Art History

Welcome to the Department of Art History, part of the Center for the Arts at Tyler School of Art, Temple University. We are located in a new, cutting-edge facility in the culturally rich and vibrant city of Philadelphia and close to major urban centers throughout the Northeast.

Our mission is to educate students on the graduate and undergraduate levels about visual culture and its history, to foster scholarly research and advance knowledge in the discipline, and to function as a resource of expertise to the University, the region and beyond. The Department offers a variety of critical, theoretical and methodological perspectives and approaches. Our goal is to equip students with strong skills in a world in which visual literacy is of great importance, and on-site learning at local and regional museums is key to instruction. Students can broaden their education at one of Temple’s international programs, especially those in Rome and Japan, which offer a range of Art History classes. As part of the Center for the Arts and Tyler School of Art, which includes the Temple Contemporary art gallery, we promote dynamic interactions between artistic, critical, curatorial, and scholarly practice. This education is designed to foster a life-long interest in, sensitivity to, and appreciation of the significance of artistic production as a fundamental historical and cultural form of human expression and communication.

Central to our highly-ranked Department is our world-class faculty that have been awarded the University's major teaching awards (Lindback and Great Teacher), research awards (Creative Achievement and Provost’s Awards), and professorships (Carnell). Faculty have won major prizes from the American Association of Italian Studies, Archaeological Institute of America, College Art Association, and Renaissance Society of America. Faculty fellowships and grants include the American Academy in Rome, American Council of Learned Societies; American Research Center in Egypt; Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts; Council of American Overseas Research Centers; Dumbarton Oaks; Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation; Fulbright Program; Getty Trust; Guggenheim Foundation; Villa I Tatti (Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, Florence); Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton); Institute for Aegean Prehistory; Kress Foundation; Mellon Foundation; National Endowment for the Humanities; and the United States Agency for International Development.

Our graduate students have won major University fellowships and have received outside support from the American School of Classical Studies in Athens; American Research Council in Egypt; Barra Foundation/McNeil Center for Early American Studies; Council of American Overseas Research Centers; Getty Trust; Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation; Huntingdon; Kress Foundation; Luce/American Council of Learned Societies; and Smithsonian. Undergraduates have been granted awards from the Diamond Peer Teacher Program; Diamond Research Scholars Program; Research/Creative Projects and Travel; and the Undergraduate Research Forum/Creative Works Symposium.

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  • Minor in Art History

    The Art History minor is available for students who wish to explore art through the ages.  By completing courses across a number of significant periods in art, students gain a better understanding of the visual arts and modes of artistic expr... More More about Minor in Art History

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    Thomas Stothard, Callicum and Maquilla, Chiefs of Nootka Sound, 1790
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    Monica Hahn “ “Nootka Royalty” and Nuu-chah-nulth performance: the trade in sea otter pelts, images and identity in the 18th-century Pacific sphere”

    March 30, 2015

    Practice talk, to be presented at the "The Americas and the Pacific," The Eleventh Annual Yale University American Art Graduate Symposium

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    Vincent van Gogh. Montmartre: Windmills and Allotments, March-April 1887
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    Christa DiMarco "Agriculture and Industry in Van Gogh's Paris-Period Paintings”

    March 11, 2015

    Practice talk, to be presented at the Association of Historians of Nineteenth-Century Art, Twelfth Annual Graduate Student Symposium in N

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    Pontormo, "Virgin and Child with Saint Anne", 1529
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    The Fifth Annual Distinguished Alumni and Scholars Lecture

    February 21, 2015

    The Department of Art HIstory presents Dr. Jack Wasserman, Professor Emeritus, Tyler School of Art/Temple University: "Jacopo Pontormo's

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    Thinking through Drawing, Lecture
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    Thinking Through Drawing

    October 06, 2014

    Dr. Andrea Kantrowitz will be discussing the role of cognitive science in the practice of drawing. Her unique perspective on the way we d

