Art History majors Nathan Goldberg and Emily Jelen in Alpenglow

Congratulations to Art History majors Emily Jelen (’19) and Nathan Goldberg (’20), whose work has been published in the most recent volume of Alpenglow, the Binghamton University Undergraduate Journal of Research and Creative Activity. The volume features Goldberg’s essay “Picturing a Pandemic: Zoe Leonard’s Analogue” and Jelen’s Summer Scholars research project “Moorish Revival Synagogue Architecture: Community and Style, Past and Present.” The journal is published annually and is blind reviewed by Binghamton University’s faculty, staff, and advanced graduate students.

Josh T. Franco (PhD ’16) featured in New York Times

Josh T. Franco (PhD ’16), national collector at the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, is quoted in an article in the Art & Design section of Monday 30 November’s New York Times, which reports on efforts to gather an oral history of artists’ responses to 2020. You can read the full article at

Julia Walker in Perspecta: The Yale Architectural Journal

Julia Walker’s article “No One Intends to Open an Airport” has been published in the most recent issue of Perspecta: The Yale Architectural Journal. The article explores the controversies surrounding Berlin’s airports, including the drawn-out construction of Berlin Brandenburg Airport (which opened last month, well overdue and overbudget) and the ad hoc use of the historic Tempelhof Airport as a refugee shelter in 2015.

The journal issue, titled Onus, contains essays and projects that examine the ethical questions and moral tensions arising during the ideation, development, completion, and aftermath of the architectural design process.

Alumni Activities: Na’ama Klorman-Eraqi in Third Text

Video still from Guy Ben-Ner, Stealing Beauty, 2007.

Na’ama Klorman-Eraqi (PhD 2013) has contributed the essay “Hijacking IKEA: Subverting Consumer Culture and the Family in Guy Ben-Ner’s Stealing Beauty” to the latest issue of the journal Third Text. Find the full article at

Nancy Um at Yale University

 Sea sculpture from the Ca Mau shipwreck, porcelain cups from China, fused together with coral, excavated off the coast of Vietnam, cups ca. 1725, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London, FE.8-2007

Nancy Um will deliver a lecture entitled, “Connecting People, Places, and Things: Itineraries of Chinese Porcelain in and around the Arabian Peninsula,” for the Yale Inter-Asia Initiative and the Yale Council on Middle East Studies, on Monday, November 30, 2020, at 5:30 pm. Registration for this online lecture via Zoom:

Shannon Steiner at the National Hellenic Research Foundation

Shannon Steiner’s talk, titled “Alchemy and the Luxury Arts in Byzantium,” will take place on Monday, November 9 as part of the international workshop “Alchemy in Byzantium: A Research Field on the Rise” organized by the National Hellenic Research Foundation (Το Εθνικό Ίδρυμα Ερευνών) in Athens, Greece. Those interested in attending should email Dr. Steiner ( for information, as this event is not open to the public.

Shannon Steiner at the Frick Symposium on the History of Art

On Friday, October 30, Visiting Assistant Professor Shannon Steiner will present her paper “Supernatural Perfection: Alchemy and the Conspicuous Virtuosity of Byzantine Enamel” at the Frick Symposium in the History of Art. The panel will begin at 3pm. EDT on Zoom. More information at

Alumni Activities: Zohreh Soltani at the Frick Symposium on the History of Art

Every spring, the Art History Department sends a graduate student speaker to the Annual Symposium in the History of Art, held at the Frick Collection and the Institute of Fine Arts in New York. The symposium is organized by the Graduate Student Organization of the IFA, in collaboration with the Frick Collection curatorial staff. Fourteen graduate programs in Art History in the region participate. 
This past spring, the symposium was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It has been rescheduled for this fall as a four-part webinar, during which graduate students will present their papers remotely on Zoom. On Thursday, October 23, from 3:00-5:00 p.m. EDT, Zohreh Soltani (Phd 2020) will present her paper, “Between  Shahyad and Azadi: The Meanings of Monumentality in Revolutionary Tehran.”
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Alumni Activities: Na’ama Klorman-Eraqi in Art and Activism in the Age of Systemic Crisis: Aesthetic Resilience

Na’ama Klorman-Eraqi (PhD 2013) has contributed the essay “Feminist and Anti-Racist Graffiti Disrupting Public Space in the 1970s in Britain” to the anthology Art and Activism in the Age of Systemic Crisis: Aesthetic Resilience, edited by Eliza Steinbock, Bram Ieven, and Marijke de Valck (New York and London: Routledge, 2021). Find more information and links at