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Art History

Why Study Art History?


Our Program

Prof. Zorach with grads at Newberry Library

In Art History, we study the art and architecture of cultures around the world and across millennia. We take a variety of approaches to our objects, but focus on understanding their aesthetic and historical significance as well as their social relevance.  


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Warnock Lecture Series

Detail shot of an Ottoman Court book. Pink background with fold, white and gray flourishes.

Emine Fetvaci (Boston College)

Northwestern University Department of Art History presents the Warnock Lecture Series:
The Wonder of Paper Joinery at the Ottoman Court
Wednesday, February 8, 2023
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Pick-Laudati Auditorium, Block Museum of Art
Cosi Fellow at AIC giving a gallery talk

Chicago Objects Study Initiative

Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. COSI provides graduate students with training in object-based research with the Art Institute of Chicago.
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Warnock Gift

The Liz Warnock Gift to Art History provides generous funds to support an array of programming in the department
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News & Events


Department News

Vitoria Faria and Zeki Hirsch


My Electric Genealogy - Sarah Kanouse

6:00 PM - 7:15 PM, Evanston

Part storytelling, part lecture, and part live documentary film, Sarah Kanouse’s solo performance My Electric Genealogy explores the sh...

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Summer Seminar in Spain featured in Northwestern Magazine.
Grace Deveney (Ph.D. 2022) listed as one of Newcity's Art 50 2022: Chicago’s Visual Vanguard.
Professor Escobar has published "Habsburg Madrid: Architecture and the Spanish Monarchy," a major new study of early modern architecture and urbanism, with Penn State University Press.

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