Please join us for a lecture in memory of Barbara Abou-El-Haj (1943-2015), celebrating thirty years of teaching and mentorship at Binghamton University and her ground-breaking contributions to the field of art history.
“Hunting in the Borderlands: Lessons Learned from Barbara Abou-El-Haj”
By Jerrilynn Dodds, Faculty of Art History, Sarah Lawrence College
Thursday, October 8, 2015, 4:30 pm
Followed by a reception at the University Art Museum. This event is open to the public.
Sponsored by VizCult, the Harpur College Dean’s Speaker Series organized by the Department of Art History, the Department of History, the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, the Fernand Braudel Center, and the Harpur College Dean’s Office.
On Thursday, October 8, from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in FA 179, the museum will open the exhibition Inverted Balance, curated by students of professor Tomonari Nishikawa from CINE 380J: Curating Film and Video. Throughout the course, students will learn how to curate a screening program with short films, while working on organizing an event, SEFF Binghamton: Student Experimental Film Festival, which will take place during the first weekend of December, showcasing 30+ short films completed by students at other universities nationwide.
All works at this exhibition, except a short film “Chiasmus” by Daichi Saito, a current Artist-in-Residence in the Cinema Department, are from the permanent collection of the Binghamton University Art Museum.
“The Power of Objects: Ars Sacra and the Negotiation of the Sacred in Late Byzantium”
Wednesday, October 7, 5:15 p.m.
Fine Arts 218
Banja Monastery Rhipidion, ca. 1559. Museum of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Belgrade.
By the thirteenth century (the beginning of the Late Byzantine period), the average Byzantine worshiper took communion—the climax of the Byzantine church service and the central ritual of Byzantine religious life—as seldom as once a year. Nor did they have full aural or visual access to these rites. Priests recited prayers inaudibly, while the icon screen blocked the laity’s view of the sanctuary. Despite these circumstances, however, scholars have located lay agency in Byzantine religious ritual by focusing on the ways Byzantine worshippers manipulated spaces, objects, and images to shape their religious experience. This paper examines the central objects of the Byzantine liturgy, the chalice and paten used to hold the bread and wine, incense burners, liturgical textiles, and processional fans, as they were carried to the altar during the service. By considering the use of these objects in concert, as they would have been experienced in their original ritual context, I investigate the ways they engaged a variety of senses and encouraged the movement of worshippers’ bodies. Working together, they orchestrated lay and clerical access to the divine.
Tera Lee Hedrick is Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History at Binghamton University.
Congratulations to doctoral student Amanda Beardsley, who has been awarded the Charles Redd Fellowship Award in Western American History. The fellowship allows her to work for a month in the L. Tom Perry Special Collections at Brigham Young University in Utah and is intended to aid in the completion of her dissertation.