Faculty Activities: John Tagg in Mexico City


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On September 24, Distinguished Professor of Art History John Tagg delivered the closing plenary lecture at an international colloquium on Imágenes: Dispositivos, producción y crítica, held at the Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, under the auspices of the Cátedra Extraordinaria Olivier Debroise, the Instituto Francés de América Latina (IFAL) and the Centro de la Imagen-CONACULTA. The following day, he conducted a related seminar on archives and counter-archives at the Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas of UNAM. The proceedings of the conference are scheduled for publication and both conference and seminar can shortly be viewed on MUAC’s Campus Expandido website.

Luisa Casella at the Johnson Museum of Art

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Make a note: September 24 at 5:15 PM, Wing Lecture Room, Johnson Museum of Art––a lecture on “Caring for Photographs” will be given by photographs conservator, Luisa Casella,  in association with the photographic exhibition, “The City: Works From The Collection,” at the Johnson Museum of Art on Cornell University campus. The exhibition, culled from the permanent  collection, will take a look at how photographers have responded to the urban environment  in the last century.

Lecture in memory of Barbara Abou-El-Haj: Jerrilynn Dodds, Sarah Lawrence College

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Please join us for a lecture in memory of Barbara Abou-El-Haj (1943-2015), celebrating thirty years of teaching and mentorship at Binghamton University and her ground-breaking contributions to the field of art history.

“Hunting in the Borderlands: Lessons Learned from Barbara Abou-El-Haj”
By Jerrilynn Dodds, Faculty of Art History, Sarah Lawrence College
Thursday, October 8, 2015, 4:30 pm
FA 258

Followed by a reception at the University Art Museum. This event is open to the public.
Sponsored by VizCult, the Harpur College Dean’s Speaker Series organized by the Department of Art History, the Department of History, the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, the Fernand Braudel Center, and the Harpur College Dean’s Office.

Faculty Activities: Karen Barzman in Venice

On September 17, Associate Professor Karen-edis Barzman will deliver a talk titled “Maps in the Early Modern Archive:  A Genealogy of Portable, Display-Based Devices in Data Management and Communications” at the conference Bridges and Boundaries: Theories, Concepts, and Sources in Communication History, organized by the Communication History Section of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA).  The conference is co-sponsored by the Centre for Early Modern Mapping, News and Networks at Queen Mary University of London and runs from September 16-18 at various venues throughout Venice.

Opening reception next Thursday at University Art Museum for “Reclaiming Ruins”


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Reclaiming Ruins: The New York State Inebriate Asylum and Other “Abandonscapes” by A.D. Wheeler

Thursday, September 17 – Saturday, December 19, 2015

The Binghamton University Art Museum will open its fall exhibitions on Thursday, September 17, 2015. The Main Gallery exhibition, Reclaiming Ruins: The New York State Inebriate Asylum and Other “Abandonscapes” by A.D. Wheeler, is guest curated by Julia Walker, Assistant Professor of Art History. Walker will speak at the opening reception, which will be held Thursday, September 17, 5:00-7:00 pm. The exhibition will be on view through December 19, 2015.

A.D. Wheeler‘s evocative photographs of abandoned sites in Pennsylvania and Upstate New York speak to the contemporary taste for ruin and decay, but his images go beyond these structures’ patinated surfaces to explore their historical content and architectural significance. He is especially interested in obsolete industrial buildings—not just factories and mines, but also the civic institutions that accompanied this pattern of life. Wheeler explores these sites thoroughly, sometimes over the course of several days, in order to identify and capture the particular environments that the passage of time has created within them. Making use of High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography, in which several shots taken at different exposures are combined into a single image, his photographs reveal the visual and historical layers that have accumulated at these sites and make a strong case for their reuse. By drawing attention to the beauty of these disused properties, Wheeler demonstrates their ongoing relevance and advocates for their preservation.

Several public lectures will be offered in conjunction with the exhibition. Photographer, A.D. Wheeler, will give a gallery talk on Thursday, October 1, 2015, 5:00 pm. Roger Luther from the Broome County Historical Society will give two talks: “Binghamton’s Castle: Its History and Recent Developments” on Thursday, October 22, 5:30 and “Abandoned Asylums of New York State” on Wednesday, November 18, 6:30. Luther curated the complementary exhibition, The Castle on the Hill, on view in the Museum’s lower galleries.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit binghamton.edu/art-museum.

Faculty Activities: Nancy Um in Genre


See Associate Professor Nancy Um‘s article “Foreign Doctors at the Imam’s Court: Medical Diplomacy in Yemen’s Coffee Era,” in Transcultural Networks in the Indian Ocean, 16th-18th centuries: Europeans and Indian Ocean Societies in Interaction, ed. Su Fang Ng, a special issue of Genre: Forms of Discourse and Culture 48:2 (July 2015): 261-88. For more information,  visit http://genre.dukejournals.org/content/current.

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