Students looking at documents in the archives

Art History

In art history, students develop a critical understanding of art as a history of human culture that both shapes and responds to people, societies, politics, and identities. The skills art history classes teach through visual and written analysis enhance all students’ abilities in literate communication. We encourage cross-cultural and interdisciplinary studies and study abroad. Our majors go on to work in architecture, arts management, community service, development, education, law, and museums and galleries.

Department News

Professor Jenny Anger and her book Four Metaphors of Modernism: From Der Sturm to the Société Anonyme

Feb. 7 Book Talk by Jenny Anger, Prof of Art History

Anger's "Four Metaphors of Modernism: From Der Sturm to the Société Anonyme" follows artists who participated in both the German (Der Sturm [storm]) and American (Société Anonyme [anonymous society]) organizations and who found inspiration in metaphor. Join us on February 7 from 4:15-5:45 pm in Burling First Floor Lounge.
Cars in Cuba

Within the Revolution

Within the Revolution: Art, Media, and the Built Environment was a course centered on art, architecture, and visual culture in Havana, Cuba, with a focus on the role of nationalism and revolution, says Fredo Rivera ’06, assistant professor of art history.
Fredo Rivera in Hatian art gallery

Studying Haitian Art in Iowa

When Fredo Rivera ’06, who grew up in Miami, first came to Grinnell, what he found surprised him. Iowa, it turns out, has one of the largest concentrations of Haitian art in the world.