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Poster for The Globetrotting Chinese Shawl

Art History Association Inaugurates Programming for 2019-2020 on the theme "Art and Fashion" with talk, The Globetrotting Chinese Shawl

Our active, innovative student group, The Art History Association, inaugurates its programming on the theme, "Art and Fashion," for the 2019-2020 academic year, with a talk by Hunter College scholar, Tara Zanardi, entitled, “The Globetrotting Chinese Shawl: Embroidering Identity in Spain and the Americas.”

The mantón de Manila, an embroidered silk shawl made exclusively for export, traversed the globe from China to the Americas and Spain beginning in the late eighteenth century. The shawl was incorporated into Spanish, Mexican, and Peruvian female dress, and, by the 1830s, became a staple garment in nineteenth-century imagery, from paintings and prints to posters, postcards, and advertisements. As an object on the move, the Chinese shawl transformed sartorial customs in Spain and the Americas. That artists depicted female types wearing the mantón, highlighting it as fundamental to their visual construction, implicates this global traveler as a vital ingredient in the formation of women’s identity. As a material embodiment of cultural contact and global commerce, the mantón offers a rich opportunity to consider shifts in visual constructions of femininity and the complexities of modernity.

Tuesday, November 19th at 7 PM in the CSB Auditorium – Tara Zanardi of Hunter College

Free and Open to All.



Poster for Prof. Nancy Steinhardt of The University of Pennsylvania's Talk on The Borders of Chinese Architecture

Poster for The Borders of Chinese Architecture

Professor of Asian Art at UPenn to Speak on Chinese Architecture

Professor Nancy Steinhardt, Professor of Asian Art at the University of Pennsylvania will give a talk entitled, The Borders of Chinese Architecture. The talk is free and open to all and will be held, Wednesday, October 30 at 5 pm in Science Hall, Room 181.

Chinese architecture is found not only in China, Korea, Japan, and Mongolia, but much farther West. This lecture defines what a Chinese building is, investigating structures that look like Chinese buildings to explore why so many seem so similar. The subject is explored through a tomb structure found from Gansu to Korea, through paintings of Chinese buildings in tombs built for non Chinese occupants, and through a few decorative motifs that appear in murals and textiles across Asia.

Sponsored by the Art History Department and the Asian Studies Program, with generous financial support from Campus Auxiliary Services.

If you have accessibility questions or require accommodations to fully participate in this event, please contact the event organizer Elizabeth Brotherton at brothere@newpaltz.edu prior to the event.


Professor Keely Heuer

Art History professor discusses ancient Greek ceramics on “Academic Minute”

August 22, 2018

Assistant Professor Keely Heuer was the latest SUNY New Paltz faculty member to share her research and insight with national radio audiences on the syndicated program, “The Academic Minute.”

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Professor Reva Wolf

Professor Reva Wolf Awarded CASVA Fellowship

Reva Wolf has been awarded the Ailsa Mellon Bruce Visiting Senior Fellowship from the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. The two-month residential fellowship includes housing, office space and support, and a $7000 stipend. Professor Wolf will be in residence at CASVA between June 15 and August 15, 2017, where she will work on her ongoing project about Francisco de Goya and Freemasonry.


Prof. Hugo Munsterberg 1916-1995

2017 Art History Association Symposium on African Art

The Art History Department is delighted to present the Media Site recording of the Art History Association's 2017 Spring Symposium, Studies in African Art: A Symposium Commemorating Hugo Munsterberg's Legacy. We hope that anyone who was not able to attend the event, including the many art and art history alumni who were influenced by and remember Dr. Munsterberg fondly, will enjoy these interesting talks, coordinated with the speakers' PowerPoint slides.

Featured are opening remarks by Professor Emerita Jaimee Uhlenbrock and talks by alumna, Dr. Christine Mullen Kreamer, and Dr. Ikem Okoye of the University of Delaware. Click this link and Media Site will open the event recording in a new window.


Speakers for the AHA 2017 Symposium, Studies in African Art, pose with the plaque honoring the founder of the Art History department, Dr. Hugo Munsterberg, installed in the Art History Visual Resources Study Room, SAB 106C. Photo by Katie Gantley

Dr. Ikem Okoye & Dr. Christine Mullen Kreamer '75 flank plaque honoring Dr. Munsterberg photo: Katie Gantley

Art History Department honors founder at African Art symposium

May 3, 2017

The Art History Association at SUNY New Paltz held its marquee spring event, “Studies in African Art: a Symposium Commemorating Hugo Munsterberg’s Legacy,” on April 6.

The event was the culmination of a year-long programming cycle commemorating the centennial of Hugo Munsterberg (1916-1995), who founded the Art History department and taught courses on world art during the 1950s, ‘60s and ’70s.

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Hugo Munsterberg c. 1975

Alumni Invited to AHA Symposium Honoring Hugo Munsterberg

March 17, 2017

The Art History Department is pleased to announce the Art History Association’s spring event, “A Symposium Commemorating Hugo Munsterberg's Legacy.”  This event culminates a yearlong celebration of the life of Dr. Hugo Munsterberg (1916-1995), founder of the Art History Department at SUNY New Paltz, on the 100th anniversary of his birth.  Many of you will remember Dr. Munsterberg whose classes on Asian art (his specialty) and World art are legendary.  He taught Art History at New Paltz from 1958 to 1978.

