Imogen Hart, Professor

Closed (1) Pre-Raphaelite interiors

Applications for fall 2021 are now closed for this project.

This project investigates homes decorated and inhabited by the Pre-Raphaelites and members of their wider circle. It explores the interplay between painting and domestic space, drawing on theories of collecting and asking questions about gender, sexuality, colonialism, and commemoration. Particular attention is paid to Victorian homes that have been renovated as house museums with the belongings of their former inhabitants displayed in situ.

Tasks include:

- Researching the life and work of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Morris, and others
- Researching the history of Victorian house museums
- Researching theories and methodologies including feminist, queer, and decolonial approaches
- Image research
- Bibliographic work

Learning outcomes:
- Knowledge of Victorian art, design and architecture
- Research skills (primary and secondary published sources, digital archival sources)
- Familiarity with some theoretical approaches to the domestic interior

To get an idea of the issues explored by this project, see my blog post below.

Note: Work for this project will probably be a mixture of remote and in person.

Qualifications: Some knowledge of art history desirable.

Weekly Hours: 3-5 hrs

Related website: http://www.homesubjects.org/2016/04/25/reflections-on-teaching-art-and-the-modern-interior/

Related website: https://arthistory.berkeley.edu/events/british-art-and-the-global/

Closed (3) Race and the Arts and Crafts movement

Applications for fall 2021 are now closed for this project.

This project examines the history of the Arts and Crafts movement in Britain with a particular focus on the theme of race. This interdisciplinary project explores the scientific and political contexts in which artists and art theorists worked ca. 1860–1920, with a particular focus on socialism, racial theory, and evolutionary theory.

Depending on the student's interests, tasks include:

- Researching the Arts and Crafts movement (writings and objects)
- Researching Victorian racial theory
- Researching evolutionary theory
- Image research
- Bibliographic work

Learning outcomes include:

- Knowledge of British art, design and architecture 1860-1920
- Research skills (primary and secondary published sources, digital archival sources)
- Experience working on an interdisciplinary project

Note: Work for this project will probably be a mixture of remote and in person.

Qualifications: All majors are welcome to apply. Applicants with a background/interest in critical race theory, the history of science, political history, and/or the history of art are particularly encouraged.

Weekly Hours: 3-5 hrs

Closed (4) Modern British Craft

Closed. This professor is continuing with Spring 2021 apprentices on this project; no new apprentices needed for Fall 2021.

This project explores the development of modern craft in Britain in the first half of the twentieth century with a particular focus on exhibitions, which were a crucial tool for the purposes of experimentation, critique, and community building. The project analyzes visual and written archival and published material including objects, photographs of exhibition installations, exhibition catalogues, and critical reviews. Amid turbulent times marked by social and political upheavals and two world wars, how did craft exhibitions participate in debates about the function and morality of art, the audiences it served, and its value in the modern world? Artists and curators, many of them women, developed exhibiting strategies that made visible the conditions of production, embraced the functional characteristics of objects, and evoked the bodies and rituals of domestic space.

Depending on the student’s interests, tasks may include:
- Image research
- Archival research (using digital resources)
- Bibliographic work

Learning outcomes include:
- Knowledge of the history of modern British art and craft
- Experience of studying exhibition history
- Archival research experience

Qualifications: No special qualifications are required. All interested students are encouraged to apply.

Weekly Hours: to be negotiated