Ph.D. Program in Art History

Art History

The Ph.D. Program in Art History at the CUNY Graduate Center is dedicated to the development of scholars, teachers, museum curators, art critics, and other arts professionals.
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Ph.D. Program in Art History

The Ph.D. Program in Art History at the CUNY Graduate Center is dedicated to the development of scholars, teachers, museum curators, art critics, and other arts professionals.

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Degree Offered

Ph.D. in Art History

Full-time

Admissions Deadlines

January 1 for fall enrollment
(No spring enrollment)

Founded in 1971, the Ph.D. Program in Art History at CUNY Graduate Center is one of the foremost programs of its kind in the United States. Dedicated to the development of scholars, teachers, museum curators, art critics, and other arts professionals, our program provides students with a general background in the history of art to prepare them to serve their discipline and their communities in all areas of cultural endeavor.

In Fall 2019, we were awarded a $650,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to fund New Initiatives in Curatorial Training, a five-year project in the Ph.D. Program in Art History that aims to enhance the diversity of curatorial training at the Graduate Center and ensure the sustainability of the initiative beyond the end of Mellon funding.

We are proud to have produced a robust network of alumni, many of whom hold senior positions at esteemed universities, museums, and cultural institutions across the country and abroad. For more information about our program, its faculty and students, as well as our alumni, please follow the links below.

Art History Announcements

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Nov 22, 2022
Book cover Pop Art and Beyond

Mona Hadler's new book reviewed in Women's Art Journal

Congrats to Professor Mona Hadler who co-edited, Pop Art and Beyond: Gender, Race, and Class in the Global Sixties with Kalliopi Minioudaki (Bloomsbury, 2022). Woman's Art Journal touted it as a "marvelous snapshot of the global sixties." See the review here.

 

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Nov 10, 2022

Most recent issue of October has article by Alum Arnaud Gerspacher

Kudos to alum Arnaud Gerspacher (Ph.D. 2017), who has a new article out in the journal October In Zoonotic Undemocracy (2022:181, 61-92),  Gerspacher "argues for the urgency of re-thinking politics from a posthumanist perspective, one that considers the impact of environmental harm caused by the uses of nonhuman animals."  He examines a film by Wilson Coutinho and the work of conceptual artist Cildo Meireles, the subject of Coutinho's film. Already in the 1970s, they addressed environmental issues  - global warming, biodiversity loss, racist food politics, and zoonotic illnesses. Gerspacher analyzes the role of nonhuman animals in the context of environmental politics in Brazil, and beyond.

 

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Nov 2, 2022
Book Cover for Arte Programmata by Lindsay Caplan

Alumna Lindsay Caplan explores postwar Italy in new book

Alumna Lindsay Caplan (Ph.D. 2017) publishes Arte Programmata: Freedom, Control, and the Computer in 1960s Italy which showcases a group of visionary artists who used emerging computer technologies in the context of the Cold War in Italy.  Now Assistant Professor at Brown University in the Department of Art and Architecture, Caplan's research and publications focus on the intersection of technology, politics and Art History. This is her first book. 

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Nov 2, 2022
Book cover of The Letters of Rosemary and Bernadette Meyer 1976-1980

Gillian Sneed (Ph.D. 2019) co-authors new book of letters

Gillian Sneed (Ph.D. 2019) co-edits (with Marie Walsh) new book exploring the correspondence between artist, Rosemary Mayer, and poet, Bernadette Mayer.  Conceptual art, Postminimalism, and the New York School, in addition to Feminism are all explored in this volume. Sneed is Assistant Professor of Art History at The School of Art and Design at San Diego State University.  She specializes in 20th- and 21st-century feminist art histories in the Americas, especially Brazil. 

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Prof. Claire Bishop’s Fall 2021 Performing Research seminar did a Moving Rasas workshop with Andrew Suseno in Hudson River Park.

Our Program

Our doctoral program provides students with a general background in the history of art to prepare them to serve their discipline and their communities in all areas of cultural endeavor. Courses given at the Graduate Center cover the broad spectrum of the history of art; courses given at the senior colleges in their master’s degree programs are also open to doctoral students, as are courses given at universities within the Interuniversity Doctoral Consortium.

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Faculty

The doctoral faculty consists of professors drawn from the Graduate Center and from the CUNY senior colleges. Courses given at the Graduate Center cover the broad spectrum of the history of art; courses given at the senior colleges in their master’s degree programs are also open to doctoral students, as are courses given at universities within the Interuniversity Doctoral Consortium.

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Student Highlights

Find out more about our current doctoral students, their research interests, academic accomplishments, and professional careers. We work closely with our students to assist them with professional placement upon graduation. Many of our graduates hold prominent positions at cultural and educational institutions in the U.S. and abroad.

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Program News

Sep 19, 2022

Meet the 2022 Teaching and Mentoring Award Winners

Congratulations to Professors Abhijit Champanerkar, Anna Indych-Lopez, and Barbara Katz Rothman, and to students and recent graduates Filip Bergabo, Cristina Pardo Porto, and Karyna Pryiomka.

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Aug 29, 2022

Advice for Thriving at the Graduate Center

These recent graduates and current students give their tips to those who are just starting their graduate school journey.

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Students participate in a Risograph workshop on Governor’s Island (and created a zine in class!) in the Fall 2021

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Jennifer Ball

Executive Officer and Professor, Art History; Professor, Medieval Studies

Marilyn Mercado

Assistant Program Officer, Art History