“My freshman year at Davidson College I was mistakenly placed in an Islamic art class,” Lyla Halsted confesses. She wanted to be a classics major, but Halsted, whose mother is Iranian, found a familiarity with the language and culture covered in her accidental class. She stayed with it and eventually earned her B.A. in art history. Following an M.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, the North Carolinian has returned home to teach at Duke… read more about Lyla Halsted Is Opening Eyes to Medieval Islamic Art and Architecture »

Dore Bowen comes from a family firmly rooted in science. Her father was a radiologist, and Bowen remembers how excited and intrigued he’d become with each technological breakthrough. Bowen has inherited that love of science and technology, but in her own interdisciplinary way. A research professor with the Department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies (AAHVS), Bowen began her art studies analyzing photography and conceptual art during the experimental Fluxus movement. Coined by its “founder” George Maciunas,… read more about Dore Bowen: Studying Immersive Experiences as Art »

Few college students would volunteer to spend a Sunday afternoon in a graveyard, but members of the Fieldwork Methods class in the Department of Cultural Anthropology arranged this trip themselves. They are in Wilmington, North Carolina, visiting the sites of one of the darkest events in the state’s history: the white supremacist coup that destroyed the city’s prosperous Black community in 1898. Their class is part of America’s Hallowed Ground, a multi-year project developed by professor Charlie Thompson and actor and… read more about Cultural Anthropology Students Learn From a Buried Past »

This summer, a museum in Italy is displaying the results of a six-year archaeological excavation conducted by more than 20 Duke faculty and students. The exhibit, which opened recently at the Museo delle Antichita Etrusche e Italiche at Sapienza University in Rome, displays findings from Vulci, an Etruscan and Roman archaeological site in Viterbo, Italy. The summer project, a partnership with Sapienza University researchers, leans heavily on virtual reality and digital tools, and the exhibition includes interactive… read more about Digital Exhibit Reveals Buried Roman-Era Secrets Uncovered By Duke Archeologists »

Raucous drag shows, dazzling Broadway performances, a smorgasbord of food: Duke in New York: Arts, Culture and Performance isn’t just a study away program, it’s a feast for the senses. Falling in love with the city is a familiar American story, and New York didn’t hold back on the charm for these program alumni. “My favorite part of the city overall is how creatively rich it is with opportunities (especially in fashion) at every corner,” said Sydney Reede, a sophomore who participated last semester. Hoping to work in… read more about Experiencing New York's Arts Culture for Credit »

Works by AAH&VS Visual Arts Guiding Statement: Structural racism, the product of centering whiteness, is present in all aspects of the academy, and as members of this intellectual and professional community we have a responsibility to take antiracist actions to dismantle it. One key area where we can enact change is in our teaching. Today in this Forum we will move towards antiracist pedagogy in our department. Spring 2022 Art History Speaker… read more about Art, Art History & Visual Studies Antiracism Initiative »

The Architecture of Ideas: The Life and Work of Ranulph Glanville, Cybernetician Bill Seaman Professor Bill Seaman’s new book, The Architecture of Ideas: The Life and Work of Ranulph Glanville, Cybernetician, was recently published by Imprint Academic. The Architecture of Ideas includes a text by Bill Seaman, the editor of this collection, called “Composing Composing,” which explores a number of Glanville’s texts in a pointed fashion. Late in his life Ranulph began to use the poetic term… read more about New Faculty Publication »

From China to modern Palestine, from Renaissance Europe to Reagan’s America of the 1980s, new books by Duke faculty will take you on a fascinating journey through time and space. We present a selection of books published in late 2021. Many of the books, including new editions of previous titles, can be found on the “Duke Authors” display shelves near the circulation desk in Perkins Library. Some are available as e-books for quick download. Most can also be purchased through the Gothic Bookshop. [Duke Today will provide… read more about Dance, Spirituality and Black Art: Books by Duke Authors Warm This Winter  »

Students in Shambhavi Kaul's "Expanded Cinema" course created immersive, large-scale installations in the Rubenstein Arts Center in Fall 2021. Their work demonstrates the value of designated spaces for instructional arts learning, experimentation, and practice. read more about Expanded Cinema »

Two Duke University students and one Duke Kunshan University student -- have been named Schwarzman Scholars, a program that funds one year of study in Beijing.  They are among 151 scholars that will begin the program in August of 2022.  Seniors Jessica Edelson and Jessie Xu are recipients from the Durham campus. Wanying He, a senior in Duke Kunshan University’s inaugural undergraduate class, has become the first student from DKU to be named a Schwarzman Scholar. The scholars develop leadership skills through a funded one… read more about Three Students from Duke, Duke Kunshan Receive Schwarzman Scholarships for Graduate Study in China »

Graduate Student-Organized Symposium “Inclusion/Exclusion: A Panel on Cultural Practices and Responses to Otherness and Marginalization.” This year’s event will be held via Zoom on Friday, November 19, from 1-5 PM EST   Schedule of presentations:  1:00 PM Introduction with opening remarks by Richard J. Powell, John Spencer Bassett Professor of Art & Art History, Duke University 1:20 PM Zirwat Chowdhury,… read more about ARPEGGIO »