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    Wrangelschrank, 1566, Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturegeschichte, Münster
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    Dr. Andrew Morrall, "Art Geometry and the Imagery of the Ruin in the 16th Century Kunstkabinett"

    March 10, 2015

    Dr. Morrall is a Professor at the Bard Graduate Center, NY The lecture is free and open to the public; it is sponsored by the Department

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    Edgar Degas, Unfinished Print: Mart Cassatt at the Louvre, The Etruscan Gallery, 1879
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    Whitney Kruckenberg, "Degas and the Vaunting of 'le non fini'"

    February 25, 2015

    Practice Talk for the Mid-Atlantic Symposium, to be done by Skype

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    Julie McGinnis Flanagan to speak at PAFA's Graduate Symposium, Feb 28, 2015

    February 28, 2015

    Title of her talk: The Garden in Grand Central: Harriet Whitney Frishmuth and the Interwar Market for American Sculpture Free to all stud

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    Digital Consequences—Reflections on the Creative and Experimental Use of Technology in Art

    September 30, 2014

    The Art & Technology Group is pleased to announce the upcoming event Digital Consequences—Reflections on the Creative and Experimenta

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    Cornelis Bloemaert II, Seated Muse, Galleria Giustiniana, Rome, 1635-1637/8
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    Erin Downey: “Collaborative Enterprise: The Bentvueghels and Vincenzo Giustiniani's Galleria Giustiniana (1635-1637/8)"

    February 11, 2015

    To be presented at the 20th Annual Graduate Student Symposium on the History of Art, Hosted by the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Uni

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    Harriet Frishmuth, "Joy of the Waters" 1917
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    Julie MGinnis Flanagan, "The Garden in Grand Central: Harriet Frishmuth and the Interwar Market for American Sculpture"

    February 11, 2015

    Practice presentation for PAFA Graduate Symposium on "The Artist and the Garden", Feb. 28, 2015

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    Dana Schutz, Man Eating his Chest, 2005
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    Heather L Castro: “Carnival Feasting: Dana Schutz, Land of the Dead, and Processing Collective Trauma”

    February 02, 2015

    To be presented at the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association conference, Albuquerque, NM. February 13th, 2015.

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    Mary and Jesus Nativity, Qisas al-Anbiya, 16th c
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    Sumreen Chaudhry: "Ottoman Virgin Mary: Mother of a Prophet or Mother Prophetess?"

    February 02, 2015

    To be presented at the Center Islamic Studies at 2015 Joint National Conferences (NAAAS, NAHLS, NANAS, IAAS, and CID) Baton Rouge, LA, Fe

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    Louis Rigaud, Toussaint L'Ouververture, 1977
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    Erica Moiah James, Asst Prof, Dept of the History of Art and African American Studies, Yale University, "Object, Image and the Living Archive: Historicizing the Global in Caribbean Art"

    February 19, 2015

    Fifth Annual Steuben and Vivian Granger Lecture in American Art, event free and open to the public Sponsored by the Art History Departmen

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    Raphael, "Sistine Madonna", 1512
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    Dr. Marcia Hall "Sacred Images, The Body, The Senses at the time of Reformation"

    January 28, 2015

    To be presented at the Princeton Theological Seminary, Feb 10, 2015

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    Camilio Jose Vergara, "Tracking Time: Documenting America's Post-Industrial Cities"

    January 22, 2015

    Lecture supported by Art History, English, Journalism, Temple Contemporary and the Senate Lectures and Forums fund.

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    William Schwaller, "Preserving and Controlling the Experience of Land Art: Films by Mary Miss and her Contemporaries"

    January 21, 2015

    To be presented at the College Art Association Conference, NY February 11, 2015 Session: Preserving the Artistic Legacies of the 1960s

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    Jennifer Zwilling

    Jennifer Zwilling (MA, Art History) has been appointed Curator of Artistic Programs at The Clay Studio

    After a nationwide search, Jennifer Zwilling has been chosen as the Curator of Artistic Program at the Clay Studio.  Their press release states, "Jennifer is a respected curator, scholar, and educator with a strong background in the academic and museum fields. Jennifer's deep understanding of the ceramic arts and dedication to the next generation of craft artists make her an excellent fit for us.  As the Curator of Artistic Programs, Jennifer will oversee The Clay Studios' exhibitions, Resident and Guest Artist in Residence Program. This position plays a vital role in driving the artistic vision of The Clay Studio."

