UMass Amherst Department of History of Art and Architecture

UMass Amherst Department of History of Art and Architecture The official page for the History of Art and Architecture Program at UMass Amherst. This Umass Amherst Art History Students and Alumni page is designed for the benefit of students, alumni, and future students.
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This is a resource and a place to share up-to-date information about what is going on in the art world, locally and in the department. It is also a forum to start discussions about art history. Managed by students, this page provides a safe environment to connect with and network with art history students both present, past and future! Welcome.

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Join us this Friday at 4 pm! For more information and to pre-register, click here: https://bit.ly/3rXQwXK
03/16/2021

Join us this Friday at 4 pm! For more information and to pre-register, click here: https://bit.ly/3rXQwXK

Join us this Friday at 4 pm! For more information and to pre-register, click here: https://bit.ly/3rXQwXK

The digital opening for the UMCA exhibition, Artifacts at the End of a Decade takes place this Thursday, February 25th, ...
02/23/2021

The digital opening for the UMCA exhibition, Artifacts at the End of a Decade takes place this Thursday, February 25th, at 6:00pm. Co-curated from the UMCA collection by Jill Hughes, 2021 MA Art History candidate, and Jessica Scott, 2021 MFA Studio Arts candidate, the exhibition will present the artists’ book Artifacts at the End of a Decade in its entirety for the first time since 1989. To view the digital exhibition, including guided virtual tours and audio guides by Hughes and Scott, visit the exhibition page here: https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/fcd4cd1861504ddfbb523e82ea446450.

Reserve your tickets for the opening here: https://bit.ly/3qPZNk6

Always nice to see friends of the department in the news! Congrats to Jill Hughes (MA candidate Art History), Jessica Sc...
02/18/2021
Artists responding to turmoil: University Museum of Contemporary Art offers three new exhibits

Always nice to see friends of the department in the news! Congrats to Jill Hughes (MA candidate Art History), Jessica Scott (MFA candidate Studio Arts), Prof. Karen Kurczynski, and UMCA Director Loretta Yarlow!

https://www.gazettenet.com/A-threefer-University-Museum-of-Contemporary-Art-opens-new-exhibits-at-UMass-Amherst-38803479

Like museums on many college campuses during the past year, the University Museum of Contemporary Art (UMCA), the largest exhibition space at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has struggled with the effects of the pandemic, forced to close to...

Thursday, February 18 at 5 pm, join Prof. Karen Kurczynski at the UMCA's virtual reception for Alison Saar. Register for...
02/10/2021

Thursday, February 18 at 5 pm, join Prof. Karen Kurczynski at the UMCA's virtual reception for Alison Saar. Register for a ticket to join at umass.edu/umca

Thursday, February 18 at 5 pm, join Prof. Karen Kurczynski at the UMCA's virtual reception for Alison Saar. Register for a ticket to join at umass.edu/umca

The History of Art and Architecture Anti-Racism Committee applauds the new state law recently signed by Governor Baker t...
01/30/2021
Governor Signs the Bill to Change the Flag and Seal

The History of Art and Architecture Anti-Racism Committee applauds the new state law recently signed by Governor Baker to revise the Massachusetts State Flag and Seal, an image that Native groups and allies have been asking the State Legislature to change for over three decades. Representatives of the Wampanoag, Massachusett, and other Native groups have repeatedly denounced the Seal's depiction of a Native person underneath a colonist's arm wielding a sword, which recalls the painful history of the genocide of Indigenous people in the state. Now, a commission is charged to suggest a new Seal and flag image by October, 2021. Let's hope they find a more peaceful icon to represent our state moving forward--not as an empty symbol, but as a renewed commitment to redressing the wrongs of the past four hundred years that continue to impact the 15,000+ Native American residents of Massachusetts.

https://masspeaceaction.org/governor-signs-the-bill-to-change-the-flag-and-seal/

Governor Signs the Bill to Change the Flag and Seal Posted on January 12, 2021 by David Detmold in Commentary // 0 Comments Indigenous Agenda Rally Nov 2019 Tweet by David Detmold A commission will be created to recommend a new seal and motto for Massachusetts, after Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday, Ja...

Alumna of our MA program and professor at Amherst College, Yael Rice, recently co-authored a piece with Prof. Drimmer. C...
12/20/2020
How Scientists Use and Abuse Portraiture

Alumna of our MA program and professor at Amherst College, Yael Rice, recently co-authored a piece with Prof. Drimmer. Check out "How Scientists Use and Abuse Portraiture" at the link below!

https://hyperallergic.com/604897/how-scientists-use-and-abuse-portraiture/

Many scientific studies assume that the features of painted faces are the facts of the flesh-and-blood countenances to which they refer. This assumption is not only false; it is preposterous.

