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Over October recess, students in the fall 2018 graduate seminar “The Painting of Modern Life” traveled to Vienna for a study trip centered on the Pieter Bruegel the Elder retrospective held at the Kunsthistorisches Museum. The course, led by Professor Marisa Bass, considers Bruegel as a pivotal figure in charting the development of genre painting in the Low Countries.
The days of classrooms packed with female students receiving lectures from a male-dominated faculty are over for the Department of History of Art, and happily so, according to department chair Tim Barringer.
Last spring, Kishwar Rizvi, professor of the history of art, led a group of eight graduate students to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as part of her seminar “Museum and Nation.” Rizvi’s students conducted fieldwork there and later hosted a symposium on their research.