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The Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory

Kaja Silverman: Unstoppable Development

October 08, 2014

5:30pm. First JCI lecture of the 2014-2015 academic year.

Kaja Silverman is the Sachs Professor of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania, and the author of eight books, including  Flesh of My Flesh, World Spectators,  and The Threshold of the Visible World.

Her new book, The Miracle of Analogy, will be published by Stanford University Press in February 2015. It is the first volume in a 2-volume reconceptualization of photography.

Silverman taught at the University of California for many years before moving to Penn, and has also taught at a number of other institutions, among them Simon Fraser.

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About the Department


Art History and Visual Art were first taught at The University of British Columbia when noted Canadian painter, B.C. Binning, was appointed to the faculty of the newly-formed School of Architecture. The Department of Fine Arts was established as an independent department within the Faculty of Arts in 1955. Since its inception the Department has grown steadily and now includes 23 full-time members of faculty (13 art historians and 10 visual artists). In 2001, the Department changed its name from Fine Arts to the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory to better to encapsulate the innovative teaching and interdisciplinary research interests of the faculty.

The Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory comprises three streams of research-based learning and practice: Art History, with a particular focus on theoretical and critical discourses concerning the social impact of art and visual representation at both the undergraduate and graduate levels; Critical and Curatorial Studies, examining through research and exhibition projects issues in contemporary visual culture and display; and Visual Art, with an undergraduate curriculum placing art production, academic learning and a graduate emphasis on preparation for participation in the field of contemporary international art.

The Department’s faculty are actively involved in research and bring this strength into their teaching at all levels. Undergraduate and graduate seminars enhance student experience in advanced academic research and practice. As a result many of our graduates have established distinguished careers in the creative, scholarly and gallery fields.

The main goal of Art History, Visual Art and Theory is to foster critical and reflexive thinking within an inclusive and supportive environment. The Department thus maintains the highest standards of intellectual and administrative practice, seeking to be innovative in pedagogy and international in scholarly perspective.


Our Galleries

The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery


The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery has an international reputation for its exhibitions, publications and projects in the area of contemporary art. Its collections and archives are an invaluable resource for scholars.

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The AHVA Gallery


The mission of the AHVA Gallery is to promote research and discourse in the field of visual art by facilitating collaboration and experimentation within the department, the university, and the community. The gallery is dedicated to providing resources and opportunities to students, faculty and the community through exhibitions, public programs, and providing a venue to engage in dialogue.

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AHVA Events

JCI Lecture Series

October 08, 2014

Kaja Silverman: Unstoppable Development
5:30pm. First JCI lecture of the 2014-2015 academic year.  (more) »



September 15, 2014

Politics of Representation: ReImaging of Indigenous America From Warhol to MAP(ing) Contemporary Native American Artists
Exhibition runs September 15 to October 3, 2014  (more) »



September 17, 2014

Exhibition runs September 17 - October 11, 2014. Opening Wednesday Sept 17th, 5pm.  (more) »



September 25, 2014

AHVA Graduate new director of Prefix ICA Toronto   (more) »



Featured Profile

Alexander Alberro
MA in Art History degree, 1990

"As an undergraduate, I found the active research agenda of many of my professors contagious."  (more) »