Studying History Through Objects: Art History’s Dana Byrd

Dana Byrd

Dana Byrd

Assistant Professor of Art History Dana Byrd likes to talk about history in terms of the tangible. She’s less interested in ideas and thought than she is in that which we can see and touch. “I’m really interested in thinking about objects and looking at them very closely.”

For example, she recently wrote an article about an 18th-century tobacco box. That may sound like a pretty limited subject on its own, “but,” says Byrd, studying the history of that tobacco box “gets us to think about the movement of goods from places like London, to the West Coast of Africa, and the onto to Virginia” before ending up in a museum in Delaware.  Read more.

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