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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


Swati Chattopadhyay (University of California, Santa Barbara)

Northwestern University Department of Art History presents the Warnock Lecture Series:
Mapping the Ephemeral: Decolonizing Durational Imagination
This event has been cancelled owing to unforeseen circumstances. The next lecture in the series will be held on February 23, 2022 and details will be forthcoming.
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


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Art History major Joni Rosenberg interviews Professor Escobar about research during the time of COVID for the Northwestern Undergraduate Research Journal
Undergraduate alumna Meghan Considine's "Knowledge and Wonder's Place, Policy, and Publics: Kerry James Marshall and the Henry E. Legler Library's Percent-for-Art Commission"
The department welcomes Thadeus Dowad, joining us in the fall
Professor Christina Kiaer will be appointed to the Arthur Andersen Teaching and Research Professorship starting September 1, 2021
This fall the department will welcome a new faculty member, Antawan Byrd

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