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"We want undergraduates, graduates and colleagues not to take their visual surroundings for granted. And to think intelligently and questioningly about what use we make of images. And, in a sense, the use that images make of us." - Kate Flint, Provost Professor of English and Art History, leader of the USC Dornsife 2020 research cluster “Seeing 20/20: The USC Visual Studies Research Institute.”

The Future...Not What It Used to Be

January 31, 2012

A New American Narrative The year is 2042. If you are white and living in the United States, you are a minority, according to Census Bureau projections. “By 2042, the U.S. is going to look completely different in terms…

Illustration by Joel Kimmel

First-Year Investigations: Brendan Dugan

November 3, 2011

Brendan DuganSummit, New JerseyMathematics As others may rush by abstract paintings, Brendan Dugan methodically observes the seemingly nonsensical swirling lines and bold dots on display. Abstract art reminds the 18-year-old…

Téa Obreht, who graduated from USC Dornsife in 2006 with degrees in creative writing and art history, is the youngest winner of the Orange Prize for fiction for her first novel <em>The Tiger's Wife</em>. Portrait photo by Beowulf Sheehan.

An Unforgettable Year

September 14, 2011

The past year has been a whirlwind for Téa Obreht. The USC Dornsife alumna was named one of The New Yorker’s “20 Under 40” and selected as one of the “5 Under 35” by the National Book…

MOCA Director Jeffrey Deitch (left) gives a tour of "Art in the Streets" recently to Richard Meyer, associate professor of art history in USC Dornsife (middle in black tie) and his undergraduate students in his course, "Culture Wars: Art and Social Conflict, 1900 — the present." Photo by Michelle Salzman.

Naked Hollywood

May 25, 2011

In 1951, when bombshell actress Jayne Mansfield publicly dropped the top of her dress, the photographer Arthur Fellig, also known as “Weegee the famous,” was there to capture the moment on film. The caption to…

The "Dart Aphrodite," a Greco-Roman marble sculpture, dates between 100 B.C. and 100 A.D.

"Dart Aphrodite" Comes to USC

April 22, 2011

In November of 2010, the University of Southern California received a rare and beautiful ancient marble head of the Goddess of Love, Aphrodite, or Venus as the ancient Romans called her. When I was Dean of the School of Fine…

Organizer Sonya Lee of art history and East Asian languages and cultures in USC College gives opening remarks at the Kucha symposium. Photo credit Kristine Tanton.

Kucha and the Silk Road

November 18, 2010

Scholars from the United States and Europe met at USC recently to discuss topics related to Kucha, an ancient Buddhist kingdom along the Silk Road. Located in what is now the westernmost part of China, Kucha was once a major…

USC College professor John Pollini (back row, center) and a team of students excavate a site at the ancient Roman port town Ostia Antica.

Summer Excavation Class at Ostia Antica, the Port of Ancient Rome

September 13, 2010

This past summer, John Pollini, professor of classical art and archaeology in art history in USC College, led 11 students on an excavation at Ostia Antica, the important port town of ancient Rome and the third best preserved…

Amy Von Lintel, who graduated from USC College with a Ph.D. in art history in May, has accepted a position as assistant professor of art history at West Texas A&M University. Photo credit Laurie Moore.

Classics Meet Cadillacs

June 28, 2010

Amy Von Lintel believes art history goes beyond what hangs on the walls of museums, or what fills the pages of textbooks. The field is alive, constantly changing, and much closer to home than you might think. Beginning this…

USC College's Jason Goldman, a Ph.D. student of art history, earns a Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Dissertation Fellowship to help him complete his unique dissertation on the private works of postwar American artists. Photo credit Allison Doyle.

A Private Eye for Art

June 11, 2010

Norman Rockwell pieces, these aren't. But that's why they intrigue Jason Goldman, a USC College Ph.D. student of art history. Goldman is rarely interested in what he refers to as the "masterpieces." His tastes tend toward…

In her new post as editor-in-chief of art history's most prestigious national journal, <em>The Art Bulletin</em>, Karen Lang, associate professor of art history in USC College, will introduce several new features to the 97-year-old publication. John Pollini, professor of art history and history in the College, has been named Martha Sharp Joukowsky Lecturer for the 2012-13 academic year. Lang photo credit Flora Lang. Pollini photo credit Phyllis Pollini.

The Picassos of Art History

May 11, 2010

Since its founding in 1913, The Art Bulletin has for the first time tapped a West Coast scholar to lead art history's premiere journal in the English language. That scholar is USC College's Karen Lang, associate professor of…