If you missed Prof. Gómez's recent webinar with the Institute of Hispanic Culture of Houston, worry not, for the recordi...
12/07/2020
Spotlight Peru: Creating a New Visual Language: Art in Colonial Peru

If you missed Prof. Gómez's recent webinar with the Institute of Hispanic Culture of Houston, worry not, for the recording is here! Watch her webinar, "Creating a New Visual Language: Art in Colonial Peru" at the link below!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aq9d2Cfsk-0&feature=emb_title

An introduction to the art of colonial Peru, focusing on works that show how Andean, Spanish, and West African people and traditions created a new visual lan...

Our newsletter has been pushed back a little bit, which means we can still accept news items from alumni! Fill out the f...
12/06/2020
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Did you see Prof. Sonja Drimmer's last piece on the #MeToo Medusa? Looking for another piece on monuments? Or just need ...
12/04/2020
Seeing the Bigger Picture on Public Memorials to Women

Did you see Prof. Sonja Drimmer's last piece on the #MeToo Medusa? Looking for another piece on monuments? Or just need something to read this weekend? Check out Prof. Drimmer's newest op-ed for Hyperallergic here: https://hyperallergic.com/601877/seeing-the-bigger-picture-on-public-memorials-to-women/

Recent works, including monuments to Mary Wollstonecraft and Medusa, demonstrate that it’s not that women have a problem with public monuments; it’s that public monuments have a problem with us.

Attention all alumni! We are in the middle of preparing our next departmental newsletter, and we would love to share new...
11/24/2020
Alumni News Intake

Attention all alumni! We are in the middle of preparing our next departmental newsletter, and we would love to share news from you all! If you have any news, updates, or highlights you would like to share with the alumni community, please fill out the following form: https://forms.gle/Tj5hSgzPS1pT1kwh9

We will be taking responses until Friday, December 4, 2020, so you have plenty of time!

Many greetings from Amherst! All of us here very much hope that you and your family are surviving these very difficult times as well as can be expected. The Department of History of Art and Architecture is now conducting all classes and other business remotely, and we expect to continue in this mode...

Join our department's own Ximena Gómez on Monday, October 5th via Zoom in conversation with Martha Fuentes-Bautista!
09/30/2020

Join our department's own Ximena Gómez on Monday, October 5th via Zoom in conversation with Martha Fuentes-Bautista!

To kick the semester off, we are excited to invite everyone to attend Constellations of Modernism: Writing New Art Histo...
09/02/2020

To kick the semester off, we are excited to invite everyone to attend Constellations of Modernism: Writing New Art Histories!

Join us over Zoom on Wednesday, September 9, at 4:30pm
for conversations with Niko Vicario, Karen Kurczynski, Christine I. Ho, and Alex Dika Seggerman via Amherst College's Center for Humanistic Inquiry!

This CHI salon brings together art historians teaching or who have previously taught at the five colleges whose recently published books explore modern art from Asia, Latin America, Africa, and Europe. Through brief presentations and conversation, these authors will reflect on how to write the history of modern art from multiple locations.

Niko Vicario is an assistant professor of art and the history of art at Amherst College and author of Hemispheric Integration: Materiality, Mobility, and the Making of Latin American Art (University of California Press, 2020).

Karen Kurczynski is Associate Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art History at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is the author of The Art and Politics of Asger Jorn: The Avant-Garde Won’t Give Up (Routledge, 2014) and Reanimating Art: The Cobra Movement in Postwar Europe (Routledge, 2020), and curator of the exhibitions Human Animals: The Art of Cobra (UMCA and NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, 2016) and Expo Jorn: Art is a Festival (co-curated with Karen Friis Herbsleb, Museum Jorn, 2014).

Christine I. Ho is Associate Professor in the History of Art and Architecture at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and author of Drawing From Life: Sketching and Socialist Realism in the People’s Republic of China (University of California, 2020).

Alex Dika Seggerman is Assistant Professor of Art History at Rutgers University-Newark, and author of Modernism on the Nile: Art in Egypt between the Islamic and the Contemporary (University of North Carolina Press, 2019).

Cosponsored by the Center for Humanistic Inquiry and the Arts at Amherst Initiative.

Find out more at the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/327391135072489

Register to attend here: https://forms.gle/hqHMMMtNyFtYCTUL6

Check out this great virtual experience from the RISD Museum!
05/18/2020

Check out this great virtual experience from the RISD Museum!

Join us for a virtual gallery talk and poetry reading on Thursday May 21, 6:30-8:15pm stemming from upcoming exhibition, It Comes in Many Forms: Islamic Art from the Collection(https://bit.ly/2AxFGlE), which explores the diversity of Islamic art around the world and across centuries. Following the digital tour with Tayana Fincher, Nancy Prophet Fellow in Costume and Textiles, enjoy a poetry reading by local creatives in the Muslim diaspora.

