Heather Horton

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Adjunct Assistant Professor History of Art and Design hhorton@pratt.edu 718.636.3598 p Brooklyn Campus, East Hall 2

Current Course Listing (2)

21/SP-HAD-112-06 Themes in Art and Culture II

21/SP-HAD-112-16 Themes in Art and Culture II


B.A., DePauw University; M.A., Ph.D., Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.


Heather Horton is a specialist in Medieval and Renaissance Europe, with particular emphasis on the relations between art, language, and cultural memory. These themes converge in her scholarship on the Renaissance polymath Leon Battista Alberti, including her new interpretation of his treatises on painting (published 2011).

At Pratt, she has crafted Introduction to Art History courses that root artworks in their cultural moments and connect them to larger theoretical issues of their historical periods. In the classroom, she takes a comparative approach — pairing, for example, works by Judith Leyster and Cindy Sherman or Kehinde Wiley and a Dogon statue — to explore questions of patronage, gender, and cultural diversity.

Her efforts to teach a survey meaningful to today's culture and Pratt students prompted her current scholarly project as a contributor to the first volume of an innovative survey text (Art and Its Histories, forthcoming Fall 2018). Her chapters on "Early Medieval," "Romanesque," and "Gothic" art emphasize global connectivity, while also providing an in-depth exploration of artistic processes throughout history. She is the co-editor of the second volume and the author of chapters on Italian and Northern Renaissance art.

Horton is especially proud of her work with the Learning Community program at Pratt since 2013.

Prior to arriving at Pratt in 2011, she taught at New York University, State University of New York at Purchase College, and The Cloisters Museum, where she remains a frequent guest lecturer.