Category: Undergraduate Student News

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 Fullbright 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.

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.

Feb 27- “Asia and the City”: The Changing Meanings of Beijing FORUM

January 29th, 2014 in General News, Graduate Student News, Uncategorized, Undergraduate Student News

In this forum, part of the “Asia and the City” BUCSA yearly series, two short presentations will highlight the changing nature of the Chinese capital between the late imperial and contemporary periods, followed by a conversation with Boston University faculty.

BU Hosts: Professors Alice Tseng, Paolo Scrivano, Eugenio Menegon, Cathy Yeh, Enrique Silva


Professor Ya-chen Ma
Institute of History, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
Visiting Scholar, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University

“Capital Reimagined: Beijing as the Center of Time and Space and Its Imagined Other”

Embedded in the intensive visual interactions between the court and local societies in the eighteenth century, Beijing could not be projected as a political center without marginalizing the provinces. Measuring more than 8 feet in width and almost 8 feet in height, Xu Yang’s (c. 1712-a. 1779) the painting “Springtime in the Capital” was commissioned by the Qianlong emperor to redefine the capital as the center of time and space in the Qing empire. This presentation examines how Beijing was constructed pictorially as a magnificent imperial capital through reference to its imagined Other, the southern city of Suzhou, and the provinces.

Professor Shuishan Yu
School of Architecture – College of Arts, Media and Design
Northeastern University
Author of Chang’an Avenue and the Modernization of Chinese Architecture, University of Washington Press, 2013.

“Cutting the Dragon Vein: Modern Transformation of Imperial Beijing”


Dominated by a north-south axis,  Ming-Qing Beijing featured a concentric plan with layer after layer of walls and gates, screening the invisible center of power away from public view. Lining up all symbolic structures legitimizing the Mandate of Heaven, this axis was known as the “Dragon Vein.” The modern transformation of Beijing had been posed as an antithesis to such an imperial urban model, tearing down the walls and gates and cutting the dragon vein with big avenues. Yet like the imperial model, the modern urban space strengthened the centralization of power rather than weakening it. Analyzing the metamorphosis of Beijing in the mid-twentieth century focusing on its old and new axes, this presentation demonstrates how the imperial framework affected the modern transformations of Beijing and its political implications in the current development.

Location: Eilts room, Department of International Relations, Boston University, 154 Bay State Road (2nd floor)

Date:  February 27, 2014

Co-sponsored by the BU Center for the Study of Asia & City Planning and Urban Affairs Program, BU Metropolitan College

See the Light: Feb 28- Mar 1

January 17th, 2014 in General News, Graduate Student News, Uncategorized, Undergraduate Student News

The 30th Annual Boston University Graduate Symposium on the History of Art and Architecture

February 28th & March 1st, 2014

The “See the Light” symposium considers the employment and reception of light in the history of art and visual culture.



Friday, February 28, 2014, 5:30 pm
Boston University Art Gallery at the Stone Gallery
855 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

S. Hollis Clayson is the Samuel H. Kress Professor at the National Gallery of Art’s Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, 2013-2014. She is Bergen Evans Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Art History and History at Northwestern University. She has published widely on nineteenth-century French art and culture including two monographs, Painted Love and Paris in Despair. Her forthcoming book is entitled Electric Paris: The Visual Cultures of the City of Light in the Era of Thomas Edison.



Saturday, March 1, 2014
Riley Seminar Room, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115


Elisabeth Berry Drago, PhD Candidate, University of Delaware
Shadowed Spectatorship in the Photographic Nocturne, 1895-1910

Sarah Rovang, PhD Candidate, Brown University
“A Light in Every Heart”: Electric Lighting and the Modernization of the American Farmstead

Tina Rivers, PhD Candidate, Columbia University
Tripping the Light Fantastic: “TV as a Creative Medium”


Jung E. Choi, PhD Candidate, Duke University
Temporalizing the Space of Light: Your Atmospheric Colour Atlas

Brendan McMahon, PhD Candidate, University of Southern California
Tricks of the Light: Representing Iridescence in the Seventeenth-Century Spanish World

Betsy Stepina Zinn, PhD Student, Rice University
Waiting for Ganzfeld: James Turrell’s End Around and the New Landscape


For more information, please contact Caitlin Dalton, 2013/2014 Symposium Coordinator, Department of History of Art & Architecture,
Click here to download a current schedule of events.

This event is generously sponsored by The Boston University Center for the Humanities; the Boston University Department of History of Art & Architecture; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Boston University Graduate Student History of Art & Architecture Association; and the Boston University Art Gallery at the Stone Gallery.


