Category: General News

Nichols House Museum Symposium Oct 3rd

September 29th, 2014 in General News, Graduate Student News


The Boston Athenaeum, 10 1/2 Beacon Street, Boston, Massachusetts
October 3, 2014 at 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

On Friday, October 3, five speakers from Europe and the United States will come together to share experiences from their museums and heritage sites which have successfully integrated technology into interpretations of their historic interiors and landscapes. From mobile applications to virtual recreations, learn from these 21st-century innovators and come away with cutting-edge ideas from museum professionals around the world. Please join us for this full-day event.


Lee Glazer, PhD- Associate Curator, American Art, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC
Victoria Kastner – Historian, Hearst Castle, San Simeon, California
Annie Kemkaran-Smith – Curator (Art Collections) Down House, National Collections Group, London, UK
John A. Sibbald – Founder and First Chairman, Virtual Hamilton Palace Trust, Hamilton, Scotland
Loic Tallon – Senior Mobile Manager, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York


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Michael Dietler to lecture at BU, Oct 17th, 5pm

September 17th, 2014 in General News, Graduate Student News, Undergraduate Student News

dietlerMichael Dietler

(Professor of Anthropology, University of Chicago)

Friday, October 17th, 5 pm
“Colonial Encounters in Ancient Mediterranean France: Consumption, Entanglement, and Violence”
Boston University
College of Art & Sciences
685 Commonwealth Avenue,  room 313

Co-sponsored by the AIA and Department of History of Art and Architecture, Boston University

HAA Professor Launches Innovative Mapping Site.

September 3rd, 2014 in General News, Side Bar, Uncategorized

CRANSTONHistory of Art & Architecture Professor Jodi Cranston, with generous assistance from the Kress Foundation, recently launched Mapping Titian (, a new digital art history resource which allows users to visualize one of the most fundamental concerns of the discipline of Art History: the interrelationship between an artwork and its changing historical context.  Focusing on the paintings executed by the Venetian Renaissance artist, Titian (ca. 1488-1576), this site offers a searchable provenance index of his attributed pictures and allows users to create customizable collections of paintings and customizable maps that show the movement of the pictures over time and space.

Mapping Titian contains the most up-to-date information available from print publications and from museum websites for the provenance of the paintings.  The sources for each painting’s provenance are cited each time the picture changes ownership and/or location.  A references page includes a complete bibliographic entry for these sources. Users are encouraged to share new information and/or to offer corrections to the current database.  As of now, the site includes only paintings attributed to Titian and, because of attribution questions, does not yet include drawings by the artist.  Information is still being entered and refined, and the site should be fully developed by the end of September.


BU Art Gallary Presents Todd Hido Sept 5-Oct 19

September 3rd, 2014 in General News, Graduate Student News

The Boston University Art Gallery is pleased to present Todd Hido: Excerpts from Silver Meadows, organized by the Transformer Station in Cleveland, Ohio.  The exhibition features over 100 of the internationally renowned photographer’s most recent iteration of work. Hido’s photographs are cinematic in scope, and offer a darkly dramatic glimpse into a world that reflects both the alienation and dislocation of suburban America and the inspiration of noir film and literature. A major new monograph published by Nazraeli Press accompanies the exhibition.  Opening reception Thursday September 4, at 6pm

Named after the faded Midwestern suburb where Hido (a Kent, Ohio native) grew up, Excerpts from Silver Meadows represents the artist’s metaphorical reckoning with his own past. Boston University’s presentation includes an installation of childhood snapshots, newspaper clippings and other ephemera that served as inspiration for the series, further revealing the artist’s “trip through the innocence of childhood and adolescence and into the darker aspects of life beyond.”

HAA alumna receives coveted teaching award

July 29th, 2014 in General News, Graduate Student News, Side Bar, Uncategorized, Undergraduate Student News

Dalia Linssen received the  2014 Rhode Island School of Design’s  John R. Frazier Award for Excellence in Teaching.

The John R. Frazier Award is presented each year at Commencement to one full-time and one part-time faculty member who embodies the highest ideals to which our faculty aspires. Those who have received the award have said it is one of the highlights of their teaching career.

The John R. Frazier Award fund was established in 1968 by RISD alumni, friends and family of the late John Frazier, President of RISD from 1955 to 1962, and a beloved professor of painting for many years.

Dalia Linssen received her Ph.D. From Boston University’s Department of History of Art and Architecture in 2010, and has been teaching at the Rhode Island School of Design ever since.  Her dissertation, under the direction of Professor Kim Sichel, was titled “Imprints of Their Being: the Photographs of Hansel Mieth and Otto Hagel.”

HAA student receives Fulbright Award

July 29th, 2014 in General News, Graduate Student News, Side Bar, Uncategorized, Undergraduate Student News

cooneyLynne Cooney, PhD student in African art history, is a recent recipient of a Fulbright U.S. Student Award and she will spend this coming academic year in Johannesburg, South Africa researching contemporary art in that city. Her work will address Johannesburg’s changing urban landscape and the ways in which artists are engaging with and transforming the city. She will specifically highlight public art initiatives and alternative exhibitions spaces, as well as the work of individual artists and collectives that have played a significant role in redefining Johannesburg as an inclusive, multiracial metropolis.

