Binghamton University Art Museum hosts “Vienna to Binghamton: A Symposium on Max Eisenstein and His Painting”

On Thursday, May 3, 4:00-7:00 pm, the Binghamton University Art Museum will host a public event entitled “Vienna to Binghamton: A Symposium on Max Eisenstein and His Painting.” It will feature talks by Owen Pell ’80, Partner at White & Case LLP & Chairman of the Auschwitz Institute, and Tim Corbett, Inaugural Prins Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, Museum of Jewish Heritage, as well as presentations by the co-curators of the exhibition, Karen Barzman from Art History and Neil Christian Pages from German Studies and Comparative Literature. Refreshments will be provided.

The symposium is held in conjunction with The Binghamton Nuvolone: Restoring an Object in Six Parts, an exhibition on view March 15 – May 19, 2018. The exhibition is presented as one stage in a research project that has taken team members as far away as Vienna to undertake archival research and Arizona to interview surviving family members of Max Eisenstein. Visitors to the exhibition come to understand the Binghamton Nuvolone as an object that generates multiple narratives: its creation in the seventeenth century by Carlo Francesco Nuvolone, the life of its most recent owner Max Eisenstein in Vienna, his flight in 1939 to Binghamton, his efforts over many years to restore his property, the puzzling condition of the painting that had been cut into six pieces, and its recent conservation. Many of the findings are presented on labels in the exhibition, but much more will be given by team members and invited guests at the public symposium.

Tom McDonough contributes foreword to storied volume on Parisian graffiti of May ’68

Associate Professor Tom McDonough has contributed a foreword to the new English translation of The Walls Have the Floor, a collection of insurrectionary graffiti found on Parisian walls during the student-worker uprising of May ’68, first published in France fifty years ago. For more information, see


New Article by Nancy Um in World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts across the Indian Ocean

Nancy Um published “The Many Narratives of the Kiti cha enzi: Unresolved Strands of Dispersal and Meaning around the Indian Ocean,” in the catalog for the exhibition, World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts across the Indian Ocean, curated by Prita Meier and Allyson Purpura for the Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois. The exhibition is traveling to the Fowler Museum, UCLA and the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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“Kourcey el-emmeh,” from Émile Prisse d’Avennes, L’art arabe d’après les monuments de Kaire (Paris: A. Morel et cie, 1877), vol. 4, pl. 25.

New Publication: “Coordinates: Digital Mapping and 18th-C Visual, Material and Built Cultures,” co-edited by Carrie Anderson and Nancy Um

“Coordinates: Digital Mapping and 18th-C Visual, Material and Built Cultures,” a special issue of Journal18: a journal of eighteenth-century art and culture, Issue 5 (2018), co-edited by Carrie Anderson (Middlebury College) and Nancy Um (Binghamton University), has just been published:
Spurred by the collection, preservation, and distribution of spatial data—practices that have both collapsed and expanded our own discursive geographies—art historians are poised to harness fully the potential of geospatial analysis for the study of visual, material, and built cultures. This issue of Journal18 features current scholarship that relies on the analytical power provided by digital mapping interfaces for the study of the long eighteenth century.