    Diego Rivera, "Liberation of the Peon", Philadelphia Museum of Art
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    Guest Speaker Suzanne Penn, "Diego Rivera's Portable Frescoes: "Sugar Cane" and "the Liberation of the Peon""

    November 18, 2014

    Lecture is free and open to the public.  Sponsored by the Department of Art History, the Visual Studies Program in Tyler School of Art: t

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    Detail, reconstruction of wall painting from Pseira, Crete
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    Guest Speaker, Dr. Joanne Cutler, Danish National Research Foundation's Centre for Textile Research, University of Copenhagen, "Textiles in Minoan Crete"

    November 10, 2014

    Lecture is free and open to the public; sponsored by the Department of Art History and the Tyler School of Art.

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    Walter Elmer Schofield "Trawlers Coaling, Boulougne" 1910
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    Xavier Mellery, "The Soul of Things", 1889-95
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    Guest Lecture: Alison Hokanson, Asst. Curator, Metropolitan Museum of Art, "The Soul of Things: Realism and Symbolism in late 19th century Belgian Art"

    November 06, 2014

    The lecture is free and open to the public; sponsored by the Department of Art History, Tyler School of Art and the General Activities Fu

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    Raphael, "Deposition" Pala Baglione, 1507
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    Guest Speaker Robert Williams, Prof of Art History UCSB, "Iconicity or Discursivity? Devotional Imagery in Italian Renaissance Art"

    October 23, 2014

    Lecture free and open to the public; sponsored by the Department of Art History, Tyler School of Art and the General Activities Fund of T

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    Details: Anonymous, Portrait of Giovanni Battista Gisleno, c. 1670-1672. Rome, S.M. del Popolo
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    Annual Graduate Open House

    October 10, 2014

    Tyler's Annual Graduate Open House is an opportunity for prospective graduate students to tour the facilities, meet with faculty and curr

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    detail of Hélio Oiticica’s Maquette of Hunting Dogs Project
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    Guest Speaker Lynn Zelevansky Henry J. Heinz II Director of the Carnegie Museum of Art: "Hélio Oiticica’s Hunting Dogs Project"

    November 03, 2014

    Lecture free and open to public; sponsored by the Department of Art History, Temple Contemporary, Department of Painting, Drawing and Scu

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    Eugene Grasset, "Morphinomane", Lithograph
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    Practice Talk: Natalia Angeles Vieyra: "Illuminating Addiction: Morphinomania in Fin de Siecle Visual Culture"

    October 15, 2014

    to be presented at the Florida State University Graduate Symposium

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    detail of Gregorio Fernadez, Dead Christ, 1623-1630
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    Practice Talk: Tiffany Lynn Hunt, "Empathetic Wounds: Depicting the Mechanics of Suffering in Early Modern Spanish Polychrome Sculpture"

    October 10, 2014

    to be presented at the 2014 Sixteenth Century Society Conference, New Orleans

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    Practice Talk: Nicole Restaino, "To Feed and To Starve: the female body in/out of performance"

    October 10, 2014

    To be presented at the American Studies Association Annual Conference, Los Angeles

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    Dorothea Lange Highway to the West, 1938
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    Practice Talk: Peter Wang, "The Profane and Profound: American Road Photography from 1930 to the Present"

    October 06, 2014

    to be given in the graduate lightnng session at the AHAA Symposium, University of Pennsylvania

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    Dr. Albert Barnes, Barnes Foundation photograph
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    Practice Talk: Brian Seymour, "The Failure of Dr. Barnes: Considering Agency and the Public"

