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History of Art & Visual Culture

The UC Santa Cruz Arts Division is pleased to announce five new faculty hires who will begin teaching throughout the current 2020-2021 academic year. These professors bring with them a wide range of expertise in their respective fields and the Arts Division is thrilled to welcome them.

Amanda Maples

In the few years since earning her BA degree in Anthropology at the University of North Carolina, Amanda Maples has already had an impressive career in the Arts.

Carolyn Dean

Carolyn Dean, Professor, and Albert Narath, Assistant Professor, both from UC Santa Cruz’s History of Art and Visual Culture Department (HAVC), were invited by the prestigious Getty Research Institute to join last year’s scholars in residence at the Institute.

"I like to think of my work as excavating value systems and thought processes of people of a gone era - their beliefs and their experiences, and how they use literary and visual material to communicate, to negotiate their place into the world, to develop their beliefs.

Mary Thomas, PhD candidate in History of Art and Visual Culture, describes the work of artist Noah Purifoy who, after the Watts uprising in 1965, collected parts of melted neon signs and turned them into sculptures.  

Albert Narath

Albert Narath, Assistant Professor, and  , Professor, both from UC Santa Cruz’s History of Art and Visual Culture Department (HAVC), were invited by

Jennifer Gonzalez

Chicano and Chicana Art: A Critical Anthology offers an overview of the history and theory of Chicano and Chicana art from the 1960s to the mid-2000s. 

Derek Conrad Murray

The late American photographer Robert Mapplethorpe first gained international attention due to his now infamous exhibition, The Perfect Moment (1988–90), which was initially held at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. 

(Earth images courtesy of NASA)

Catastrophic environmental breakdown, mass species extinction, financial collapse, racist separatism, global nuclear war…there is much speculation these days that we are living at the end of democracy, liberalism, capitalism, a cool planet, and civilization as we know it.

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