Material and Visual Worlds speaker series: Benjamin Schmidt, University of Washington

The Material and Visual Worlds TAE is delighted to announce Benjamin Schmidt‘s talk next week, the last talk in the Material and Visual Worlds Speaker Series for the year.  Schmidt is Professor of History at the University of Washington, Seattle, and author of several books, including the prize-winning Innocence Abroad: The Dutch Imagination and the New World, and the 2016 Inventing Exoticism: Geography, Globalism, and Europe’s Early Modern World.

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Graduate activities: Rotem Rozental in Photographies

Doctoral candidate Rotem Rozental’s essay, “Under Dor Guez’s Bed: Scenes from the ‘Christian Palestinian Archive’,” appears in the latest issue of the journal Photographies, Vol. 9, No. 1 (April 2016): 3–29.

The impulse for artist Dor Guez’s ongoing Christian Palestinian Archive (CPA) project can be traced to 1948, the year in which Israel was founded as a state and annexed local Palestinian territories, deporting and displacing their residents. These events are regarded as Nakba (catastrophe) by the Arab population. By examining the formation of the CPA Project, the circulation of images in and out of this private archive and Guez’s photographic practices, this essay suggests the CPA does not construct a lost national identity, but rather narrates and maintains images of a private and personal disaster. By so doing, it exposes governmental and authorial mechanisms that excluded these communities and bodies, but have nonetheless failed to prevent their inevitable emergence into the public sphere. This essay also recognises Guez as part of a growing group of Israeli and Palestinian artists who return to the silenced moments of Nakba and undermine systems that preserved prevalent narratives, such as institutional photographic archives and national museums.

Graduate Activities: Josh Franco, dissertation defense

The Department of Art History

is pleased to announce that, on,

Friday, April 22, at 10:00

in the Art History Commons, FA 218,

Josh Franco,

candidate for the doctoral degree in Art History,

will defend his dissertation,

“Marfa, Marfa: Minimalism, rasquachismo, and Questioning ‘Decolonial Aesthetics’ in Far West Texas,”

before a committee composed of Professors Tom McDonough (chair), Pamela Smart, Maria Lugones (Comparative Literature), and Nancy Appelbaum (History).

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: Ya-Ling Wang, dissertation defense

The Department of Art History

is pleased to announce that, on,

Monday, May 2, at 11:00

in the Art History Commons, FA 218,

Ya-Ling Wang,
BA, Fujen University, Taiwan 1989,
MFA, Ohio University, USA 1994,

candidate for the doctoral degree in Art History,

will defend her dissertation,

“The Institutional and Critical Reception of American Abstract Expressionism in Taiwan and China,”

before a committee composed of Professors John Tagg (Chair), Tom McDonough, Pamela Smart and Richard Lee (Department of Sociology, Director of the Fernand Braudel Center).

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.