Why Art History?
Images move us to many things: love and anger, fear and contemplation, praise and blame, shame, delight, and destruction. To study how images work is to understand culture’s relation to politics, religion, class, sexuality, money and markets. To become a critical thinker, alert and skeptical yet alive to the possibilities of meaning and beauty.
In addition to surveys of western art, I teach courses in European art from 1400 to 1700, along with aesthetics, art historical method and women’s studies. Every student in every class is expected to make at least one trip to a museum or gallery.
My specialization is seventeenth-century Dutch art. I also study the history of costume; studies in gender and sexuality; film and film criticism and history: film adaptations of literature, and the history of production design and art direction.