Rethinking the Art History Survey Course

Image by Marion Wagner.

Moving from the ancient to contemporary, art history survey courses cover a lot of ground, but still lack representation of non-Western art and artists. Dushko Petrovich's ArtNews feature revisits art history's origins and asks scholars to weigh in on the debate of how to make this area of study more inclusive. His article also demonstrates how the decisions made about survey courses directly impacts how we learn about art in museums and other public art spaces.

“Globalizing the discipline is everyone’s responsibility, not just [that of] the people studying non-Western art. The idea of ‘everyone speaking the same language’ is a colonialist project. No one ever says to English-speakers that they have to learn all these other languages.” - Aruna D'Souza