modernism (MIT Press, 2008).
Served from 1984-2010
Joanna Woods-Marsden is a current Research Professor and served as Professor of Art History at UCLA from 1984 until her retirement in 2010, during which time she led the department in the field of Renaissance studies. In addition to her work as an advisor, she produced vital scholarship to the study of court art and Renaissance portraiture through such publications as Renaissance Self-Portraiture: The Visual Construction of Identity and the Social Status of the Artist (Yale University Press, 1998). Her current research is devoted to a book investigating Gendered Identity in Titian’s Court Portraits.