Midwest Art History Society


The Midwest Art History Society brings together academic, museum-based, and independent art historians in the common goal of scholarly inquiry and the exchange of ideas.

"Thomas Struth: Nature & Politics" at Saint Louis Art Museum

Oct 12, 2017 "Saint Louis Art Museum" presents the exhibition Thomas Struth: Nature & Politics November 5, 2017 to Jan 21, 2018

"Thomas Struth: Nature & Politics" at Saint Louis Art Museum Details

Oct 12, 2017

The Saint Louis Art Museum will present Thomas Struth: Nature & Politics, an exhibition highlighting a major new body of work exploring cutting-edge technology by the celebrated German photographer. The ticketed exhibition will be on view from November 5, 2017 through January 21, 2018. This photographic exploration of cutting-edge industrial and scientific research spaces includes over 35 works. Created within the past decade, Struth’s color photographs, monumental in scale, explore the fascinating complexities of sites where knowledge, ambition, and imagination are advanced.

The featured works are drawn from the artist's visits to Europe, America, Asia, and the Middle East. Struth takes viewers into spaces normally kept from public view, such as aeronautical centers, robotics laboratories, and nuclear fusion facilities, examining humanity's attempts to understand and harness forces of nature, often at great cost of resources.

Thomas Struth: Nature & Politics is co-organized by the Museum Folkwang, Essen; Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin; and the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, in collaboration with the Saint Louis Art Museum. 

Fall Exhibitions at Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame

Jul 21, 2017 The Snite Museum of Art's late summer/fall exhibitions include "Dimensions of Power: African Art," "Prints, Drawings, & Sculptures by Willie Cole," and "Rembrandt's Religious Prints."

Fall Exhibitions at Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame Details

Jul 21, 2017

The Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame inaugurates the reinstallation of its African Art collection with a lecture presented by Dr. Delinda Collier, Associate Professor of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and author of Repainting the Walls of Lunda: Information Colonialism and Angolan Art, on October 5 at 5 p.m. A public reception is planned for Friday, October 6, from 4:00-6:30 pm. The new installation was organized by Dr. Elizabeth Morton, Associate Professor at Wabash College, around themes of power, with many objects never before on display from the Owen D. Mort Jr. Collection. Complementing this permanent display featuring traditional African art will be a temporary exhibition Making Everything Out of Anything: Prints, Drawings, and Sculptures by Willie Cole from August 20 through November 26, 2017. Cole will be a visiting artist at Segura Studios in South Bend, where he will mark his visit by making a print. While on location, he will speak at the museum on October 19 at 5:00 pm as part of its Third Thursday program.

Also on view at the Snite Museum will be Rembrandt's Religious Prints: The Jack F. and Alfrieda Feddersen Collection of seventy etchings from September 3 through November 26. Dr. Larry Silver, Farqhuar Professor of Art History at the University of Pennsylvania, will deliver a lecture entitled "Rembrandt and the Divine" on September 14 at 5 p.m. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog written by Professor Emeritus Charles Rosenberg, University of Notre Dame, and co-published with Indiana University Press.

Symposium, September 9, University of Iowa

Jun 6, 2017 Symposium: What's Your Sign? Retail Architecture & the History of Signage, University of Iowa, Iowa City, September 9.

Symposium, September 9, University of Iowa Details

Jun 6, 2017

What's Your Sign?
Retail Architecture and the History of Signage

September 9, 2017 | 9AM - 11AM | Iowa Memorial Union, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

The Legacies for Iowa Collections-Sharing Project at the University of Iowa Museum of Art presents a breakfast symposium on the history of retail architecture signage. For as long as goods have been bought and sold, shopkeepers and traders have visually communicated their wares through signs. This symposium explores the evolution of signage from the shutter paintings of ancient Pompeii to the wooden trade signs hanging along Medieval English streets to neon of 20th-century American signs along roadsides. How have symbols of selling shifted over the centuries? How do retail signs reflect or reject broader visual cultures? What technological shifts have precipitated the most dramatic design departures?

Among topics to be discussed at sessions are the iconography, typography, and materiality of retail signs as well as the cultural, financial, and geo-political forces that shaped storefront signs in the past. An additional area to be covered will be the future of retail signage in an increasingly digital and global economy. This public event is live and occurs in conjunction with the CoSign Iowa City project, which partners local artists and craftspeople with small business to create exciting and distinctive new signs.

Important Dates
August 25, 2017: Registration deadline
September 9, 2017: Symposium

2017 MAHS Conference Program

Apr 1, 2017 View the program of the 2017 MAHS Annual Conference that was held in Cleveland, April 6 to 8.

2017 MAHS Conference Program Details

Apr 1, 2017

Click here for the program of the 2017 MAHS Annual Conference held in Cleveland, April 6 to 8.