Tom McDonough on Leonor Antunes

Prof. Tom McDonough’s essay “Weaving a World,” on Portuguese sculptor Leonor Antunes (b. 1972) has appeared in The Last Days at Galliate, a monograph accompanying her 2018-19 exhibition at the Pirelli HangarBicocca in Milan. Her creations aim at a physical experience measurable with the perception of memory.
With her sculptures, Antunes reinterprets the history of art, design, and architecture of the twentieth century, and in particular the tradition of Modernism in its most radical and experimental instances. Inspired by the work of artists, architects, and designers, Antunes conducts careful research on their projects, studies their proportions and measurements and, after selecting some details and fragments, transforms them into new forms and elegant artworks.

Kaeun Park in Trans Asia Photography Review

Congratulations to Kaeun Park (MA 2018) who has just published her article, “Reconsidering Everyday Life Photography: Saenghwalchuŭi Sajin in South Korea in the 1950s and 1960s,” in the refereed journal, Trans Asia Photography Review(http://tapreview.org/). The essay is a revised version of Kaeun’s 2018 Master’s Thesis. Kaeun is currently a PhD candidate in Art History and Criticism at Stony Brook University, with a research focus on photography and visual culture in postwar South Korea.

Book Launch in Ukraine

More than two hundred people gathered on October 29 in Kyiv, Ukraine, for the launch of a new translation of The Burden of Representation by Distinguished Professor John Tagg. Published by Rodovid and translated by Yustyna Kravchuk, the Ukranian edition has a new afterword and new and expanded illustrations. The photographs below show preparations for the book launch in Rodovid’s offices; Yustyna Kravchuk, the translator; Maria Panchenko, project coordinator; Alona Solomadina, designer; and the audience that gathered for the talks. Rudi Giuliani, however, couldn’t be there.

Professor Karen-edis Barzman presents paper at the Newberry Library in Chicago

Cosimo Bartoli, Del modo di misurare (Venice 1564), Book IV, Ch. 1 (fol. 98v).
Newberry Library, Case 4A 3212 Vault

Professor Karen-edis Barzman presented a paper on Friday, November 1, 2019, as part of the Seminar on European Art at the Newberry Library in Chicago, where she holds a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for the academic year 2019-20.

The First Italian Guide to Mapping the State: Book IV in Cosimo Bartoli’s Del modo di misurare(1564)

Cosimo Bartoli’s Del modo di misurare(first edition, 1564) is known as a practical guide for measuring lines, planes, and solids, applied to things like the height of a tower, depth of a well, or volume of a barrel, which belong to what Bartoli terms “private interests.” Largely overlooked is Book IV, which Bartoli devotes to the mensuration of “public” things – fortresses, cities and, primarily, provinces. This section of the treatise, Barzman argues, comprised the first practical guide in Italian on mapping the state. The text entered print in Venice, where systematic mapping first arrived in a government archive. This watershed in the history of cartography occurred in 1460 and turned on assumptions Venetian administrators shared about the efficacy of pictures in storing and delivering geospatial data. Barzman’s aim is to examine the treatise in relation to cartographic practice undertaken for the Venetian republic in the management of its transregional state while also contributing to a genealogy of mapping as an information technology. Of particular interest, in addition to the operations of mapping itself, are the treatise’s woodcut illustrations and instructions on crafting the necessary sighting and measuring devices, as well as detailed guidelines for transferring the data to paper (e.g., plotting locations, scaling distances) These occur in passages that are fodder for the “expanded hermeneutics” of media studies, where attention is turned to the technical artifacts of new media rather than the contents of their products.

https://www.newberry.org/11012019-karen-edis-barzman-binghamton-university-and-jes-s-escobar-northwestern-university

Next VizCult talk: Alissa De Wit-Paul on Wed 30 Oct

VizCult
The Art History Department Speaker Series
2019 Fall Semester

 presents

 Alissa D. De Wit-Paul, PhD candidate, Art History, Binghamton University

“Choosing the Sun: Edward Mazria and Passive Solar Architecture in the 1970s”

 Wednesday 30 October, 5:00 PM in FA 143

In the 1950s and early 1960s, solar architecture emerged with a focus on energy efficiency, opposition to a nuclear power industry still closely associated with the military, and the promotion of modern lifestyles. On the fringe of the architectural profession, the American Solar Energy Society supported experimentation with a variety of solar architectures. However, by the mid-1970s, the rise of environmental concerns led to a debate within this organization over the application of solar technologies. Protagonists of “passive” solar not only developed a simplified process for architects to use this technology, but also created sun-powered buildings as a model of what would come to be known as “green” architecture.

Alissa D. De Wit-Paul (MArch, Buffalo) is currently Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Architecture at the Golisano Institute for Sustainability, Rochester Institute of Technology. She has extensive research experience in architectural and sustainable design. Her PhD research focuses on the history of sustainable design, concentrating on 1970s New Mexico. Her professional practice focuses on smaller residential and commercial spaces.