The goal of the Art History Department is to equip students with a critical understanding of the historical and theoretical concerns that have shaped the production, circulation, and reception of art, visual culture, and architecture over time and around the world.
The Senior Program
Senior art history majors prepare an extensive research project in connection with a seminar that is taken in the spring semester. The program culminates in an oral presentation before an audience of art history majors, faculty members and interested members of the College community.
Recent projects in art history include:
- Louise-Magdeleine Horthemels’ Vues de Port-Royal and the Spirit, History, and Values of Jansenism at Port Royal des Champs
- The “Branded”Artist in the 20th & 21st Centuries and its Growing Influence on the Contemporary Art Market
- The Politics of Activist Art
- How Do You Solve a Problem Like Artemisia?: Feminist Scholarly Approaches vs. Popular Interpretations of Artemisia Gentileschi’s Biography
- When Fine Art and Fashion Collide: Examining the Challenging Process of Curating a Contemporary Fashion Exhibition
- The French Pyramid: How One Glass Pyramid Changed the Way We See the Louvre
- An Analysis of Gerhard Richter’s Style, Prolificacy, and Success
- Take It To the Streets: The History of Protest Street Art
- The Hierarchy between Art and Craft: How Fiber Art Bridged the Gap
- Reclaiming the Body: Performance Art and Fashion Photography, 1960-1975