    October 06, 2014

    to be presented at the Southeastern College Art Conference, 2014, Sarasota, FL

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    Giovanni Colonna da Tivoli, "Sphinx" 1554
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    Practice Talk: Cate Wallace, "The Syncretic Sphinx: the Aesthetic of Egyptianizing Art in the Italian Renaissance"

    October 01, 2014

    to be presented at the 2014 South Eastern College Art Conference

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    photo, John G> Johnson collection
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    Brian Seymour, "Considering the Distinct Collecting Practices of John C. Johnson and a Shifting Public for his Collection"

    September 15, 2014

    Practice Talk for the 3rd Annual International Conference in Paragone Studies in Quebec

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    St. Ignatius and the Lion (Valladolid)
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    Translating Christianity

    September 17, 2014

    Translating Christianity: the circulation of the sacred in the making of Roman Catholicism as the first world religion c. 1500-1700 A gue

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    Art History Graduate Organization

    Art History Graduate Organization (AHGO)

     For students pursuing an MA or Ph.D. in Art History at Tyler

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    Chiattone’s Buildings for a Modern Metropolis, 1914
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    Esther da Costa Meyer: "Futurism’s Futures: Architecture"

    April 03, 2014

    Above: Chiattone’s Buildings for a Modern Metropolis, 1914 The work of architects Antonio Sant’Elia and Mario Chiattone crystallized th

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    Taking Charge of your Graduate Career

    September 24, 2014

    This workshop is a time for us to get together and talk about planning for success in the program and other important aspects of professi

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    Practice Talks
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    Practice Talks

    September 11, 2014

    Therese Dolan "Painting Sound: Manet's Paragone" Suzaane Singletary "Domesticating the Gesamtkunstwerk: Wagner vs Baudelaire"

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    Jaharis Gospel Lectionary
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    Joseph R. Kopta to speak on Byzantine Gospel Lectionaries

    February 24, 2014

    Art History PhD student Joseph R. Kopta delivers a practice talk, “Καὶ τὸ φῶς ἐν τῇ σκοτίᾳ φαίνει : Color in Byzantine Gospel Lectionarie

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    Thomas and William Russell Birch, “The City & Port of Philadelphia,” from The City of Philadelphia (Philadelphia: W. Birch & Son, 1800)
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    Laura Turner Igoe Dissertation Defense, "The Opulent City and the Sylvan State: Art and Environmental Embodiment in Early National Philadelphia"

    May 22, 2014

    Art History Ph.D. candidate Laura Turner Igoe defends her dissertation, "The Opulent City and the Sylvan State:  Art and Environmental Em

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    Danielle Abdon Guimaraes presents "Digital Models of Early Modern Charity: The Example of Venice"

    May 07, 2014

    Art History PhD candidate Danielle Abdon Guimaraes presents "Digital Models of Early Modern Charity: The Example of Venice," prepared as

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    Amy Gillette presents "Depicting the Sound of Silence in the Baroncelli Altarpiece of S. Croce, Florence"

    May 06, 2014

    Art History PhD candidate Amy Gillette delivers a practice talk, "Depicting the Sound of Silence in the Baroncelli Altarpiece of S. Croce

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    Erin Lehman Dissertation Defense

    May 13, 2014

    PhD candidate Erin Lehman defends her dissertation, "Art and the Sportsman, Sporting Art and the Man: Gustave Caillebotte and the Late Ni

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    Laura Turner Igoe to present "Art and Ecology in the Early Republic"

    May 06, 2014

    Art History PhD candidate Laura Turner Igoe will deliver a practice talk, "Art and Ecology in the Early Republic," in preparation for her

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    PhD Candidate Alice Price Dissertation Defense

    April 23, 2014

    Art History Ph.D. candidate Alice Margaret Rudy Price defends her dissertation, “Reframing Anna Ancher: Danish Symbolist, Modernist and I

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    PhD Candidate Jasmine Cloud Dissertation Defense

    April 29, 2014

    Art History PhD candidate Jasmine Could defends her dissertation, “Renovation in the Campo Vaccino: The Churches on the Roman Forum from

