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Linda D. Henderson, Ph.D.
David Bruton, Jr. Centennial Professor in Art History and Distinguished Teaching Professor
"My greatest joy in teaching is opening students' eyes to the world of art, so that they have the tools to see how works of art are made and to understand them as reflections of their cultural context. I seek to enable students to walk into a museum anywhere and to be able to talk in some way about what they encounter. We look at all aspects of culture, but I especially enjoy revealing to science students that their fields have had a powerful effect on the course of 20th-century art. Styles that moved away from the visible world, such as Cubism or abstraction, can't be fully understood without acknowledging the transformation of ideas about "reality" produced by discoveries like the X-Ray and radioactivity."