Annabel J Wharton
  • Annabel J Wharton

  • William B. Hamilton Professor
  • Art, Art History & Visual Studies
  • 114A East Duke Building
  • Campus Box 90764
  • Specialties

    • Early Christian and Byzantine Architecture
    • Architectural History
    • Medieval Architecture
    • Modern Architecture
    • Religious Visual Culture
    • New Technologies for Visualizing Historical Materials
  • Research Description

    ANNABEL WHARTON, William B. Hamilton Professor of Art History, Duke University, and Vincent Scully Visiting Professor at the Yale School of Architecture in Fall, 2014, received her Ph.D. at the Courtauld Institute, London University. Initially her research focused on Late Ancient and Byzantine art and culture (Art of Empire [Penn State] and Refiguring the Post-Classical City [Cambridge]). Later she began to investigate the effects of modernity on ancient landscapes, first in Building the Cold War: Hilton International Hotels and Modern Architecture (Chicago, 2001) and then in Selling Jerusalem: Relics, Replicas, Theme Parks (Chicago, 2006). Her most recent book, Architectural Agents: The Delusional, Abusive, Addictive Lives of Buildings , will be published by Minnesota. It considers material and digital buildings as agents that both endure pain and inflict it. She has begun work on a new project treating the theory and practice of models, conceptual and material, analog and digital.
  • Current Projects

    Models: Ambivalence and Manipulation
  • Education

      • PhD,
      • Courtauld Institute, University of London,
      • 1975
      • MA,
      • University of Chicago,
      • 1969
      • BS,
      • University of Wisconsin, Madison,
      • 1966
  • Awards, Honors and Distinctions

      • Co-Convener, Franklin Humanities Center Faculty Seminar, “Recycle",
      • September-May, 2007-2008
      • Research Grant,
      • Rockefeller Archive Center,
      • 2006-2007
      • Allen W. Clowes Fellow,
      • National Humanities Center,
      • 2002-2003
      • Fellowship,
      • American Council of Learned Socieites,
      • 2002-2003
      • Grant,
      • Barbara and Randall Smith Arts and Sciences Interdisciplinary Research Program,
      • 2002
      • Major Grant,
      • Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts,
      • 2002-2003
      • Major Grant,
      • Henry R. Luce Foundation,
      • 1999-2002
      • Ailsa Mellon Bruce Senior Fellow,
      • Center for the Advanced Study of the Visual Art, National Gallery of Art,
      • 1992-1993
      • Women's Studies Mainstreaming Award,
      • Duke University Women's Studies,
      • 1987
      • Fellow,
      • National Humanities Center,
      • 1985-1986
      • Fellow,
      • American Council of Learned Societies,
      • 1981-1982
      • Senior Fellow,
      • Dumbarton Oaks (Harvard University),
      • 1978-1979
  • Selected Publications

      • Selling Jerusalem: Relics, Replicas, Themeparks.
      • University of Chicago Press,
      • 2006.
      • Building the Cold War: Hilton International Hotels and Modern Architecture.
      • Chicago: University of Chicago Press,
      • 2001.
      • (selected as one of the best books of 2001 by the Economist).
      • Refiguring the Post Classical City: Dura Europos, Jerash, Jerusalem and Ravenna.
      • New York: Cambridge University Press,
      • 1995.
      • Art of Empire: Painting and Architecture of the Byzantine Periphery. A Comparative Study of Four Provinces.
      • University Park, Pa & London: Pennsylvania State University Press,
      • 1988.
      • Tokali Kilise. Tenth Century Metropolitan Art in Byzantine Cappadocia, Dumbarton Oaks Studies XXII.
      • Washinton, D.C.: Dumbarton Oaks, Trustees of Harvard University,
      • 1986.
      • with A. P. Kazhdan.
      • Change in Byzantine Culture in the Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries.
      • Berkeley/Los Angeles: University of California Press,
      • 1985.
      • (Reprinted in paperback, 1990).
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  • PhD Students

      • 1998 - present