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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.

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.

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. 

Nang Sbek Thom, or large leather figures in Khmer, remains as ancient art form that emerged during the Angkor Period of 12th century Cambodia. The traditional performance for Sbek Thom is the Reamker, a buddhist adaptation of the Indian epic poem, the Ramayana.

"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.

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

(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.

Yve Chavez

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California as a member of the Tongva tribe, Yve Chavez grew up on the land of her ancestors and has successfully merged her love of art and art history with her profound knowledge of her native culture.

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