News & Events

New Faculty Essay Published

By Susan E Rice
November 5th, 2015 in Side Bar, Uncategorized.

morganHEROICBU History of Art & Architecture Professor Keith N. Morgan has just published an essay, “City of Ideas:  Structure and Scale in the Boston General Plan” in Heroic:  Concrete Architecture and the New Boston (Monacelli Press: 2015).

An image of The Boston University Law School Tower by Architect Jose Lluis Sert appears on the cover.

Forum Event – Tues, Nov 7th

By Susan E Rice
November 5th, 2015 in Side Bar.

Boston University Jewish Studies Research Forum presents:

Identity and In-Betweenness at the Site of Tel Dor, Israel – Tues, Nov 7th

Dor—one-time Canaanite city-state, stronghold of the “Sea Peoples,” Israelite administrative center, Assyrian port, and Sidonian-Phoenician town—was abandoned when the Jews were exiled.  Professor S. Rebecca Martin, Department of History of Art & Architecture, will examine who returned to the site in Achaemenid Persian times and consider how Dor  complicates our interpretation of archaeological and textual records in search of Dorian identity.

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Photo Credit: Michael Aizenberg

Tuesday, November 17, 12:30 – 2 PM
Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies
147 Bay State Road, 2nd floor library
Please join us for lunch, starting at noon.

Call for Papers!

By Susan E Rice
October 16th, 2015 in General News, Side Bar, Uncategorized.

The 32nd Annual Boston University Graduate Symposium on the History of Art & Architecture
Submissions Due:
November 21, 2015
Symposium Dates: February 26 – 27, 2016
Serious Fun: Expressions of Play in the History of Art and Architecture

In all of its forms, play is a vital expressive force. Whether theatrical or athletic, rollicking or subversive, play has enacted a pivotal role in shaping cultural life. The 32nd Annual Boston University Graduate Student Symposium on the History of Art & Architecture invites submissions that consider aspects of play as form, content, process, and methodological framework.

Possible subjects include, but are not limited to, the following: representations of play; entertainment, games, and toys; spaces of play, leisure, and recreation; play as practice; political control of play; play as dissent or activism; word play; the naughty and the bawdy; revelry and whimsy; play and performance; and play as creative force.

We welcome submissions from graduate students at all stages of their studies, working in any area or discipline.

Please send an abstract (300 words or less), paper title, and a CV to the Symposium Coordinator, Catherine O’Reilly, at The deadline for submissions is Saturday, November 21, 2015. Selected speakers will be notified before January 1, 2016. Papers should be 20 minutes in length and will be followed by a question and answer session.

The Symposium will be held Friday, February 26 – Saturday, February 27, 2016, with a keynote lecture (TBD) on Friday evening at the Boston University Art Gallery at the Stone Gallery and graduate presentations on Saturday in the Riley Seminar Room of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

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.

For additional information, please visit:

Boston University College of Arts & Sciences, Department of History of Art & Architecture

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

By Susan E Rice
October 1st, 2015 in General News, Graduate Student News.

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

By Susan E Rice
September 15th, 2015 in General News, Graduate Student News, Side Bar, Uncategorized.

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

Prof. Balafrej, whose focus is on the Islamic world, is currently working on a book project that examines the visual culture of late Timurid painting (c. 1470 to 1500) and its intersection with shifting paradigms of authorship and issues of reception. She has degrees from the Sorbonne, the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, and the University of Aix-Marseille, and has held a number of research fellowships in France, Turkey, and the United States. Her talk is entitled “Bihzad and the Artist’s Name in Persian Painting.”

The talk will take place at 5:30 pm in CAS Room 200, to be followed by refreshments.

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

Guest Lecture- Nov 5th-“Charting the Contemporary: On Writing Art Histories of the Present.”

By Susan E Rice
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 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

By Susan E Rice
September 15th, 2015 in General News, Graduate Student News, 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

By Susan E Rice
August 10th, 2015 in General News, 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.

By Susan E Rice
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

By Susan E Rice
April 28th, 2015 in Side Bar, Uncategorized.

Keith Morgan
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.”