Each year, the Department of Art History offers Rice students two opportunities to study and explore some of the most impressive museums, cities and collections in the world. Over spring break every year, we take our HART majors on a free trip to New York to experience its museums and collections. Then, each May, a faculty member and an advanced Ph.D. student team up to teach a summer course in one of the greatest centers for art in the world. For that course (regardless of one's major) the department covers airfare, lodging and site admissions. You can explore some of the past and upcoming opportunities below.
May 2015: ISTANBUL
May 2016: ROME
"Rome is an open air museum.” The statement is often made in jest, at all the tourists. In fact, Rome has won its reputation because you can hardly turn a corner, pass a building or look out a window without setting eyes on a work of art or architecture that fundamentally shaped the history of art. The very stones of some roads that you'll walk were laid under emperors, who ruled millennia in the past, and they've born the footsteps of everyone from Julius Caesar to Michelangelo to Pier Luigi Nervi. This course begins at the dawn of Rome and ends with the present day. We will trace the roots of the city in the deep archaeological trenches of the Roman Forum, through palimpsests of wall painting and architecture, into the Medieval period, the Renaissance, 20th century urban rationalism and Contemporary attempts to reclaim the Eternal City. The course will include day trips to Florence, the port of Ostia, Orvieto and guest lectures by specialists.
May 2017: RIO DE JANEIRO
Rio, você foi feito pra mim.
There is no other city in the world like Rio! Brazil’s former capital is a city of wonders and contradictions—a combination of lush vegetation, urban rainforests, extraordinary architecture, informal urban settings, beautiful parks, stunning beaches, and joyful people in a lively and magnificent natural setting.
Through lectures, seminar discussions, museum visits, architectural itineraries, and field trips, this course explored the complex political, social, and cultural histories that have shaped Rio de Janeiro. Focusing on the examination of the built environment—natural and architectural—and the art produced from the late nineteenth century to today, this interdisciplinary course offered an experience of Rio through architecture and urbanism as well as through music, film, dance, literature and gastronomy.
The course also included trips to supermodern Brasilia—a capital city created ex-nihilo in the center of Brazil, the 19th-century planned city of Belo Horizonte, and cosmopolitan São Paulo—the most populated megalopolis in the Americas, while analyzing Rio’s modernism and its discontents.
Led by Prof. Fabiola López-Durán.
Annual New York Trip for Majors
Over the course of five days, students visit the Met, Guggenheim, MoMA, Frick, Cloisters, Pierpont Morgan, Neue Galerie, Sotheby’s and other sites to experience, discuss and interact with works in the museums and collections of New York. This is meant to be an invigorating, engaging and entertaining trip for students interested in the history of art and the world of its making, curation and exchange. Students are asked only to cover their meals and subway tickets. Airfare, transportation to and from airports, hotel and museum admittance are all covered by the department.