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)

Upcoming Event

CUNY Byzantinists Roundtable

Friday, February 10, 2023

4:00 pm

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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Dec 19, 2022

Naiomy Guerrero accepted to a Museum Professionals Program at the Studio Museum

A round of applause goes to Naiomy Guerrero who was accepted to the Winter 2023 Museum Professionals Seminar at The Studio Museum in Harlem. The seminar is comprised of a series of workshops designed for emerging museum professionals to "incubate and ideate" their ideas.  Congrats to Naiomy!

 

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Dec 15, 2022
5 sculptures in a gallery by Geles Cabrera

Congrats to Tie Jojima for making the New York Times Best Art Books of 2022!

Ph.D. candidate Tie Jojima co-curated (with Rachel Remick and Aimé Iglesias Lukin) an exhibition of Mexican sculptor, Geles Cabrera. Geles Cabrera: Museo Escultórico was on view at the Americas Society this summer. An accompanying book of the same title was co-edited by Jojima.  She authored an essay on the interrelation between dance, affect, and Mexico city in Cabrera’s sculptural practice and wrote the artist’s chronology.  The New York Times has just recognized this book as one of the Best Art Books of 2022!  

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Nov 22, 2022
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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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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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Maura McCreight Art History - Photographic Archives of the Algerian War of Independence

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

Jan 9, 2023

The Art of the Ukraine War

An exhibition of Ukrainian contemporary art in the Graduate Center’s James Gallery spotlights the human and cultural stakes of the war in Ukraine.

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Program Events

Friday, February 10, 2023

CUNY Byzantinists Roundtable

Featuring CUNY faculty experts Jennifer Ball, Christina Christoforatou, Eric Ivison and Warren Woodfin

4:00 pm

3408: Art History Student Lounge

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