History of Art and Architecture

Mobility/Exchange

Related tags

World picturing

cosmopolitanism

temporality

tradition and modernity

 

Faculty

Drew Armstrong

Gretchen Bender

Isabelle Chartier

Shirin Fozi

Jennifer Josten

Alison Langmead

Chris Nygren

Barbara McCloskey

Tom Morton

Erin Peters

Kirk Savage

Terry Smith

Alex Taylor

Creativity frequently springs from the movement of people, ideas, and objects across frontiers and boundaries and into places deemed new, foreign, strange, or remote.  These encounters produce highly charged, often violent, contact zones, stimulating the desire to collect, to map, to trade, and to possess. We investigate the things that result from such encounters and the ways in which these things affect the people who make, recreate, and use them.    Areas of inquiry include exploration and enlightenment, pilgrimage, status goods and consumerism, the “biography” of objects, and cross-cultural fusion and resistance.