Art, Art History, and Film
at boston college
In a 1986 BC Magazine profile of Professor Michael Mulhern, the artist said, "I really want [people] to stop and look and think about what they see, to wonder about the structures they see and the underlying rationality of the world around them."
As I read the reminiscences his colleagues and former students have sent me in advance of Professor Mulhern's retirement at the end of the spring 2016 semester, it became clear to me that over the course of his 40-year teaching career at Boston College he has succeeded in doing just that. Moreover, the quote encapsulates so much of what I've come to know about Professor Mulhern: that he is insatiably curious about what he sees and the science of how we see; that it's important to him to understand just how things work; and that his generous spirit sparks in others the same joy he experiences as, in the process of creating, he explores and makes discoveries about the world around him.
Albert Einstein observed, "It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge." Please join the Art Department in celebrating Professor Michael Mulhern's teaching career at Boston College, and the professional legacy he leaves in the form of all the students in whom he has awakened that joy—many of whom will pass it along in their own teaching careers or in their own artwork. Read more
Senior Jonah Schumer believes his Boston College career has been somewhat unorthodox. He transferred to BC his sophomore year, and here pursued two disparate majors – Finance and Art History, maintaining 4.0 GPAs in both. His summer internships at asset-management companies have alternated with travels to the Far East and a semester abroad studying art in Florence. The "Interests & Skills" section of his resume hints at his wide-ranging passions, including "Ramen," "automobiles" and "Michael Jackson" along with "European and East Asian Artwork" and "Microsoft Excel." Professor Jeffery Howe observes that Jonah's broad interests can lead him to discover unexpected art historical parallels, such as those between Art Nouveau forms and 1970s record album covers. Read more about Jonah – what his other Art History instructors have to say about him, and his own reflections on his experience at BC.
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The Art, Art History, and Film department welcomes Kyrah Malika Daniels to our faculty. Dr. Daniels comes to us with a fresh Ph.D in African and African American Studies from Harvard University. Starting this fall, she will be an Assistant Professor with a dual appointment in Art History and African and African Diaspora Studies at Boston College. Professor Daniels will bring to our department an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Caribbean and African material culture with a focus on comparative religion and sacred art. She will begin teaching courses in the Art department in the Spring 2018 semester.
A Selection of the Senior Projects will open on May 17. This annual exhibition showcases work by graduating Studio Art majors and minors. The galleries on the 4th floor of Devlin Hall will be open daily through Saturday, May 20, from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. From 4:00 until 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 21, seniors from all three departmental programs are invited, along with their family and friends, to an exhibition reception and awards ceremony. Above: Audrey Regillo '17, Spirit at Peace (oil on canvas).
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