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

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.

February 19, 2016
Featured in The Atlantic: Professor Sharon Gerstel in "Hearing the Lost Sounds of Antiquity"

Church of the Transfiguration of the Savior, Thessaloniki, Greece (Sharon Gerstel).

Check out “Hearing the Lost Sounds of Antiquity”, a great article in The Atlantic featuring Professor Sharon Gerstel’s deep investigation into the acoustics of Byzantine churches and how her research has “fundamentally changed the way she thinks about art history”.

For related media, visit USC’s “Acoustic Museums” for a fascinating podcast about Professor Gerstel’s project and work with her colleagues in developing “The Google Earth of Sound’.

February 23, 2016
Professor Jungmann on Sin Saimdang at Yale

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Changing Notions of ‘Feminine Spaces’ in Chosŏn Dynasty Korea: the Case of Sin Saimdang (1504-1551)

Tuesday, February 23, 2016
4:00 – 
5:30 pm
Room L351, Loria Center
190 York Street
New Haven, CT 06511

Join Professor Burglind Jungmann at the Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University as she explicates the significance of Sin Saimdang (1504-1551), arguably the most famous female artist in Korean history, and the historical narratives constructed around her life and work.

Click here for more information about Professor Jungmann’s lecture and the CEAS Colloquium Series at Yale.

November 2015
New book from Professor Upton!

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Congratulations to Professor Dell Upton on the publication of his newest book, What Can and Can’t Be Said: Race, Uplift, and Monument Building in the Contemporary South, just released as of November 2015.  Yale University Press had the following to say about his newest book: “…this powerful work explores how commemorative structures have been used to assert the presence of black Americans in contemporary Southern society. The author cogently argues that these public memorials, ranging from the famous to the obscure, have emerged from, and speak directly to, the region’s complex racial politics since monument builders have had to contend with widely varied interpretations of the African American past as well as a continuing presence of white supremacist attitudes and monuments.”

Click here to learn more about Professor Upton’s book and peruse his past publications.

September 2015
Professor Bronwen Wilson to join UCLA Art History

The UCLA Department of Art History is pleased to announce that Professor Bronwen Wilson will join the faculty during the 2015-16 academic year, specializing in Renaissance and Early Modern art history. An expert in the art and visual culture of Renaissance Italy, Professor Wilson’s current research explores early modern travel imagery and the Mediterranean, as well as media and forms of visual imagery that blur the boundaries between categories and genres and in which time is protracted or condensed. She also focuses on the history of Venetian art, the subject of her book The World in Venice: Print, the City, and Early Modern Identity (winner of the Roland H. Bainton prize for Art History in 2006) as well as her recently-completed book The Face of Uncertainty. Her interest in Venetian images of Turks and Turkish costume – on which she has published several important articles – has informed her current research project, which looks at Renaissance depictions of the Ottoman Empire.

Other recent publications include Making Publics in Early Modern Europe: People, Things and Forms of Knowledge (2010, with Paul Yachnin) and The Erotics of Looking: Materiality, Solicitation and Dutch Visual Culture (2011, with Angela Vanhaelen).  She has taught at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, McGill University, Montreal and has held fellowships at Villa i Tatti in Florence and the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC, among other institutions in Europe and North America. Professor Wilson will join the faculty in the Fall 2015 quarter and begin teaching courses in the department beginning in the Winter 2016 quarter; in the meantime, learn more about her research interests and publications here.


Art History Tote Bags!

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$10 UCLA Students
$15 UCLA Faculty, Staff, Alumni
$20 Friends, Family, Art History Lovers (non-UCLA)

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