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.  This incredible volume was co-edited by Professor Pedretti’s former Ph.D. student, Professor Constance Moffatt (’92), and Dr. Sara Taglialagamba.

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!

May 26, 2016
The 2016 Millson Lecture: "Hot Town, Sculpture in the CIty" by Professor Michele Bogart

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March 31, 2016
Robert Frank: Books and Films, 1947–2016

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The department is pleased to announce the opening of “Robert Frank: Books and Films, 1947-2016” at Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, on view from March 31–April 15, 2016.  Conceived by Robert Frank and Gerhard Steidl, this pop-up exhibition features Frank’s iconic images–all printed on newspaper–positioned within the wide-ranging context of his work.  Interspersed among his photographs, Frank’s photobooks and films are included to create a diverse and uniquely presented glimpse of his entire artistic career from 1947-2016.

Bergamot Station, Building G1
2525 Michigan Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Gallery hours: Tue-Sat, 11 am – 5 pm
Admission is free.

Click here to read about the launch of the US exhibition tour at New York University in the New York Times.

CFP: DUE JUNE 30, 2016
Call for Papers! Making Worlds: Art, Materiality, and Early Modern Globalization

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The department is pleased to announce a Call for Papers for the upcoming symposium Making Worlds: Art, Materiality, and Early Modern Globalization, led by Professor Bronwen Wilson and hosted by the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies on April 28-29, 2017.  The symposium seeks to explore the confrontation of materiality and mobility during the early modern period, with particular emphasis on how they gave rise to new and unexpected forms of creativity.  Organized in conjunction with a significant research project, this symposium seeks to feature papers that travel in new directions or follow unexpected paths.

Click here to download the Call for Papers.  The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2016.

March 7, 2016
The 25th Annual Patricia McCarron McGinn Lectureship by Professor Wilson

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Blindness, Uncertainty, and Sensation
Professor Bronwen Wilson
Professor of Renaissance and Early Modern Art

Don’t miss the 2016 Patricia McCarron McGinn Lectureship, the 25th of the series. Our newest faculty member, Professor Bronwen Wilson, will be speaking on the topic of Blindness, Uncertainty, and Sensation on Monday, March 7 at 4 pm in the California Room of the UCLA Faculty Center. The lecture will be followed by a reception; RSVP to Yarell Castellanos by March 2.

Image above: Annibale Carracci, Self-portrait, c. 16th century, oil on paper, 23 in. x 19 in., Pinacoteca di Brera.