Congratulations to Kaeun Park (MA 2018) who has just published her article, “Reconsidering Everyday Life Photography: Saenghwalchuŭi Sajin in South Korea in the 1950s and 1960s,” in the refereed journal, Trans Asia Photography Review(http://tapreview.org/). The essay is a revised version of Kaeun’s 2018 Master’s Thesis. Kaeun is currently a PhD candidate in Art History and Criticism at Stony Brook University, with a research focus on photography and visual culture in postwar South Korea.
More than two hundred people gathered on October 29 in Kyiv, Ukraine, for the launch of a new translation of The Burden of Representation by Distinguished Professor John Tagg. Published by Rodovid and translated by Yustyna Kravchuk, the Ukranian edition has a new afterword and new and expanded illustrations. The photographs below show preparations for the book launch in Rodovid’s offices; Yustyna Kravchuk, the translator; Maria Panchenko, project coordinator; Alona Solomadina, designer; and the audience that gathered for the talks. Rudi Giuliani, however, couldn’t be there.
Professor Karen-edis Barzman presented a paper on Friday, November 1, 2019, as part of the Seminar on European Art at the Newberry Library in Chicago, where she holds a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for the academic year 2019-20.
The First Italian Guide to Mapping the State: Book IV in Cosimo Bartoli’s Del modo di misurare(1564)
Cosimo Bartoli’s Del modo di misurare(first edition, 1564) is known as a practical guide for measuring lines, planes, and solids, applied to things like the height of a tower, depth of a well, or volume of a barrel, which belong to what Bartoli terms “private interests.” Largely overlooked is Book IV, which Bartoli devotes to the mensuration of “public” things – fortresses, cities and, primarily, provinces. This section of the treatise, Barzman argues, comprised the first practical guide in Italian on mapping the state. The text entered print in Venice, where systematic mapping first arrived in a government archive. This watershed in the history of cartography occurred in 1460 and turned on assumptions Venetian administrators shared about the efficacy of pictures in storing and delivering geospatial data. Barzman’s aim is to examine the treatise in relation to cartographic practice undertaken for the Venetian republic in the management of its transregional state while also contributing to a genealogy of mapping as an information technology. Of particular interest, in addition to the operations of mapping itself, are the treatise’s woodcut illustrations and instructions on crafting the necessary sighting and measuring devices, as well as detailed guidelines for transferring the data to paper (e.g., plotting locations, scaling distances) These occur in passages that are fodder for the “expanded hermeneutics” of media studies, where attention is turned to the technical artifacts of new media rather than the contents of their products.
The Art History Department Speaker Series
2019 Fall Semester
Alissa D. De Wit-Paul, PhD candidate, Art History, Binghamton University
“Choosing the Sun: Edward Mazria and Passive Solar Architecture in the 1970s”
Wednesday 30 October, 5:00 PM in FA 143
In the 1950s and early 1960s, solar architecture emerged with a focus on energy efficiency, opposition to a nuclear power industry still closely associated with the military, and the promotion of modern lifestyles. On the fringe of the architectural profession, the American Solar Energy Society supported experimentation with a variety of solar architectures. However, by the mid-1970s, the rise of environmental concerns led to a debate within this organization over the application of solar technologies. Protagonists of “passive” solar not only developed a simplified process for architects to use this technology, but also created sun-powered buildings as a model of what would come to be known as “green” architecture.
Alissa D. De Wit-Paul (MArch, Buffalo) is currently Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Architecture at the Golisano Institute for Sustainability, Rochester Institute of Technology. She has extensive research experience in architectural and sustainable design. Her PhD research focuses on the history of sustainable design, concentrating on 1970s New Mexico. Her professional practice focuses on smaller residential and commercial spaces.
The Art History Department Speaker Series
2019 Fall Semester
Wednesday 16 October
5:00 PM in FA 143
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