Graduate Activities: Lyno Vuth at Asia Art Archive in America, New York

Alternative Art Engagement: Sa Sa Art Projects

by Lyno Vuth

Sunday, March 2, 2014, 7pm

Asia Art Archive in America, New York

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Bonn Phum Nov Bo-Ding (2014), a series of cross-platform exhibitions and events at Phnom Penh’s White Building from 18-25 Jan. The festival was organized by Sa Sa Art Projects in partnership with Big Stories (Australia), AZIZA school and many artists and residents from the White Building. Photo by Chhon Pisal.

Sa Sa Art Projects is Phnom Penh’s only artist-run space dedicated to experimental art practices. Founded in 2010 by art collective Stiev Selapak and located inside a low-income urban neighborhood called the White Building, Sa Sa Art Projects explores and challenges the possibilities of art by engaging Cambodian and visiting artists, creative individuals, students, and the White Building’s residents in realizing art projects and events that are accessible and enjoyable by everyday Cambodians. Sa Sa Art Projects does these by focusing on three main areas: experimental art residency program with Cambodian and visiting artists, art and media workshops with artists and young residents of the White Building and Phnom Penh city, and special collaborative projects.

Lyno Vuth is currently a Fulbright Fellow undertaking an MA in Art History at Binghamton University. He is also an artist, curator, and artistic director of Sa Sa Art Projects. Coming from international development background, his art practice and research interest center on socially engaged, participatory, and experimental arts.

Harpur Cinema presents “Reality”


Reality (Matteo Garrone, 2012, Italy/France, 116 min.) will be shown at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28 and Sunday, March 2 in Lecture Hall 6. Anyone familiar with Garrone’s gritty and relentless mafia drama Gomorrah (2008) might be surprised at this film about a humble Neopolitan fish-monger who becomes obsessed with appearing on the reality TV show Big Brother. Garrone’s signature roving camera ushers Luciano on an inexorable and delirious journey across the boundary that separates his mundane life and into the Fellini-esque world of television fantasies of celebrity and luxury. The style is both neo-realist and fantastic, poignant and absurd, but always profoundly human. Winner: Cannes, 2012 (Grand Jury Prize); Nominated: Cannes, 2012 (Palme d’or), Golden Globes-Italy (Best Cinematographer, Actor, 2012). Introduction by Olivia Holmes, associate professor of English and medieval studies.

Admission is $4. For questions or information, contact Nancy Wlostowsky via e-mail, or call 777-4998.


Graduate Activities: Aynur De Rouen, dissertation defense

The Department of Art History

is pleased to announce that, on,

Tuesday, February 25, at 1:30

in the Art History Commons, FA 218,

Aynur De Rouen,

candidate for the doctoral degree in art history,

will defend her dissertation,


before a committee composed of Professors Barbara Abou-El-Haj (Co-Chair), Nancy Um (Co-Chair), Rifa’at Abou-El-Haj (History) and Doug Holmes (Anthropology).

The defense is a public event and open to all. We look forward to a lively, instructive and informative discussion and invite you all to attend.

Binghamton’s Bacon in the news

Francis Bacon, Portrait of George Dyer Talking. Oil on canvas, 1966.

Francis Bacon, Portrait of George Dyer Talking. Oil on canvas, 1966. Image courtesy of Christie’s.

A painting by Francis Bacon that formerly made its home in the collection of Binghamton’s Dr. Israel J. Rosefsky was part of the record-breaking sales of nineteenth- and twentieth-century art at auction this past month. From the New York Times:

“…at least four big-name trophy hunters slugged it out on telephones at Christie’s on Thursday over Francis Bacon’s 1966 “Portrait of George Dyer Talking.” Estimated at £30 million, this powerful depiction of the artist’s lover seated like a Michelangelo nude on a bar stool was included in the Bacon retrospective at the Grand Palais in Paris in 1971, an exhibition that opened two days after Dyer committed suicide. The painting eventually sold to an undisclosed American buyer represented by Brett Gorvy, Christie’s international head of postwar and contemporary art, for £42.2 million, or $70 million. The price was an auction record for a single canvas by the artist.”

To read the rest of the article, click here. For more information about the portrait, click here.

Faculty Activities: Julia Walker at Miami University

1920577_596524897100166_327713380_nAssistant Professor Julia Walker will give a talk on Thursday, February 27, hosted by the Department of Art within the School of Creative Arts at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. The talk explores architect Rem Koolhaas’s early encounters with divided Berlin in the 1970s, arguing that what he found there was a kind of deconstructed city that brought him “eye to eye with architecture’s true nature.” For additional details, see the Miami Art Department website.

Faculty Activities: Tom McDonough at the University of Chicago


Image courtesy of the Smart Museum of Art.

This Friday, February 21, Associate Professor and Chair Tom McDonough will deliver the keynote address at “Interiors and Exteriors: Avant-Garde Itineraries in Postwar France,” a colloquium at the University of Chicago’s Smart Museum of Art. The colloquium, which brings together French and American scholars of emerging and enduring avant-garde movements in post-World War II Paris, is held in conjunction with an exhibition at the Smart Museum and an accompanying film and events series. For more information, follow the link.

Undergraduate activities: UAHA general interest meeting today and trip to see “The Monuments Men”


The Undergraduate Art History Association will be hosting a general interest meeting today, February 13, at 7:00 p.m. in Fine Arts 218 and an outing to see The Monuments Men (in honor of Binghamton Art History’s own Monument Man, Professor Kenneth Lindsay) at AMC Loews Theater this Sunday, February 16, at 4:45 p.m. See the UAHA’s Facebook page for more information. RSVP at