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What's New in the Art, Art History, and Film Department

March 30, 2017


Warmest greetings and best wishes for continued personal and professional success from the department formerly called Fine Arts, now renamed Art, Art History, and Film! This new name more accurately reflects the three areas of scholarship and creative activity that our department spans. I hope you will enjoy a look at some of the highlights from another productive academic year:

  • The Studio Program has now been operating a new, state-of-the-art digital laboratory for some time, where new courses are being developed and taught in the area of digital photography and digital imaging.
  • Last spring, Associate Professor of the Practice Karl Baden published The Americans by Car, which was recently included on blogger Elin Spring's list of best photography books of 2016. The art history faculty is busy preparing several forthcoming books: Associate Professor Stephanie Leone's Building Baroque Rome Under Pope Innocent the X; Assistant Professor Aurelia Campbell's Architecture and Empire in the Reign of Yongle, 1402-1424; and my own: Wifredo Lam: Art, Anthropology, Politics.
  • The McMullen Museum has reopened to rave reviews in its new location on the Brighton Campus. The Boston Globe and The Wall Street Journal reviewed the exhibition of illuminated manuscripts that inaugurated the museum’s new era.

In other news, a new gallery in Carney Hall provides studio students with a public space on campus to display their work. We have also hired a new faculty member in the discipline of painting, Assistant Professor Hartmut Austen. Michael Mulhern retired at the end of the last academic year.

We strongly encourage you to keep in touch and to forward any news to our department so that we may add it to our website.

With warmest regards,

Claude Cernuschi
Chair, Art, Art History, and Film Department