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Théodore Géricault, The Raft of the Medusa, oil on canvas, 1819 (Musée du Louvre, photo: Dr. Steven Zucker)

Smarthistory: bringing art history to the world and the world to art history—by Dr. Nara Hohensee

This is the introduction to a four-part series of posts authored by Smarthistory’s Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Naraelle Hohensee. The rest of the series will appear on this site over the following week. “What’s visible becomes thinkable, and what’s thinkable becomes doable.” —Timothy Snyder In 2003, when Colin Powell went to the United […]

Robert Smithson, Spiral Jetty, 1970 (Great Salt Lake, Utah) (photo: Dr. Steven Zucker) ©Holt-Smithson Foundation

Smarthistory: shifting the boundaries and possibilities of art history scholarship—By Michelle Millar Fisher

An edited version of this article appeared in on May 23, 2018. Our thanks to author Michelle Millar Fisher for allowing us to publish the complete text. Fisher is currently the Louis C. Madeira IV Assistant Curator of European Decorative Arts and Design at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. When debuted in 2007, it […]

Coëtivy Master, Philosophy Presenting the Seven Liberal Arts to Boethius, c. 1460-75, Tempera colors, gold leaf, and gold paint on parchment, 17 x 6 cm (The J. Paul Getty Museum)

The Humanities “Crisis”—are museums and higher education doing all they can?

The preservation, transmission, and advancement of knowledge in the digital age are promoted by the unencumbered use and reuse of digitized content for research, teaching, learning, and creative activities. —Memo on open access to digital representations of works in the public domain from museum, library, and archive collections, Yale University, 2011 This blunt (and for […]

“Can I Use This?” How Museum and Library Image Policies Undermine Education

Is the discipline of art history (together with museums and libraries) squandering the digital revolution? We’re not the only ones with this concern. Just last week James Cuno wrote a short article, “How Art History is Failing the Internet” and WIlliam Noel tweeted, “Calling on all other great libraries; follow @britishlibrary‘s example. Free your images!” […]

Zaha Hadid, MAXXI National Museum of XXI Century Arts, 1998 - 2009 (opened 2010), Via Guido Reni, Rome.

Museums and Open Education

As we rethink the factory-style model of education in our schools (students learning in a group at a standardized pace) empowered by the powerful technologies now at our disposal, we will naturally also think of  ways to better support the educational missions of museums. Some recent discussions The thoughts below were inspired by a number […]