Staff research in Art History

Research strengths in Art History

Within Art History we have research strengths in the following areas:

  • Creativity and cross-cultural and inter-cultural representation, both past and contemporary, in all visual media.
  • Māori and Pacific art history and visual culture.
  • Post-colonial theory.
  • The study of museums, including the histories, roles and practices of different kinds of museums and art galleries; taonga and identity in museums; the roles of museums in cultural politics.
  • Northern Renaissance art.

Staff research interests

Name Email Research Interests
Associate Professor Leonard Bell Cross-cultural interactions and the creation of visual images and objects in New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific from the mid 18th century to the present; the work and careers of émigré, refugee, migrant and travelling artists, photographers, architects and art writers from the 19th century to the present.
Professor Iain Buchanan

Patronage and collecting of 16th century art; Flemish tapestries

Dr Ngārino Ellis Tribal carving especially the Iwirakau carving school, indigenous museology, Maori meeting houses overseas, non-Western feminisms, globalisation of Maori and indigenous art, art crime in indigenous communities, moko as signature.
Associate Professor Erin Griffey

Portraiture and patronage in the early modern period, Rembrandt, New Zealand portraiture.

Dr Gregory Minissale

Art theory, philosophy of mind, cognitive and psychological approaches to art.

Dr Caroline Vercoe

Contemporary Pacific art practice, post-colonial theory, non-western feminisms, photography and representation.

Ian Wedde  
Dr Robin Woodward

Public art; New Zealand painting and sculpture; 19th and 20th century sculpture