Robert Ferguson portrait

Robert Ferguson

Adjunct Instructor
B.Arch, University of Minnesota
Mphil; PhD, University of Cambridge
44 N. Cleveland Ave.
(651) 962-5560


Robert Ferguson's research centers on the architecture and urbanism of Christopher Wren and Nicholas Hawksmoor; and on the Bavarian Rococo. He also studies American architecture and landscape in the work of Richardson and his followers and the Prairie School.

Publication and Presentations

“Burning the Grove: From the Celestial Garden to the Picturesque Landscape in Baroque England”. In Phenomenologies of the City: Studies in the History and Philosophy of Architecture, ed. Henriette Steiner and Maximilian Sternberg (Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate, 2015), 119-134.

“‘Holy Signes of feare’: Death, Resurrection, and the Celestial Garden in Wren’s First Building.” Midwest Art History Society Annual Meeting, Saint Paul, March 2015.

“Alexandria on the Cam: The Wren Library and the Ancient City.” Society of Architectural Historians Annual Meeting, Detroit, April 2012.

“On Spectacle.” (t)here 1 (Minneapolis: CALA, 2005), 82-85.

“Archaeology as Science in the Age of Wren.” Invited lecture, Minnesota Chapter, Archaeological Institute of America, Saint Paul, November 2005.

“The Triumph, the Tomb, and the Prayer Book: Wren and the Icons of Restoration in Seventeenth-century Cambridge and London.” Third Savannah Symposium: Commemoration and the City, Savannah College of Art and Design, February 2003.

“Conceptual Architecture and the Wilderness.” Scroope 5 (Cambridge, 1993), 51-61.

“For Dan Spell.” Minneapolis: The Walker Art Center, 1981.

“Castles: Notes towards a Reading of the Architecture of Harvey Ellis.” Vital Statistics 1 (Eugene, Oregon, 1978).

The River Road. Carrboro, North Carolina and Saint Paul, Minnesota: Truck Press, 1978.

Magazine publications of poetry have included Folding Drums (Saint Louis, 1969); River Styx(Saint Louis, 1970-73); Truck (Carrboro, 1974-75); Scroope (Cambridge, 1990-93); and Viva(Minneapolis, 2002). Public reading venues have included the Minnesota Center for Book Arts; the Guild of Performing Arts, Minneapolis; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; the Faculty of Architecture, and Pembroke College, Cambridge; and ex Convento de Santo Domingo, Oaxaca, Mexico.



Summer 2019 Courses

Summer 2019 Courses
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ARTH 110 - W01 Introduction to Art History M - W - - - - 1300 - 1700 OEC 414

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1300 - 1700


OEC 414

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30005 (View in ClassFinder)

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Robert P. Ferguson

Through a series of case studies, this course examines the importance of art as cultural expression across time and from a global perspective. In each course section, students will analyze the style, subject, and patronage of works of art, and will explore art's relationship to religion, ideology, society and economy, gender roles, and the interaction of cultures. Case studies will include architecture, sculpture, painting, and other arts, such as ceramics, textiles, and photography. This course fulfills the Fine Arts and Human Diversity core requirements. Consult the department website for details about the specific sections offered.

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