HAA Professor William D. Moore featured on NPR

July 11th, 2014 in General News, Side Bar, Uncategorized

moorepicProfessor William D. Mooreassociate professor of American Material Culture at Boston University, was recently featured on “Up to Date” a program developed by KCUR-FM, the National Public Radio affiliate in Kansas City, Missouri. Dr. Moore was part of a panel discussion concerning the past and future of Masonic temples, including Kansas City’s spectacular 1930 neo-classical Scottish Rite Cathedral designed by Keene and Simpson.

The program is available online here


April 23, Panel Discussion at the MFA

April 7th, 2014 in General News, Graduate Student News, Uncategorized

Image: Darío Escobar, Untitled, 2000-2012, cardboard, plastic, gold leaf and pigments, 15 x 17cm

Image: Darío Escobar, Untitled, 2000-2012, cardboard, plastic, gold leaf and pigments,
15 x 17cm

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Harvard University’s Department of History of Art and Architecture present a panel discussion on the MFA’s first exhibition of contemporary art from Latin America, followed by the book launching of Guatemalan artist Darío Escobar’s first monograph. Together, these conversations address the local concerns, international circulation, and future of “Latin American art” in both broad and specific terms.

5:30-7:00pm  Panel discussion on MFA’s Permission To Be Global/Prácticas Globales: Latin American Art from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection


José Luis Falconi, Post doctoral fellow, Harvard University

Robin Greely, Associate Professor of Art History, University of Connecticut

Ana María Reyes, Assistant Professor, Latin American Art History, Boston University

Jen Mergel, Beal Family Senior Curator, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Liz Munsell, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art & MFA Programs, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
7:15-8:15pm  Book presentation on A Singular Plurality: The Works of Darío Escobar, edited by José Luis Falconi (Cambridge: HAA/Harvard, 2013)


Tom Cummins,  Dumbarton Oaks Professor of Pre-Columbian and Colonial Art, Harvard University

Darío Escobar, Artist

José Luis Falconi, Post doctoral fellow, Harvard University

Liz Munsell, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art & MFA Programs, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Octavio Zaya, Writer, curator, editor. Director of ATLANTICA, Journal of Art & Thought




Wednesday, April 23, 2014
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Alfond Auditorium, G36

Free with Admission – No Ticket RequiredThis event is free with cost of admission.

Acropolis Lecture- April 1st

March 21st, 2014 in General News, Graduate Student News, Uncategorized, Undergraduate Student News

This dynamic joint lecture will be delivered by YSMA Director Vassiliki Eleftheriou & IESL-FORTH scientist Dimitrio Agglo,  presenting the restoration project of the Acropolis and the emergence of an innovative laser cleaning technique, which has been applied over the last 12 years to the Acropolis & it’s sculptures.


Vasiliki Eleftheriou is an MSc graduate from the School of Architecture of the National Technical University of Athens. She works at the Ministry of Culture and Sports. From 1988 to 2005 she was in charge of the restoration works of the Lindos Acropolis, and from 2006 to 2011 she has been working in the Acropolis Restoration Service on the Restoration project of the Parthenon. Since December 2011, she has been Director of the Acropolis Restoration Service.

Demetrios Anglos is Associate Professor at the Department of Chemistry, University of Crete and Associated Researcher at IESL-FORTH, where he leads the Applied Spectroscopy Laboratory. His research activities concentrate on the photophysics of molecules and nanoparticles and on the applications of laser spectroscopic techniques in the analysis of materials in works of art and archaeological objects with emphasis on the development of novel methodology and instrumentation.

Tues, April 1, 2014
Reception to follow, free and open to the public.

Boston University
College of Arts & Sciences Room 552
705 Commonwealth Ave. Boston, MA


Sponsored by the Onassis Foundation (USA) with co-sponsorship by Boston University Department of History of Art &Architecture, Department of Archaeology and Core Curriculum, and the Archaeological Institute of America.

New, interdisciplinary course announced for Fall 2014

March 19th, 2014 in General News, Graduate Student News, Uncategorized

Reading Boston: Conversations About the Real & Imagined City

Professor Keith N. Morgan, History of Art & Architecture and Professor William Huntting Howell, English  offer a new, exciting course this Fall.   


A multidisciplinary examination of Boston from the Wampanoag settlement to the present, this course will explore how specific neighborhoods have developed and how they have been presented in literature.  Including frequent site visits around Boston, this offering is limited in space, and expected to fill up quickly.   AM501   Tue  2:00-5:00    4cr.

**Students majoring in English, Architectural Studies, or Art History should petition their respective departments to receive credit towards their specific program requirements.

Contact either Professor for more information, and to determine its possible fulfillment of specific program requirements.

Professor Keith N. Morgan,
History of Art & Architecture, CAS

Professor William Huntting Howell,
Department of English, CAS