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Professor Fabiola López-Durán's students meet in Cuba to study its rich artistic and architectural traditions. Dr. Wolfthal is investigating servants and slaves in Europe and its colonies as seen in images like this feast in the Très Riches Heures. Dr. Neagley’s project, “Virtual Rouen,” combines the use of new spatial technologies with 16th-century maps to model the medieval city. Dr. Leo Costello congratulates the department’s Ph.D. students on advancement to doctoral candidacy. Students examine installation art “hands on” in Rice Gallery. Art History students celebrate the opening of Soo Sunny’s Parks’ “Unwoven Light” in the Rice Gallery.  (photo: Ruby Yeh ’13.) For her research on urban history in Istanbul, Dr. Hamadeh examines many artistic media, including maps like this one by Constantinos Kalidis. Doctoral students Kyle, Melissa, and Olivia share their research at the fall SA/GSA Research Mixer. Professor Huang involves all the members of her Chinese Art and Visual Culture class in order to explore a work of art. Prof. Hopkins investigates shifting networks of sculpture, architecture, and urban design in his current book project, The Genesis of Roman Architecture. Professor Linda Neagley hikes along the medieval Via Podiensis pilgrimage trail with her students in May 2012. Dr. Costello's current project, Pictures of Nothing, considers eighteenth- and nineteenth-century depictions of nothingness and immateriality.

The Department of Art History consists of eleven full-time faculty members whose specializations include the art of Europe, China, and the Middle East, from ancient Rome through contemporary times. Each year our permanent faculty is enriched by visiting professors, including museum curators and postdoctoral fellows. We maintain close connections with Houston museums, especially the Menil Collection, Asian Society, and Museum of Fine Arts Houston where we offer paid internships that enable students to work with collections and curatorial staff. Our professors offer a breadth of methodologies, including more theoretical approaches, interdisciplinary cultural and historical inquiries, and hands-on investigation of artworks. We have a vibrant undergraduate major and also a doctoral program, now in its sixth year. Welcome to our website and our department.

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Fangs, Feathers and FinsMuseum of Fine Arts Houston
"Fangs, Feathers, and Fins: Sacred Creatures in Ancient American Art"

October 16, 2014 - January 25, 2015
Exhibition curated by Chelsea Dacus
current Rice graduate student

More than 200 objects, spanning nearly 5,000 years, explore the significance that different animals held for the peoples of the ancient Americas, revealing how they viewed themselves and the world around them. Among the works on display are evocative ceramic vessels and stone monuments made by the Maya and Olmec of ancient Mexico, a feather tunic from the Nasca people of Peru, and intricate gold ornaments from the Tairona culture of Colombia.

mintersmallSaturday, February 7, 2015
Kyle Morrow Room, 3rd Floor, Fondren Library

New Directions in the History of Gender and Sexuality:
Self, Family, and the Social

2015 Minter Symposium on Medieval and Early Modern Society

WalkingWalks With the Ancients
This article spotlights  HART316/Anth346: Virtual Reconstruction of Historical Cities, a multi-disciplinary, project-based course co-taught this Spring by John Hopkins (Art History) and Jeff Fleisher (Anthropology)
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Student Spotlight

Student Spotlight

PalermoMelisa Palermo
was awarded a Brown Foundation Dissertation Research Award to complete her dissertation entitled "Cor ad cor loquitur, Divine Caritas, and Burning Hearts in Art after Trent." 

Stepina-ZinnBetsy Stepina Zinn
recently received an MA in art history from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she focused on conceptual art practices of the 1960s and 1970s. Betsy joins the Rice Ph.D. program this fall.

SealeLayla Seale
received a Summer Research Fellowship from the Art History Department to conduct research and study Dutch in the Netherlands.

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Faculty Spotlight

Faculty Spotlight

John HopkinsDr. John Hopkins
John Hopkins recently published two articles on the Temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus in Rome that explain how Romans built such a colossal building so early in their history--even before the Parthenon in Athens--and how its size, image and sophistication effected the history of Roman temple design over the longue durée. In the Spring of 2013 he spoke at Harvard University on his current book project, a study of Rome's earliest architecture and its effects on the history of Roman art, architecture and Republican society. For the Fall of 2013 he has been invited to lead discussion on urbanism in early Rome and give a talk on the transition between monarchy and Republic at Tarquinius Superbus: A Paradigm Shift, an international conference held in Rome at the Royal Netherlands Institute and British School at Rome.

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