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Skidmore College
Art History


Spring 2024 events: 

On May 1st at 10:30 in Filene 119, Art History students presented their academic work in the "Art History in Action" Academic Festival panel. Art History students explored a range of critical issues including the ways in which visual cultures engage with contemporary concerns and can be utilized to advocate for change. Their projects contribute to conversations centered on decolonial praxis, reimagining museum displays and experiences, and the disciplinary marginalization of artworks due to “non-western” and "decorative" designations. Presentations included case studies from ancient Mesoamerica to modern South Asia, and from ceramics to storage boxes to repurposed textiles. Some projects interrogated the biases and social inequities that informed historical artworks by re-imagining the works in relation to students' own values and experiences.


A faculty panel, "Multidisciplinary Legacies and Contemporary Resonances of Edward Said: Skidmore Scholars Weigh in on his Contributions," will be held on April 16th. This panel will discuss Edward Said, a Palestinian-American scholar & activist whose landmark work, Orientalism (1978), forever reshaped conversations about power, culture, and representations of the "other." Pushi Prasad (Business/IA), Murat Yildiz (History), Sandamini Ranwalage (English), and Saleema Waraich (Art History) - will be speaking about the influence of Said's work in our respective disciplines. This event will begin at 6.30pm after a reception that will begin at 6pm. 

On March 7th at 6 pm in Davis Auditorium, please join us for a screening of LYD, a sci-fi documentary that tells a story of a city that once connected Palestine ot the world - what it once was, what it is now, and what it could become. After the screening, there will be a Q and A with the film’s directors Rami Younis and Sarah Ema Friedland, moderated by Professor Saleema Waraich. Registration is required.

Art History Exploremore was on February 20th at 6pm in Filene 115. This event allows prospective majors and minors to learn more about the department from faculty and student representatives. 

Professor Erin Giffin's "Retracing the Home of Mary: Replicas of the Santa Casa di Loreto" lecture on February 13th in Emerson Auditorium at 6pm tracked the evolution of two- and three- dimensional recreations of the Santa Casa of the Virgin Mary, a relic structure that supposedly flew with the assistance of angels from the Holy Land to eastern Italy in the late - thirteenth century. 


Additionally, please browse our lists of past lectures by visiting speakers and department faculty.