Half-semester undergraduate course for fall 2015: Acquiring Art for the Museum


Käthe Kollwitz (German, 1867-1945) Tod, Frau und Kind (Death, woman and child), 1910. Etching, drypoint, aquatint and soft ground, Museum purchase with funds provided by the Provost and selected by undergraduate students, 2015.2.

Acquiring Art for the Museum

Diane Butler, Director, Binghamton University Art Museum

This course offers students the opportunity to select, by consensus, a work on paper that will be purchased for the permanent collection of the Binghamton University Art Museum. Students will learn about gaps in the print collection and each will advocate for a specific work on paper to be acquired for the museum. Students will become familiar with different print media and build connoisseurship; research an artist and his/her oeuvre; identify and compare similar works recently on the market; and develop and present a purchase recommendation for a specific work of art. All students will attend the IFPDA Print Fair at the Park Avenue Armory in NYC on Friday, November 6. Learn more by reading the story in the Binghamton University Magazine: http://www.binghamton.edu/magazine/index.php/magazine/feature/leaving-a-good-impression

Faculty Activities: Nancy Um in Art History

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See Associate Professor Nancy Um‘s article “Chairs, Writing Tables, and Chests: Indian Ocean Furniture and the Postures of Commercial Documentation in Yemen, 1700-1750,” in Early Modern Objects in Motion, ed. D. Bleichmar and M. Martin, a special issue of Art History 38:4 (September 2015): 718-31. For more information,  visit http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ahis.2015.38.issue-4/issuetoc.

Graduate Student Activities: Wylie Schwartz at station923

Join doctoral student and curator Wylie Schwartz at station923 on Friday, September 4, for an opening reception for Dara Engler’s show a pirate’s guide to survival. See below for more information or visit http://station923.wordpress.com/

station923 presents:

Dara Engler
a pirate’s guide to survival
Friday, September 4th from 6-9pm
Film screening at dark by the Ithaca International Fantastic Film Festival

Station 923
923 East Shore Drive
Ithaca, NY

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Engler’s paintings are portraits of an alter ego, often rooted in exaggerations of her own experiences. Their loose narratives are allegorical, embracing human foible and the humor that comes with it. Her interest in the figure lies in these awkward obstacles to which we can all relate. Inspired by my time in Louisiana and Ithaca and by Karen Russell’s book St. Lucy’s Home For Girls Raised By Wolves, this pirate has adopted the curiosity of Russell’s characters. She is skinning squirrels, spear fishing for sea lamprey, and learning to build wattle and daub shelter. She is an explorer, running into new creatures in new lands.

As an artist, Engler has always enjoyed constructing environments for her character before painting. They function as stage sets that are translated into two-dimensions again before they reach the audience. The things she previously considered to be props are now as much a part of the artwork as the paintings themselves and they should be shown together. In her paintings it is often unclear whether the figure is outside or whether the background is a backdrop in an imagined space. Her work plays with flatness, pattern and line juxtaposed with the rendered form. The paintings teeter between real and imagined worlds. The inclusion of the three-dimensional objects further clouds the line between fact and fiction.

For more info, visit: https://station923.wordpress.com/2015/07/26/9-4-15-a-pirates-guide-to-survival/

How to Skin a Squirrel, 2014, oil on canvas, 33in. x 40in
Spearfishing for Sea Lamprey, 2014, oil on canvas, 36in. x 60in


Outdoor screening at dark:
presented by the Ithaca International Fantastic Film Festival
Love Eternal– Brendan Muldowney; 2013/ Ireland

For Ian Harding, death is natural- he’s been confronted to it his whole life, and as anyone would do, he’s trying to make sense of it. The isolated young man is beginning a quest: chasing the meaning of his life – And the only way to get there is to get as close to death as possible.

Based on Kei Oishi’s acclaimed novel In Love With The Dead, Brendan Muldowney’s film is an emotional tour de force. Despite the dark areas of the human mind explored form the first second of the first reel- the fascination of death transcends the film, and Muldowney’s achieves a level of pure and simple beauty that any filmmakers and cinematographers would only dream of. A one of a kind film, for a one of a kind story, it’s the art of cinema at its finest.

Watch the trailer here


923 E. Shore Drive
Ithaca, NY  14850

Parking is limited. Please park across the street at the Visitor Center Parking lot and walk over.

Faculty Activities: John Tagg in Tel Aviv

Professor John Tagg has just returned from a Distinguished Visiting Faculty appointment in the Yolanda and David Katz Faculty of Arts at Tel Aviv University in Israel. During his time at the university, he taught an intensive seminar on photograph history and theory, delivered a well-attended public lecture, held an extensive schedule of meetings with scholars, curators, artists and activists, and was delighted to have the opportunity to catch up with some Binghamton people too: Rotem Rozental (PhD candidate in Art History), Na’ama Klorman-Eraqi (PhD 2013) and Ilana Abend-David (MA 1995). Following Tagg’s visit, a feature article by Shany Littman is scheduled to appear in the Friday edition Arts & Leisure section of Haaretz.

Fine Arts Mexico Building

The Mexico Building, home of the Yolanda and David Katz Faculty of Arts at Tel Aviv University.

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Ilana Abend-David (MA 1995) with John Tagg in the foyer of the Mexico Building at Tel Aviv University.

PhotoText seminar

The seminar on “Photo/Text”.

JT, Antea and Na'ama Klorman-Eraqi

Na’ama Klorman-Eraqi (PhD 2103) with John Tagg and Antea at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem.

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Poster for the public lecture on “Meaning, Sense and Execution in the Photographic Archive” in the Fastlict Auditorium of Tel Aviv University, on July 7, 2015.

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Tagg presents his lecture at TAU.