A&A Alumnus and Staff Member Awarded 2023 Medieval Academy of America Publishing Prizes
Jan. 31, 2023

The Medieval Academy of America has announced the 2023 prize recipients, including Van Courtlandt Elliott Prize winner A&A alumnus John Lansdowne *19 and Digital Humanities and Multimedia Studies Prize co-recipients Julia Gearhart (A&A’s Director of Visual Resources) and Alice Isabella Sullivan (Assistant Professor Medieval Art and…

Anna Arabindan-Kesson’s “Black Bodies, White Gold” Wins 2023 HBA Book Award
Jan. 20, 2023

The Historians of British Art (HBA) annually awards prizes to outstanding books on the history of British art, architecture, and visual culture.  Anna Arabindan-Kesson’s Black Bodies, White Gold: Art, Cotton, and Commerce in the Atlantic World (Duke University Press 2021) received this year’s award for a single-authored…

Archaeology Certificate Student Shaun Cason, Class of 2023, Among Sachs Scholarship Recipients
Jan. 19, 2023

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Sachs Scholarship awarded to two Princeton seniors, one Oxford student

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Jan. 19, 2023

Princeton seniors Shaun Cason and Anna Allport and University of Oxford student Isabelle (Izzy) Stuart have been named recipients of the Daniel M. Sachs Class of 1960…

Co-Curating “Samuel Fosso: Affirmative Acts;” A&A Doctoral Student Iheanyi Onwuegbucha Describes the Collaborative Process
Jan. 12, 2023

A&A doctoral student Iheanyi Onwuegbucha is among the co-curators who assisted A&A and African American studies professor Chika Okeke-Agulu in producing the first museum survey of Samuel Fosso’s work in the United States: Samuel Fosso: Affirmative Acts,&nbsp…

Access to the Index of Medieval Art Database Will Become Free on July 1, 2023
Jan. 12, 2023
Written by Pamela Patton

We are very pleased to announce that as of July 1, 2023, a paid subscription will no longer be required for access to the Index of Medieval Art database. This transition was made possible by a generous grant from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and the ongoing support of the Index’s parent department of Art & Archaeology at Princeton…

In the News: NY Times Reviews "Samuel Fosso: Affirmative Acts," Curated by Chika Okeke-Agulu and Students
Jan. 5, 2023

Excerpt from New York Times, Critic's Pick, Jan. 5, 2023

Within Himself, an African Photographer Finds Multitudes A studio portraitist turns the lens on flamboyant alter egos in his first solo U.S. museum exhibition at Princeton.

By Arthur Lubow

"In the aftermath of the civil war in Nigeria that devastated his…

“Museumverse” Student Project Wins First Place at Keller Center Innovation Forum
Dec. 14, 2022

Congratulations to Department of Art & Archaeology graduate students Mengge Cao, Iheanyi Onwuegbucha, and Michael Zhang along with Shruti Sharma (Electrical and Computer Engineering), for winning first place and $15,000 in the humanities and social sciences division of the 17th Annual Keller Center Innovation Forum with their enthralling…

The Power of Seeing it for Yourself: Humanities Courses Converge in Rome
Dec. 14, 2022

Travel brings theory to life, vibrantly showcasing history, culture, and architecture like no image or text ever could. Students in two Humanities Council courses experienced this over fall break when they visited Rome.

Team-taught by Carolina Mangone (art & archaeology) and Moulie Vidas (religion and Judaic studies), the…

Inessential Colors by Basile Baudez Wins Alice Davis Hitchcock Medallion
Dec. 12, 2022

Basile C. Baudez’s Inessential Colors: Architecture on Paper in Early Modern Europe (Princeton University Press, 2021) is this year’s winner of the Alice Davis Hitchcock Medallion.  The judges consider the monograph “a landmark work…

Deciphering the Line between Science and Fiction in Art
Dec. 7, 2022

Featured on Princeton’s homepage, Professor Rachael DeLue’s course “Science and its Fictions in the Long 19th Century” trains students across disciplines to see images with a critical eye.  Students hone their visual literacy by looking at early images purporting to represent science, including John James Audubon's “The Birds of…

