Art History, which is devoted to the study of all the visual arts, is one of the broadest fields in the humanities. It is concerned not only with the nature of works of art -- their form, style, and content, but also with the social, political, and cultural circumstances that shape them.
Introductory level courses encourage a basic and lifelong understanding and appreciation of works of art. The rest of the curriculum offers a more advanced and specialized knowledge of art, which can lead to many kinds of careers, including teaching, museum administration and curating, business positions in galleries or auction houses, publishing, criticism, collection advising, and conservation, as well as creative careers in any medium. Students in many fields may also find that art history is relevant to their studies.
The department, fortunate in being located in New York City, one of the world's great art centers, takes full advantage of the rich resources of the city's museums and galleries.
DEPARTMENT NEWS AND EVENTS
Please join us for a very special event. Meet the Barnard alumna who inspired the sea of hand–knit pink hats at the historic Women’s Marches that took place around the country and world on January 21. Krista Suh ’09, co-founder of the Pussyhat Project, will share her story. Suh credits her Barnard Art History education as the inspiration for the pink cat-eared hat that has become such an iconic symbol of the 600+ marches that it was recently featured on the covers of both The New Yorker and Time Magazine. They will be joined by two of the women who mobilized the grassroots movement, Pearl Chin, founder of the Upper West Side's beloved Knitty City and Brittney Bailey manager of Purl Soho, the legendary New York City yarn store. Moderated by Anne Higonnet, Professor of Art History, this conversation is sponsored by Barnard's Department of Art History and BCRW.
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Art History Department Chair
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Director of Visual Arts Concentration
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Art History Administrator
Main Art History Office
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Fall 2016 Course Info
A panel discussion co-sponsored
by the Anchorage Museum
Barnard College Art History Department
November 9, 2016, 6 p.m.
Diana Center Event Oval, Barnard College
New Yorker Cartoons Past, Present & Future with Bob Mankoff
Thursday, September 8 at 6:30 pm Register online at mcny.org/programs | Use the code FUNNY for DISCOUNT COSPONSOR STUDENT $15 tickets (regularly $25)!
Thursday, February 11 at 6:30pm
Museum of the City of New York
Friday, March 4 from 2:00-6:15pm
612 Schermerhorn Hall at Columbia University