Graduate activities: Wylie Schwartz awarded grant from Danish Arts Foundation


Happening in the backyard, Ex-School, Pilestræde, 1964. Photo: Egon Engman, image from: Museum Jorn in Silkeborg.

Congratulations to doctoral student Wylie Schwartz, who has been awarded a Danish Arts Foundation International Research Grant in order to conduct research for her dissertation, “Experimental Pedagogies: Art and Politics of the Scandinavian Neo-Avant-Garde (1961-1972).” Wylie will continue to pursue the research that she began last fall with support from the American-Scandinavian Foundation.

Faculty Activities: Jeffrey Kirkwood at the IKKM

Ernst Mach, Schlieren photograph of shockwave, double-tipped bullet from Werndl rifle, 1890. Collection of the Deutsches Museum.

On December 16, Assistant Professor Jeffrey Kirkwood will present a talk at the International Research Institute for Cultural Technologies and Media Philosophy (IKKM) at the Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany. His talk, titled “Modal Materialism: The Technological Fact of Counterfactual Thinking,” is a presentation of the research project he is undertaking during his fellowship at the institute this fall, which examines the history of media technologies in the visualization of counterfactual, contingent, and possible states.

Graduate Activities: Frick Symposium Rehearsal

Please join us on Tuesday, December 13 at 1:30 pm in Fine Arts 209 for the annual Frick Symposium Rehearsal. Every fall the department receives an invitation to send a speaker to the Annual Symposium in the History of Art, held at the Frick Collection and the Institute of Fine Arts in New York in collaboration with the Frick Collection curatorial staff. The symposium is organized by the Graduate Student Organization of the IFA. Fourteen graduate programs in Art History in the region send a nominee to read a 15-minute paper. In general, the presentations are based on doctoral projects, although others have been developed from Masters theses, seminar papers, or other original research. The Symposium offers each participant the opportunity to represent his or her graduate program at a prestigious event as well as to gain valuable experience in constructing and delivering a major paper and, of course, to meet students, faculty, and museum professionals from leading regional institutions.

The speakers are all students in the graduate program of the Department of Art History at Binghamton University. A reception will follow in Fine Arts 218.


Çağatay Emre Doğan, “Re-imagining Istanbul in 1950s Turkey: Cityscapes and Urban Memory”

Addie Gordon, “A Canopy of Stars: Contemporary Representations and Transformations of Pilgrimage at the Galician Pavilion”

Debora Faccion, “The Materiality of Virtual Narratives in Antonio Dias’s Paintings: Avant-Garde, Anthropophagy, and Science Fiction”


Next VizCult: Cağatay Doğan, Binghamton University, TODAY


Abstract: This talk will examine the visual construction of place and the identity of Istanbul by the Turkish Republic’s “state photographer” of the 1930s, Othmar Pferschy. State-sponsored publications promoted the republican regime’s aspirations to create a modern nation. Istanbul photographs played a crucial role in domesticating the Ottoman past as landscape and museum in contrast to the iconic modernist spaces of Ankara. Pferschy’s private archive and the rising photojournalism of the 1950s provides us with an opportunity to explore the fate of the republican visual regime of amnesia and iconization, in the broader context of transition to a multiparty system, the rise of mass media, and rapid urbanization.

Faculty and Graduate Activities: John Tagg, Dengyan Zhou, and Rotem Rozental in British Art Studies


Issue 4 of the refereed on-line journal British Art Studies, published by the Paul Mellon Center in London and the Yale Center for British Art, has just gone live. It includes contributions by John Tagg, SUNY Distinguished Professor of Art History, and Dengyan Zhou (PhD 2016) to a debate on photographic practice and theory at times of crisis, together with the entire proceedings of the recent conference on “Photography and Britishness” Tagg co-organized, including the outstanding presentation by current doctoral candidate Rotem Rozental.