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The Department of the History of Art & Architecture is horrified and saddened by the systemic racism and violence against African Americans in this country.  We are also energized and hopeful that the protests for justice on behalf of George Floyd and the many others who have died will effect real change.  We invite you to view the following video which provides a perspective on racism in this country and demonstrates the very real rage and sorrow this history has created. You may agree or disagree with the speaker, author Kimberly JonesLink opens an external site, but we hope this will help inspire thought and discussion in these unsettled times. There are no easy answers, only hard questions that we must collectively ask.

Visiting Artist-in-Residence Beatriz Cortez Live Stream: Obsidian Pour
Sylvester Okwunodu Ogbechie Receives Guggenheim Foundation Award
Rome: The Game
UCSB Arts Wins a First in Faculty Diversity
Art Department Spring 2022 Visiting Artist Colloquium - May
Statement In Opposition To the Current Project for Munger Hall at UCSB


"'An Oddly Bookish City': Neighborhood Libraries in Calcutta/Kolkata" tells an important story about the growth of libraries in the city and their relation to urban space.

The prestigious award supports a book project that interrogates how African artists and artworks are represented in the discourse of global contemporary art.

"Curbside Castle: Architecture and Aspiration at an Oakland Homeless Encampment" argues that the Fifth Street Natives homeless encampment can be read "not only as an architectural expression of poverty and precarity, but also of aspiration and calculated self-presentation."

Upcoming Events

Rome: The Game

Claudia Moser (HAA) and Christian Thomas (Writing Program)


  1. May 27, 2022 - 1:00pm


A view of the History of Art & Architecture's Center for Object Based Research and Learning before the inaugural meeting of ARTHI 186SV: Seminar in Modern Architecture: Bauhaus in California, taught by Professor Volker M. Welter in Fall 2019. Instructors hold courses in COBRAL to teach with objects borrowed from the Art, Design & Architecture Museum and the Architecture and Design Collection for study and facilitating discussion. (image taken 9/30/19)

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