Roberta Casagrande-Kim,(Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, NYU) to speak at VizCult, Wednesday 16 October

The Art History Department Speaker Series
2019 Fall Semester
Wednesday 16 October
5:00 PM in FA 143

Roberta Casagrande-Kim
Research Associate and Curator
Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, NYU

Quo vadis? Mapping and Wayfinding in Ancient Rome”

The conceptualization of the ancient Greco-Roman universe was first formulated in the 6th century BCE by pre-Socratic philosophers. In studying the shape and size of the Earth, they developed the fundamentals of topography and cartography, the sciences of recording the surface of the terrain through drawings, as we still know them today. Topographical theories were also applied to everyday problem-solving such as mapping land and sea routes, recording public and private lands, and promoting specific political agendas. In all these instances, the resulting representations of places presented a distorted and schematized version of geographic and topographic elements, transforming those regions on both a conceptual and a physical level. This talk focuses on wayfinding, analyzing the role of Roman itinerariain the understanding of personal and public space, the conceptualization of hypothetical movement as a primary factor around which all spatial relations were built, and the emergence of a communal geographic standpoint that subsumed spatial differences to promote geographic standardization.

Roberta Casagrande-Kim(PhD, Columbia University) is a specialist in Roman funerary practices and beliefs in the afterlife, late Antique urbanism, and Greco-Roman mapping. She has worked extensively in archeological excavations in Italy, Israel, and Turkey, and has served as the Assistant Field Director at the Amheida excavations in Egypt since 2010.

Cosponsored by Classical and Near Eastern Studies


University Art Museum- Upcoming Events

A Talk by Fred Moten
“Ofili’s Othello: An Engagement with
Shakespeare’s Play by Way of Visual Artist Chris Ofili”
Noon, Thursday, October 10
Main Gallery, FA 213

FRED MOTEN (b. 1962) is one of the foremost scholars of Black studies, a highly innovative voice in critical theory, and a renowned poet and music critic. His books include In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition (2003) and, most recently, consent not to be a single being (2017-18), a three-volume collection of essays. He is Professor of Performance Studies, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU.

Sponsored by the Material and Visual Worlds Transdiscipinary Area of Excellence

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Dance Day at the Museum
Binghamton Boys and Girls Club Dance Team Performance
4:30 p.m., Thursday, October 10
Main Gallery, FA 213

The Dance Team of the Boys & Girls Club of Binghamton was formed last year under the leadership of Lonnie Brown. A 2017 graduate of Binghamton HS, Lonnie has been a club member since elementary school, when he was first inspired to start dancing and performing. The unique style of hip hop dance that he developed has won him multiple talent competitions, performance opportunities, and, now, the chance to teach dance skills and life lessons to the ‘tween to teen members of the Boys & Girls Club Dance Team.

Co-sponsored by the Student Association

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University Family Weekend

Binghamton University Gospel Choir
2:30 p.m., Saturday, October 12
Main Gallery, FA 213

Join us during University Family weekend for a performance by the Binghamton University Gospel Choir. BUGC has been around for over 30 years. Established in the spring of 1983, its purpose is to be a vibrant performing group that sings gospel music so as to present the context, purpose, and meaning of gospel music. It is Afro-American music with origins in a combination of traditional spirituals, blues and jazz.

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Jeffrey West Kirkwood joins advisory board of the new media journal MAST

MAST is an online, open-access, and double-blind peer-reviewed journal featuring interdisciplinary scholarship in the domain of Media Study. MAST stands for “Media Art Study and Theory” and aims to publish and promote innovative research and writing by artists and scholars who present new methods, approaches, questions, and studies in the field of media study and practice. The journal is relevant to academics, artists, researchers, theorists, and art curators with an interest in artistic research, theory, and praxis of media, introducing work that demonstrates a clear and creative engagement with current debates in media studies.

Frederick Carder: Colorful Experiments in Glass

Saturday, October 5
2 PM
Binghamton University Art Museum (FA 213)
In conjunction with the Binghamton University Art Museum’s current exhibition “Steuben’s Era of Color: The Glass of Frederick Carder,” Dr. Amy Robbins will give a public lecture entitled “Frederick Carder’s Colorful Experiments in Glass.” The lecture will take place on Saturday, October 5 at 2 pm in the Binghamton University Art Museum Galleries and is free and open to the public.

Amy Robbins is a recent PhD in anthropology from Binghamton University with an interest in materials experimentation and art-science collaboration. Her dissertation, “Experimental Expertise: Glass at the Intersection of Art and Science,” explores the relationship between innovation and the materiality of glass through institutionally designed collaborative glassmaking projects in Corning, NY.

Dr. Robbins organized the exhibition which celebrates the generous gift of fifty pieces of Steuben glass by Peter H. Bridge and Terry C. Peet.

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Student-Curated Exhibitions Reception

Thursday, October 3
6:00-7:00 pm
Binghamton University Art Museum – Lower Galleries (FA 179)

Join us for the opening reception of our student-curated exhibitions in the Binghamton University Art Museum lower galleries! Students will give a brief talk about their curatorial work followed by a Q & A session with the audience. Light refreshments will be served. Event is free and open to the public.

Event is co-sponsored by the Undergraduate Art History Association  


University Art Museum Opening Reception Thursday, September 5th 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

not but nothing other: African-American Portrayals, 1930s to Today
Titled after a poem by Fred Moten, “not but nothing other: African-American Portrayals, 1930 to Today” presents depictions of and by Black Americans, providing a wide-ranging survey of how artists over the last eighty years have responded to the challenge of picturing African-American selfhood.

Key eras of creative production—the Harlem Renaissance, the Civil Rights and Black Power eras, as well as our present moment—are represented by artworks drawn from four prominent US public collections: the Art Bridges Foundation; the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art; the Albright-Knox Art Gallery; and the Fisk University Galleries.

From portraits to re-imaginings of historical figures such as Harriet Tubman, from realistic renderings to conceptual experiments, these works evidence the ongoing struggle to affirm Black identity within an America marked since its founding by the legacy of slavery, segregation, and racial discrimination.

For a detailed listing of related public programs click here.

This exhibition was organized by Tom McDonough, Associate Professor of Art History. Generous support for this project is provided by Art Bridges.

Thursday, September 5th
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Featuring a poetry reading by local resident Brenda Cave-James