Faculty News

July 2, 2019

The spring course “The Art of Living” was part of the Program for Community-Engaged Scholarship (ProCES), bridging academics and service.


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Class Trips 2018

February 12, 2018

“Inca Art and Architecture” examines the material culture and built environments of the greatest Andean civilization, the Incas. Conquered in 1532 by the Spanish, the Incas are known through archaeological and historical sources. Neither, however, can be taken at face ...

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2017 Fall Break Trip to Paris

November 18, 2017

During Fall Break students in ART 400, the methods seminar for History of Art majors, traveled to Paris with Professors Alsdorf, Kitzinger, and Watsky. The trip was an opportunity to explore the many cultural riches of the city with faculty specializing in different art-historical ...

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Kaitlyn Hay '10 Wins Photo Contest

September 11, 2017

Kaitlyn Hay '10 earned first place in The Washington Post Travel’s 18th Annual Photo Contest.  Her entry captures the view from above of Japanese artist Fujiku Nakaya's "London Fog", an immersive fog sculpture at the Tate Modern in London.  Kaitlyn teaches art for ...

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Dean for Research Innovation Funds awarded to highly exploratory projects

March 27, 2017

The Office of the Dean of Research has announced collaborative research initiatives in several departments. M. Taylor Pyne Professor of Art and Archaeology, Michael Koortbojian will ...

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Class Trips 2017

February 17, 2017

Three classes traveling over spring break include ART448/ECS Seminar in 17th- and 18th-Century Art with Professor Thomas Da Costa Kaufmann to Prague, ART468/LAS The Art and Politics of Ancient Maya Courts with Lecturer and PU Art Museum ...

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Gates Cambridge Scholarship Recipient

February 17, 2017

Class of 2017 student Charlotte Williams has been awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. The award gives outstanding students from outside the United Kingdom the opportunity to pursue postgraduate study at the University of Cambridge. The program was established in 2000 by ...

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Book Prize

December 5, 2016

Professor Chika Okeke-Agulu won the African Studies Association Herskovits Prize for his book Postcolonial Modernism: Art ...

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ART 456 travels to São Paulo, Brazil

September 14, 2016

The World Picture investigates the global turn in contemporary art with a focus on international mega-exhibitions as a form of worldmaking. Case studies of key exhibitions and debates within the broader history, ranging from 19th century worlds fairs and the earliest biennales ...

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New book by Professor Irene Small analyzes the work of Brazilian artist Hélio Oiticica

February 1, 2016

Hélio Oiticica (1937–80) was one of the most brilliant Brazilian artists of the 1960s and 1970s. He was a forerunner of participatory art, and his melding of geometric abstraction and bodily engagement has influenced contemporary artists from Cildo Meireles and Ricardo ...

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Professor Okeke-Agulu's Book Receives Frank Jewett Mather Award for Art Criticism

January 4, 2016

Professor Chika Okeke-Agulu’s book Postcolonial Modernism (Duke University Press, 2015) has received the Frank Jewett Mather ...

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New Book Edited by Pamela A. Patton Focuses on Race and Visual Culture in Spanish- and Portuguese-Speaking World

October 15, 2015

Envisioning Others: Race, Color, and the Visual in Iberia and Latin America, edited by Pamela A. Patton, director of the Index of Christian Art, has just been published by ...

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Beatrice Kitzinger Joins Department Faculty

September 18, 2015

Beatrice Kitzinger joins the faculty as a specialist in western medieval art. She completed her Ph.D. at Harvard in 2012 with a dissertation focused on 8th–10th- century manuscript illumination and the representation of the cross. Her book in progress, with the working title ...

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Professor Hal Foster's New Book Examines Art and Criticism of Last 25 Years

September 14, 2015

Professor Hal Foster's new book Bad New Days: Art, Criticism, Emergency (Verso, 2015) examines the evolution of art and criticism in Western Europe and North ...

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At Work with Artwork Discussion Series Features Matthew Affron

May 4, 2015

The final 2015 “At Work with Artwork” discussion featured Matthew Affron, the Muriel and Philip Berman Curator of Modern Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Affron is responsible for the stewardship of the museum’s remarkable holdings of modern art, anchored ...

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Robin Cormack to Deliver Weitzmann Lecture

April 17, 2015

The distinguished Byzantinist Robin Cormack, professor emeritus in the history of art at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, will deliver the 2015 Kurt Weitzmann Lecture, “Discovering Icons at Sinai: From Uspenskij to Weitzmann.”

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Seminar to Travel to Japan

April 3, 2015

The fall 2015 seminar “Visual Japan, Past and Present,” taught by Professor Andrew Watsky, will examine the arts over the course of Japan’s history and, especially, how contemporary Japan makes use of its visual past. The primary focuses of the course are painting, ...

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Symposium to Focus on Princeton's Archaeological Projects

March 27, 2015

The symposium "More than Dirt: Princeton and Archaeology" will present the exciting results of Princeton’s archaeological projects in Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, Romania, and Turkey. The expeditions investigate a wide variety of cultures and time periods but are united in using ...

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Caroline Walker Bynum to Give 2015 Janson-LaPalme Lecture

March 25, 2015

The 2015 Robert Janson-La Palme Lecture will be given by Caroline Walker Bynum, professor emerita of medieval European history at the Institute for Advanced Study and University Professor emerita at Columbia University. The lecture will take place ...

