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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

"Time Piece" 1990 by Lorna Simpson. An image of the back of a Black woman in a black dress. Repeated four times with a black plaque next to it.

Drew Thompson (Bard Graduate Center)

Northwestern University Department of Art History presents the Warnock Lecture Series:
Coloring Black Surveillance
Wednesday, October 19, 2022
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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woman presenting at a lecture

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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