Faculty Book Release – Paolo Scrivano

November 27th, 2013 in General News, Graduate Student News, Side Bar, Uncategorized, Undergraduate Student News

scrivano-bookBuilding Transatlantic Italy: Architectural Dialogues with Postwar America

Professor Paolo Scrivano, Boston University

At the end of the Second World War, America’s newly acquired status of hegemonic power- together with the launch of ambitious international programs such as the Marshall Plan- significantly altered existing transatlantic relations. In this context, Italian and American architectural cultures developed a fragile dialogue characterized by successful exchanges and forms of collaboration but also by reciprocal wariness. The dissemination of models and ideas concerning architecture generated complex effects and frequently led to surprising misinterpretations, obstinate forms of resistance and long negotiations between the involved parties. Issues of continuity and discontinuity dominated Italian culture and society at the time since at stake was the possible balance between allegedly long-established traditions and the prospect of a radical rupture with recent history. Architectural culture often contributed to reach a compromise between very diverging attitudes. Situated in the larger realm of studies on Americanization, this book questions current interpretations of transatlantic relations in architecture. By reconsidering the means and effects of the dialogue that unfolded between the two sides of the Atlantic during the postwar years, the volume analyzes how cultural and formal models were developed in one context and then modified when transferred to a new one as well as the fortune of this cultural exchange in terms of circulation, amplification, and simplification.
Details: 254 pages, hardcover
Release date: December 2013
Published by: Ashgate Press
ISBN: 978-1-4724-1483-0

Guest Lecture Series – February 6th

November 21st, 2013 in General News, Graduate Student News, Uncategorized, Undergraduate Student News

Please join us for our fourth GSHAAA Guest Scholar Lecture of the academic year on Thursday, February 6th, 2014, 5:30PM.

We look forward to welcoming our speakers and guests to some excellent lectures this Spring, and hope that you will add our upcoming events to your busy schedules!

Martha Buskirk, Montserrat College of Art
“Collision Course? Artists’ Rights versus Public Interest”

Location: 725 Commonwealth Ave., Room 303A

Lecture Time: 5:30pm, all are welcome!

For further information on the entire Lecture Series, please check our website at:

Faculty Publication- William D. Moore

October 31st, 2013 in General News, Graduate Student News, Uncategorized, Undergraduate Student News

moorepicProfessor William Moore has recently had an article published in the Journal for Research in Freemasonry and Fraternalism.

By examining the career of Dr. Darius Wilson, who founded the Royal Arcanum in Boston in the 1870s and oversaw the Royal Masonic Rite in the 1880s, this article suggests a new complex understanding of American fraternalism.
Published in Great Britain by Equinox Publications, the Journal for Research into Freemasonry and Fraternalism is an international, interdisciplinary academic journal dedicated to scholarship concerning the associational lives of men and women from the Middle Ages to the present.
William D. Moore, “Darius Wilson, Confidence Schemes, and American Fraternalism, 1869-1926,” Journal for Research in to Freemasonry and Fraternalism 3 (1)(2012), 8-32.

Professor Ken Tadashi Oshima- Guest Talk on Japanese Architecture 11/11

October 7th, 2013 in General News, Graduate Student News, Uncategorized, Undergraduate Student News

The Department of History of Art & Architecture presents:

OshimaPoster.pptxKen Tadashi Oshima

“Nihon no toshi kukan:  Approaches to the City Invisible”

This talk examines the conceptualization of Japanese urban space at the crossroads of the 1960s World Design Conference, with trajectories leading to both metabolic mega-structures and the preservation of indigenous villages.

Professor Oshima (University of Washington) teaches in the areas of trans-national architectural history, theory, representation, and design. His publications include GLOBAL ENDS: towards the beginning (Toto, 2012), International Architecture in Interwar Japan: Constructing Kokusai Kenchiku (University of Washington Press, 2009), and Arata Isozaki (Phaidon, 2009).

Monday, November 11, 5:00 PM
725 Commonwealth Avenue, room 200
*Refreshments will be served*

This event is co-sponsored by the Boston University Center for the Study of Asia

Guest Lecture Series- October 10th- at the MFA!

September 30th, 2013 in General News, Graduate Student News, Uncategorized, Undergraduate Student News

Kristen Gresh, Estrellita and Yousuf Karsh Assistant Curator of Photographs, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

“She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World”

Lecture and Gallery Tour

Please join us for our second GSHAAA Guest Scholar Lecture of the academic year on Thursday, October 10th, 2013 at the MFA, Boston! We look forward to welcoming our speakers and guests to some excellent lectures this Fall, and hope that you will add our upcoming events to your busy schedules!
All lectures are free and open to the entire BU community.


Thursday, October 10, 2013, 5:30 pm
Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Henry and Lois Foster Gallery (Gallery 158)