DEPARTMENT OF ART HISTORY Dissertation defenseWylie Schwartz, PhD candidate“Experimental Pedagogies: The Art and Politics of the Scandinavian Neo-Avant-Garde (1961-1972)”Committee members: Tom McDonough (chair), Pamela Smart, Kevin Hatch, Carl Gelderloos (Department of German and Russian Studies; outside examiner)Monday, April 5, 2:00 p.m. EDTThis defense is open to the public; due to the ongoing pandemic, it will take place on Zoom. The Zoom invitation will circulate in a separate email to department faculty and graduate students, but may also be requested directly from Wylie Schwartz or Kevin Hatch.
Art History and Mathematical Sciences major Nate Craig will be presenting a paper on Saturday, April 10th, at the third annual SUNY New Paltz Undergraduate Art History Symposium:
Etruscan Pigments: A Chronological Examination
Often when viewing art of ancient cultures, we tend to see exactly what’s given, a story, and try to piece together the puzzle of their culture that way. The same can be said of Etruscan art as a large part of Etruscan art is the story it tells us about what Etruscans valued and how they interacted as a culture. However, if we take a different vantage point and look a little deeper into how the art itself is made, namely the pigments being used, we can create a different story about how they are creating these works–specifically, the chronology of pigments in Etruscan society. The development of the Etruscan palette changes over time due to the introduction of new pigments during the Orientalizing, Archaic, Classical and Hellenistic. These insights into the use of pigments do tell us how they are making these fantastic works but, more importantly, are an integral part of the larger puzzle of understanding the Etruscan culture. This might mean understanding how they valued certain figures or who might have been important. These kinds of answers have been made possible by using technology like multi-spectral imaging, x-ray diffraction and x-ray fluorescence. Through these methods we are beginning to understand Etruscan culture better and painting a clearer picture of the Etruscan palette and its uses. Thus, by combining science with art we can then better comprehend the Etruscan culture.
Kevin Hatch will participate in a roundtable conversation with the art historian Chon Noriega (UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center) and the artist Raphal Montañez Ortiz to mark the recent digitization of Ortiz’s films and videos. The event will be hosted by the Paris-based experimental film distributor Light Cone, and will take place on Wednesday, March 24, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. EDT (6:00-8:00 p.m. Paris time). Registration for this webinar via Zoom:https://lightcone.org/en/news-682-defaire-le-cinema-une-rencontre-avec-raphael-montanez-ortiz
Indian Ocean Exchanges is an art history research, fellowship, and travel program that aims to build a robust network of international scholars and professionals who are committed to advancing Indian Ocean art history. The program posits the collective experiences of cross-cultural travel, exchange, and community formation as the foundation to cultivate this sub-field in formation, with the goal of widening and amplifying the expertise that develops in any single regional (and landed) context.
The program will host a cohort of 15 international fellows, mainly emerging scholars, providing opportunities for connection along shared intellectual affinities. Indian Ocean Exchanges will be launched through a series of virtual meetings that will begin in Summer 2021. In 2022, the cohort will embark, as a group, on three international study trips, to be held on the Arabian Peninsula (2022), in Southeast Asia (2022), and on the coast of East Africa (2023). Each of these study trips will provide opportunities to visit local archaeological and heritage sites and museum collections. They will also entail public presentations of ongoing research to the local community. These plans may be modified or delimited, however, based on COVID travel restrictions.
This project is organized by Nancy Um (Binghamton University). The project team includes Prita Meier (NYU), Trinidad Rico (Rutgers), Imran Bin Tajudeen (National University of Singapore), and Athman Hussein (National Museums of Kenya).