Art History Department

Prof. Joseph Clarke in The Globe and Mail

Thursday, April 18, 2019

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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.

Prof. Adam S. Cohen featured on local radio

Friday, April 5, 2019

The Department of Art History’s Professor Adam Cohen was recently featured on two local radio stations, Classical 96.3 and ZoomerRadio 96.7, discussing his new book, Signs and Wonders: 100 Haggada Masterpieces (Toby Press, 2018). Focusing on examples from the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Modern period and contemporary times, the book reproduces pictures in full colour, alongside short descriptions that explore the meaning of the imagery, the achievement of the artist, and the larger context in which the book was produced.

To listen to Professor Cohen’s interviews, click on the links below:




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

Thursday, April 4, 2019


The Graduate Union of Students of Art, with support from the Student Initiative Fund and the Department of Art History, is pleased to present our 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.

Why does art history matter? How is an education in art relevant to my current studies? What can I do after graduation with an art history degree? This one-day event with lectures, workshops, and panel discussions with faculty members, alumni, postdocs, and current students will answer these questions and more. The event is accompanied by an exhibition of both visual and literary works that respond to the nature of art.


9:00 AM Registration and Breakfast

9:30 AM Introductory Remarks and Opening Address

10:30 AM Breakout Sessions I

  • Option I.1 Research and Educational Institutions
  • Option I.2 Private and Corporate Collecting
  • Option I.3 Information, Engagement, and Outreach

12:00 PM Lunch and Roundtable Discussion (Why does art history matter and what is the future of art history?)

2:00 PM Breakout Sessions II

  • Option II.1 Art Publication and Media
  • Option II.2 Public and Museum Curating and Management
  • Option II.3 Art Historians as Practicing Artists

Registration is free!

For more information on the event and to register, please visit the event page at

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

Alumnus John McQuillen featured in SGS Alumni News

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Alumnus John McQuillen (PhD 2012) was recently featured in the School of Graduate Studies’ eNews. In his position as Associate Curator, Printed Books and Bindings at The Morgan Library & Museum in New York City, John spoke to the BBC about the Morgan’s exhibition Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth.

The exhibition is the most extensive public display of original Tolkien material for several generations. Drawn from the collections of the Tolkien Archive at the Bodleian Library (Oxford), Marquette University Libraries (Milwaukee), the Morgan, and private lenders, the exhibition will include family photographs and memorabilia, Tolkien’s original illustrations, maps, draft manuscripts, and designs related to The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion.

To learn more about The Morgan Library & Museum, the exhibition, its operating hours and tours, please click here.

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