History of Art and Architecture


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World picturing



tradition and modernity



Drew Armstrong

Gretchen Bender

Shirin Fozi

Jennifer Josten

Alison Langmead

Chris Nygren

Barbara McCloskey

Michelle McCoy

Tom Morton

Erin Peters

Kirk Savage

Terry Smith

Alex Taylor

Creativity frequently springs from the movement of people, ideas, and objects across frontiers and boundaries and into places deemed new, foreign, strange, or remote.  These encounters produce highly charged, often violent, contact zones, stimulating the desire to collect, to map, to trade, and to possess. We investigate the things that result from such encounters and the ways in which these things affect the people who make, recreate, and use them.    Areas of inquiry include exploration and enlightenment, pilgrimage, status goods and consumerism, the “biography” of objects, and cross-cultural fusion and resistance.