Faculty Activities: Nancy Um at Cornell

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On March 2, Associate Professor Nancy Um will give a talk, titled “The Material Rites of Commerce: Negotiating with Europeans and Baniyans in Eighteenth-Century Yemen,” at Cornell University‘s Comparative Muslim Societies Program. For more information, click here.

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This March: Second Annual Drawing Marathon at University Art Museum

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2nd Annual Drawing Marathon

Friday, March 10, 10:00 am – Saturday, March 11, 10:00 am
Binghamton University Art Museum, Main Gallery

Co-sponsored by the Department of Art and Design, the Harpur College Dean’s Office, the Binghamton University Fleishman Career Center, the Vice Provost’s Office for Undergraduate Education, Upstate Furniture, Anthony Brunelli Fine Arts, KAPOW, and Commercial Art Supply

The Drawing Marathon offers Binghamton University students, alumni and community artists (18 and over) a unique opportunity to compete for 24 hours to produce a finished figure drawing in the museum. It is a chance to discover one’s artistic second wind, when powerful creative energy is released at the very time physical energy diminishes. This second wind reinvigorates both mind and body, and can result in a rewarding, even spectacular artistic creation.

Application

Artists should send one pdf file with 10 samples of their best figure drawings, along with the following contact information: name, address, phone number and email. Send application to: drawing@binghamton.edu. There is no fee. The jury will select the strongest 10 competitors among the applicants. Only 10 artists will be selected and invited to compete. The competition is open to all students, alumni and community artists (18 and over). The deadline for submitting an application is March 1. No applications will be accepted after this date. Artists will be accepted for participation by March 6.

Jurors

Blazo Kovacevic, Assistant Professor of Art and Design, Binghamton University
Ann Welles, Director of Exhibit A gallery, Corning, NY
Diane Butler, Director of the Binghamton University Art Museum

Awards

Two cash prizes will be awarded on the morning of Saturday, March 11: the jury prize of $500 and the people’s prize of $250. The people’s prize will be awarded on the basis of comments received by visitors to the marathon as well as statements posted on the Binghamton University Art Museum Facebook page.

Event details

A clothed, live model and basic charcoal drawing materials, paper (72” x 48”), and easel will be provided. Light refreshments will be provided. Participating artists are responsible for all other expenses incurred, e.g., transportation, special foods. Artists are urged to consider the mental and physical aspects of this endeavor and must feel that they can safely participate. The event is held in a public setting so that visitors may observe artists at work throughout the 24-hour marathon period.

Timeline

The competition will commence Friday, March 10 at 10:00 am. At the end of every hour there will be 15-minute break for the model and participants. Every four hours there will be a 30-minute break. An award ceremony will follow shortly after the competition concludes on Saturday, March 11 at 10:00 am. The drawings will remain on view in the museum through Wednesday, March 15.

Venue

Binghamton University Art Museum
Binghamton University
4400 Vestal Parkway East
Binghamton, NY 13902
607-777-2968

Faculty Activities: Tom McDonough at the Whitechapel Gallery

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The release of Boredom, the latest title in the Documents of Contemporary Art book series, edited by Associate Professor and Chair Tom McDonough, will be celebrated at the Whitechapel Gallery in a conversation between McDonough and artist Fulvia Carnevale this evening, February 23.

“Tom McDonough’s rich and fun compilation of statements, reflections and pleas by philosophers, artists and filmmakers advocates boredom as a state of mind from which thoughts and ideas spark…this anthology encourages its readers to reclaim their own latent state of boredom as political act.”

-Uta Meta Bauer, Founding Director of the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore and Professor at the School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University

In contemporary art, boredom is no longer viewed as a singular experience; rather, it is contingent on diverse social identifications and cultural positions, and extends from a malign condition to be struggled against, to an experience to be embraced, or explored as a site of resistance. This anthology explores this history: from the political critique of boredom in 1960s France; silence, repetition or indifference in Fluxus, Pop, Minimalism and conceptual art; the development of feminist diagnoses of malaise in art, performance and film; Punk’s social critique and its influence on theories of the postmodern; and the recognition from the end of the 1980s of a specific form of ennui experienced in former communist states. Today, with the emergence of new forms of labour alienation and personal intrusion, deadening forces extend even further into subjective experience, making the divide between a critical and an aesthetic use of boredom ever more tenuous.