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Ph.D. candidate Seam Kramer selected as the Irving Stenn, Jr. Curatorial Fellow for the 2019-20 academic year

Kramer said, “This experience will not only allow me to explore scholarship and express ideas on a subject close to my own heart but will also give me invaluable knowledge about curatorial practice and public engagement.”

Politics and the Art of Rumination in William Kentridge

Faculty member Daniel Herwitz reflects on visual art in relation to politics, South Africa, the Russian avant-gardes and the brutality of European colonialism and world wars.

One of the three largest departments of art history in North America with specialists covering every major continent, Michigan has ranked among the top art history doctoral programs nationally. The department traces its origins to 1910, and has been home to some of the most distinguished scholars in the field. In keeping with this long tradition, we encourage interdisciplinary work to take advantage of the University’s great strengths across fields, including anthropology, archaeology, philosophy, film studies, women’s studies, area studies, and law.  


One of the department's core goals is to partner with other programs at Michigan and beyond. These partnerships bring History of Art into conversation with other disciplines and enrich our commitment to interdisciplinary study, at the same time fortifying our connection to the University of Michigan community. 

For a full list of partnerships, click here

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