History of Art and Architecture

Welcome to the department of the History of Art and Architecture at Brown University

The Department of the History of Art and Architecture at Brown University grants undergraduate degrees in the History of Art and Architecture, as well as in Architectural Studies.  Graduate study in this department is geared toward earning a PhD in the History of Art and Architecture, and many areas of visual culture from the ancient world through the present. Work in the department of the History of Art and Architecture at Brown is conceived as an interdisciplinary undertaking, in which students are encouraged to become familiar with the variety of methodologies and practices that have historically been, and continue to be productive in our fields. We also maintain a longstanding commitment to museum studies and the study of objects through a close working relationship with the Museum of the Rhode Island School of Design.  Interested students in this department have the opportunity to hold internships and (in the case of graduate students) proctorships at the museum.



News and Upcoming Events

2014 Anita Glass Lecture: "The Whisperers"
Christopher Wood
Carnegie Professor, History of Art, Yale University
Thursday, March 6, 2014, List Art Center 120, 5:30pm 

"Exit Implies Entries Lament: John Hedjuk's IBA'1984/7 Projects and Immigrant Housing in Berlin"
Esra Akcan
Associate Professor, Department of Art History, University of Illinois, Chicago, Wednesday, February 26, 2014, List Art Center 110, 5:30pm 

Professor Osayimwese published an article, "Prolegomenon to an alternative genealogy of German modernism: German architects' encounters with world cultures c. 1900," in the Journal of Architecture, Volume 18, Issue 6, 2013. An excerpt from the article is available here.

Professor Dietrich Neumann presented a lecture at the American Academy in Berlin as a Fall 2013 fellow entiled, "Politics and Architecture: Mies van der Rohe in the Context of Weimar Germany". A video recording is available through The American Academy in Berlin. Visit NPR Berlin for an episode of 'The Berlin Journal' featuring an interview with Professor Neumann.

Professor Shiva Balaghi was consulted by the Guardian for their recent article: "Iran's Artists Warn U.S. and European Sanctions are Affecting their Work".

Professor Dietrich Neumann and students launch new iPhone app, Brown FACADES, an interactive guide to the architectural history of the Brown University Campus. The app can be downloaded for free from the App Store. Please refer to the Facebook page, to the Department's announcement, or to Brown's new feature story for further information.