Graduate Activities: Rotem Rozental at the Shpilman Institute for Photography

6 Aug




View of the exhibition Walker Evans and the Picture Postcard, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2009.

The Shpilman Institute for Photography is pleased to invite you to a lecture by Rotem Rozental, “The Photographer as Collector: The Photographic Desires of Walker Evans and Martin Parr,” on Wednesday, August 6 at 6:30 p.m.

The merging of the positions of photographer and collector defines the drive of a certain kind of photographic work, for which the camera becomes a collecting device, accumulating a collection that speaks the subjectivity of its author — the photographer. There are, however, two impulses at work here: the photographer-as-collector and the collector-as-photographer. Both are present in the work of Martin Parr, who has openly admitted that he has “the collecting gene,” but also, somewhat earlier, in the work of Walker Evans whose obsession with collectibles and whose mode of photographic collecting provide a striking historical precedent for Parr’s compulsive practice. This lecture explores the collecting impulse that motivates these photographers and shapes a new mode of making photographs and cataloging social life that seems to escape established genre categories.

Rotem Rozental is a doctorate candidate at the Art History Department at Binghamton University. Her dissertation, written under the guidance of Prof. John Tagg, investigates the intersections of photographic archives, technologies and nationalism, focusing on Zionist archives. She is currently the online editorial director of the Jerusalem Season of Culture. Rotem completed her MA studies with honorary distinction at the Cohn Institute for History and Philosophy of Sciences and Ideas (Tel Aviv History). Her thesis, supervised by Prof. Hagi Kenann, conceptualized Jean-Luc Nancy’s understanding of memory in art. Rotem’s activity in the international art arena as curator and producer derives from her extensive experience as an editor, writer and consultant in various international publications, newspapers and websites.

Graduate Activities: Jennifer Kennedy, dissertation defense

6 Aug

The Department of Art History

is pleased to announce that, on,

Friday, August 1, at 12:30

in the Art History Commons, FA 218,

Jennifer Kennedy,

candidate for the doctoral degree in Art History,

will defend her dissertation,

“Charming Monsters: The Spectacle of Femininity in Postwar France,”

before a committee composed of Professors Tom McDonough (Chair), John Tagg, Brian Wall (Cinema) and Dora Polachek (French).

The defense is a public event and open to all. We look forward to a lively, instructive and informative discussion and invite you all to attend.

Graduate Activities: Lyno Vuth at SA SA BASSAC, Phnom Penh

29 Jul

Traversing Expanses
by Pete Pin, Amy Lee Sanford and Seoun Som
curated by Vuth Lyno
at SA SA BASSAC, Phnom Penh
July 18 – September 6, 2014


Pete Pin, Untitled, from series Cambodian Diaspora: Memory, 2014, archival pigment print, 91x152cm.

Traversing Expanses explores and invites dialogue about Cambodian diaspora communities in the United States through works by three Cambodian-American artists: Pete Pin, Amy Lee Sanford and Seoun Som. Each artist challenges the possibilities of the photographic medium and its materiality as an art practice. Traversing Expanses looks at different kind of spaces that each artist attempts to create and navigate in (re)connecting to their own histories and (re)imagining their worlds of meaning.

Lyno Vuth is currently a Fulbright Fellow undertaking an MA in Art History at Binghamton University. He is also an artist, curator, and artistic director of Sa Sa Art Projects. Coming from an international development background, his art practice and research interest center on socially engaged, participatory, and experimental arts.

Graduate Activities: Tom McDonough featured in “Inside”

23 Jul

Photo by Jonathan Cohen.

“Inside Binghamton” is currently featuring a story on Associate Professor and Chair Tom McDonough‘s visiting professorship at Harvard this fall. McDonough says that the opportunity to teach at Harvard is “an accolade and recognition of the respect of my colleagues which means a huge amount. But it’s also an opportunity for me to bring a culture from Binghamton into that setting.” Follow the link to read more.

Graduate Student Activities: Wylie Schwartz at station923

30 Jun

Join doctoral student and curator Wylie Schwartz at station923 on Friday, July 25, for an opening reception for Clara Chapin’s show Besides. See below for more information or visit


station923 presents:

Clara Chapin

Station 923
923 East Shore Drive
Ithaca, NY

Opening reception Friday, July 25th
July 25 – September 3, 2014

Sets of objects, images, and phrases, placed beside one another elaborate miniature dramas. They function as parataxis a literary tool which juxtaposes simple sentences or statements (without any hierarchy  or conjunction) to create meaning in a physical context.  [Greek, a placing side by side, from paratassein, to arrange side by side : para-, beside; see para-1 + tassein, tag-, to arrange.] The vocabulary of elements presented in these sets are culled from the last two years and touch upon the weather, inter-subjectivity, desire, tragedy, feminism and chromology. Through the ordering of these fragments, and gestures, narratives can be derived. The stories are further informed by the fact of them being displayed in a domestic environment.  Station 923, in addition to being a space for art exhibition since 2011, is a home and frequently hosts friends, as well as airbnb guests.  These are just things to live with.

Whatever may be either retained or omitted, without making any sensible difference, is not properly a part.



screening at dusk by the
Ithaca Fantastic Film Festival:

JSA, Park Chan-Wook; 2000
Summer mini series at Station923: Revisiting political thrillers

station923 and The Ithaca Int’l Fantastic Film Festival are putting together a three film mini-series to re-explore the political thriller genre with selections spanning the 30 years before the new millennium from across three territories. From Park Chan-Wook’s, South-Korean, film industry game-changer, JSA (Joint Security Area, 2000); to the vanguard experimental film, Michel Deville’s Le Dossier 51 (1976); to Alan Pakula’s second instalment in the paranoia trilogy, The Parallax View (1974), each of these films changed the way we see cinema.

JSA, Park Chan-Wook; 2000

When two North Korean soldiers are murdered in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea, a Swiss-born officer is brought in to investigate. While looking into the murders, she interviews both North and South Korean officers and learns that the histories, and intrigue, run deeper than originally thought.

923 E. Shore Drive
Ithaca, NY  14850

*Parking is limited. Please park at parking lot across the street and walk over

Faculty Activities: Nancy Um appointed reviews editor of Art Bulletin

25 Jun
Image courtesy of College Art Association.

Image courtesy of College Art Association.

Among the new appointments to the editorial boards of CAA’s three scholarly journals is Associate Professor Nancy Um, who has been designated the next reviews editor of The Art Bulletin. From CAA News:

The Art Bulletin has announced its next reviews editor: Nancy Um, associate professor in the Department of Art History at Binghamton University, State University of New York, and a scholar of Islamic art and visual culture. For the past year, Um has been a scholar in residence at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles. From 2011 to 2014, she served as the inaugural reviews editor of the International Journal of Islamic Architecture. Um is the author of The Merchant Houses of Mocha: Trade and Architecture in an Indian Ocean Port (University of Washington Press, 2009), as well as many essays and book chapters. Um will succeed Rachael DeLue of Princeton University, beginning a three-year-term as reviews editor on July 1, 2015, with the preceding year as reviews editor designate.

Faculty Activities: Jim Bohary at the National Academy

10 Jun

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This month, Department of Art faculty member Jim Bohary will be represented at the National Academy in the exhibition The Annual 2014: Redefining Tradition. Save the date for the Museum Mile Festival on June 10, which provides an excellent opportunity to see this and many other exhibitions as the nine museums on New York City’s Museum Mile collectively open their doors for a mile-long block party and art celebration.


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