By Susan E Rice

Hiroshima & the Post-war Japanese Experience- film screening & panel discussion

October 1st, 2015 in General News, Graduate Student News, Side Bar

In partnership with the A Call for Peace: Iri and Toshi Maruki’s Hiroshima Panels & Artifacts from the Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki art exhibit at BU’s Stone Gallery, BUCSA and HAA is hosting a panel discussion focused on Hiroshima and its lasting effects in Japan following World War II.

We will be screening the 1986 film Hellfire: A Journey Through Hiroshima, which will be promptly followed by a panel discussion. Professor of International Relations Thomas Berger (BU), Associate Professor of Japanese Art and Architecture Alice Tseng (BU), and Associate Professor of History Franziska Seraphim (Boston College) will be participating in what is sure to be a lively and engaging discussion.

Please join us as we explore the lasting effects the bombing of Hiroshima had on the social, economic, and political culture of Japan not only in 1945, but in modern day as well.


TIME: Tuesday, October 6, 4pm – 7 pm, screening at 4, immediately followed by the panel discussion.
LOCATION: 871 Commonwealth Ave. (CGS), Room 511
CONTACT: Wen-hao Tien,

This event is Co-Sponsored by the College of Fine Arts, The Pardee School Center for the Study of Asia,  and the History of Art & Architecture Department.

Guest Lecture- Nov 17

September 15th, 2015 in General News, Graduate Student News, Side Bar, Uncategorized

Please join us Tuesday, November  17th for a lecture by Wellesley College’s Assistant Professor of Art, Lamia Balafrej.

Professor Balafrej is an art historian working on the art and architecture of the Islamic world and their interweaving with global art history.

The title of their lecture is forthcoming.

The talk will take place at 5:30PM  in CAS Room 200, and refreshments will be served.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions, and we look forward to seeing you there!

Guest Lecture- Nov 5th

September 15th, 2015 in General News, Graduate Student News, Side Bar, Uncategorized

Please join us Thursday, November 5th for a lecture by Brandeis University’s Cynthia L. and Theodore S. Berenson Associate Professor of Contemporary Art, Peter R. Kalb.

kalbProfessor Kalb’s most recent publication is Art Since 1980: Charting the Contemporary, (Pearson and Laurence King: New York and London, 2013) which details the expanding contemporary art world from its New York explosion in the early 1980s to is global expanse in the 21st century. Before preparing Art Since 1980, he was the revising author of the Fifth Edition of H.H. Arnason History of Modern Art and the author of High Drama: The New York Cityscapes of Georgia O’Keeffe and Margaret Bourke-White. His scholarship addresses issues in twentieth and twenty-first century art and criticism and he serves as the Boston-based corresponding editor for Art in America. Current projects include a series of articles on the politics of representation as evident in the work of Andrea Bowers as well as writing on the innovative practice of bricolage in the work of Tom Sachs and the history of emergence in the contemporary art world. Kalb most recently contributed “When We’re Screwed We Multiply: Andrea Bowers and Representation for Democracy,” to Rebecca McGrew ed. Andrea Bowers (2014).

The title of his lecture is forthcoming.

The talk will take place at 5:30PM  in CAS Room 303A, and refreshments will be served.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions, and we look forward to seeing you there!

Guest Lecture- Sept 23

September 15th, 2015 in General News, Graduate Student News, Side Bar, Uncategorized

Please join us Wednesday, Sept 23rd for a lecture by Boston University’s own Dr. Sophie Hochhäusl.

sophieHochhäusl is the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, among them the Clarence Stein Fellowship for Landscape and Urban Studies, the Botstiber Fellowship for Austrian-American Studies, and the Carter Manny Research Award from the Graham Foundation. Together with Torsten Lange she organizes the European Architectural History Network’s interest group, “Architecture and the Environment.” At Boston University she teaches lecture courses and seminars at the undergraduate and graduate levels in twentieth century architecture, landscape history, and the historiography of modern architecture.
The title of her lecture will be “From Siedlung to Suburb: Exhibiting the Austrian Prefabricated Home – Epistemological Transfer, Americanization, and the U.S. Economic Mission in Vienna, 1952-1955.”

The talk will take place at 5:30PM  in CAS Room 200, and refreshments will be served.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions, and we look forward to seeing you there!

Sequitur- Call for Content

August 10th, 2015 in General News, Side Bar, Uncategorized

Sequitur, the Boston University Department of History of Art & Architecture graduate student journal, invites current graduate students in art history and related fields to submit content for the Fall 2015 issue.

