Material and Visual Worlds speaker series: Benjamin Schmidt, University of Washington

The Material and Visual Worlds TAE is delighted to announce Benjamin Schmidt‘s talk next week, the last talk in the Material and Visual Worlds Speaker Series for the year.  Schmidt is Professor of History at the University of Washington, Seattle, and author of several books, including the prize-winning Innocence Abroad: The Dutch Imagination and the New World, and the 2016 Inventing Exoticism: Geography, Globalism, and Europe’s Early Modern World.

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Graduate activities: Rotem Rozental in Photographies

Doctoral candidate Rotem Rozental’s essay, “Under Dor Guez’s Bed: Scenes from the ‘Christian Palestinian Archive’,” appears in the latest issue of the journal Photographies, Vol. 9, No. 1 (April 2016): 3–29.

The impulse for artist Dor Guez’s ongoing Christian Palestinian Archive (CPA) project can be traced to 1948, the year in which Israel was founded as a state and annexed local Palestinian territories, deporting and displacing their residents. These events are regarded as Nakba (catastrophe) by the Arab population. By examining the formation of the CPA Project, the circulation of images in and out of this private archive and Guez’s photographic practices, this essay suggests the CPA does not construct a lost national identity, but rather narrates and maintains images of a private and personal disaster. By so doing, it exposes governmental and authorial mechanisms that excluded these communities and bodies, but have nonetheless failed to prevent their inevitable emergence into the public sphere. This essay also recognises Guez as part of a growing group of Israeli and Palestinian artists who return to the silenced moments of Nakba and undermine systems that preserved prevalent narratives, such as institutional photographic archives and national museums.

Graduate Activities: Josh Franco, dissertation defense

The Department of Art History

is pleased to announce that, on,

Friday, April 22, at 10:00

in the Art History Commons, FA 218,

Josh Franco,

candidate for the doctoral degree in Art History,

will defend his dissertation,

“Marfa, Marfa: Minimalism, rasquachismo, and Questioning ‘Decolonial Aesthetics’ in Far West Texas,”

before a committee composed of Professors Tom McDonough (chair), Pamela Smart, Maria Lugones (Comparative Literature), and Nancy Appelbaum (History).

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.

Graduate Activities: Ya-Ling Wang, dissertation defense

The Department of Art History

is pleased to announce that, on,

Monday, May 2, at 11:00

in the Art History Commons, FA 218,

Ya-Ling Wang,
BA, Fujen University, Taiwan 1989,
MFA, Ohio University, USA 1994,

candidate for the doctoral degree in Art History,

will defend her dissertation,

“The Institutional and Critical Reception of American Abstract Expressionism in Taiwan and China,”

before a committee composed of Professors John Tagg (Chair), Tom McDonough, Pamela Smart and Richard Lee (Department of Sociology, Director of the Fernand Braudel Center).

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.

Alumni Activities: Sarah Bassnett

9780773546714McGill–Queen’s University Press have just announced the publication in April of Picturing Toronto: Photography and the Making of a Modern City, an innovative, interdisciplinary study of photography’s role in the liberal reform of early twentieth-century Toronto by Sarah Bassnett (PhD 2004).

Drawing on archival sources from the early twentieth century, Sarah Bassnett investigates how a range of groups, including the municipal government, social reformers and the press, used photography to reconfigure the urban environment and constitute liberal subjects. Through a series of case studies, including the construction of the Bloor Viaduct, civic beautification plans, urban reform in “the Ward,” immigration and citizenship, and the portrait photography of Arthur Goss, Toronto’s first official photographer, Bassnett exposes how photographs were at the heart of debates over what the city should look like, how it should operate, and under what conditions it was appropriate for people to live. Dispelling popular misconceptions, Picturing Toronto demonstrates that Goss and other photographers did not simply document the changing conditions of urban life––their photography contributed to the development of modern Toronto and shaped its inhabitants.

Faculty activities: Brian Wall at University Art Museum

poster2In conjunction with the current exhibition, Graphic! Lurid! Sensational! Exploitation and B-Movie Posters, Brian Wall, guest curator and associate professor of cinema and art history, will give a gallery talk at the Binghamton University Art Museum at noon today, Thursday, April 14. The posters on view are part of the John McLaughlin Collection in the Special Collections of the Binghamton University Libraries. The talk is free and open to the public. For directions and museum hours, visit To read more about the exhibition, click here.

Graduate Student Activities: Wylie Schwartz at station923

Join doctoral student and curator Wylie Schwartz at station923 on Friday, May 6, for an opening reception for Stephanie Clark‘s show Make Me a Pallet on Your Floor. See below for more information or visit

sclark_station923_v2station923 presents:

Make Me a Pallet on Your Floor
Stephanie Clark

Opening reception Friday, May 6, 6 – 9 p.m.
July 25 – September 3, 2014

Make Me a Pallet on Your Floor represents a series of new work by Stephanie Clark that considers the wood pallet as support, frame, and material. While walking past construction sites Clark realized that the forms of the pallets were aesthetically transformative and interrupted the ways in which she navigates and perceives her physical environment.

At once referencing painterly concerns and what it means for an object to shift into one realm from another, Make Me a Pallet on Your Floor makes manifest the transitions that we all make when existing within the constructs of modernity or post-modernity.

What does it mean when we relate to objects that are deemed unnecessary and what does it mean to repurpose and use them once again to build a new field or spatial relationship? How do marks and gestures represent a history, a genealogy and a physical remembrance of time passed and events impacted?

STEPHANIE CLARK (b. 1988, White Sands Desert, NM) is an MFA Visual Arts candidate at Cornell University. Her work has been featured on the arts and culture blog, Booooooom!, Vancouver, BC, Canada; in Paradigm Magazine, Philadelphia, PA; on the cover of the Chicago Review, Issue 59:1/2, Chicago, IL; in Bat City Review, Issue 11, Austin, TX; and in Studio Visit Magazine, Issue 30, Boston, MA. Clark has exhibited both nationally and internationally. This is her first solo show with station923.

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