Art History Department

Kajri Jain Podcast: On art, religion, business, and the work of the imagination

Thursday, May 9, 2019

View to the U: An eye on UTM research is a podcast run by the Office of the Vice-Principal, Research, at the University of Toronto Mississauga campus.

In December 2018 the podcast featured an interview with Professor Kajri Jain about art, art history, and the importance of art and imagination in research and in today’s world.

To listen to the podcast, please click here:

A full transcript of the podcast is also available here:,Dec2018.pdf


Art History: Why Does It Matter? (Alumni Week Event)

Friday, May 3, 2019

With the Unviersity of Tornto’s Alumni Reunion fast approaching we would like to remind everyone of the department’s 2019 Alumni Reunion Week Event: Art History: Why Does It Matter?

Friday, May 31, 2019
9:00 AM – 3:15 PM
Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle

We invite all current and prospective students, post-doctoral fellows, faculty, and alumni to attend a day of discussion and deliberation.

Organized by The Graduate Union of Students of Art, with support from the Student Initiative Fund and the Department of Art History, this one-day event with lectures, workshops, and panel discussions with faculty members, alumni, postdocs, and current students will answer questions such as “Why does art history matter?”, “How is an education in art relevant to my current studies?”, and “What can I do after graduation with an art history degree?” and more! The event is accompanied by an exhibition of both visual and literary works that respond to the nature of art.

For the full schedule, a list of speakers, and to register, please visit the event page:

Registration is free!

For a list of all events offered during the 2019 Alumni Reunion, please click here.



Prof. Mark Cheetham featured in Arts & Science News

Wednesday, May 1, 2019


Photo credit: Diana Tyszko

Professor Mark A. Cheetham was recently featured in the University’s Arts & Science News discussing some of his upcoming work as a faculty fellow at the Jackman Humanities Institute.

Professor Cheetham’s project, Weather as Matter and Metaphor, addresses the coeval familiarity and foreignness of the weather through two linked investigations in the visual arts.

To read the full Arts & Science News article, “Weather watch: art historian Mark Cheetham explores representations of climate, land and ecology,” please click here.

Alumna Sara Angel featured in the Toronto Star

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

In a recent Toronto Star article, alumna Sara Angel (MA 2009, PhD 2017) discusses the organization she founded, the Art Canada Institute, and its digital-to-print project converting publications from the Canadian Online Art Project into hardcopy books.

“The goal [of the Art Canada Institute] was always to publish digitally, simply because we wanted Canadian art to be accessible to anyone regardless of their proximity to a bricks-and-mortar museum … But what ended up happening is a lot of people asking if there were print editions of books available, and we came to the decision that we really are living in a multi-platform world right now and that we would start releasing print versions of the digital content online.”

To read the full Toronto Star article, please click here.

To browse the list of ACI print books available for purchase and review the upcoming titles, please visit

To learn more about the Art Canada Institute and its initiatives, please visit its website at


Prof. Joseph Clarke in The Globe and Mail

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Photo by Hannah Reding (Unsplash)

Professor Joseph L. Clarke recently published a special opinion piece in The Globe and Mail discussing the reconstruction of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris.

On April 15, 2019, a fire broke out beneath the roof of the Cathedral resulting in the collapse of the building’s spire and severe damage to the building’s interior, walls, and windows. More than 900 million Euros have been pledged so far to assist in the reconstruction of the historic building. Prof. Clarke discusses the technical, artistic, and political aspects that reconstruction may entail citing examples such as Chartres Cathedral in Paris, St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, and the World Trade Center in the United States.

To read Prof. Clarke’s column, please click here.

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