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2016 News


Professor Thompson wins CAA Book Award

July 15, 2016

Professor Thompson, Weinberg College Board of Advisors Chair, has been awarded the Charles Rufus Morey Book Award for 2016 by the College Art Association—one of the singular prizes in Art History. Congratulations!


July 14, 2016

Alison Fisher (Ph.D., 2014) and Greg Foster Rice (Ph.D., 2003) received the Society of Art Historian's 2016 Philip Johnson Award for The City Lost & Found: Capturing New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, 1960-1980. The award is given annually to an outstanding exhibition catalogue by the leading scholarly society devoted to the study of architecture and the built environment.

Professor Thompson's Exhibition "En MAS': Carnival and Performance Art of the Caribbean” Featured on

July 13, 2016

Professor Krista Thompson's exhibition "En Mas': Carnival and Performance Art of the Caribbean" at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans was featured on as a Critic's Pick. Curated with Claire Tancons, the exhibition features nine commissioned artists who draw on the social and aesthetic practices of Carnival in their public performance work to critique and transform definitions of performance art and postcolonial manifestations of Carnival. The article can be found here.

Myers Foundations Symposium, “Before the Contemporary: Arts, Institutions, Revolutions”

July 7, 2016

Organized by Professor Feldman, this week-long series of events started a conversation about new historiographies of art, urban space, and public culture in the Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey, 1900-present.

Claire Dillon (B.A. 2014) Highly Commended for Undergraduate Paper

July 16, 2014

The world’s only pan-discipline academic awards program, The Undergraduate Awards (UA) recognizes and rewards innovative young thinkers across 25 disciplines from business and engineering to visual arts and midwifery. Each year, the top performing students – winners and highly commended entrants – are invited to the UA Global Summit. Claire Dillon was highly commended in the Media & The Arts Category for her paper, “The Center Cannot Hold: Methodological Complications in the Study of Bruce Nauman and Samuel Beckett.”


"Medieval Colloquium: A World Within Worlds? Reassessing the "Global Turn" in Medieval Art History"

June 1, 2016

The Medieval Colloquium, organized by Professor Christina Normore, will take place June 5-6, 2016 at University Hall 201.


"Black Arts United States: Institutions and Interventions" Conference

May 31, 2016

“Black Arts United States: Institutions and Interventions” is a conference organized by Northwestern's Black Arts Initiative and co-sponsored by the Department of Art History. The conference will take place June 4-6, and will feature closing remarks by Associate Professor of Art History Huey Copeland as well as a panel moderated by Art History PhD candidate Faye Gleisser.


May 20, 2016

Congratulations to Martha Tedeschi (Ph.D., 1994), who has been named Elizabeth and John Moors Cabot Director of the Harvard Art Museums. As Deputy Director for Art and Research at the Art Institute of Chicago since 2012, Tedeschi oversees the museum’s eleven curatorial departments, and facilitates numerous programs including the Andrew W. Mellon Chicago Objects Study Initiative that directly benefits department graduate students. She will assume her new position and title in July 2016.


Professor Clayson Delivers Twenty-Seventh Annual Hilla Rebay Lecture

January 8, 2016

Hollis Clayson’s analysis of the visual culture of Paris takes root in the often overlooked fact that lighting (éclairage) was a key attribute of the City of Light in the 19th century. Clayson maintains that the forms of artificial illumination, their visual properties, and the era’s debates about them provided circumstances that stimulated aesthetically innovative art. The lecture analyzes the work of John Singer Sargent, Childe Hassam, and Mary Cassatt, and several of the era’s leading caricaturists, and takes place at the Guggenheim Museum on January 27, 2016.