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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 […]

“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!” […]