The historical connotation of smiling in photos has been that it presents weakness, but in a new world immersed in happy-go-lucky consumerism, is a blank face making a statement? Art history's Jane Blocker says that not smiling has become a sentiment for straightforwardness in a society which tends to value smiles above all.
Undergraduate student Lorri Todd was challenged with the task of analyzing artist Yasumasa Morimura’s Ambiguous Beauty, an object that had not previously received scholarly analysis. Todd tackled her senior project with impressive motivation and was awarded the department’s senior project prize, but the process wasn’t always easy.
“Disciplinary divisions are very modern,” says Professor Michael Gaudio. He and colleague J.B. Shank have changed the landscape of graduate seminars by introducing a collaborative, cross-cultural seminar to graduate students at the University of Minnesota and in Utrecht, Netherlands. Through travel and collaboration, they challenge students to transcend the boundaries of academic discipline and culture.
From the Midwest to the East Coast, alumna Erica Warren has learned and shared her art history education and expertise across the country. Thanks to a number of esteemed faculty in the department, Warren was able to land her dream job.
Art historian Matthew Canepa has been named a Guggenheim fellow for 2015-16. The fellowship will support his book on the interrelation and transformation of ancient Iranian landscapes, architecture and identities.