Art History

Art History


In Art History, we study the realm of visual communication, from the canon of Western art to architecture, photography, popular culture, and the arts of non-Western societies. Our material ranges from the prehistoric period to the present day. We aim to instill in our students not only a historical framework for understanding imagery, but also a methodological awareness of the multiple possibilities for interpreting art and other visual phenomena.

The History and Theory of Architecture program explores the history, meaning and social significance of the built environment, and how it both reflects and shapes human circumstances, needs and aspirations. We also study the theoretical foundations of architectural movements ranging from Antiquity to the present day. In addition to extensive courses in Art History, courses are offered through other departments and faculties. An Honours and General program are offered. More about the HTA program.

All units in the School for Studies in Art and Culture (SSAC) have graduate programs at the Masters level  (for more information about the Art History MA please click here). As well, most full-time faculty members in the SSAC can supervise PhD dissertations through the Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture (ICSLAC). Please visit the ICSLAC site for further information.

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In an earlier blog, I mentioned that the Byzantine section of my medieval course gives me a chance to talk about some truly amazing architecture. Perhaps the most amazing of all is the church dedicated to “Holy Wisdom” – the Hagia Sophia – built in Constantinople (now Istanbul) between 532... More

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015 in HTA Super Blog Feed for all posts filed under HTA Super Blog

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AH student publishes article on the Rideau Chapel

Art History student Sarah Fox publishes article on the National Gallery’s reconstruction of the Rideau Chapel in the Lowertown/Basseville News! The article appears on page 12 of the edition available at: More

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Culture Hub Workshop

Indigenizing the Gallery There will be a round-table discussion on Friday, February 27th from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM at the Carleton University Art Gallery in St. Patrick’s Building. Please join us, admission is free and a small reception will follow. Special guests include: Greg Hill and Christine... More

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Looking Closely

On March 3, my friend and colleague Malcolm Thurlby will be visiting Carleton to give an HTA guest lecture on Durham Cathedral. I’m really looking forward to this, partly because Malcolm’s a great lecturer and Durham’s a great building, and partly because it will be a case study in something... More

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Friends of Art History March Meeting

Americanization of a Small Nation Film Culture? The Case of Tancred Ibsen and Norway by Gunnar Iversen, Professor, Film and Media Studies, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and Visiting Scholar, SSAC, Carleton University. Friday, March 13, 2:30 p.m., 412 St. Patrick’s Building. Full... More

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015 in Events Feed for all posts filed under Events

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Last weekend, I was among the very lucky people who attended Michael Windover’s symposium, Art Deco in Context: Cosmopolitanism, Class, and Culture between the Wars. It was a truly wonderful event, with a blend of excellent papers from international scholars, hands-on workshops with fascinating... More

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Was Deco Global?

A workshop on Multiple Modernities With Special Guests: Swati Chattopadhyay, History of Art and Architecture, University of California, Santa Barbara; Bridget Elliott, Department of Visual Arts, Western University; Tag Gronberg, Department of History of Art, Birkbeck University of London. February... More

Friday, February 6th, 2015 in Events Feed for all posts filed under Events

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