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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 caa.reviews 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 Smarthistory.org debuted in 2007, it […]

Dr. Lauren Kilroy-Ewbank and Dr. Beth Harris at the Templo Mayor, Mexico City

How do we create a field of Public Art History?—by Dr. Lauren Kilroy-Ewbank, Pepperdine University

Many thanks to Dr. Lauren Kilroy-Ewbank for this post. Lauren is Associate Professor of Art History at Pepperdine University, as well as Smarthistory’s Contributing Editor for Latin American Colonial and Native American/First Nation Art, a contributor to Smarthistory’s Precolumbian art resources, and a member of the Smarthistory board. You can read the original post on her […]

Robert Smithson, Spiral Jetty, 1970, Great Salt Lake, Utah

AP AH & Smarthistory meet 1 year on—by Dr. Esperança Camara

Many thanks to Esperança Camara, Associate Professor of Art History, University of Saint Francis and Smarthistory’s Contributing Editor for Mannerist and Baroque Art, for this post about our meeting with the AP Art History Teachers on the occasion of the first grading session of the new AP Art History curriculum. It was an unusual scene. In Salt Lake City last […]

Using SmartHistory to Generate Good Conversations in the Art History Survey —by Karen Gonzalez Rice, Connecticut College

Smarthistory has contributed to the transformation of student engagement in my Renaissance-to-the-Present survey classroom. For many students, this survey may be the only art history course that they take in college, and my most important learning goal is that they leave the course with the ability to talk about unfamiliar artworks they encounter outside the […]

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 […]