Graduate Student Activities: Wylie Schwartz at station923

Join doctoral student and curator Wylie Schwartz at station923 on Friday, September 13, for an artist’s reception for Mara Baldwin’s show, More Perfect More Better More Plenty. Directly following the reception, station923 will screen Dario Argento’s Inferno. See below for more information or visit


Artist’s Reception:

Friday, September 13th

6 to 9pm

Using Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s Herland as a primary text, Baldwin explores themes of artifact, documentation, restoration, utopia, communal living, exclusivity, feminism, and science fiction.

Mara Baldwin received her BA from Wesleyan University and her MFA from California College of Arts. Her work has been exhibited at the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, SOMArts, Triple Base Gallery, Root Division, and the Performance Art Institute, all in San Francisco, CA; the University of California, Berkeley; Pulliam Gallery, Portland, OR; and Capricious Space, Brooklyn, NY.  She is the recipient of the Murphy and Cadogan Fellowship from the San Francisco Arts Commission (2009), an SFMoMA SECA nomination (2010), and has been awarded residencies at the Vermont Studio Center (2010), the Saltonstall Foundation (2011), and the Djerassi Resident Artist Program (2013).  She currently resides in Ithaca where she maintains her studio practice and directs the Handwerker Gallery at Ithaca College.

At Dark:

Fireside Screening of Dario Argento’s Inferno presented by the Ithaca Fantastic Film Festival.

Please feel free to BYOB and to bring picnic blankets or lawn chairs for the screening.

There is limited parking at station923. Please park in parking lot across the street and walk over.

923 E. Shore Drive
Ithaca, NY  14850

Faculty Activities: Tom McDonough at Astrup Fearnley Museet


Cindy Sherman, still from the film "Office Killer"

Cindy Sherman, still from the film “Office Killer”

On August 29, Associate Professor and Chair Tom McDonough will present a talk a talk at the Astrup Fearnley Museet in Oslo titled “Human / Capital: Labour and Horror in the work of Cindy Sherman.” Visit for more information.

What would it mean to ask after the place of labour in Cindy Sherman’s artwork? Where could we locate the labouring body? Even a quick review of her three decades of photography reveals the striking lack of images of women at work, but there is one notable exception: Sherman’s 1997 horror film “Office Killer.” Despite its general absence from considerations of her work, the film – in foregrounding the workplace – provides us with an important opportunity to consider how labour, the body, and the grotesque form a crucial intersection of meaning in Sherman’s larger project.

Opening reception this Thursday at University Art Museum

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An opening reception for current exhibitions at the Binghamton University Art Museum will be held August 29, 5:00-7:00 and will feature faculty members from the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts (NACTA) visiting from Beijing, China. All exhibitions will be on view August 29-December 16, 2013.

Side by Side: Teacher and Student Designs from the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts is presented in conjunction with the Binghamton University Theatre Department. The exhibition consists of costumes, costumes design, set and lighting design produced by both teachers and students in Beijing.

Between Two Worlds: Paintings by Ruby Wang represents a homecoming of sorts for the artist (also known by her Chinese name of Hua Zhining). A former resident of Binghamton, where she founded the Chinese Arts Association, Wang now lives in her native city of Wuxi, where she continues to paint. The exhibition and accompanying catalogue have been generously supported by the Institute for Asia and Asian Diasporas, the Confucius Institute of Chinese Opera, and the New York Council of Asian Studies (NYCAS). Events related to this exhibition include a lecture/demonstration by Ruby Wang and Friends on Thursday, September 26, 5:00-6:30 pm, FA-213 and a public reception to meet the artist on Friday, September 27, 5:30-7:30 pm, FA-213.

Marking the Past: Wax Rubbings taken from Monumental Brasses in England

From the Victorian era to the end of the 20th century, engraved brasses found in parish churches all over England became popular sites for amateur artists to produce rubbings, “original” works of art made with simple paper and wax crayon. A collection of rubbings made by Binghamton residents, Grant Webster and Mary Webster, offers viewers a glimpse into this practice of capturing for oneself the English medieval past. This exhibition was curated by Hannah Hempstead Dwiggins, BA-MA Combined Program in Art History.

Other exhibitions on view highlight objects from the permanent collection. Heightened Perspectives: Marilyn Bridges features aerial photographs of known and not-so-well-known sites around the world, and Faces of Buddhism presents sculptures, paintings, and needlework produced in many parts of Asia. This exhibition also offers visitors a free family guide.

Admission to the museum is free. For directions and museum hours visit

Graduate Activities: Chunghoon Shin, dissertation defense

Please join us on Friday, August 23 for Chunghoon Shin’s dissertation defense. His dissertation is entitled  “Seoul Art ‘Under Construction’ from the Late 1960s to the New Millennium.” Chaired by Tom McDonough, the committee also includes Professors Nancy Um, John Tagg, and Nicholas Kaldis (outside examiner). The defense is open to the public and will take place from 9:45-11:45 a.m. in FA 218.