Welcome to the Department of Art History
Located in historic Voorhees Hall, once home to the Rutgers Library, the Department of Art History at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, offers unique opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students studying art history.
The undergraduate program in Art History provides students with the analytical skills to understand all forms of visual expression intrinsic to human experience. Students learn about past and present artistic traditions that have shaped our world and gain the critical tools to interpret works of art, architecture, print media, photography and all forms of visual culture. Courses taught by our internationally recognized faculty cover both European and American historical periods, and wider global traditions including Islamic, Latin American, African and Asian art. The art history collection of thousands of digital images is available to the entire university community through ArtStor. Summer programs in Athens, Paris, and Rome give students the opportunity to study great artistic monuments at first hand. A Certificate program in Historic Preservation exposes undergraduate and graduate students to practical issues of preservation at the state and national level through specialized courses and internships. In addition to the PhD, a vibrant graduate program offers both a Masters in Art History and a recently established Masters of Cultural Heritage Preservation. Grad Students may also elect to complete the Certificate in Curatorial Studies, which affords professional training through internships in major museums throughout the tri-state area.
Photography and Doubt
About the Book
Recent decades have seen photography’s privileged relationship to the real come under question. Spurred by the postmodern critique of photography in the 1980s and the rise of digital technologies soon thereafter, scholars have been asking who and what built this understanding of the medium in the first place.
Photography and Doubt reflects on this interest in photography’s referential power by discussing it in rigorously historical terms. How was the understanding of photographic realism cultivated in the first place? What do cases of staged and manipulated photography reveal about that realism’s hold on audiences across the medium’s history? Have doubts about photography’s testimonial power stimulated as much knowledge as its realism?
Edited by Sabine T. Kriebel and Andrés Mario Zervigón, Photography and Doubt is the first multi-authored collection specifically designed to explore these questions. Its 13 original essays, illustrated with 73 color images, explore cases when the link between the photographic image and its referent was placed under stress, and whenphotography was as attuned to its myth-making capabilities as to its claims to authenticity.
Photography and Doubt will serve as a valuable resource for students and scholars in art history, visual and media studies, philosophy, and the history of science and technology.