Object Mobilities Workshop Convenes in Australia
Dec. 2, 2022
Written by Ariel Kline

Convened in Canberra in November 2022, the “Object Mobilities” workshop brought together scholars from the United States and Australia to speak about objects on the move. Most surprising was the wide range of objects under discussion: from radioactive samples of Persian ceramics in nineteenth-century British collections (in a paper by Mary…

Learning from Collections: Behind the Scenes at the Met
Nov. 23, 2022

Students from ART 369/EAS 386: “The Arts and Archaeology of the Chinese Court” and ART 493/EAS 493: “Narrative and Visuality in China,” co-taught by the Department of Art & Archaeology’s Cheng-hua Wang with Chao-Hui Jenny Liu and Paize Keulemans from the Department of East Asian Studies, respectively, had the incredible opportunity to…

Index of Medieval Art Conference
Nov. 18, 2022

On November 11th and 12th, The Index of Medieval Art hosted a workshop and conference on the theme of “Looking at Language,” which brought together eight scholars in a wide range of specializations to share their expertise on the multifarious relationships between language and works of medieval art. On the first day, the speakers met with…

New Release: Patricia Blessing’s Architecture and Material Politics in the Fifteenth-century Ottoman Empire
Nov. 17, 2022

Just released by Cambridge University Press, Patricia Blessing’s Architecture and Material Politics in the Fifteenth-century Ottoman Empire explores the emergence of Ottoman architecture in the 15th century and its connection with broader geographical contexts. Analyzing how transregional exchange shaped building…

Learning from Artists: Renee Magnanti
Nov. 11, 2022

Artist Renee Magnanti gave students of Sam Holzman’s ART 504: “Studies in Greek Architecture” hands-on instruction in the techniques of encaustic painting.  Having worked in the medium for over 30 years herself, Magnanti has developed her own recipe and method and has established a singular style of carving in encaustic.  Her…

Curatorial Insight: Denise Murrell 
Nov. 4, 2022
Denise Murrell Speaks with Students of Bridget Alsdorf’s ART 450 Class About the Importance of Contextualization Along With Representation

Denise Murrell, Tisch Curator at Large for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, welcomed to the museum students in Bridget Alsdorf’s ART 450: “19th-Century European Art: Impressionism and Post-Impressionism:…

In the News: Tina Campt Co-organizes "Loophole of Retreat: Venice"
Nov. 3, 2022

Excerpt from "Simone Leigh’s Assembly of Black Feminist Creativity in Venice Left Me in Awe," by Folasade Ologundudu, in Artnet, October 21, 2022. 

Learning from Artists: Josiah McElheny 
Oct. 26, 2022
Josiah McElheny Visits HUM 434/ART 404: "Counterworlds: Innovation and Rupture in Communities of Artistic Practice"

Josiah McElheny,  renowned interdisciplinary artist best known for his works combining glass with other materials, recently spoke with students in HUM 434/ART 404: "Counterworlds: Innovation and Rupture in Communities…

Faculty Awards and Distinctions
Oct. 16, 2022

Anna Arabindan-Kesson, associate professor in the departments of art & archaeology and African American studies, was awarded the 2022 Dean for Research Innovation Fund for new ideas in the humanities and social sciences in support of her project Art Hx: Visualizing the medical legacies of…

Course Highlight: ART 430
Oct. 7, 2022
ART 430: “Medieval Art: The Icon”

Professor Charlie Barber’s ART 430 seminar on the icon examines devotional panel paintings from literally every angle.  The course explores the function, theory, and meaning of the icon and traces its history and impact through to modernism.

