OCTOBER 22, 2016
UCLA Art History Graduate Symposium 2016 - Killing Time: Temporality in Visual Culture

Please join us for the 2016 UCLA Art History Graduate Symposium entitled “Killing Time: Temporality in Visual Culture” on Saturday, October 22, 2016.  The symposium is inspired, in part, by the upcoming 2017 Getty initiative, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, whose organizing principle assumes that time is a unifying factor across geographic and national borders. Latin America and Los Angeles operate “on the same time,” but what does that mean?

In the nation’s oldest student-organized art history symposium, join emerging scholars at the Hammer Museum from 9:30 am – 5:00 pm with a special keynote address by Dylan Miner, Director of American Indian and Indigenous Studies at Michigan State University.  Click here to visit the symposium website, and here for more info about visiting the Hammer!

OCTOBER 20, 2016
Lecture - Jack London: Journalist and Photographer

Please join the department for a special talk by Sue Hodson, Curator of Literary Manuscripts at the Huntington Library on Thursday, October 20 at 1 pm in Dodd Hall 275.  Organized by Professor Burglind Jungmann in connection with her seminar Korea through the Foreign Lens: Photographs by Burton Holmes and Jack London, this event is free and open to the public.

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OCTOBER 20, 2016
Film Screening: Kisses to the Children

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Please join the department on Thursday, October 20 at 5:30 pm in Royce Hall 314 for an event featuring a screening of the documentary Kisses to the Children followed by a Q&A with Director Vassilis Loules.  This event is free and open to the public; RSVP here to receive an event reminder and feel free to share widely!

OCTOBER 18, 2016
Lecture by Dr. Massimo Rospocher - Julius II: the Warrior Pope Between Celebration and Condemnation

Please join the department on Tuesday, October 18 at 5:30 pm for a special lecture by Dr. Massimo Rospocher entitled Julius II: the Warrior Pope Between Celebration and Condemnation. Co-organized by Professor Bronwen Wilson for the Department of Art History along with the Department of Italian and the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, this event is free and open to the public; please contact Allison Kershner with any questions.

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OCTOBER 13 AND 18, 2016
October Lectures at CMRS

Please join our colleagues at the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies in October for two special lectures organized by our faculty member Professor Sharon Gerstel. Contact CMRS with any questions and for more details!cmrs-lecture_herrin-judith-101316

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OCTOBER 13, 2016
UCLA Distinguished Lecture in the Humanities: Manfred Heiting

Join the Department for the first UCLA Distinguished Lecture in the Humanities featuring designer, editor, curator, and collector Manfred Heiting speaking on the topic of What is an Original Photograph?  

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AUGUST 26, 2016
The Burton Holmes Collection at UCLA

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The UCLA Department of Art History is pleased to announce the availability of our open-access special collection “The Travels of Burton Holmes”.  Donated by Holmes in 1957, the Burton Holmes Collection at UCLA includes more than 16,000 hand-painted 3.5×4” glass lantern slides made between 1887 and 1937. In addition to a rich array of images of monuments and local festivals, the collection highlights many major historical events. These include, but are not limited to, the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-05, the 1906 eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, several World’s Fairs, the construction of the Panama Canal, and the First World War.

The current site includes the explorer’s images from the Russo-Japanese War and his travels in Italy. More images will be added once they have been scanned and catalogued. includes more than 16,000 hand-painted 3.5×4” glass lantern slides made between 1887 and 1937. In addition to a rich array of images of monuments and local festivals, the collection highlights many major historical events. These include, but are not limited to, the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-05, the 1906 eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, several World’s Fairs, the construction of the Panama Canal, and the First World War.

In collaboration with Principal Investigator Professor Steven Nelson, this site was created with assistance from The UCLA Center for Digital Humanties (CDH) , who provided expertise with Omeka, the software that we are currently using to display the collection. CDH staff set up the site and uploaded all of the images and metadata to it, and CDH continues to provide web hosting for the collection. We are very grateful to The Kress Foundation, which provided funding for the scanning and cataloguing of the Italy material.

Click here to visit the collection!

JULY 14, 2016
Illuminating Leonardo: A Festschrift for Carlo Pedretti Celebrating His 70 Years of Scholarship (1944-2014)

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Pressed for some summer reading? Dive into the first volume in the series of Leonardo Studies, a tribute Festschrift in honor of our own Professor Emeritus Carlo Pedretti entitled Illuminating Leonardo, released in 2016 by Brill and featuring a chapter by another of our distinguished emeriti, Professor Emerita Joanna Woods-Marsden.

Click here to read Professor Woods-Marsden’s fascinating article “Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa: A Portrait without a Commissioner?”, with thanks to Professor David Scott and dedicated to her late colleagues Professor Emeritus Donald McCallum and David Ziegler of the department’s now closed Visual Resources Collection.

Visit Brill for more information about how to access the entire volume in print or e-book form!

July 8, 2016
And the 2016 Gold Shield Faculty Prize goes to...

Professor Charlene Villaseñor Black!  The department is pleased to announce that Professor Villaseñor Black has been named the winner of the 2016 Gold Shield Faculty Prize, awarded biennially to a mid-career faculty member who has displayed outstanding accomplishments in teaching, research and community service.  The recipient is selected annually by a committee of peers appointed by the Academic Senate and receives a $30,000 cash award to support their scholarly work, which her colleagues described as “…cross[ing] traditional geographical, chronological and disciplinary boundaries. Her position at UCLA, poised between Latin America and the Pacific Rim, has helped her establish an international reputation as a leading scholar of global networks in the early Iberian world.”

Read more about the Gold Shield Faculty Prize here, and a great news story about Professor Villaseñor Black here.

June 9 - 11, 2016
It's 2016 Commencement Season!

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It’s Commencement Season for all of our undergraduate majors, minors, and doctoral candidates!  Please refer to the UCLA COLLEGE COMMENCEMENT WEBSITE for the most up-to-date and detailed information about all activities surrounding graduation; key dates for the Department of Art History include:

  • Thursday, June 9, 2016 @ 3 pm: Doctoral Hooding, Royce Hall
  • Friday, June 10, 2016 @ 2 pm OR 7 pm: UCLA College of Letters and Science Commencement Ceremony
  • Saturday, June 11, 2016:
    1 pm – 3 pm: Department Reception, Shapiro Courtyard (click here for more information!)
    3:30 pm: Humanities II Ceremony, Royce Hall

Congratulations to all of our 2016 graduates; the department is proud of you!