Kimberly Cassibry

Kimberly Cassibry
kcassibry@wellesley.edu
(781) 283-2182
Art
B.A., Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge); M.A., University of Texas (Austin); Ph.D., University of California (Berkeley)
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Kimberly Cassibry
Associate Professor of Art

Art and architectural historian specializing in the ancient Mediterranean.


book cover for Destinations in Mind, pale greenish gradient background with etched glass vessel in the centerMy research focuses on the ancient Mediterranean and asks what art and architecture can tell us about international relations and the experience of empire.

My book Destinations in Mind: Portraying Places on the Roman Empire's Souvenirs addresses vessels with labeled depictions of particular places, looks closely at the design of their words and images, and traces their travels around the empire. The book is featured in the Rome Collection of Oxford University Press. For the OUP blog, I wrote a post with tips for traveling the Roman empire. I have also launched a companion website with bonus content, links to online resources, and over a thousand photographs from my research and travels.

My current book project The Triumphal Arch: Politics of a Global Monument establishes a new critical foundation for the interdisciplinary study of triumphal arches across time. Three questions drive the analysis. Why is a monument invented in ancient Rome still in use over 2,000 years later? What has been forgotten along the way? How do we reframe the study of all of these monuments in an era of decoloniality?

I am also fascinated by the Celts (also known as Gauls and Galatians), especially the mesmerizing aesthetics of their art, the longevity of the ethnic stereotypes depicting them in Greek and Roman art, and the losses and creative transformations that followed conquest by Rome. I continue to publish on these issues, and particularly on the statue known as the Dying Gaul.

My courses on the ancient Mediterranean and Mesopotamia address the political and social uses of art and architecture, as well as the modern lives of antiquities. Because seeing art in person is fundamental to understanding it, my classes analyze collections not just on campus, but also in nearby museums. They also explore new technologies. My seminar on Roman Monuments (ARTH 343) was awarded a Mellon blended learning grant to develop a collaborative website in support of the exhibit Reframing the Past: Piranesi's Vedute di Roma. I have also had the pleasure of supervising an award-winning senior project by Margaret Justus ('17), who created a public timeline and website about the history of classical antiquities on campus.

I am honored to have received the 2019 Pinanski Teaching Prize and to serve as president of the college's chapter of the academic honor society Phi Beta Kappa.

Selected Publications

Selected Talks and Conference Panels

Selected Fellowships

  • Metropolitan Museum of Art, Pat O'Connell Memorial Fellowship, 2013-2014
  • Getty Foundation, Art of Rome's Provinces seminar, 2010-2013
  • Social Science Research Council, 2007-2008

students in the Knapp Technology Center with a 3D printed bust of Nefertiti

3D printed Nefertiti in the Knapp Technology Center with ARTH/CLCV 373 Antiquities Today