On a recent visit to…

Course Highlight: ART 485
Oct. 2, 2022
ART 485: “Making Exhibitions: 17th-Century Flemish Paintings at Princeton"

What goes into developing an exhibition proposal for an Art Museum?  Students in Ronni Baer’s course ART 485: “Making Exhibitions: 17th-Century Flemish Paintings at Princeton,” will spend the fall semester learning every facet, with the Art Museum’s 17th-century…

In Memoriam
Sept. 29, 2022

T. Leslie Shear, Jr., professor of classical archaeology, emeritus, passed away on September 28, 2022 in Princeton, New Jersey after a brief illness.  Known as “Bucky,” he spent his life between Princeton and Athens, Greece, where he was born in 1938. Having received his B.A. summa cum laude from Princeton’s Department of Classics and his…

Research and Event Highlight
Sept. 28, 2022

In the spotlight at the upcoming Environmental History Lab Seminar: "HistoGenes: Integrating Genomic, Archaeological, and Historical Perspectives on Eastern Central Europe" on October 5th, the HistoGenes project is…

Course Highlight: ART 562
Sept. 26, 2022
Art 562: “Science and Its Fictions in the Long Nineteenth Century” 

Intrigue, falsehood, and revelation hover where science and the humanities intersect - and art often bears witness.  Professor Rachael DeLue’s graduate seminar Art 562: “Science and Its Fictions in the Long Nineteenth Century” explores this intersection in the…

Faculty Awards and Distinctions
Sept. 6, 2022

Inessential Colors: Architecture on Paper in Early Modern Europe (Princeton University Press) by Basile Baudez has been shortlisted for the Alice Davis Hitchcock Medallion.  Awarded since 1959, the prize is given annually…

New Faculty Highlight
Aug. 23, 2022

Tina Campt, a noted Black feminist theorist of visual culture and contemporary art, joined the faculty of Princeton University’s Department of Art and Archaeology and the Lewis Center for the Art’s Program in Visual Arts as the Roger S. Berlind ’52 Professor in the Humanities in a joint appointment on July 1. Campt will be teaching courses in…

Faculty Highlight
July 25, 2022

Professor Chika Okeke-Agulu has been elected Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy. From the British Academy Website:

"Each year, the British Academy elects to its fellowship up to 52 outstanding UK-based scholars who have achieved distinction in…

Research Highlight
July 25, 2022

Pamela A. Patton, director of the Index of Medieval Art, has published “What Did Medieval Slavery Look Like? Color, Race, and Unfreedom in Later Medieval Iberia” in Speculum, the flagship journal of the Medieval Academy of America. Patton’s article examines a group of…

Faculty Highlight
June 24, 2022

Professor Chika Okeke-Agulu has been confirmed as the Slade Professor of Fine Art for 2022/23 in the The Department of History of Art and Centre for Visual Studies at the University of Oxford.

From the University of Oxford website:

"In 1869, the Slade Lectures were…

Course Highlight: ART 106
June 24, 2022

Princeton home page highlights Art& Archaeology's "Looking Lab: Experiments in Visual Thinking and Thinking About Visuals" led by department lecturer, and recent Ph.D., Lucy Partman.

Course Highlight: CLA 247
June 24, 2022

From the Medieval Studies article titled Smeltin' In the Rain: A daylong demonstration of medieval-style smelting, the workshop showcased an iron-producing technique that began in the Iron Age, persisted through the Classical World and the Middle Ages to Colonial America. It is also a tradition that has been intentionally preserved by smiths in…

Faculty Highlight
June 24, 2022

Assistant Professor of Art and Archaeology and African American Studies, Anna Arabindan-Kesson, is a recipient of the 2022–23 Rome Prize, in her capacity as a Terra Foundation Fellow, for her project entitled "A Dream of Italy: Black Geographies and the Grand Tour."

The American Academy in Rome awards the Rome Prize annually via a…

Faculty Highlight: Professor Alsdorf Book Q&A
April 6, 2022

Professor Bridget Alsdorf recently participated in a Q&A about her new book, Gawkers: Art and Audience in Late Nineteenth-Century France (2022). Gawkers explores how artists and writers in late nineteenth-century Paris…

Graduate Student Highlight
March 17, 2022

Graduate student Nathan Stobaugh presented Queerer Mirrors: Identification and Disidentification in VALIE EXPORT's Television and Cinema at The Barnes Foundation 26th Annual…

Visual Resources Highlight
March 17, 2022

In 1936 and 1949, the Committee for the Excavation of Antioch-on-the-Orontes sent pieces of pottery, called sherds, from the excavation to the Walters Art Gallery (now Museum) in Baltimore. On March 4, 2022, the department transferred the sherds back to Princeton, for use as a teaching collection while the museum is closed. These sherds will…

Faculty Highlight
Feb. 1, 2022

Professor Basile Baudez participated in a Q&A about his book Inessential Colors.

