This March: Second Annual Drawing Marathon at University Art Museum


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.


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: 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.


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


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.


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.


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Faculty Activities: Tom McDonough at the Whitechapel Gallery


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.

Faculty Activities: Tom McDonough at the South London Gallery


Amie Siegel, Dynasty, 2017, mixed media including marble fragment from Trump Tower. Exhibition view South London Gallery, 2017. Courtesy the artist and Simon Preston Gallery, New York, image via

On Wednesday, February 22, Associate Professor and Chair Tom McDonough will give a talk on Amie Siegel’s work to accompany her solo show, Strata, at the South London Gallery.

For New York-based artist Amie Siegel’s first solo show in London, the South London Gallery presents recent works which explore the mechanisms through which objects become imbued with meaning. Known for her layered, meticulously constructed works that consider the undercurrents of value systems, cultural ownership and image-making, Siegel works across film, video, photography, performance and installation.

Binghamton Art History Department releases statement on inclusivity

For over three decades, the Art History Department has been committed to the cross-cultural, global study of art, visual culture, architecture and the built environment. This has never simply been a decision regarding disciplinary “methodology” but rather, we believe, a profoundly principled commitment to questioning the Eurocentric, patriarchal and class-based biases ingrained in the field and our society at large and to excluding all forms of discrimination and prejudice, regardless of the prevailing political climate.

As a department that welcomes a very international student body and strives to model an inclusive transnational community open to all regardless of nationality, race, gender identification or sexual preference, we reaffirm our commitment to a more egalitarian engagement with world cultures and stand in solidarity with all those struggling to realize that vision in academia and beyond.

Binghamton Art History at CAA

Don’t miss the following presentations and panels by Binghamton Art History students, faculty, and alumni at the annual conference of the College Art Association in New York this weekend:


Time: 02/17/2017: 10:30AM–12:00PM
Location: East Ballroom, 3rd Floor

Chairs: Janet Kraynak, Columbia University; Monica Amor, Maryland Institute College of Art

Janet Kraynak, Columbia University; Monica Amor, Maryland Institute College of Art

Decivilizing Rituals
Tom McDonough, Binghamton University

The Not-Photography of Non-Sculpture: Tino Sehgal and the Limits of Work
Irene Small, Princeton University

Discussants: Frazer Ward, Smith College; Michelle Kuo, Artforum Magazine



Time: 02/18/2017: 8:30AM–10:00AM
Location: Gramercy A/West, 2nd Floor

Alternative Sensorial Modalities: Gender and Perception in the Work of Palestinian Artist Anisa Ashkar
Tal Dekel, Tel Aviv University

This Way and Never Another: Tracing Biopolitics in Bharti Kher’s Bindi
Sarah Evans, Northern Illinois University

Ovoid Spaces: Eggs, Embodiment, and Transformation in Brazilian Women’s Participatory Performances, 1968–81
Gillian Sneed, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York

Decolonizing Disappearance: Bodying the Femicide Machine
Angelique Szymanek, Hobart and William Smith Colleges


Time: 02/18/2017: 8:30AM–10:00AM
Location: Morgan Suite, 2nd Floor

Chairs: Cyriaco Lopes, John Jay College of Criminal Justice; Rachel Nelson, University of California, Santa Cruz

Crowd-Sourced Poetics—The Street Where I
Terri Witek, Stetson University

Semiotics of the Camwhore: Art and Feminism on the Internet
Jen Kennedy, Queen’s University

Oil in Place: Social Media and Real-Time Data Responsive Documentary
Talena Sanders, University of Montana

WagonNet cyberAtractions
Gastão Frota, Institute of Arts of Federal University of Uberlândia/FAPEMIG


Time: 02/18/2017: 1:30PM–3:00PM
Location: Morgan Suite, 2nd Floor

Chairs: Kevin Hatch, Binghamton University; Josh T. Franco, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Cochair Presentation: A Brief History of Latinx Artists in Mexico City: Documents from the Archives of American Art
Josh T. Franco, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

“Nobody is a prophet in his own land”: The Exhibition without Restraint as a Case Study
Valentina Locatelli, Kunstmuseum Bern

Veneno, Then and Now: Mexico City, 1993 and 2016
Laura A. L. Wellen, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston


Time: 02/18/2017: 3:30PM–5:00PM
Location: Sutton Parlor North, 2nd Floor

Catch 22: Contemporary Art and Political Influence in Israel
Luna Goldberg, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Cloud Sharing: Aerial Photography and the Formation of a Civic Space
Rotem M. Rozental, Binghamton University

Figuring Dadaab: Humanitarian Heritage and Anxious Architectures in East Africa
Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi, New York University

Emotional Geographies of Dissonance: Urban Choreography of Dubrovnik
Sandra Uskokovic, University of Dubrovnik; Boris Bakal, Shadow Casters

Iraqi artist Oded Halahmy’s “Flowering Song” installed in University Art Museum

[Museum of Modern Art] Protests Trump Entry Ban by Rehanging Work by Artists from Muslim Nations,” reads a February 3, 2017 headline from The New York Times. The Binghamton University Art Museum has joined MoMA by installing Iraqi artist Oded Halahmy’s bronze cast “Flowering Song” in the Main Gallery. Stop by today to view this inspiring work of art!

“Flowering Song” was a gift to the Art Museum from Susan and Louis Meisel.

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