Harpur Cinema presents Visiting Artist series for Fall 2014

16 Sep

FALL 2014

Visiting Film & Video Artists & Speakers Series

Binghamton University

Lecture Hall 6 at 7:30 (Free)

Sponsored by Cinema Dept & Harpur College Dean’s Speakers Series

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Join Foundations: the Binghamton University Society of Architecture

15 Sep

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Interested in architecture or urbanism? Join Foundations, the Binghamton University Society of Architecture!

Foundations will hold a general interest meeting on Tuesday, September 16 at 7:30 in FA 218. To stay up-to-date on the group’s activities, you can like Foundations on Facebook.

First VizCult of the year: Nancy Um, Binghamton University

12 Sep
“Flags, Robes, and Horses: Objects of Commercial Initiation at Mocha’s Maritime Threshold”
Wednesday, September 17, 5:15 pm
FA 218

Military exercises of Arabs in Yemen, in Carsten Niebuhr, Beschreibung von Arabien (Copenhagen, 1772), pl. 16.

In the early eighteenth century before the rise of colonial coffee cultivation, Yemen sat at the center of an increasingly caffeinated world. Merchants from India, the Persian Gulf, and Europe flocked to its shores in order to procure coffee beans and many other goods, both local and imported. This paper explores the lavish ceremonial receptions that were staged yearly to welcome crews at the Red Sea port of Mocha, a key hub of the western Indian Ocean trade. While previous scholars have generally perceived these practices as inconsequential to commercial life because of their seemingly non-transactional character, I contend that they were key rites of commercial initiation and essential stages within the extended processes of trade (rather than external to them). Moreover, the goods that appeared in these ceremonial rites were not mere commodities or simple status symbols, rather they derived their significance and value from their place within a complex local system of commercial privilege.
Nancy Um is Associate Professor of Art History at Binghamton University.

Alumni Art Show opens at University Art Museum next week

12 Sep

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Graduate Activities: Rotem Rozental

11 Sep


This month, doctoral candidate Rotem Rozental will be participating in the ICI Curatorial Intensive, a ten-day professional development program that offers curators the opportunity to discuss, among colleagues, the concepts, logistics, and challenges of organizing exhibitions, public programs, and other discursive formats. From the website:

The Curatorial Intensive is designed to immerse participants in a rigorous itinerary of conversations and presentations that support the process of developing an idea for an exhibition or program into a full proposal, and is targeted toward self-motivated individuals—working independently or in institutions—who would benefit from a week of intensive discussions around the issues and questions that arise for curators. Topics range from the pragmatics of developing a program and building working relationships with artists to the theoretical aspects of understanding how to turn a concept into a project and effectively communicate ideas.

Rotem is also preparing, together with Roy Regev, for the upcoming exhibition Outlet: Part I at station923 in Ithaca. The opening reception will be held on September 19 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. For more information, visit station923.wordpress.com.

Undergraduate activities: UAHA general interest meeting on Thursday

10 Sep


The Undergraduate Art History Association will be hosting a general interest meeting on Thursday, September 11, at 6:00 p.m. in Fine Arts 218. See the UAHA’s Facebook page for more information or send a message to uarthistory@binghamtonsa.org.

Graduate Activities: Josh Franco

8 Sep

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Click here to see an interview with doctoral student Josh Franco, currently a lecturer at Ithaca College, as part of The Ithacan‘s “Instant Facul-tea” series.


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