Master of Arts
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.
|Adriasola Munoz, Ignacio Alberto||investigates responses by artists and intellectuals to the crisis of aesthetic and political representation triggered by the failed protests against the US-Japan Security Treaty of 1960, and in particular their reliance on depictions of the sexual and geographical margins in their articulation of an aesthetics of political disaffection.|
|Claxton, Dana||film, video, photography, single- and multi-channel video installation, and performance art|
|Frei Njootli, Jeneen||Indigenous sovereignty; decolonization; Production, dissemination and embodiment of images|
|Gu, Xiong||Fine Art. Transcultural identity and hybridity. Through the critical angle of visual art, my work encompasses other elements such as sociology, geography, economics, politics, literature; and finally, the dynamics of globalisation, local culture and individual identity shifts. These shifts do not merely constitute a simple amalgamation of two original subjects, but instead, seek to create an entirely new space., Installation, painting, drawing, photography, contemporary art theory|
|James, Gareth||histories of iconoclasm in which the social divisions and inequities that mark and delimit artistic practice are registered most emphatically|
|Makris, Georgios||Arts of Byzantium; Material culture and archaeology of monasticism; Dissemination and usage of portable objects across the eastern Mediterranean; Medieval monastic culture|
|Mansoor, Jaleh||Art history and theory; Curatorial and related studies; Visual arts and media arts; Cultural Industries; Formalism; Marxism and Critical Theory; Marxist Feminism; Modernism; Twentieth Century European Art|
|Monteyne, Joseph||Art history and theory; Curatorial and related studies; Visual arts and media arts; Arts and Technologies; Renaissance/early modern art and print culture|
|Orell, Julia||History of Chinese Art; Landscape painting of the Song and Yuan dynasties; Construction of place, site, region, and empire in painting and other visual media; Art and the production of knowledge; Cultural and historical geography; History of cartography|
|Pina Baldoquin, Manuel||Images|
|Roy, Marina||Intersection between materials, history, language, and ideology|
|Salgirli, Saygin||architecture of fourteenth-century Bursa, the first Ottoman capital|
|Shelton, Anthony||Mexican and Andean visual culture, critical museology, development of folk art, aesthetics|
|Silver, Erin||Art history and theory; Curatorial and related studies; Visual arts and media arts; Activism and visual culture; Artist or Author Social Identity; Artistic and Literary Marginality; Artistic and Literary Movements, Schools and Styles; Canadian contemporary art; Feminist art histories; Movement culture; Performance studies; Queer art; social movements|
|Smith, Tai||Art history and theory; Cinema studies; Curatorial and related studies; Film, television and digital media; Visual arts and media arts; Arts and Technologies; Economical Contexts; Gender; media theory; Modern and Contemporary Art and Design; Politics of Media and Mediation; Textiles|
|Thauberger, Althea||Photographic history/theory; Media philosophy; Biopolitics and institutional critique/reform; Settler decolonization, and site-based art and activism|
|Watson, Donald Scott||Contemporary Canadian art, art issues and art theory|
The Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory (AHVA) has several paid Work Learn opportunities open to eligible UBC students this academic year. We invite applications from interested students who wish to complement their studies through contributions to the research and operation of AHVA...
The Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory is pleased to welcome Karice Mitchell to the department as a Lecturer with a focus on photography. She will be teaching the following courses in the upcoming 2021-2022 semester: VISA 240 001 — Photography VISA 241 001, 002 — Digital Photography...
The Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory is excited to announce that Dan Starling is joining the department as an Assistant Professor with a focus on Print Media. He will be teaching the following courses in the upcoming 2021-2022 semester: VISA 250 — Print Media VISA 350 — Intermediate...
The Canada flag (at Flag Pole Plaza) and the BC, Musqueam and UBC flags (at the North Plaza of the Life Building) are lowered until further notice, in memory of the 215 children buried at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School. Please read a message to the community from Prof. Santa J. Ono,...
Catching up with some of the achievements of our amazing undergraduate students! Niklas Groschinski completed his BA Honours in Art History in AHVA this spring and is entering the MA program in Cultural, Intellectual and Visual History at the Warburg Institute in London this fall. In his time at...
The Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory congratulates Assistant Professor Jeneen Frei Njootli, UBC colleague Phanuel Antwi, and AHVA alumni Jenn Jackson and Grant Arnold on their newly co-curated exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery. They are among the five co-...