Next VizCult Talk: Claire L. Kovacs on Wednesday, September 28

VizCult: The Art History Department’s Visual Culture Workshop
2022 Fall Semester


Claire L. Kovacs, Curator of Collections + Exhibitions at the Binghamton University Art Museum

“SisterSerpents’ Provocations”

Wednesday, September 28 at 5:15 PM in FA 143

This year, VizCult, the department’s visual culture workshop, enters its twenty-sixth season, having run continuously since Fall 1997, undeterred by financial crisis, pandemic or the vicissitudes of academic fashion. VizCult is more than just a speakers’ series. It has shaped a unique space within the life of the department in which we can come together to share current work in progress and experience ourselves as an intellectual community–something that often gets lost in the rush of administrative and teaching deadlines. All are invited to come along and participate.

Beijing Inside–Out Museum Exhibition Co-Curated by Dengyan Zhou

Beijing Inside–Out Museum is currently showing a major new survey exhibition, “Infinite Realism: Humanism in Chinese Photography from the 1920s to the 1980s,” co-curated by Carol Yinghua Lu and Dengyan Zhou (PhD 2016). The exhibition, which continues until December, traces the emergence of alternative realist practices that challenge the formula of socialist realism, foregrounding individual photographers’ humanistic vision as observers and recorders of momentous social upheavals through the camera lens.

Dengyan Zhou teaches the history of photography at Beijing Film Academy. Her research has been published in Literature and Art Studies, Theory and Criticism of Literature and Art, the Chinese Journal of Art Studies, Contemporary Cinema, Trans–Asia Photography Review, Photographies, OSMOS and Chinese Photography.

Hye-ri Oh Funded by the National Research Foundation of Korea.

Hye-ri Oh’s five-year project, “Korean photography as ‘Contact Zone’ and Global Network in the Modern Cultural Formation,” has been selected from a highly competitive field for funding by the National Research Foundation of Korea. Oh’s research will be funded from July 2022 to June 2027. The National Research Foundation of Korea ( supports academic research in the humanities and social sciences, focusing particularly on national research projects in the field of strategic technologies and new industries.

Hye-ri is currently Research Professor in the Research Institute for the Visual Language of Korea at Myongji University in Seoul, Korea.

Kasumi Kugo in Japanese Journal of Image Arts and Sciences

Kasumi Kugo (Ph.D. Candidate) has contributed the essay “Photography as ‘Anonymous document’: The Formation of a New Realism of Photography in the Late 1960s and Early 70s Japan” (in Japanese) to the latest issue of the Journal Eizōgaku (Japanese Journal of Image Arts and Sciences). The full article will be available online later at:

Katherine Reinhart organizes International Symposium “Images & Institutions” in Rome

Katherine Reinhart has co-organized the symposium “Images & Institutions: The Visual Culture of Early Modern Scientific Societies” taking place in Rome September 14-16th.  This event brings together an international and interdisciplinary group of scholars, to reevaluate the functions of images and image-making practices that were integral to the advancement of early modern science within its formative institutions.  As part of the symposium, she will be giving a paper titled: “Science & Statecraft: On the Epistemic and Political Functions of Images in the Académie Royale des Sciences.”

More details on the symposium, and the program, can be read here:

In addition, they Keynote lecture by Professor Sachiko Kusukawa is free and open to the public and will take place in hybrid format. To register and access the zoom link please go here:

Pei-chun Viola Hsieh curates exhibition at Live Forever Foundation

Exhibition view: Group Exhibition, FOAMS: Auralization, Live Forever Foundation, Taichung City, Taiwan (30 July–30 October 2022). Courtesy Live Forever Foundation.

Art History doctoral candidate Pei-chun Viola Hsieh has curated the exhibition FOAMS: Auralization at Live forever Vital Space in Taichung City, Taiwan. The exhibition, which opened on July 30, 2022, and runs through October 30, features major site-specific installations by five notable Taiwanese contemporary artists. More information can be found at the Live Forever Foundation website and the press release published by Ocula: