Sensescapes of the Topkapı Palace in Ottoman Istanbul

Nina Macaraig, Koç University, Istanbul, will present her talk on Ottoman sensescapes in the Topkapı Palace where Qur’anic recitation, perfuming and aromatics constitute important aspects of Islamic material culture.  

The lecture takes place Thursday, March 14 at 5:30 pm in List Art Building, room 110.

Professor Neumann Named 2019 Fellow

The Society of Architectural Historians announced that Professor Dietrich Neumann will be named a 2019 class of SAH Fellows. On Thursday, April 25, Professor Neumann and Dolores Hayden, David Van Zanten and Richard Guy Wilson will be inducted as Fellows of the Society of Architectural Historians during the SAH 72nd Annual International Conference awards ceremony in Providence, Rhode Island. SAH Fellows are individuals who have distinguished themselves by a lifetime of significant contributions to the field of architectural history, such as scholarship, service to SAH or stewardship of the built environment.

Annual Anita Glass Memorial Lecture

The 2019 Anita Glass Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Professor Jonathan Hay (New York University/IFA). His lecture is titled, A Visuality of Noise: Paintings by the Ming Dynasty Artist, Xu Wei (1521-1593). Hay’s research takes “painting out of its usual artificial isolation in modern scholarship from other artistic practices and the visual environment” in the belief  “that a healthy future for the discipline will require a shift toward active dialogue with contemporary scientific thinking and with the conceptual heritages of non-Western traditions.” This event is free and open to the public. A reception to follow.

HIAA undergraduate concentrator featured in Watson Institute art show

Kat Chavez '19 was recently highlighted on the Watson Institute's Student Spotlight page. Her piece, “Mirabilis jalapa” received first prize in the exhibition showing on the...

Global Art History Final Projects

Students in Professor Sheila Bonde and Lindsay Caplan's class, an introduction to the global history of art, architecture and material culture, presented their final projects in List Art Building this month. Students were asked to create artwork ...

New Architecture Program Graduates First Class in 2018

Eight undergraduate students completed Brown's new Architecture Concentration in May 2018. The program began two years ago with a series of introduction studios at Brown. The concentration now includes a number of mandatory classes at Rhode...

College Art Association Annual Conference

Professors Rodriguez and Shaffer were among the other department presenters at the CAA annual conference in New York on February 13-16, 2019 in New York. Professor Holly Shaffer gave a talk as part of Coloring Print which examines global printmaking traditions that advance our understanding of the role of the medium in the social construction of race.  Gretel Rodriguez presented  her talk entitled, "The Rhetoric of Polychrome Marbles on the Arch of Constantine in Rome." 

Congratulations to Professor Holly Shaffer

Holly Shaffer published an article in the July 2018 The Art Bulletin. Her piece is entitled “Take All of Them: Eclecticism and the Arts of the Pune Court in India, 1760–1800."

Grad/Undergrad Mentorship Program a Success

For the past few years, HIAA graduate students have organized a successful mentorship program for art history department undergraduates. Graduate student Josie Johnson explains "Laura Chilson-Parks initiated the...

New Venture Between HIAA and Tougaloo College Art Department

In Fall, 2018, Professor Phoenix Savage of Tougaloo College opened her course "African American Art History," to Brown students via video-conference. As part of this class, Brown students traveled to Mississippi to meet their peers at Tougaloo ...