Marlboro’s art history curriculum is designed to introduce students to the complex web of skills and methods that art historians use as well as to excite students in the pleasure of critical seeing.

Art history is, by its nature, interdisciplinary. It uses the methods and practices of disciplines in the traditional humanities, such as history and literature, as well as a number of the social science disciplines including anthropology, sociology, political science, and, increasingly today, social geography. Marlboro’s art history curriculum is designed to introduce students to the complex web of skills and methods that art historians use as well as to excite students in the pleasure of critical seeing.

The curriculum is designed around three interconnected method-based frameworks: Institutions (of Art), Architecture & Equity and Public & Private. These very broad categories enable us to study the history of art and architecture while at the same time being conscious, and ultimately critical, of the methods by which this history has been written.

My own research now focuses on urban design practices and the built environment in medieval Italy, Egypt and Syria.  Although I am a medievalist I am interested in the way in which art and social meaning is produced in a variety of periods, from the ancient to the modern, and a number of cultures, from India to the United States. Community engaged learning in Marlboro, Brattleboro or beyond, is a key facet of my pedagogical practice.

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