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Professor Okeke-Agulu's New Book Examines Modernism in Nigeria

February 25, 2015

Professor Chika Okeke-Agulu’s new book Postcolonial Modernism (Duke University Press, 2015) chronicles the emergence of artistic modernism in Nigeria in the ...

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Seminar to Travel to Utah to Study Smithson's Spiral Jetty

February 9, 2015

Professor Rachael DeLue’s class “Terrains of Knowledge” will travel to Utah for first-hand study of Robert Smithson’s iconic Spiral Jetty. The seminar ...

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Professor Nathan Arrington's New Book Examines War Dead in Fifth-Century Athens

February 5, 2015

Professor Nathan Arrington has just published Ashes, Images, and Memories: The Presence of the War Dead in Fifth-Century Athens (Oxford University Press). In a period ...

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At Work with Artwork Discussion Series to Feature Jan Stuart

February 3, 2015

The next “At Work with Artwork” discussion will feature Jan Stuart, the Melvin R. Seiden Curator of Chinese Art at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington, D.C. At the Freer/Sackler, Stuart oversees the collection of Chinese decorative ...

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Imperial Portraits on Display in Marquand Library

December 15, 2014

Marquand Library is currently exhibiting two elegant books of portraits by Jacopo Strada, an artist who played a complex role in the cultural life of Renaissance Europe’s most powerful courts. Imperatorum Romanorum. . ., a regal, folio-sized volume published in ...

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Sinai Icons Are Focus of Visual Resources Collection Project

October 9, 2014

The department’s Visual Resources Collection has launched a major initiative to digitize and catalogue a key archive for the study of Byzantine icons—thousands of color images of the icons owned by the Monastery of Saint Catherine at Mount Sinai. The oldest continuously ...

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Cécile Fromont to Lecture on Kongo Christian Visual Culture

September 29, 2014

Professor Cécile Fromont will speak on “The Art of Conversion: Kongo Christian Visual Culture in the Early Modern Atlantic World” on September 29 in McCormick 106 at 4:30 pm.

Fromont is assistant professor of art history at the University of Chicago. ...

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Carolyn Yerkes Joins Department Faculty

September 25, 2014

Carolyn Yerkes has joined the department as assistant professor of early modern architecture. Before coming to Princeton, she was the curator of Avery Classics, the rare books ...

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Mammoth-Plate Albumen Prints on View in McCormick Hall Exhibition

September 3, 2014

The current exhibition in the gallery space outside McCormick 106 highlights some superb examples of 19th-century mammoth-plate albumen prints from the department’s Research Photographs collection.

The albumen process, first used around 1850, was the dominant photographic ...

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Freshman Academic Expo

August 29, 2014

The Freshman Academic Expo is an informational open house that offers freshman interested in majoring in art history, archaeology, and studio art the opportunity to learn about everything the Department of Art and Archaeology has to offer.

Come and meet representatives ...

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Seminar, Exhibition, and Conference to Focus on Renowned Tea Artefact

August 29, 2014

An extraordinary tea-leaf storage jar made in China in the late 13th or 14th century and recently acquired by the Freer and Sackler Galleries of Art in Washington, DC, will be the centerpiece of an exhibition at the Princeton University Art Museum co-curated by Professor Andrew ...

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Discussion Series Brings Museum Directors and Curators to Campus

August 21, 2014

“At Work with Artwork,” a roundtable discussion series co-organized by department graduate students Hannah Yohalem and Elizabeth Osenbaugh, brings museum directors and curators from a variety of institutions to campus to discuss their previous and current work, what ...

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Kongo Seminar to Coincide with Exhibition

July 28, 2014

Professor Chika Okeke-Agulu’s fall 2014 seminar “Kongo Art” will examine the role of art in the social life of the Kongo Kingdom and related peoples of Central Africa, from the arrival of Spanish explorers and missionaries in the 15th century through the era ...

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Art 459 Travels to Shanghai

July 10, 2014

“Anxious Metropolis: Shanghai’s Urban Cultures, 1842–2012” focuses on the evolution of Shanghai to a bustling port, colonialist beachhead, hub of international commerce in the 1930s, and today a major testing ground for contemporary architecture. Team-taught ...

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Koortbojian Appointed M. Taylor Pyne Professor of Art and Archaeology

July 1, 2014

The department’s Professor Michael Koortbojian has been named M. Taylor Pyne Professor of Art and Archaeology. The Pyne Professorship was established in 1913 by a gift from Moses Taylor Pyne, a member of the Class of 1877 and a trustee of Princeton University from 1885 to ...

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Molyvoti, Thrace, Archaeological Project (MTAP) Explores Ancient Greek Port City

June 19, 2014

The Molyvoti, Thrace, Archaeological Project (MTAP) investigates an ancient trading port located on the Thracian Sea between ancient Abdera and Maroneia. The project, which began in 2013, aims to ascertain the identity, form, and chronology of the ...

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Foster Awarded Cullman Fellowship

May 2, 2014

The New York Public Library’s Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers has announced that Professor Hal Foster will be a member of its sixteenth class of Cullman Center Fellows. The 2014 class of Fellows will be in residence at the Cullman Center from ...

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