A Strange Country: Bill Brandt in Jarrow, 1937

Distinguished Professor John Tagg’s essay on Bill Brandt’s journey to the Depression-hit North-East of England in 1937 has just appeared in Bill Brandt l Henry Moore, edited by Martina Droth and Paul Messier, and published by the Yale Center for British Art and Yale University Press. The publication accompanies the exhibition Bill Brandt l Henry Moore organized by the Yale Center for British Art in conjunction with The Hepworth Wakefield. The exhibition will move from The Hepworth Wakefield to the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, at the end of June 2020.

Associate Professor and Chair Pam Smart to speak on Wednesday 26 February

VizCult
The Art History Department Speaker Series
2020 Spring Semester

presents

 Pamela G. Smart
Associate Professor and Chair
Art History, Binghamton University

“’Stillness that moves’:
Crafting Atmospheric Pressure in the Restoration of the Rothko Chapel”

 Wednesday 26 February
5:00 PM in FA 143

The Rothko Chapel—the ecumenical chapel, named for Mark Rothko, whose suite of paintings were commissioned by John and Dominique de Menil, its founders and benefactors—is approaching its 50th anniversary. This juncture, along with some pressing maintenance issues, has motivated a restoration plan to resolve ongoing problems with the building’s design that have been wrestled with since its conception. Notwithstanding serious shortcomings in the manner in which light enters the building and illuminates the paintings, the chapel has been venerated for its propensity to conjure experiential intensity. Drawing on Gernot Böhme’s spatialized aesthetic of atmospheres, this project is chiefly concerned with the crafting of conditions favorable to the experience of “atmospheric pressure,” as Elaine de Kooning characterized the effect of Rothko’s paintings, and the attunement to contemplation and action they are meant to elicit.

Pamela G. Smartis Associate Professor of Art History at Binghamton, whose research interests include the anthropology of art worlds, museums, critical aesthetics, and affective modalities of experience.

Spring 2020 VizCult schedule announced

VizCult: The Art History Department Speaker Series
2020 Spring Semester

Wednesday 26 February
Pamela G. Smart
Associate Professor and Chair
Art History, Binghamton University
“’Stillness that moves’: Crafting Atmospheric Pressure in the Restoration of the Rothko Chapel”
5:00 PM in FA 143

Wednesday 18 March
Brian K. Wall
Associate Professor and Chair
Cinema, Binghamton University
“’A splinter in the eye’: Cinema and Blindness”
5:00 PM in FA 143

 Wednesday 15 April
The Annual Ferber Lecture
Benjamin Anderson
Associate Professor
History and Art and Visual Studies and Classics, Cornell University
“A Byzantine Oracle in Reformation Germany: Ein wunderliche Weissagung von dem Bapstum(1527)”
5:00 PM in FA 143 

Wednesday 29 April
Andrew Weiner
Assistant Professor
Art and Art Professions, NYU Steinhardt
TBA
5:00 PM in FA 143

Nancy Um to speak at the University of Chicago

De haven van Mocha, 1616, Adriaen Matham, 1646. Courtesy Rijksmuseum

Nancy Um will deliver a lecture at the Neubauer Collegium at the University of Chicago on Friday, Feburary 14, 2020, at 12 pm. The talk is entitled, “From City to Text to Image: Pieter van den Broecke and Safi ibn Vali in Seventeenth-Century Mocha.”

Binghamton at CAA 2020

The following Binghamton students, faculty, staff, and alumni are presenting at CAA 2020 in Chicago. View the full program here: https://www.collegeart.org/programs/conference/conference2020/schedule
Lalaine Bangilan Little, Misericordia University
“Ornament and Order in the Spanish Colonial Philippines”
Session: Barriers, Borders, and Boundaries in the Early Modern World
Thursday, February 13, 2020
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Hilton Chicago – 3rd Floor – Wilford C
Nancy Um, Binghamton University
Lauren Cesiro, Binghamton University
Workshop Leaders
 
Session: From Knowledge to Data in Art History (Digital Art History Society)
Thursday, February 13, 2020
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Hilton Chicago – Lower Level – Salon C-7
 
Claire Kovacs, Binghamton University Art Museum
Idea Exchange Host
Session: Advocacy Needs for Academic Curators
Thursday, February 13, 2020
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Hilton Chicago – Lower Level – Salon C – Orange Table
 
 
Paulina Banas, Maryland Institute College of Art
“Émile Prisse d’Avennes’ drawings of the Nile Valley and the construction of Islamic Egypt in the mid-nineteenth century illustrated travel album”
Session: Topographical Drawing
Friday, February 14, 2020
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Hilton Chicago – 4th Floor – 4K
 
 
Jess Brody, Binghmaton University
“Transgender Identity: Toyen in the Czech Avant-Garde
 
Session: Undergraduate Research Poster Presentations
Friday, February 14, 2020
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Hilton Chicago – Lower Level – Lower Level Lobby
 
 
Ihnmi Jon, Binghamton University

“Art Chinois, Chine Demain Pour Hier (Chinese Art, China’s Yesterday for Tomorrow, 1990): The Ambition of Fei Dawei as a ‘Middle Man'”

Meiqin Wang, California State University Northridge

Curating Rural Reconstruction: Zuo Jing and Art for Community Development

(Ihnmi Jon is also chair for this session)
Session: From Being to Doing: Curating Contemporary Chinese Art
Friday, February 14, 2020
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Hilton Chicago – 3rd Floor – Waldorf Room
Kevin Hatch, Binghamton University
“Protest/Time: Wally Hedrick’s Vietnam Series”
Session: Framing Black Paintings: Histories and Legacies in the American 20th Century
Friday, February 14, 2020
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Hilton Chicago – 3rd Floor – Williford A
Zohreh Soltani, Binghamton University
“The Prison of Time: Tehran’s Qasr Prison Museum as a Transfunctional Monument”
Session: Spatial and Visual (Re)production in the Middle East and Asia
Saturday, February 15, 2020
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Hilton Chicago – Lower Level – Salon C-6
Nancy Um, Binghamton University
Discussant
Session: Art and Frontier
Saturday, February 15, 2020
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Hilton Chicago – 3rd Floor – Waldorf Room

PhD candidate Lauren Cesiro awarded Library Research Grant from the Getty Foundation

PhD candidate Lauren Cesiro has been awarded a Library Research Grant from the Getty Foundation. The grant will allow her to conduct on-site archival research related to her dissertation, The Body Is a Battleground: Intimate Communities in the Photographs of Robert Mapplethorpe, Nan Goldin, and Sally Mann. Lauren is particularly looking forward to examining the Getty’s collection of ephemera related to Robert Mapplethorpe’s photographic career and practice.