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…

Course Highlight
Oct. 2, 2022

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 Flemish paintings as their focus.  This week, students began examining…

Research and Event Highlight
Sept. 28, 2022

Preliminary Results of the Largest Ancient DNA Sequencing Project to be Presented October 5th

In the spotlight at the upcoming Environmental History Lab Seminar: "HistoGenes: Integrating Genomic,…

Course Highlight
Sept. 26, 2022

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 context of the 19th century, tracing efforts to utilize image-making as…

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
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
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…

A&A Book Club: The Personal Librarian
April 21, 2022

The Department of Art & Archaeology’s book club recently met to discuss the novel The Personal Librarian (2021) by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray. The book is the sixth the club has discussed on topics of diversity and inclusion. Other titles the group have discussed include How to be an Antiracist (2019)…

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…

New Faculty Book
Sept. 30, 2021

Prof. Nathan Arrington's new book "Athens at the Margins: Pottery and People in the Early Mediterranean World" will be published in October 2021 by Princeton University Press. The Humanities Council interviewed Professor…

Climate and Inclusion
Sept. 30, 2021

In solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and social justice activism around the globe, the Department of Art & Archaeology has undertaken an initiative to assess the climate of the department and recommend best practices for ensuring equity, diversity, and inclusiveness.

Library Highlight
Sept. 30, 2021

Professor Alan Stahl reaches a milestone with his FLAME project.

Faculty Highlight
Sept. 30, 2021

Chika Okeke-Agulu, a professor of art and archaeology and African American studies, is a forward-thinking expert in African art. In this video short in the “Forward Thinkers” series, Okeke-Agulu discusses the need for museums around the world to return precious artifacts that were stolen…

Teaching a pandemic in real time
Sept. 30, 2021

The Department of Communications interviewed Professor Janet Kay about her course The Art & Archaeology of Plague

Major New Online Resource for the Study of Ancient Antioch Launched
Aug. 18, 2021

The Visual Resources Collection has announced the launch of a major new online resource for the study of Antioch on the Orontes, one of the great cities of the Hellenistic and Roman worlds that remained an important center throughout the Byzantine, Seljuk, Crusader, and Ottoman periods. The…

Class Day 2021
May 25, 2021

The Department of Art & Archaeology celebrated our graduating seniors on May 24, 2021.  The Class Day program was a virtual event delivered on zoom and consisted of a Photoshow, an introduction of every student with a description of their thesis, and presenting of thesis awards and…

New Faculty Book
May 24, 2021

In Black Bodies, White Gold Anna Arabindan-Kesson uses cotton, a commodity central to the slave trade and colonialism, as a focus for new interpretations of the way art, commerce, and colonialism were intertwined in the nineteenth-century Atlantic world. In doing so, Arabindan-Kesson models an art historical approach that makes the…

Barr Ferree
Jan. 19, 2021

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FRS165 Archaeology as History
Dec. 10, 2020
Written by Janet Kay

The transition to online teaching this fall went very well for the hands-on experiential freshman seminar FRS165 Archaeology as History.

I first taught this course in the fall of 2018, with support from the Humanities Council and the Council on Science and Technology. The course gives incoming Princeton undergraduates a look at how…

Butler Archive Project
Sept. 5, 2020
Written by Christopher Moss, Julia Gearhart, Jamie Saxon
Undergraduates Dig into Digital Archaeology

With the COVID-19 pandemic cancelling excavations planned for 2020, virtual archaeological research continued on campus this summer. Two certificate in archaeology candidates, Noelia Carbajal ’22 (classical and ancient studies) and Isabella Impalli ’22 (civil engineering), dug into the digitized…

Dunhuang: Buddhist Art and Explorers of the Silk Road
June 30, 2020
Written by Dora Ching

Strategically located at the convergence of the ancient northern and southern trade routes on the edge of the Taklamakan desert in northwestern China, the oasis town of Dunhuang served as a gateway and nexus for trade between China and Central Asia. Goods, along with art, languages, religions, and ideas, flowed through Dunhuang and spurred the…

Touring Antiquity: Images from the Richard Stillwell Collection
Feb. 19, 2020

Richard Stillwell (1899-1982), Princeton ’21 and *24, was a beloved long-serving member of the faculty and a prolific scholar. More than twelve hundred photographic negatives taken early in his career belong to the Research Photographs collections of the Department of Art and Archaeology. Beginning in early 2019 Visual Resources staff (with…

Faculty News
Feb. 6, 2020

Professor Chika Okeke-Agulu named Kirk Varnedoe Visiting Professor at The Institute of Fine Arts for Spring 2020.

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ART/SLA/ECS 466 The Crossroads of Invention: Art, Society, and Identity in East Central Europe (1500-1914)
Nov. 12, 2019
Written by Professor Kaufmann

The class will explore the role of art in negotiating cultural difference in the historical Commonwealth of Poland-Lithuania. A crossroad of several trade routes, the state fostered religious tolerance legislation with hardly any parallel on the continent. Simultaneously, such social framework was not immune to ongoing tensions long before the…

2019 Art and Archaeology Undergraduate Honors and Prizes
June 14, 2019

On June 4, 2019, 23 concentrators in Art and Archaeology graduated as part of Princeton University’s Class of 2019.  The day before, at Class Day, their many achievements were celebrated. The following seniors received distinguished awards and prizes during Class Day.

Highest Honors

Kyra Gregory
Charlotte Reynders '19

Faculty News
June 5, 2019

Brigid Doherty’s colleagues in the departments of Art and Archaeology and German call her a rigorous scholar, natural teacher and model mentor. A member of the faculty since 2003, her research focuses on the interdisciplinary study of 20th-century art and literature, with special emphasis on relationships among the visual arts, literature, and…

Five Art and Archaeology Ph.D.s Honored in Hooding Ceremony
June 5, 2019

Five Art and Archaeology Ph.D.s Honored in Hooding Ceremony

The Department of Art and Archaeology congratulates its five new Ph.D. recipients, who were honored in a hooding ceremony on Monday, June 3.

The gowns and hoods worn as part of traditional academic regalia trace their history to medieval Europe, when heavy woolen…

Wen Fong Memorial and Luncheon
April 13, 2019

Please join the Department of Art and Archaeology, the Princeton University Art Museum, and the P.Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Center for East Asian Art in celebrating Professor Fong’s life.

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