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Visual Culture Research

Visual culture at Caltech encompasses the study of art history, film, media, and scientific images. Faculty research in visual culture focuses on a wide variety of time periods, geographic locations, and media forms but has in common a careful attention to the conditions under which objects are made, the ways in which they circulate, and the reactions they inspire in audiences. In research that ranges from medieval manuscripts to collections inside contemporary museums, much of this work promotes an understanding of visual art that is grounded in the experience of collectors, exhibitors, readers, and viewers.