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Professor Fabiola López-Durán's students meet in Cuba to study its rich artistic and architectural traditions. Dr. Wolfthal is investigating servants and slaves in Europe and its colonies as seen in images like this feast in the Très Riches Heures. Dr. Neagley’s project, “Virtual Rouen,” combines the use of new spatial technologies with 16th-century maps to model the medieval city. Dr. Leo Costello congratulates the department’s Ph.D. students on advancement to doctoral candidacy. Students examine installation art “hands on” in Rice Gallery. Art History students celebrate the opening of Soo Sunny’s Parks’ “Unwoven Light” in the Rice Gallery.  (photo: Ruby Yeh ’13.) For her research on urban history in Istanbul, Dr. Hamadeh examines many artistic media, including maps like this one by Constantinos Kalidis. Doctoral students Kyle, Melissa, and Olivia share their research at the fall SA/GSA Research Mixer. Professor Huang involves all the members of her Chinese Art and Visual Culture class in order to explore a work of art. Prof. Hopkins investigates shifting networks of sculpture, architecture, and urban design in his current book project, The Genesis of Roman Architecture. Professor Linda Neagley hikes along the medieval Via Podiensis pilgrimage trail with her students in May 2012. Dr. Costello's current project, Pictures of Nothing, considers eighteenth- and nineteenth-century depictions of nothingness and immateriality.

The Department of Art History consists of eleven full-time faculty members whose specializations include the art of Europe, China, and the Middle East, from ancient Rome through contemporary times. Each year our permanent faculty is enriched by visiting professors, including museum curators and postdoctoral fellows. We maintain close connections with Houston museums, especially the Menil Collection, Asian Society, and Museum of Fine Arts Houston where we offer paid internships that enable students to work with collections and curatorial staff. Our professors offer a breadth of methodologies, including more theoretical approaches, interdisciplinary cultural and historical inquiries, and hands-on investigation of artworks. We have a vibrant undergraduate major and also a doctoral program, now in its sixth year. Welcome to our website and our department.

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

mintersmallSaturday, February 7, 2015
New Directions in the History of Gender and Sexuality:
Self, Family, and the Social

2015 Minter Symposium on Medieval and Early Modern Society

instanbulcourseSummer Course Abroad
 HART 397/697 -Istanbul:
The City and its History

May 18 - June 6, 2015
A first-hand exploration of Istanbul, former capital of the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Empires and thriving cultural metropolis.

Fangs, Feathers and FinsMuseum of Fine Arts Houston
"Fangs, Feathers, and Fins: Sacred Creatures in Ancient American Art"
October 16, 2014 - January 25, 2015
Exhibition curated by Chelsea Dacus
current Rice graduate student

Rice News interview with Dacus

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Student Spotlight

Student Spotlight

VenatorMelissa Venator
received a Brown Foundation Dissertation Research Award for her project entitled "Light in the Arts of Weimar Germany."

PalermoMelisa Palermo
was awarded a Brown Foundation Dissertation Research Award to complete her dissertation entitled "Cor ad cor loquitur, Divine Caritas, and Burning Hearts in Art after Trent." 

MooreNikki Moore
was awarded a Wagoner Foreign Study Scholarship to conduct research in Argentina.

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Faculty Spotlight

Faculty Spotlight

Hamadeh SpotlightDr. Shirine Hamadeh
This summer Shirine Hamadeh participated in a workshop on Labor and Local Belonging in Early Modern Global Contexts at Berlin’s Humboldt-Universität. In the Fall she was invited to present her work on bachelor-houses in 18th- and early 19th-century Istanbul at the Orient-Institut Istanbul, as part of the institute’s lecture series, Reclaiming Istanbul’s Public Spaces in Past and Present. Her recent and upcoming publications include an article on the Public Sphere in the Eastern Mediterranean between 1650 and 1950 for the Blackwell Companion of Islamic Art and Architecture, an essay on 18th-century Ottoman global aesthetics and two articles dealing with aspects of her current book-length project, Streets: An Urban History of Istanbul (1720-1840).

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