AU Arts on the Air: Diversity of Artists in DC Museums

Last week on American University Radio WAMU 88.5, The Kojo Nnamdi Show featured AU faculty and alumni in their discussion of diversity in DC art museums.  The topic came to light after recent protests against the dominance of white male artists in the galleries, particularly at the National Gallery of Art where over 90% of … Continue reading AU Arts on the Air: Diversity of Artists in DC Museums

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“Animating Landscape” by Guest Lecturer April Oettinger

Professor April Oettinger of Goucher College in Baltimore kicked off AU Art History's spring lecture series with an insightful dive into Lorenzo Lotto's landscape paintings, exploring the techniques through which he incorporated enlivening, ephemeral effects into his pastoral scenes.  Her talk entitled, “Animating Landscape: Lorenzo Lotto and the Sublime Turn in Venetian Landscape Art 1500-1550,” … Continue reading “Animating Landscape” by Guest Lecturer April Oettinger

Graduate Student Spotlight: Sarah Leary in Conversation with Florine Stettheimer

Riffling through stacks of letters in Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, second-year MA student Sarah Leary skims through the slanting cursive writings for mentions of the early twentieth-century painter Florine Stettheimer and her creative colleagues and friends.  Leary seeks to recover the interdisciplinary conversations that brought together artistic professionals and shaped the form … Continue reading Graduate Student Spotlight: Sarah Leary in Conversation with Florine Stettheimer

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Jordan Amirkhani

Visiting professor Dr. Jordan Amirkhani foregrounds the invented nature of the East vs. West cultural divide—and the absurdity of such terms in and of themselves—in her upcoming class, Representing the East: Orientalism and the Politics of Representation (ARTH 520).  After receiving her PhD from the University of Kent in 2015, Amirkhani taught at The University … Continue reading Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Jordan Amirkhani

2018 AU/GW Graduate Art History Symposium

This year’s annual cross-collegiate symposium engaged with questions of race, gender, and sexuality.  We are grateful to our participating graduate students and attendees for opening the floor to these topics.  The following photos form the conference reflect the schedule of the conference: Allison Burns (GW) opened the symposium with her talk, “Santiago and Pilgrimage in … Continue reading 2018 AU/GW Graduate Art History Symposium

Research and Runaround: Graduate Student Spotlight

Second-year Master’s student Laura Ryan sums up her experience working in France with an amusing anecdote: “I went into a quaint café to try some authentic French food and found they only serve six types of baked potatoes… not exactly what I was looking for!” As the Parisian libraries are inundated with research requests, the … Continue reading Research and Runaround: Graduate Student Spotlight

Sixth Feminist Art History Conference

At the height of the Kavanaugh hearings, while the treatment of women in society and the #metoo movement were at the forefront of our country’s consciousness, American University hosted its Sixth Feminist Art History Conference.  The opening remarks all commented on the timeliness of the event, which took place from Friday September 28th to Sunday … Continue reading Sixth Feminist Art History Conference