Art History majors Daniel Bontempi and Alex Feim will both present papers at the inaugural SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference (SURC) at SUNY Brockport on Friday, April 10, 2015. SURC will bring together undergraduate researchers and visual and performing artists as well as their faculty mentors throughout the SUNY system for a full day of activities, including student presentations and a luncheon with a keynote lecture. Dan will present a paper titled “Duane Hanson: Art and Object,” while Alex will present “Entangled Durations: Gordon Matta-Clark’s Bingo.”
“Inside Binghamton” is currently featuring a story on “The Inner Landscape of Dance: Photographs by Barbara Morgan 1935-1944,” currently on view at the University Art Museum. The show opened last Friday with a gallery talk by Distinguished Professor of Art History and exhibition co-organizer John Tagg. A catalogue, designed by Assistant Professor of Art Blazo Kovacevic and featuring an introduction by Diane Butler, Director of the Binghamton University Art Museum, and an essay by John Tagg, as well as images of all 30 photographs displayed in the exhibition, is available for purchase for $15.00 in the museum shop.
The verb ‘curate’ derives from the Latin curare and means to attend to something and thus also to take responsibility – for an exhibition, for the participating artists, for the works etc. In the business world the code of ethics, which defines what is legitimate and what is not, is becoming ever more important. In the curatorial field too, important parameters have been shifting in recent years. We have seen subtle but lasting changes in the relationship between public and private collections, together with the handling of the latter, in the relationship between the institutional art establishment and the art market, and finally in the relationship between curators and artists.
So the time is ripe to talk about a curatorial code of ethics: where are the boundaries, what are the grey areas? The point of departure for this three-day conference, in which international representatives of various sectors of the art world will present their viewpoints, is not so much to discuss deficiencies and problems, but instead to fundamentally acknowledge that these exist.