2024 Capstone Projects
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2M ago
At the end of the semester, we’d like to congratulate all of our Second Year Art History Master’s students for the hard work they’ve put into their capstone projects. Scroll down to read all about their hard work and research. A. Renshaw From 1979 to 1984, the artist JEB (Joan E. Biren) traveled the country presenting “Lesbian Images in Photography: 1850-1984” or as it came to be called, “The Dyke Show.” The Dyke Show was a narrated slideshow presentation of historic and contemporary lesbian photographs hosted in community gathering spaces—outside the museum. This project was born from and ul ..read more
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Career & Networking Night, 2024
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by auarthistory
2M ago
The annual Career and Networking Night took place on Friday, April 19th. We graciously welcomed eight alumni from the BA and MA Art History programs here at American University. Benjamin Feder graduated from American University with a BA and MA in Art History with honors from American University. While at AU, he focused on Humanism in the Italian Renaissance. He currently works as Assistant Director of Cheryl Numark Art Advisory. Before this, Benjamin worked as the Executive Assistant for a Maryland-based art collector, as a Gallery Supervisor at the Katzen Museum of Art on AU’s campus, and ..read more
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AU Art History Spring Lecture 2024: Electric Op
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by auarthistory
5M ago
American University’s Art History department held its annual Spring Lecture on Friday, February 23rd. Dr. Tina Rivers Ryan, Curator at the AKG Art Museum in Buffalo, presented her upcoming exhibition on Op Art. She explored the relationship between optical abstraction and the aesthetics of the Information Age. Op Art began in the 1960s and 70s due to the introduction of new digital technologies. In fact, the AKG Art Museum’s opening exhibition in 1965 featured this art movement. Dr. Rivers Ryan seeks to connect the beginnings of this optical style with ideas of the present or as it was in the ..read more
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AU Feminist Art History Conference 2023
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by auarthistory
6M ago
The Feminist Art history Conference took place at American University on September 29th through October 1st 2023. This biannual event combined keynote lectures, online panels, and social events that allowed participants to foster dialogue on all aspects of feminist scholarship within the Art Historical field. The 2023 conference was held in person and online. While the keynotes and receptions were in person, the panels were facilitated via Zoom which allowed for a broad group of viewers from around the world. The accessibility of the event was imperative. Being able to include as many people a ..read more
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An Interview with Dr. Mary Garrard
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by auarthistory
1y ago
Conducted and transcribed by Jordan Hansen In November 2022, I had the privilege of interviewing Dr. Mary Garrard, professor emerita at American University and trailblazing feminist art historian. We discussed her recent recognition in Renaissance Quarterly, which selected her revered article “Here’s Looking at Me: Sofonisba Anguissola and the Problem of the Woman Artist” as one of the most important and influential essays published in the prestigious journal in its 75-year history. In our conversation, Dr. Garrard shared reflections on her past as a feminist working to transform the field of ..read more
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Art History Blog Signing off for the Summer.
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by auarthistory
4y ago
With all of the challenges remote learning has posed, the art history program at AU has sought to create as much normalcy as possible with the maintenance of our various social media platforms. Although this semester did not conclude as anticipated, we hope that the AU art history social media presence has been a positive source for enjoyable art-related content trough these difficult times. With the semester coming to a close, we are signing off until the Fall semester. We hope you and your loved ones have a fun and safe summer, and we will see you again soon! American University Katzen Arts ..read more
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Graduate Work Spotlight: Hannah Southern, Digitizing MA Capstone Projects with the Visual Resource Center
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by auarthistory
4y ago
The Graduate Work Spotlight Series highlights the rich variety of projects and work experiences assigned to graduate students in the Art History program across the academic year. Not only does AU’s College of Arts and Science offer students a range of opportunities relevant to professional success in the field of art history and academia, but the financial support to complete their degree in a nurturing and timely manner. For this iteration of the series, we honor the Visual Resource Center (VRC) and its role in preserving the history of the art history department.  The current historical ..read more
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Opportunities for Presenting MA Research: Interview with Alaina Hendrickson and Hoyon Mephokee
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by auarthistory
4y ago
Presenting research at academic symposiums and conferences is an integral part of art-historical scholarship. Events like these allow art historians to receive critical feedback from their peers, practice their public speaking skills, and network with their professional community. American University offers MA students two annual on-site opportunities to present their art-historical research: the Robyn Rafferty Mathias Student Research Conference, which takes place every Spring semester; and the American University/George Washington University Symposium, which takes place each fall. Graduate s ..read more
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American University MA students discuss challenges of remote learning and working from home during global pandemic.
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by auarthistory
4y ago
In light of the recent news and feelings of uncertainty regarding the global coronavirus pandemic, remaining positive and supportive of one another through these difficult times feels crucial. Although American University students are not able to be on campus at this time, they are continuing their studies from their own homes or safe spaces and using online learning programs to complete the semester’s requirements. Zoom and the digital teaching program Blackboard Collaborate are being used to help facilitate courses, which can be a difficult transition for some students who are not used to th ..read more
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Graduate Student Spotlight: First-Year MA Student Charlie Coffey, National Gallery of Art Student Library Technician.
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by auarthistory
4y ago
Graduate students in AU’s Art History Program are frequently provided fantastic professional opportunities within the department to contribute to their professional and educational success in the field of art history. However, it is a thrill to hear that so many of our graduate students are obtaining work and internship experiences outside of AU in museums, galleries, and non-profits across Washington, DC.  Photo Courtesy of Charlie Coffey.  One of these students is first-year MA student Charlie Coffey. Charlie currently works in the Department of Image Collections at the National Gallery of ..read more
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