From the Visual Resources Collection: Archivision Additions


It is exciting to announce the addition of over 15,000 new images to our Shared Shelf Collection (accessible via ARTStor). These new modules from Archivision include 3,000 Italian artworks, ancient Roman frescoes, mosaics, sculpture and masterworks—paintings and sculpture—from the Medieval to Baroque periods.

In addition there are architectural works spanning the contemporary (Millennium Park in Chicago; works by Gehry, Pelli, Calatrava and Libeskind) to the ancient world (the mosaics from Villa Romana del Casale in Piazza Armerina, Sicily; Ephesus and other monuments of the Roman empire) and in between (French chateaux and gardens; Byzantine architecture in Mystras; Venice). Other highlights include Frank Lloyd Wright, major murals of Diego Rivera and excellent coverage of Oxford. There are images featuring Russia as a highlight  (over 2000 images including the major palaces and gardens around St. Petersburg and coverage in Moscow.)

The group also holds material from Paris, including several important hôtels, and London–extensive coverage of Chiswick House and grounds, plus many of Wren’s churches. For Classics there are ancient Roman drawings scanned directly from original 19th century volumes (348 plans, sections and elevations) and coverage of the Elgin marbles. Art from the Victoria and Albert Museum, including their amazing cast collection, provides survey support. A collection from Mexico is also included (Mexico City, Cuernavaca, Puebla and Taxco.) For the contemporary period, there is new architecture in London and in Los Angeles, including Gehry’s Disney Concert Hall and complete coverage of the Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden at UCLA, and important works by Mackintosh like the Glasgow School of Art and the House of an Art Lover.

Next VizCult: Peter Christensen, University of Rochester


This talk will examine the opportunities that the digital humanities affords the creation of new types of evidence in the study of architecture and architectural history that serve to challenges ideas of solitary authorship. This talk will demonstrate this opportunity through an instructive case study: the architecture of the Ottoman railway network and the buildings designed by the railway network’s German engineers. Generic prefabricated building plans modeled on the German Heimatstil and designed by German architects in Frankfurt were, in the earlier years of the network’s development, deployed to remote sites within the Ottoman empire and adapted in situ by Ottoman laborers. German engineers implementing these designs, supervising an ever-shifting multiethnic labor force, did their best to reconcile the generic blueprints with the specific work site. Meanwhile, the laborers reviewed the blueprints, performing their own form of reconciliation. By virtue of their own notions of what a building should look like, the laborers brought to these buildings their own circumscribed authorial “fingerprints,” an idea which this talk will problematize vis-à-vis the field of biometrics and its digital technologies.

Graduate Activities: Addie Gordon at William and Mary


Peter Eisenman, City of Culture of Galicia, 1999-2012.

Doctoral student Addie Gordon traveled to Santiago de Compostela, Spain this summer in preparation for her dissertation. Addie conducted research at Álvaro Siza’s Galician Center of Contemporary Art and Peter Eisenman’s City of Culture of Galicia, as well as in the collections of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela and various other administrative buildings.

She will present on a portion of this research at the Annual Symposium for Pilgrimage Studies hosted by the Institute for Pilgrimage Studies at the College of William and Mary on October 1, 2016. Her paper is titled “A Canopy of Stars: Contemporary Representations and Transformations of Pilgrimage at the Galician Pavilion.”


Álvaro Siza Vieira, Galician Center of Contemporary Art, 1988-93.

Graduate Activities: Melissa Fitzmaurice at SFMOMA


Mario Botta’s original design for SFMOMA and the expansion by Snøhetta. Image via

Doctoral candidate Melissa Fitzmaurice recently accepted a position at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. As a private guide, Melissa has the opportunity to research, organize, and lead tours through SFMOMA’s collections, focusing on the architecture of the building, the Snøhetta-designed expansion and the newly loaned Fisher Collection as well as the museum’s permanent collections. This position also provides access to the museum’s archives and other employee resources. Melissa looks forward to sharing SFMOMA with any of her Binghamton colleagues traveling to San Francisco!