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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.

Student Spotlight

Student Spotlight

Stepina-ZinnBetsy Stepina Zinn
recently received an MA in art history from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she focused on conceptual art practices of the 1960s and 1970s. Betsy joins the Rice Ph.D. program this fall.

ZavistovskiKatia Zavistovski
received the Robert Lowry Patten Award from the Rice GSA for her service and achievement on behalf of graduate students.  Katia also received a Brown Foundation Dissertation Research Award.

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." 


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Faculty Spotlight

Faculty Spotlight

Hughes SpotlightDr. Gordon Hughes
Gordon Hughes just finished a 10 month fellowship at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles. So far he has presented three talks this year: on Fernand Léger at Vanderbilt University; on James Turrell at Rice; and on “murder and abstraction” at the Getty. His essay “Braque’s Regard” was published as part of the catalogue to the exhibition Braque and the Cubist Still Life, 1928-1945, held at the Kemper Art Museum in St. Louis and the Phillips Collection, Washington D. C. His essay “Abstraction Chez Delaunay” appeared in the catalogue to the exhibition, Inventing Abstraction, 1910-1925 at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. The journal Nonsite published his essay, “The Painter’s Revenge: Fernand Léger for and against Cinema.” This coming November he will be a delivering a talk at the University of Pennsylvania on the work of Fernand Léger. He is currently hard at work curating an upcoming exhibition and editing its accompanying catalogue on the 100 year anniversary of World War One, due to open at the Getty Research Institute in November 2014.

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