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Smarthistory Seeks Short Essays

posted by Christopher Howard — Jul 27, 2015

Smarthistory is working to provide essays and videos on the 250 objects that are part of the new AP art-history curriculum, launching fall 2015. We have eighteen objects left ranging from prehistoric to contemporary work. If you are interested in contributing a brief introductory essay on one of these, please drop us an email: and

Here’s what missing (images can be found on this list):

  • Apollo 11 Cave Stones (State Museum Namibia)
  • Running horned woman, 6000–4000 BCE, Algeria
  • Hall of the Bulls, Lascaux, France, 15,000–13,000 BCE
  • Anthropomorphic stele (El-Maakir-Qaryat al-Kaafa), fourth millennium BCE (Riyadh)
  • Terracotta fragment, Lapita, Solomon Islands, Reef Islands, 1000 BCE (University of Auckland
  • Michel Tuffery, Pisupo Lua Afe (Corned Beef 2000), 1994 (MNZM/Museum of New Zealand)
  • Frank Gehry, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, 1997
  • Magdalena Abakanowicz, Androgyne III, 1985, burlap, resin, wood, nails, and string (Metropolitan Museum of Art)
  • Portrait mask (Mblo), Baule peoples (Côte d’Ivoire), late nineteenth or early twentieth century
  • Lukasa (memory board), Mbudye Society, Luba peoples, (DR Congo), ca. nineteenth or early twentieth century
  • Night Attack on the Sanjô Palace, Kamakura Period, Japan, ca. 1250–1300 CE (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)
  • Ambum Stone, Papua New Guinea, ca. 1500 BCE (National Gallery of Australia)
  • Nan Madol, Pohnpei, Micronesia, Saudeleur Dynasty. ca. 700–1600 CE
  • ‘Ahu ‘ula (feather cape), Hawaiian, late eighteenth century
  • Tamati Waka Nene, Gottfried Lindauer, 1890 CE, oil on canvas
  • Malagan display and mask, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, ca. twentieth century (University Museum, Pennsylvania)

We are also looking for contributions from art historians on other broadly taught topics.

Filed under: Art History