The symposium will take place on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 7 pm in the Coykendall Science Building Auditorium...

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Professor Emeritus Rhoads participates in Carl Walters panel discussion

Art History Professor Emeritus Gives Talk at Walters Panel Discussion

March 11, 2017

Professor Emeritus William B. Rhoads spoke today in a panel for the Dorsky Museum on Carl Walters, held in the Student Union Building, room 62/63. His subject was the ceramic artist's connection to Maverick-Woodstock Architecture.

Other panelists included Tom Folk, Caroline Hannah, Martin Eidelberg, moderated by exhibition curator, Tom Wolf. The discussion was followed by a brief tour of the exhibition Carl Walters and Woodstock Ceramic Arts, led by Tom Wolf.


Art History Museum Studies Students Involved in Lonnie Schlein Photography Show

February 23, 2017

by Sam Manzella, The New Paltz Oracle

Photojournalist Lonnie Schlein worked as a photo editor at The New York Times for over 35 years, including a tenure as photo editor of the newspaper’s “A Nation Challenged” section in the months following the September 2001 terrorist attacks.

Now, the former photo editor resides in Cuddebackville, New York with his family and photographs heartbreaking social issues on volunteer trips around the world. Schlein’s work is taking center stage in this month’s exhibition at Roost Studios in New Paltz, with a little help from art history students at SUNY New Paltz...

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Roost on Main: College forging new partnerships with village art gallery

February 23, 2017

A new artists’ collective in the heart of downtown New Paltz is emerging as a focal point of creative activity in the region, and students at SUNY New Paltz are taking notice.

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Alumnus listens to Prof. Elizabeth Brotherton discuss the scholarship and teaching of Art History Department found, Dr. Hugo Munsterberg

Art History Alumni Fondly Recall Dr. Hugo Munsterberg

October 15, 2016

by Melanie Zerah, The New Paltz Oracle, posted October 20, 2016

A small, pleasantly-lit room in the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art welcomed passionate alumni brimming with stories to share of the late Hugo Munsterberg, Professor Emeritus of Art History at the SUNY New Paltz from 1958-1979.

On Oct. 15 at 3 p.m., Associate Professor of the Department of Art History Elizabeth Brotherton facilitated a discussion for SUNY New Paltz alumni proceeding the gallery talk, “All Excess Stripped Away: Donations to the Dorsky Museum by Hugo Munsterberg.”

The intimate event was held in the seminar room of the Dorsky, where approximately 20 alumni gathered for some well-described nostalgia.

Brotherton began the discussion by introducing a subject many art historians debate upon: What is a better way of viewing art: through a generalist or formalist lens?

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Hudson Hewn: New York Furniture Now

Saturday, April 16, 2016 - Sunday, August 14, 2016
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Boscobel House & Gardens
Garrison, NY

SUNY New Paltz Art History adjunct, Jennifer Carlquist, organized this special exhibition at Boscobel House and Gardens, where she works as Curator.

Hudson Hewn: New York Furniture Now "explores the dynamic and ongoing tradition of making furniture in the Hudson Valley." The recent work will be incorporated "in period interiors throughout the 1804-08 mansion," renowned for its permanent collection of ca. 1810-1820 New York furniture by Duncan Phyfe and his contemporaries.

Read more at the Boscobel Site...

Michael Robbins, “Wickson” chair, 2015, lent by Michael Robbins 
Photo: Robert Penner Photography


Andy Warhol at the Factory, slide from James Warhola talk, Warhola to Warhol

Warhola Talk Available Now on Media Site

April 15, 2016

On Thursday, April 14, noted author and illustrator, James Warhola, shared his wonderful stories and personal insights about his uncle, Pop Art artist Andy Warhol. The talk was organized by Warhol scholar, Art History Professor Reva Wolf.

Mr. Warhola graciously spent time speaking with students, faculty and community members who stayed for refreshments, signing copies of his books Uncle Andy's Cats and Uncle Andy's: A Faabbbulous Visit with Andy Warhol. To view the talk in its entirety, go to Media Site.


James Warhola, author and illustrator

From Warhola to Warhol

Thursday, April 14, at 5 p.m.

Coykendall Science Building Auditorium

Mr. Warhola will talk about his uncle, Andy Warhol. This event is free and open to all. Co-sponsored by the Art History Association and generously supported by Campus Auxiliary Services.


Art History and FUEL sponsors master class and lecture on ancient figurine puppetry

March 16, 2016

The SUNY New Paltz School of Fine & Performing Art has launched a new FUEL Guest Artist and Scholar Fund, with a mission of connecting students, alumni, faculty, staff and local community members with working artists and experts for on-campus events.


The Greeks in Ancient Italy: Academic Orientation

March 10, 2016

Professor Keely Heuer recently hosted an academic orientation for her Summer 2016 On-Site Studies in Art History Abroad course, The Greeks in Ancient Italy.
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