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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

A low-light photograph of a grid of wooden lanterns with circles on each side letting out light.

Swati Chattopadhyay (University of California, Santa Barbara)

Northwestern University Department of Art History presents the Warnock Lecture Series:
Mapping the Ephemeral: Decolonizing Durational Imagination
Wednesday, October 18, 2023
Lecture: 5:00 PM–6:30 PM
Reception: 6:30–7:30pm
Pick-Laudati Auditorium, Block Museum of Art
Faculty Spotlight

Faculty Spotlight

Two of our newest faculty members, Hollyamber Kennedy and Yuthika Sharma, are featured on the Faculty Spotlight page.

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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


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Daily Northwestern recommends Art History Introduction to Asian Art as a great distro class. Join us this Fall quarter to see what they’re talking about.
Maureen Warren’s (Ph.D. '15) Krannert Art Museum exhibition catalogue, Paper Knives Paper Crowns: Political Prints in the Dutch Republic, has received the 2023 book award of the International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA) Foundation
David J. Getsy (Ph.D. 2002) is awarded the prestigious 2023 Robert Motherwell Book Award for his book "Queer Behavior: Scott Burton and Performance Art."

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