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2017 News


Stephen Eisenman's Blake in the Age of Aquarius Named One of the Top Art Books of 2017 by The New York Times

December 14, 2017

The exhibition catalog for a show at the Block Museum of Art through March 18 features essays by John Murphy (Ph.D., 2017) and Ph.D. candidate Jacob Leveton. The full list of art books selected by critic Holland Carter can be seen here.


New Faculty Member

November 22, 2017

We are pleased to announce the hire of Ayala Levin for our position in Global Modern and Contemporary Architecture. Dr. Levin will begin teaching in Winter 2018. Ayala Levin is an architectural historian specializing in architecture and urban planning in postcolonial African states. She is currently working on two book projects. The first examines the export of Israeli architecture and planning to Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire and Ethiopia in the 1960s-1970s. The second explores American regional planning and urban design in North and sub-Saharan Africa since the 1960s.


Undergraduate Alumna Is a Mellon Fellow in Painting Conservation

October 17, 2017

Congrats to undergraduate alumna Kari Rayner (2011), 2017-2018 Mellon Fellow in Paintings Conservation at the National Gallery of Art.

Two Graduate Students Win 2017-18 Fulbright Fellowships to South Korea and Spain

October 12, 2017

Douglas Gabriel will be traveling to South Korea, where he will continue research on his dissertation, Between Propaganda and Protest Aesthetics: Realism in North and South Korean Art (1984 -- 1994). He is examining connections between North and South Korean art during the late Cold War period.
Emily Wood will be in Madrid and Valladolid to research the artistic and political connections between the court of Philip II in Madrid and the Medici in Florence.

Aisha Motlani Awarded Graduate Research Grant for Research in India; Accepted to Summer Institute of Technical Studies at Harvard Art Museums

October 11, 2017

Motlani will be conducting research for her dissertation which examines the impact of the 1857 Indian Rebellion on British visual culture. Through a careful analysis of prints, paintings, and photographs of the Indian Rebellion produced for British audiences she reveals the ways in which the event prompted artists to alter or adjust existing styles, formats and tropes, and to embrace novel subject matter and modes of visual discourse. The Graduate Research Grant will help finance a trip to Lucknow and Delhi, India, to carry out field work necessary for the completion of chapter three of her dissertation, which focuses on Felice Beato's photographs of Lucknow after the months- long siege of the city. Through a first-hand examination of the sites photographed by Beato, she hopes to better understand the practical and aesthetic decisions he made while photographing the city and its monuments. She also plans to visit memorials to the Indian Rebellion in Lucknow and Delhi that were built in the aftermath of the event.


Professor Normore Wins Prestigious Teaching Award

August 18, 2017

Congratulations to Christina Normore who has received the 2017 E. Leroy Hall Award for Excellence in Teaching from Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. The prestigious award is based on nominations received from Northwestern undergraduate students.


Undergraduates Vanessa Gao and Linnea Hodge Elected to Phi Beta Kappa

July 14, 2017

The department warmly congratulates Vanessa Gao and Linnea Hodge on their election to Phi Beta Kappa, one of the most prestigious academic societies. Their election speaks to excellent scholarship in Art History and at Northwestern as a whole.


Graduate Student Olivia Dill Helps with CT Scan of Mummy for Block Museum Exhibition

June 15, 2017

Olivia Dill, first year graduate student, helped with CT scan of Northwestern’s Hibbard mummy to discern how she died. See full article here.

Professor Copeland Wins 2017 Absolut Art Writing Award

June 15, 2017

Huey Copeland, Associate Professor of Art History, has been named the 2017 recipient of the prestigious Absolut Art Writing Award, intended to support new writing by the world's most creative talent. Copeland will spend the next year focusing on his award-winning book project, Touched by the Mother: On Black Men and Artistic Practice, 1966-2016​, which collects his new and previously published essays, articles, reviews, and interviews. Recent recipients of the award include critic Coco Fusco (2013) and Tate curator Mark Godfrey (2015).

Undergraduate Alumna Organizes Film Series at Moma

June 15, 2017

Congratulations to undergraduate alumna, Adeze Wilford (2013), for organizing the Black Intimacy film series at MoMA.



Alumna Liza Oliver Calls for More Women Museum Directors in the New York Times

March 1, 2017

“Why the Met Should Appoint a Female Director” calls on the Metropolitan Museum of Art to lead by example in this pivotal moment in its very public financial and institutional predicament. The op-ed, written by alumna Liza Oliver (PhD., 2014), assistant professor of art history at Wellesley College for The New York Times, describes the lack of equality for women in directorships. Access the full text here.­­



Talia Shabtay Exhibition Praised in Chicago Tribune

February 8, 2017

Current graduate student and Block Museum fellow, Talia Shabtay, receives praise from Chicago Tribune on the exhibition she curated, "Mining Pictures: Stories from Above and Below Ground."  See article here.

Associate Professor Huey Copeland Is One of Five Finalists for the 2017 Absolut Art Writing Award

February 2, 2017

The award offers an author the opportunity to realize a dream project. Previously awarded to Coco Fusco (2013) and Mark Godfrey (2015), this biennial prize is intended to support new writing by the world's most creative talent.

Professor Huey Copeland


Thompson Wins Caribbean Studies Association Book Award

January 10, 2017

Krista Thompson, Weinberg College Board of Advisors Chair, has been awarded the Gordon K. and Sybil Lewis Prize by the Caribbean Studies Association for Shine: The Visual Economy of Light in African Diasporic Aesthetic Practice. The award recognizes the "best book about the Caribbean published over the previous three-year period in Spanish, English, French, or Dutch." Congratulations!

Normore Awarded Tenure

January 5, 2017

Professor Christina Normore received tenure and serves as the Department Director of Undergraduate Studies.