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    Power and Paradise
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    Dr. Cher Krause Knight (PhD, Art History, Tyler, 2000) selected to deliver the Fourth Annual Distinguished Art History Alumni and Scholars Lecture

    April 22, 2014

    Dr. Cher Krause Knight, Associate Professor, Department of Visual and Media Arts at Emerson College, will speak on the particular issues

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    Warren Woodfin: "The Mother of God in Paradise, the Mother of God as Paradise"

    April 15, 2014

      above: The Mother of God and Christ Child in Paradise, Homilies on the Life of the Virgin by James of Kokkinobaphos. Vat. Gr. 1162,

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    "Recuperating Risk: Colombian Artist Elkin Calderón's Politics of Place" – Lecture by Art Historian Carla Macchiavello

    April 15, 2014

    "Recuperating Risk: Colombian Artist Elkin Calderón's Politics of Place" – Lecture by Art Historian Carla Macchiavello 11 AM Tues, April

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    Mickalene Thomas painting
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    Sophie Sanders (Tyler, Art History PhD 2013) to speak at PAFA on Mickalene Thomas

    April 16, 2014

    Dr. Sophie Sanders (Tyler Art History Ph.D. 2013) will present "She’s the Boss: Mickalene Thomas’s Glittering Odalisques" in the Hamilton

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    Shegemasa & Shunsho, Mirror of Yoshiwara Beauties, Compared, 1776
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    Prof. Julie Davis to speak on Japanese Woodblock Prints

    April 02, 2014

    Julie Nelson Davis, Associate Professor of Art History, University of Pennsylvania, delivers a public lecture, "Reading the Mirror of Yos

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    Art History PhD candidate Jasmine Cloud represents Tyler at the PMA Graduate Student Symposium

    March 22, 2014

    The 19th Annual Graduate Student Symposium on the History of Art will be Saturday, March 22nd at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Tyler's

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    Ph.D. candidate Erin Downey delivers a practice talk for the Renaissance Society of America

    March 24, 2014

    Art History Ph.D. candidate Erin Downey presents "Cornelis Bloemaert II: Family Ties and Artistic Exchange between Utrecht and Rome" in p

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    Ph.D. candidate Jasmine Cloud delivers a practice talk for the Renaissance Society of America

    March 24, 2014

    Art History PhD candidate Jasmine Cloud delivers a practice talk, "In and Out of the Roman Forum: Charting the Properties of SS. Cosma e

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    Ph.D. candidate Christa DiMarco delivers a practice talk on Van Gogh

    March 17, 2014

    Art History Ph.D. candidate Christa DiMarco delivers a practice talk, "G.-Albert Aurier's Messiah: Vincent Van Gogh" in preparation for "

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    Ph.D. Candidate Maite Barragán delivers a practice talk, "Marketing Modernity in Madrid"

    March 17, 2014

    Art History Ph.D. candidate Maite Barragán delivers a practice talk, "Marketing Modernity in Madrid," in preparation for "Congreso de Pos

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    Dr. Susanna Gold delivers "The Color of My Father"

    February 11, 2014

    Art History Prof. Susanna Gold delivers an invited lecture, "'The Color of my Father': Transracial Identification in American Visual Cult

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    Suzanne Singletary, Tyler Art History PhD 2007, to speak on Wagner

    February 10, 2014

    Prof. Suzanne Singletary (Tyler Art History PhD 2007) Associate Professor, Philadelphia University, delivers a practice talk, “Wagner vs

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    Art History PhD candidate Heather Castro to speak on "28 Days Later"

    February 05, 2014

    Heather Casto delivers a practice talk, "28 Hours Later: Influences of Hoof and Mouth Disease in 28 Days Later," in preparation for prese

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    Art History PhD candidate Amy Gillette to speak on Musical Angels in Monastic Art, ca. 1060-ca. 1360

    February 05, 2014

    Amy Gillette will present a practice talk, "Now the Angelic Crowd Rejoices: Musical Angels in Monastic Art, ca. 1060-ca. 1360," in prepar

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