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2014 News


Professor Clayson Named Chevalier Dans l'Ordre Des Palmes Académiques

November 20, 2014

Congratulations to Professor Holly Clayson who has recently been named a Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes académiques (Knight in the Order of the Academic Palms) by the French Ministry of Education in recognition of her service to French culture. More information about this honor can be found in this article.

Professor Van Zanten Delivers Keynote

November 12, 2014

Professor David Van Zanten delivered the keynote address at the upcoming conference "Network Beaux-Arts: Going Global," convened jointly by institutions in Paris and London.


Myers Symposium in Honor of David Van Zanten

October 22, 2014

This symposium honors the scholarship of David Van Zanten, Mary Jane Crowe Professor in Art and Art History, who has taught in the Department of Art History at Northwestern University since 1979 and at the University of Pennsylvania from 1971 to 1979. This event will celebrate his contributions over his 44-year career as a researcher and teacher. Colleagues and students from Europe and the United States will not only thematize his work but also discuss the current state of the fields in art history, architecture, and urban studies.


Ashley E. Dunn Presents "Medium and Memory in Martial's 'Ancien Paris'" at the Art Institute of Chicago

September 1, 2014

Congratulations to current graduate Ashley E. Dunn, who will be delivering her paper, "Medium and Memory in Marital's 'Ancien Paris'" at the Art Institute of Chicago on September 5, 2014. Her paper was selected for presentation from the Art Institute's 49th Graduate Student Seminar.


Professor Feldman Publishes From a Nation Torn

August 15, 2014

Professor Hannah Feldman's book From a Nation Torn: Decolonizing Art and Representation in France, 1942-1965 was recently published by Duke University Press.


Shiben Banerji, Philology and Worldarchitecture: The Global Imaginaries of Lethaby, Mahony, and Griffin

July 17, 2014

The department welcomes Shiben Banerji, recently appointed Assistant Professor of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Claire Dillon (WCAS, 2014) Receives Warnock Travel Grant

July 17, 2014

The Department awarded Warnock Travel Grants to undergraduates conducting research for their honors theses. Claire Dillon (WCAS, 2014) is pictured at left interviewing Cuban director Fernando Pérez.

Hollis Clayson, "Episodes from the Visual Culture of Electric Paris"

July 11, 2014

Hollis Clayson will be giving a lecture at SAIC about her research into the effects of artificial lighting on the visual culture of Paris in the 19th-century.

Professor Copeland Publishes Bound to Appear

July 11, 2014

Professor Huey Copeland's book Bound to Appear: Art, Slavery, and the Site of Blackness in Multicultural America was recently published by the University of Chicago Press.

Congratulations Dr. Bugajski

July 10, 2014

Congratulations to Jill Bugajski on successfully defending her dissertation "Totalitarian Aesthetics and the Democratic Imagination in the United States, 1937-1947."


Congratulations Professor Keating

June 17, 2014

Jessica Keating (Ph.D., 2010), has been named Assistant Professor at Carleton College in Northfield, MN.

Professor Gunter Receives Named Chair

June 16, 2014

The department congratulates Professor Ann Gunter on her new appointment as the Bertha and Max Dressler Professor in the Humanities.

Professor Eisenman Publishes The Cry of Nature

June 11, 2014

Professor Stephen Eisenman's book The Cry of Nature: Art and the Making of Animal Rights was recently published by Reaktion Books.

Congratulations Dr. Lucento

June 10, 2014

Congratulations to Angelina Lucento on successfully defending her dissertation, "Painting for the Collective: Art, Politics, and Communication in Russia, 1918-1932." Dr. Lucento will begin a position as postdoctoral fellow at the Central Eurpoean University in Budapest.


Chicago Objects Study Initiative

May 12, 2014

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded nearly $1.3 million to Northwestern, the University of Chicago, and the Art Institute of Chicago to support innovative objects-based studies in art history. The department looks forward to collaborating with area institutions on a variety of projects that are intended primarily to enhance the experience of art history graduate students.


Congratulations Dr. Oliver

February 28, 2014

Congratulations to Liza Oliver on successfully defending her dissertation "Mercantile Aesthetics: Art, Science, and Diplomacy in French India (1664-1761)." Dr. Oliver will begin a position as postdoctoral fellow in the Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

2014 CAA Reunion Reception

February 4, 2014

The Department of Art History co-hosted a reunion reception with the Department of Art Theory & Practice in conjunction with the CAA Annual Conference in Chicago. The event took place at the Palmer House Hilton on Thursday February 13 from 6:30-8:30.