The Department of History of Art and Architecture is committed to exploring how the world has been imagined in visual form and how that world has been constructed in objects, spaces, and environments. We believe that by investigating the purposes and meanings of these cultural products, shaped and reshaped over time, we better understand ourselves and each other.

Our department’s faculty has special strengths in the areas of East Asian art and archaeology, medieval to early modern European art/architecture, and modern and contemporary art/architecture across the globe. At the same time we share a common intellectual commitment to connect these strengths to each other and to transcultural concerns, such as ritual and power; hierarchies of race, ethnicity, and gender; vision and knowledge; nationalism and capitalism; and the relationship between visual and textual narratives.

In pursuit of our mission: