Faculty Activities: John Tagg, Photography and Britishness

screen-shot-2016-10-19-at-10-42-34-amAs part of his activities as the Andrew Carnduff Ritchie Visiting Scholar at Yale University, Distinguished Professor of Art History John Tagg has organized an international conference on photography and Britishness, to be held at the Yale Center for British Art on November 4-5. Follow the link for the complete program, which includes talks from Martin Parr, David Alan Mellor, and doctoral candidate Rotem Rozental.


Next VizCult: Gemma Angel, Cornell University


Abstract: The European tattoo is among the most mythologised and misunderstood folk art forms in Western cultural and art history; it is only in the past 20 years that new in-depth scholarship has begun to clarify and deepen historical understandings of this rich art form. Recent archive research has revealed new resources for the study of indigenous European tattoo iconography and practice, including collections of photographs, drawings and preserved tattooed skin specimens. This presentation will focus on a comparative study of these collections, framed within the broader context of 19th century criminological interest in the tattoo, and pathological interpretations of European tattoo iconography. Within this context, the tattoo as a surface signifier represented a kind of peculiar ‘social symptom’ of underlying psychological malaise, which could be ‘read’ and diagnosed from the formal aspects of the tattoo marks themselves, if one applied the appropriate interpretative tools.

Faculty Activities: Diane Butler at University Art Museum

screen-shot-2016-10-20-at-1-08-04-pmDiane Butler, director of the Binghamton University Art Museum, will give a tour of the museum from noon-1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, highlighting the fall 2016 exhibitions now on view, including “Baseball in Cuba,” “The Bard in Bold” and mini-exhibitions downstairs curated by graduate students. She will talk about important research initiatives currently under way and give a sneak peek “behind the scenes” to show the daily operations of an art museum.

Faculty and staff can register with the University Center for Training and Development and University retirees can register with Retiree Services at 607-777-5959 or via e-mail.

For more information, contact Corinna Kruman or call 607-777-5959. This program is co-sponsored by University Retiree Services and the Employee Assistance Program. Any retirees requiring a garage parking pass for the event should stop at the Information Booth at the University’s main entrance.