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Japan, Spies and the Roman Empire

Japan, Spies and the Roman Empire

February 17, 2015

Research into a Hollywood-based Jewish spy ring is one of three USC Dornsife faculty research projects that have been honored with a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant for the academic year 2015 to 2016. Steven…

Founded in 1971, Pacific Asia Museum has a collection of more than 17,000 items from across Asia and the Pacific Islands. Photo courtesy of the USC Pacific Asia Museum.

Exhibiting Asia

January 26, 2015

In the first major event since USC joined forces with the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena, California, a two-day international symposium took place exploring a range of topics related to Asian art collections worldwide. The…

This is how a mural in the Palace of the Jaguars would have appeared at the height of the ancient Mexican city, Teotihuacan. Illustration by artist Felipe Davalos, courtesy of Justin Underhill.

Art’s Digital Revolution

December 16, 2014

Faded murals line the walls of the Palace of the Jaguars in Teotihuacan in the Valley of Mexico. But centuries ago, the jaguars glistened — illuminated only by natural sunlight — steeped in vibrant reds, blues,…

At the David Zwirner Gallery in Chelsea, New York, Maymester art history course student Matthew Solomon visits the show, “No Problem: Cologne/New York 1984-1989.” Photos courtesy of Suzanne Hudson.

Sweet Trip

August 27, 2014

In the abandoned Domino Sugar Refinery on the Brooklyn waterfront — an iconic New York landmark — a monumental sphinxlike sculpture made of white sugar gazed out impassively over the East River. This…

USC Dornsife’s Sonya Lee, an expert on ancient cave temples and researcher in the emerging field of eco-art history, has been awarded a three-year Mellon New Directions Fellowship to pursue specialized heritage conservation training.

Finding Light in a Cave

April 8, 2014

Sonya Lee became interested in cave temples in China when she was a teenager and has studied them extensively. Lee analyzes the architecture and artifacts found at these sites, many of which are more than a thousand years…

Susana Smith Bautista, a USC Dornsife alumna and Provost Fellow, pens a book giving social and cultural context of how arts organizations are using new technologies. Photo by Alexander Lopez.

Museums in the Digital Age

January 27, 2014

USC Dornsife alumna Susana Smith Bautista, a lecturer at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, has authored a new book about the changing roles of museums. Bautista, a Provost Fellow, received her master…

We See Snow Differently

We See Snow Differently

December 9, 2013

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Daniela Bleichmar, associate professor of art history and history at USC Dornsife, is the winner of the American Historical Association's 2013 Leo Gershoy Award for her book<em> Visible Empire</em>. Photo by Dietmar Quistorf.

A Picture’s Worth

November 11, 2013

Between 1777 and 1816, the Spanish crown funded five botanical expeditions to survey the flora of its immense imperial empire comprising much of the Americas, the Caribbean and the Philippines. At least 60 naturalists and…

USC Dornsife’s John Pollini (third from left) and some of his students at their excavation site in Ostia Antica, southwest of Rome, Italy. Photos courtesy of John Pollini.

They Dug Rome

November 7, 2013

Some 20 centuries ago, an ancient Roman was entombed in a mausoleum along the road leading to the sea. A countryside burial wasn’t unusual, since it was forbidden in Rome to bury bodies inside the city. What was odd is…

Students in the Maymester contemporary art course visited Jeff Koons’ <em>Gazing Ball</em> exhibition at the David Zwirner Gallery in New York City — one of many exhibits during their research trip. Photo courtesy of Art21.

Course is Work of Art

July 8, 2013

When Rocio Peña-Martinez walked into the David Zwirner Gallery in Chelsea on Manhattan’s Westside, her eyes followed the hand-blown, blue glass balls. Each ball balanced atop white plastic casts of classical…