VCL is a newly formed group of faculty, students, and staff—art historians, visual artists, and digital humanists—working to develop a common and dynamic approach to studying world cities. Drawing on years of expertise with specific city scholarship and teaching, we are engaged in a collective dialogue on this methodological topic, embedding the collaborative approach as a broader part of our curriculum, and connecting distinct parts of our program such as studio art and art history in new ways. We are exploring the myriad dynamic ways of analyzing the culture and history of a city.

VCL is based in the Department of Art, Art History & Visual studies and funded by the Mellon Humanities Unbounded Grant. It offers the opportunity to transform our curriculum and address equality and social justice directly as outlined in the department’s published “Statement in Support of Black Lives.”