News & Events

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

By Susan E Rice
September 17th, 2014 in General News, Graduate Student News, Side Bar, Undergraduate Student News.

dietlerMichael Dietler

(Professor of Anthropology, University of Chicago)

Friday, October 17th, 5 pm
public lecture (title tba)
Boston University
College of Art & Sciences
718 Commonwealth Avenue,  room 313

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

HAA Professor Launches Titian Mapping Site.

By Susan E Rice
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

By Susan E Rice
September 3rd, 2014 in General News, Graduate Student News, Side Bar.

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

By Susan E Rice
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

By Susan E Rice
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

By Susan E Rice
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


Friends, Students, Alumni and Faculty Celebrate Professor Patricia Hills

By Susan E Rice
April 30th, 2014 in Pat_Hills, Uncategorized.

Pat Symposium Overview

More than one hundred friends, students, alumni, and faculty gathered to honor Professor Patricia Hills at a symposium held at the George Sherman Union on April 26, 2014. Entitled “American Visual Culture in Context: A Symposium in Honor of Professor Patricia Hills,” this event featured academic papers by prominent scholars from across the country who were Hills’ former students.  Sponsored by the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, alumni and current students, the Boston University Center for the Humanities, the Department of the History of Art & Architecture, the American & New England Studies Program, and the African American Studies Program, the symposium celebrated the career of Professor Hills, a specialist in American art who has taught at Boston University since 1978. Dr. Hills is retiring at the end of this academic year.



April 23, Panel Discussion at the MFA

By Susan E Rice
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.

GSHAAA Book Sale, April 18

By Susan E Rice
April 1st, 2014 in Uncategorized.

Mark your calendars! The spring GSHAAA book sale will be held on Friday, April 18 on the first floor of CAS from approx 10-2.  In addition to the book sale, we’ll also sell baked goods to raise funds for GSHAAA.   Please contact Bridget Hanson or David Silvernail, co-fundraising coordinators to donate books for the sale, or with general questions.
We look forward to seeing you there!

Just Announced! HAA Professor Awarded Ruth Emery Book Prize for 2014

By Susan E Rice
March 28th, 2014 in Uncategorized.


The Victorian Society of America has awarded the 2014 Ruth Emery Book Prize to “Community by Design: The Olmsted Office and the Development of Brookline, Massachusetts” (University of Massachusetts Press, 2013).

In this book Keith Morgan and his research associates Elizabeth Hope Cushing and Roger Reed explore the key role played by America’s leading landscape architecture firm in the development and manipulation of the landscape of suburban Brookline.  The Ruth Emery Prize recognizes publications that make a significant contribution to our understanding of regional culture.