Faculty and Alumni CAA Awards
Jan. 27, 2022

CAA announced its 2022 Awards for Distinction this week.  Two Department of Art & Archaeology alumni earned awards for their publications and one of our faculty contributed an essay to a publication that won a prize.

Kaira Cabañas *07’s…

In Memoriam
Jan. 19, 2022

Art historian, Jonathan Brown *64, Carroll and Milton Petrie Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts at NYU Institute of Fine Arts, passed away at home in Princeton on January 17, 2022.  He was a pioneer in Spanish and Viceregal Mexican art and served as the director of the NYU Institute of Fine Arts from 1973–1978. His NYU colleagues have

New A&A Mentorship Program
Jan. 14, 2022

New in Spring 2022, the Art & Archaeology Undergraduate Mentorship Program provides mentorship, academic enrichment, and a dynamic intellectual and social community to junior and senior History of Art and Practice of Art majors and is an exciting complement to the department’s existing offerings for undergraduate-graduate collaboration,…

Faculty News
Jan. 3, 2022

CNN and the New York Times list Chika Okeke-Agulu's book in the Best Books of 2021.

"AFRICAN ARTISTS: From 1882 to Now, by Phaidon Editors…

Course Highlight
Dec. 20, 2021

Professors Mangone and Yerkes teach "Renaissance Art and Architecture" in person despite the Princeton University Art Museum being closed.  Their shaping of the course is highlighted on the Princeton home page…

Faculty Highlight
Nov. 22, 2021

In this recorded talk, Professor Baudez presents a new book project that takes us to the margins of architectural history and interrogates the way we think about public urban spaces. By looking anew and in detail at the…

Faculty Live Virtual Lecture 11/18/2021
Nov. 15, 2021

Join Professor Chika Okeke-Agulu in a live virtual talk with Sir David Adjaye.  Thursday, November 18, 8:00–9:30PM.  Sponsored by Taubman College, University of Michigan.


Faculty Highlight
Nov. 11, 2021

Chika Okeke-Agulu, Professor of African and American Diaspora Art at Princeton University talks to TRT World about France returning 26 Benin Bronzes artifacts to Benin that were stolen during the colonial era.

Additionally, Professor Okeke-Agulu

Graduate Student Highlight
Nov. 11, 2021

Art & Archaeology graduate student, Annemarie Iker, was highlighted in an article on the PUL website.

Meet Annemarie Iker, a Ph.D. candidate who completed Princeton’s University…

Robotic Lacing: Lace in Space
Oct. 28, 2021

Lace in Space presents the outcome of an interdisciplinary investigation into new, spatial possibilities for bobbin lace, a centuries-old textile art.

Generally characterized as a textile of many holes, bobbin lace is formed by braiding together continuous threads using…

Faculty Exhibition
Oct. 12, 2021

"Piranesi on the Page" tells the story of how Giovanni Battista Piranesi, the foremost printmaker in 18th-century Europe, made the book the center of his artistic production. The exhibition opened in the Ellen…

Emeritus Faculty Obituary
Oct. 3, 2021

Peter Bunnell, eminent scholar of photography and an ‘essential’ figure in the University Art Museum, dies at 83.


Faculty News
Sept. 30, 2021

We are delighted to announce that Tina Campt will be a visiting professor in Art & Archaeology and the Lewis Center for the Arts during the Spring 2022 semester. Professor Campt is the Owen F. Walker Professor of Humanities and Modern Culture and Media at Brown University and a Research Associate at the Visual Identities in Art and Design…