Next VizCult talk: Alissa De Wit-Paul on Wed 30 Oct

The Art History Department Speaker Series
2019 Fall Semester


 Alissa D. De Wit-Paul, PhD candidate, Art History, Binghamton University

“Choosing the Sun: Edward Mazria and Passive Solar Architecture in the 1970s”

 Wednesday 30 October, 5:00 PM in FA 143

In the 1950s and early 1960s, solar architecture emerged with a focus on energy efficiency, opposition to a nuclear power industry still closely associated with the military, and the promotion of modern lifestyles. On the fringe of the architectural profession, the American Solar Energy Society supported experimentation with a variety of solar architectures. However, by the mid-1970s, the rise of environmental concerns led to a debate within this organization over the application of solar technologies. Protagonists of “passive” solar not only developed a simplified process for architects to use this technology, but also created sun-powered buildings as a model of what would come to be known as “green” architecture.

Alissa D. De Wit-Paul (MArch, Buffalo) is currently Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Architecture at the Golisano Institute for Sustainability, Rochester Institute of Technology. She has extensive research experience in architectural and sustainable design. Her PhD research focuses on the history of sustainable design, concentrating on 1970s New Mexico. Her professional practice focuses on smaller residential and commercial spaces.

Roberta Casagrande-Kim,(Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, NYU) to speak at VizCult, Wednesday 16 October

The Art History Department Speaker Series
2019 Fall Semester
Wednesday 16 October
5:00 PM in FA 143

Roberta Casagrande-Kim
Research Associate and Curator
Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, NYU

Quo vadis? Mapping and Wayfinding in Ancient Rome”

The conceptualization of the ancient Greco-Roman universe was first formulated in the 6th century BCE by pre-Socratic philosophers. In studying the shape and size of the Earth, they developed the fundamentals of topography and cartography, the sciences of recording the surface of the terrain through drawings, as we still know them today. Topographical theories were also applied to everyday problem-solving such as mapping land and sea routes, recording public and private lands, and promoting specific political agendas. In all these instances, the resulting representations of places presented a distorted and schematized version of geographic and topographic elements, transforming those regions on both a conceptual and a physical level. This talk focuses on wayfinding, analyzing the role of Roman itinerariain the understanding of personal and public space, the conceptualization of hypothetical movement as a primary factor around which all spatial relations were built, and the emergence of a communal geographic standpoint that subsumed spatial differences to promote geographic standardization.

Roberta Casagrande-Kim(PhD, Columbia University) is a specialist in Roman funerary practices and beliefs in the afterlife, late Antique urbanism, and Greco-Roman mapping. She has worked extensively in archeological excavations in Italy, Israel, and Turkey, and has served as the Assistant Field Director at the Amheida excavations in Egypt since 2010.

Cosponsored by Classical and Near Eastern Studies


University Art Museum- Upcoming Events

A Talk by Fred Moten
“Ofili’s Othello: An Engagement with
Shakespeare’s Play by Way of Visual Artist Chris Ofili”
Noon, Thursday, October 10
Main Gallery, FA 213

FRED MOTEN (b. 1962) is one of the foremost scholars of Black studies, a highly innovative voice in critical theory, and a renowned poet and music critic. His books include In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition (2003) and, most recently, consent not to be a single being (2017-18), a three-volume collection of essays. He is Professor of Performance Studies, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU.

Sponsored by the Material and Visual Worlds Transdiscipinary Area of Excellence

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Dance Day at the Museum
Binghamton Boys and Girls Club Dance Team Performance
4:30 p.m., Thursday, October 10
Main Gallery, FA 213

The Dance Team of the Boys & Girls Club of Binghamton was formed last year under the leadership of Lonnie Brown. A 2017 graduate of Binghamton HS, Lonnie has been a club member since elementary school, when he was first inspired to start dancing and performing. The unique style of hip hop dance that he developed has won him multiple talent competitions, performance opportunities, and, now, the chance to teach dance skills and life lessons to the ‘tween to teen members of the Boys & Girls Club Dance Team.

Co-sponsored by the Student Association

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University Family Weekend

Binghamton University Gospel Choir
2:30 p.m., Saturday, October 12
Main Gallery, FA 213

Join us during University Family weekend for a performance by the Binghamton University Gospel Choir. BUGC has been around for over 30 years. Established in the spring of 1983, its purpose is to be a vibrant performing group that sings gospel music so as to present the context, purpose, and meaning of gospel music. It is Afro-American music with origins in a combination of traditional spirituals, blues and jazz.

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Jeffrey West Kirkwood joins advisory board of the new media journal MAST

MAST is an online, open-access, and double-blind peer-reviewed journal featuring interdisciplinary scholarship in the domain of Media Study. MAST stands for “Media Art Study and Theory” and aims to publish and promote innovative research and writing by artists and scholars who present new methods, approaches, questions, and studies in the field of media study and practice. The journal is relevant to academics, artists, researchers, theorists, and art curators with an interest in artistic research, theory, and praxis of media, introducing work that demonstrates a clear and creative engagement with current debates in media studies.

Frederick Carder: Colorful Experiments in Glass

Saturday, October 5
2 PM
Binghamton University Art Museum (FA 213)
In conjunction with the Binghamton University Art Museum’s current exhibition “Steuben’s Era of Color: The Glass of Frederick Carder,” Dr. Amy Robbins will give a public lecture entitled “Frederick Carder’s Colorful Experiments in Glass.” The lecture will take place on Saturday, October 5 at 2 pm in the Binghamton University Art Museum Galleries and is free and open to the public.

Amy Robbins is a recent PhD in anthropology from Binghamton University with an interest in materials experimentation and art-science collaboration. Her dissertation, “Experimental Expertise: Glass at the Intersection of Art and Science,” explores the relationship between innovation and the materiality of glass through institutionally designed collaborative glassmaking projects in Corning, NY.

Dr. Robbins organized the exhibition which celebrates the generous gift of fifty pieces of Steuben glass by Peter H. Bridge and Terry C. Peet.

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Student-Curated Exhibitions Reception

Thursday, October 3
6:00-7:00 pm
Binghamton University Art Museum – Lower Galleries (FA 179)

Join us for the opening reception of our student-curated exhibitions in the Binghamton University Art Museum lower galleries! Students will give a brief talk about their curatorial work followed by a Q & A session with the audience. Light refreshments will be served. Event is free and open to the public.

Event is co-sponsored by the Undergraduate Art History Association