Art History News

  • SEPTEMBER 2013

  • Joining us in Fall 2014! The Department of Art History welcomes Professor Amy Ogata!


    Amy F. Ogata's research explores the history of modern European and American architecture, design and material culture. Her most recent book is Designing the Creative Child: Playthings and

    Amy OgataPlaces in Midcentury America (Minnesota, 2013). Historicizing the idea of childhood creativity, she shows how material goods such as toys, playrooms, playgrounds, books, schools, and even museums produced for the American baby boom participated actively in forming the notion of the creative child after World War II. A short book on the British toy and graphic designer Fredun Shapur will appear in late 2013, and a co-edited volume accompanying a traveling exhibition on Swedish Wooden Toys will be published in 2014. Her first book was on architecture and design in turn-of-the-century Belgium, Art Nouveau and the Social Vision of Modern Living: Belgian Artists in a European Context (Cambridge, 2001). Ogata is currently working on a study of metal and the metallic in Second Empire France. She has received grants from the Wyeth Foundation, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, the American Association of University Women, the Smithsonian Institution, the Spencer Foundation, the Belgian-American Foundation, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

  • AHIS Event: Oct 2, "From Scholar to Author" faculty book panel

    Last year the Art History faculty published a record number of books. To celebrate and discuss the intellectual and logistical challenges of book publishing, please join us for a conversation with John Pollini, author of From Republic to Empire: Rhetoric, Religion, and Power in the Visual Culture of Ancient Rome, Sean Roberts, author of Printing a Mediterranean World: Florence, Constantinople, and the Renaissance of Geography, and Suzanne Hudson, co-editor of Contemporary Art: 1989 to the Present. 

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  • Virginia Moon, Appointed Curator of Korean Art at LACMA

    Virginia Moon, was recently appointed Assistant Curator of Korean Art in the Department of Chinese and Korean Art at LACMA. This is a prestigious appointment, for LACMA has close ties to the National Museum of Korea (the premier state museum and cultural institution in South Korea) and has mounted landmark exhibitions of Korean art in the past several decades. 

  • OCTOBER 2013

  • Hearst Castle Trip (Spring 2013)

    Last spring Professor Pollini taught an Art History seminar on “Roman Villa Culture and Domestic Display,” which included field trips to the Getty Villa-Museum in Malibu and a memorable four-hour guided tour of the Hearst Castle in San Simeon. The Hearst Castle, which has a collection of classical antiquities, follows in the ancient Roman tradition of elegant country villa living on an ostentatious scale.  


     hearst Castle

     Prof. John Pollini and graduate students at Hearst Castle’s “Greek Pool” in San Simeon, California: Lower left to right: Yoonah Hwang, Ambra Spinelli, Christian Lehmann, Rachel Amato, Lida Sunderland; Upper left to right: Tom Sapsford, John Pollini, Christopher McGeorg, Sarah Yeomans, Lauren Dodds


  • Congratulations to Daniela Bleichmar for The American Historical Association's 2013 Leo Gershow Award

    Please join the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute in congratulating Daniela Bleichmar, former EMSI Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow (2004-2006), EMSI Faculty Fellow (2012-2013), and current Associate Professor of Art History and History at USC, for receiving The American Historical Association's 2013 Leo Gershow Award.

  • NOVEMBER 2013

  • Memorial Service for Karin Higa

    A memorial service for Karin Higa, Art History PhD candidate, to be held at the Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum on Sunday, December 8th at 2pm.

  • MAY 2014

    • Katherine Wells has accepted a tenure-track position at the University of Madison-Milwaukee
    • Thomas O'Leary was awarded tenure and now serves as department chair of Art History at Saddleback College
    • Jennifer Reynolds-Kaye has a postdoctoral fellowship at the Yale University Art Gallery
    • Priyanka Basu has a postdoctoral fellowship at Scripps College.
    • Ellen Dooley has been awarded a predoctoral Early Modern Studies Institute Fellowship
    • Sarah Goodrum has been awarded a one-year dissertation completion fellowship from the Association of American University Women
    • Sean Nelson will be continuing his fellowship at the Max-Plank Institut in Florence in the fall and has received an Early Modern Studies Institute Fellowship for the spring
    • Brendan McMahon has won a Fulbright award to Mexico and the 2-year Andrew W. Mellon Pre-doctoral Fellowship from the Center for Advanced Study of the Visual Art (CASVA)
    • Elizabeth Murphy has won a year-long Research Fellowship at the Georgia O'Keeffe Center in Santa Fe
    • Megan Mastroianni has received a Russell Endowed Advanced Year Fellowship