Associate Professor Andrew Walkling kicked off his year-long sabbatical by driving across the country to Los Angeles, where he will be spending four months on an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship at the Henry E. Huntington Library/Art Gallery/Botanical Gardens working on his next book project, “Instruments of Absolutism: Restoration Court Culture and the Epideictic Mode”. En route, he couldn’t resist stopping in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, home of London Bridge–the actual London Bridge, built between 1824 and 1831 (to replace the 12th-century structure which, by then, was famously “falling down”), and then dismantled in the 1960s, when all the exterior stonework was moved to this bizarre desert outpost. Note that in the photograph, Walkling’s hand is not actually resting on the metal post, which was too hot to touch, as the outdoor temperature was 115 degrees. Nevertheless, he braved the heat, and now has a lot of great detail pictures of this nineteenth-century landmark that he’s dying to show to former and future students of his “Early Modern London” class.
From September 4-10, Assistant Professor Julia Walker will be participating in the 2016 Summer School of the Walter Benjamin Kolleg at the Universität Bern. The theme of this year’s Summer School, “Border Regimes: Confrontations, Configurations, Transpositions,” seeks to contribute to a critical interdisciplinary discussion on borders and analogous concepts. Read more about Walker’s project below. Continue reading
On Friday, September 23, Assistant Professor Kevin Hatch will give the keynote lecture at A Symposium on Bruce Conner, held at the Museum of Modern Art in conjunction with the exhibition BRUCE CONNER: IT’S ALL TRUE, which is the first complete retrospective of the artist’s 50-year career. Professor Hatch’s talk is titled “Not Thinking of You: A Letter from Bruce Conner”:
Among Bruce Conner’s many artistic mediums are the letters—sometimes serious, sometimes funny, and always fascinating—that he exchanged with figures ranging from other artists (like Wallace Berman and Ray Johnson) to pop culture celebrities (such as Dennis Hopper and John Lennon). Not only do these letters offer an unexpectedly intimate portrait of a particularly elusive artist, but they also point to something larger: a vision of an ideal art world, realized in epistolary form and unencumbered by the limitations and boundaries of a rapidly codifying art market.
Congratulations to Paulina Banas (PhD 2016), who has been awarded a Postdoctoral Associateship at the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture (AKPIA) at the Department of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University for 2016-17. This appointment will allow Paulina to focus on research and on revising her dissertation, The Orientalist Book Industry (1840-80): Prisse d’Avennes, Systems of Borrowing and Reuse, and the Marketing of Egypt, for publication. She will also contribute a public lecture on her research project to the AKPIA lecture series, A Forum for Islamic Art and Architecture.
Congratulations to Dengyan Zhou, our latest PhD, after her impressive defense of her outstandingly original dissertation. Dengyan now returns to Beijing where she will work on turning her dissertation into a book, while pushing forward on an array of publication and exhibition projects. Watch this space! Travel safely Dengyan. We will all miss you!
Join doctoral student and curator Wylie Schwartz at station923 on Friday, August 26, for an opening reception for Ahmed Ozsever’s show Arche/Structure. See below for more information or visit http://station923.wordpress.com/
Ahmed Ozsever’s work explores perceptions of time through the embedded memory traces that manifest in both constructed and natural environments. Ahmed works in installation utilizing various materials and techniques including video, sound, and text; all of which are informed by photographic way of looking and thinking.
The forthcoming exhibition Arche/Structure looks at infrastructure as the bridge between highly regimented quotidian time and seemingly unquantifiable geological time. The subject matter is inspired by Station 923’s proximity to now defunct rail lines, originally constructed to supersede the canal structure of New York State. The resulting works are immersive and experiential; eliciting sensations of compressed distance while establishing relationships between the domestic space and landscape through forced and obscure vantage points. The exhibition will feature sculptural and photographic components; installed to seamlessly engage the unique architecture of the space.
Ahmed currently lives and works in Chicago, IL. Ahmed earned his MFA from Cornell University in 2015 and is excited to be returning to Ithaca for this upcoming exhibition.
On view through September 2nd.
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