Indian, Marwar, Equestrian Portrait of a Raja, Gift of Catherine and Ralph Benkaim

On Monday May 11th, graduate students and faculty held a virtual toast to celebrate the end of the year and cheer on mem...
05/13/2020

On Monday May 11th, graduate students and faculty held a virtual toast to celebrate the end of the year and cheer on members of the graduating cohort! Congrats everyone! 🎓

University Museum of Contemporary Art
05/12/2020

University Museum of Contemporary Art

We are saddened to note the passing of Avital Sagalyn. The UMCA was proud to host her first-ever museum exhibition in the fall of 2019, and our staff became friendly with Avital and her family. Our love and condolences go to Michelle, Adine, and Dan Sagalyn, and their entire family. Avital, a longtime Amherst resident, died peacefully at home with her family around her.
This photo, taken at the exhibition opening in October, shows Avital with UMass Art History students Natalie Richards (’20), Elizabeth Filshtinsky (’19), and Nicholas Fernacz (’20), who co-curated the exhibition “Avital Sagalyn: A Life of Exploration.” Photos by Ben Barnhart.

Even though the semester has ended, graduate students are continuing to plan for next year's Mark Roskill Symposium! Her...
05/11/2020

Even though the semester has ended, graduate students are continuing to plan for next year's Mark Roskill Symposium! Here's a screenshot from last week's Zoom planning session. Stay tuned for more news! 🌱
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#arthistory #umass #umassamherst #symposium #graduateschool

Congratulations to our graduating seniors, and to everyone finishing up the semester! 👏 Be proud of yourself for all the...
05/08/2020

Congratulations to our graduating seniors, and to everyone finishing up the semester! 👏 Be proud of yourself for all the work you've done, especially in these difficult times.
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#umass #umassamherst #arthistory #graduation #commencement

Missing museums? Us too. We're looking forward to the future where we can all be like Natalie Richards BA '19, pictured ...
05/06/2020

Missing museums? Us too. We're looking forward to the future where we can all be like Natalie Richards BA '19, pictured here enjoying the "Van Gogh for All" exhibition at the Springfield Museums last semester!

05/05/2020
The Yorkshire Museum

Looking for a laugh? Check out this Twitter Thread of museums taking part on the Yorkshire Museum's #CuratorBattle for the #SassiestObject! Did your favorite museum participate?

If you have Twitter - our curator battle has just kicked off for #SassiestObject!

"IT'S TIME FOR #CURATORBATTLE💥This week’s theme is #SassiestObject!✨

We're starting with this bust of Emperor Constantine The Great. He won the throne, reunited the #Roman empire, AND named a city after himself.

It's even in his name. He knows he's worth it.

CAN YOU BEAT IT?"

Check it out now > https://twitter.com/YorkshireMuseum/status/1253606632673738752?s=20

With the academic year coming to a close, let's reflect on some great moments of the year as well as celebrate our gradu...
05/04/2020

With the academic year coming to a close, let's reflect on some great moments of the year as well as celebrate our graduating seniors! Pictured here at the opening of the exhibition "Architecture Across the Globe: The Photographs of Walter Denny" are curators Sarah Hurtig, Nicolette Joma, and Julia Bender. 👏
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#arthistory #seniors #architecture #photography #umass #umassamherst

04/30/2020
The Clark

Watch the video linked here to see graduate alumna Keely Kempster Sarr MA '19 take part in The Clark's new virtual programming, Clark Connects!

Keely Kempster Sarr, Coordinator of Family and Community Programs, tells the story of The Chariot of Aurora, painted by the Italian artist Giovanni Battista Tiepolo.

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, The Chariot of Aurora, c. 1734, oil on canvas. The Clark, 1955.876: https://bit.ly/3eotR0E

"Horace Pippin, American Modern" by Anne Monahan MA '98 has recently been reviewed by the New York Review of Books! 📚 Cl...
04/29/2020
With Flying Colors

"Horace Pippin, American Modern" by Anne Monahan MA '98 has recently been reviewed by the New York Review of Books! 📚 Click the link here to read more about the book, and the related exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

There is nothing ‘naive’ about Horace Pippin’s art.

Take some time away from the stress of the last week of classes and check this out!
04/27/2020

Take some time away from the stress of the last week of classes and check this out!

The end of the year is almost here! With finals coming up, find some time to unwind. #ThisWeek at the UMCA, discover our Online Project Space, a showcase for a variety of Art History classes. You can also visit the online exhibition “Circles, Triangles and Squares: Revisiting Abstraction,” curated by Kim Carlino. Find both exciting features on the UMCA website.
#museumfromhome #MuseSocial #UMCA #WhyILoveMuseums #MuseumExhibition #ArtCanHelp #UMCAFromHome #SCERF
(🖼: Papo Colo “Ecstasy,” Le Gamin’s “Boy With A Dog,” and Sean Green’s “Light Fraction.”

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These rabbits bearing crosses are for you Sonja Drimmer! Well, really, they're for all of us. https://hyperallergic.com/502561/a-history-of-writing-from-hieroglyphs-to-squiggles/
Guys! This is the artist who's showing at the UMCA in the fall. He made a "carpet" in NYC. Can't wait to show the kids...
Check out the new blog by alumna Maria Bastos-Stanek and undergrad Nick Fernancz:
Super interesting article!
See this while the sun is in eclipse on Monday!
Guys! This is amazing. The Garden of Earthly Delights, animated. https://vimeo.com/109645144