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Sequitur is an online scholarly journal, published biannually, and dedicated to addressing current events, issues, and personalities in art and architectural history. Launched in Fall 2014, Sequitur features essays, exhibition and book reviews, interviews, and research and field reports, exploring local, national, and international  content.
This issues theme is ‘Interface.’

Please visit the sequitur call for papers page here for more information and for submission guidelines.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Sequitur editors at


We look forward to receiving your proposals.

The Sequitur Editorial Team- Steve, Ewa, Sasha, Jordan & Erin

HAA Graduate Student Online Journal SEQUITUR – Issue 2, now online.

May 5th, 2015 in General News, Graduate Student News, Side Bar, Uncategorized

We are excited to announce the official publication of Volume 1, Issue 2 of the Boston University History of Art & Architecture graduate student online journal, Sequitur, available at Shot 2015-05-05 at 1.14.15 PM
This issue presents scholarship on a wide-range of topics, from early modern funerary portraiture to post-war German art, and includes a feature essay, interviews, catalogue and book reviews, research spotlights, and a reflection on the HAA graduate student symposium. Contributions were written by current graduate students hailing from five universities across the United States and Great Britain.

Professor Keith N. Morgan honored by the Society of Architectural Historians

April 28th, 2015 in Side Bar, Uncategorized

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Keith Morgan was inducted as a Fellow of the Society of Architectural Historians during the SAH Annual Conference Awards Ceremony in April.  According to the Society, this honor is bestowed upon “individuals who have distinguished themselves by a lifetime of significant contributions to the field.”
HAA Professor Emerita Naomi Miller composed and delivered the citation, which salutes Professor Morgan’s achievements as president of the SAH, praises his “devotion to students and their work,” and singles out “his major studies on the architect Charles A. Platt, on landscape visionary Charles Eliot, and, most recently, Community by Design: The Olmsted Office and the Development of Brookline, Massachusetts.”  Professor Miller concludes her tribute: “Mr. Boston is by dint of curiosity and participation, a global citizen.”

A Talk by Mary Roberts, April 29th.

April 22nd, 2015 in Uncategorized

Microsoft Word - mary roberts flyer.docxWe are delighted to announce that Mary Roberts (John Schaeffer Associate Professor of British Art, University of Sydney, and currently a CASVA Senior Fellow) will present a talk on Wednesday, April 29, at 5:30 PM in Room 303A. The lecture, titled “Ottoman cultural patrimony in the Era of the Amateurs: Transcultural exchanges of Islamic art in the nineteenth century”, will focus on the status of Islamic art collecting in the second half of the nineteenth century. Her presentation will especially focus on Stanislaw Chlebowski, a Polish painter that played an integral role in the artist-dealer networks that dominated the art exchanges between Istanbul, Poland, and France. Following his trajectory reveals the ways in which modernity was expressed in Islamic art in both the East and West during this exciting period in history.

This is event is free and open to the public and cosponsored by Boston University’s Institute for the Study of Muslim Societies & Civilizations, the Department of History of Art & Architecture, and Boston University Center for the Humanities. There will be  a short reception after the talk.

III Colombian Conference: Building Peace – April 23-25

April 21st, 2015 in General News, Graduate Student News, Uncategorized


Please join us to launch the Harvard-MIT-BU-Tufts 2015 Colombian conference “Colombia: Building Peace” this Thursday here at BU with the screening of Juan Manuel Echavarría’s documentary Requiem N.N. followed by a round table discussion about the role of contemporary arts in symbolic reparations.

The conference promises to be an exciting event that will include the participation of Noam Chomsky, James A. Robinson (author of Why Nations Fail), Luis Carlos Villegas (the Colombian ambassador to the U.S.),  Sergio Fajardo (former mayor of Medellín and vice-presidential candidate, famous for dealing with Medellin during its worse crisis in urban violence, and also running mate for Antanas Mockus), and Jesús Abad Colorado, (the most renown photojournalist of the Colombian armed conflict), among others.  Conference is FREE but need to register!

For more conference information schedule, locations, etc:

For conference tickets please visit:

This opening event is sponsored by BU’s Latin American Studies Program, the Department of the History of Art and Architecture, and the Pardee School of Global Studies.

Spring 2015 Art Bull – now available!

April 17th, 2015 in General News, Side Bar, Uncategorized, Undergraduate Student News

ARTBULL,  The Newsletter of Boston University’s Department of History of Art & Architecture, is now available for download.