Mariah Postlewait appointed Kettering Curator of Photography and Special Projects at the Dayton Art Institute

Congratulations to doctoral candidate Mariah Postlewait, who has been appointed Kettering Curator of Photography and Special Projects at the Dayton Art Institute! More information can be found here:

Na’ama Klorman Eraqi in Journal of Modern Jewish Studies

Na’ama Klorman Eraqi (PhD 2013) has published her most recent essay, “Acting Out for the Camera: Performing Mizrachi Masculinity and the Politicization of the Jerusalem Neighborhood of Katamon Tet,” in the March 2023 issue of the Journal of Modern Jewish Studies. The essay analyses photographs taken by Yàakov Shofar in 1978 showing teenage boys from Katamon Tet, an impoverished Mizrahi neighborhood of Jerusalem, performing for the camera. It argues that the images, first published in Shofar’s photo books Finding a Way Out (1981) and Born in Israel (1984), speak to the politicization of the Mizrahi youths as a result of social and political tensions in Katamon Tet. Reacting to Shofar as a socially-privileged outsider, the gestures of those pictured confront the hegemonic gaze of Shofar’s camera in an effort to theatricalize and thus undo mainstream stereotypes of Mizrahi masculinity.

Rotem Rosental, Pre-State Photographic Archives and the Zionist Movement

Rotem Rozental’s book, Pre-State Photographic Archives and the Zionist Movement, will be published by Routledge on March 24, 2023, as part of the “Routledge History of Photography” series. The book, based on Rotem’s 2019 dissertation, argues that the Zionist movement made particular use of the machinery of the photographic archive, aiming to constitute the boundaries of Palestine as the territory of a Jewish state, claiming ownership over the land and announcing internationally the success of its enterprise––thus substantiating the image it sought to embed as the “reality” of the land. The Jewish National Fund archive did not stand alone but functioned in relation to a vast, complicated network of organizational systems and technologies in the Middle East and across the world. Crucially, this system operated as a national archive in future tense for a nation-state that was not yet in existence, seeking to establish its regional authority and shape a cultural repository that would define the parameters for inclusion and exclusion from the civic space it sought to construct.

Jeffrey West Kirkwood at Bauhaus University

On Wednesday, January 26, Jeffrey Kirkwood will give a public lecture titled “The Worst Case: Computation and the New Regime of Inefficiency” at Bauhaus University. Details on the talk can be found at:|-jeffrey-west-kirkwood-|-%E2%80%9Ethe-worst-case-computation-and-the-new-regime-of-inefficiency/200023914157140

Julia Walker at the Center for Architecture

On Monday, January 23, AIA New York and the Center for Architecture will host a panel discussion with recipients of the Arnold W. Brunner Grant and moderated by Julia Walker. The Arnold W. Brunner Grant supports advanced studies in any area of architectural investigation that contribute to the knowledge, teaching, or practice of the art and science of architecture. The evening’s talk will welcome 2019 recipient Richard W. Hayes, AIA and 2020 recipient Lynnette Widder, and the discussion will explore their research on post-World War II architectural practice in Europe. The program begins at 6:00 PM at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, New York, NY 10012. More information can be found here.

Jeffrey West Kirkwood in Texte zur Kunst

Merging painting, sculpture, gaming, and video, the artist and programmer Rachel Rossin creates digital landscapes that focus on entropy, embodiment, and the effect of technology on our supposed individuality. In THE MAW OF, Rossin explores the historical development of the relationship between bodies and machines based on research into brain-computer interfaces. Part of her artistic project was a Virtual Reality installation at the circular lecture hall of the Tieranatomisches Theater during this year’s Gallery Weekend in Berlin. After having immersed himself into the reality of Rossin’s site-specific project, Jeffrey Kirkwood shares his personal experience with the work that he discusses as a characterization of our current situation, in which technology is no longer just an extension of the body but has merged into an operation indistinguishable from us or our innermost experiences.

Image: Frank Sperling