Art History 

globalism & japanese prints in the early 20th century

By Rakel Crockett

Recent graduate Zoe Lalonde represented the University of Minnesota at the Minneapolis Institute of Art’s Fifth Annual Student Art History Symposium this spring. She presented on Shin-Hanga prints, which emerged as a response to globalization and western influence across Japan.

Trailblazing a New Discipline

By Rakel Crockett

Retiring professor Catherine Asher is one of the first scholars to study the influence of Islam on South Asian art and architecture. The topic “wasn’t really on the map,” when she began studying it in the 1970s. “So basically I’ve really helped to create a discipline—which has been very, very challenging and exciting,” she says.

researching the contemporary

By Rakel Crockett

PhD candidate Theresa Downing specializes in contemporary art and fiber art. In January, she went to the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia to research the creation of a large horsehair mat, which became part of contemporary artist Ann Hamilton's tropos installation project at Dia Chelsea in New York City (1993-94).

bridging the gap of under-representation in art

By Rakel Crockett

Monika Hetzler’s study abroad experience in Florence, Italy, gave her the opportunity to work in Cartavetra, a contemporary art gallery. Hetzler worked closely with artists who shared the same passion as her. Cartavetra works on closing the gaps and barriers that prevent marginalized communities from being represented within gallery spaces...

wwii revistited through film and travel

By Rakel Crockett

Professor Robert Silberman has taught many classes on film, but next semester he is doing something different. He is teaching a freshman seminar where students will study art, films, and literature about the British experience during World War II before traveling together to London for a week during which they will have the immersive opportunity to visit historical sites and museums…

merging art and statistics

By Laura Cantor

“After visiting so many museums, galleries, and studios, I am certain that my future career must be related to art. I love art and I am eager to share my passion and ideas about art with others.” Qinyun (Sherry) Shao’s unyielding passion for art and the business it entails is evident through her academic work, internships, and post-graduate goals. The international student travelled back home to China this past summer to work for an auction company in Shanghai, an opportunity that encompassed both of her majors: art history and statistics.

fascination with the far

By Laura Cantor

Art history graduate student, Andrea Truitt, examines America's fashion fascination with the Middle East.

renaissance man of ceramics exhibit

By Laura Cantor

Associate Professor Robert Silberman was truly a Renaissance man when it came to his work on an exhibit of contemporary Mexican ceramics at the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis. Not only did Silberman serve as the guest curator; he scripted the catalogue text, led a public presentation with three of the visiting artists, and worked with participants in an advanced ceramics program at the center.

art & science in the nether;ands: a glbal seminar

By Erika Voeller

For generations, people have categorized the arts and the sciences as two fundamentally unrelated disciplines.  According to Professor Michael Gaudio, however, that line of thinking is relatively modern, and his new graduate seminar—”Art and Science in the Time of the Scientific Revolution”—explores the similarities between the two stereotypically dissimilar fields of study.  The seminar has brought together graduate students from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with students in Utrecht, Netherlands.

from tapestries to textiles: Alumna Takes on Assistant Curator Position

By Erika Voeller

Alumna Erica Warren says the art history department contributed to her success and greatly prepared her for her career. With help and encouragement from faculty members, as well as friends and family, Warren felt supported during trying times, despite the stress and competition of her PhD program.

beautiful complexity

By Erika Voeller

"Artists and the art they produce don’t necessarily try to resolve the contradictions and complexity of human experience," says Lorri Todd, one of this year’s winners of the Department of Art History’s senior project prize. "I think that is a significant reason I am interested in art—it often asks the same questions as other disciplines but doesn’t claim to have all the answers." Her studies in art history have also helped her develop an understanding of and fascination with how culture and identity function and are constructed

japonisme and the nordic countries: a challenge met

By Claire Atmore

Professor Gabriel Weisberg came to the University of Minnesota in 1985 after working in Washington DC for the National Endowment for Humanities. He was the assistant director for museum programs, and as great as that job was, he knew he wanted to move on to something different. “I wanted to go back to teaching, I wanted to go back to working with students,” he says, “and Minneapolis is a great city with great museums,” which doesn’t hurt when you’re an art history PhD who also happens to collect great art.