Binghamton Art History at CAA

Don’t miss the following presentations and panels by Binghamton Art History students, faculty, and alumni at the annual conference of the College Art Association in New York this weekend:


Time: 02/17/2017: 10:30AM–12:00PM
Location: East Ballroom, 3rd Floor

Chairs: Janet Kraynak, Columbia University; Monica Amor, Maryland Institute College of Art

Janet Kraynak, Columbia University; Monica Amor, Maryland Institute College of Art

Decivilizing Rituals
Tom McDonough, Binghamton University

The Not-Photography of Non-Sculpture: Tino Sehgal and the Limits of Work
Irene Small, Princeton University

Discussants: Frazer Ward, Smith College; Michelle Kuo, Artforum Magazine



Time: 02/18/2017: 8:30AM–10:00AM
Location: Gramercy A/West, 2nd Floor

Alternative Sensorial Modalities: Gender and Perception in the Work of Palestinian Artist Anisa Ashkar
Tal Dekel, Tel Aviv University

This Way and Never Another: Tracing Biopolitics in Bharti Kher’s Bindi
Sarah Evans, Northern Illinois University

Ovoid Spaces: Eggs, Embodiment, and Transformation in Brazilian Women’s Participatory Performances, 1968–81
Gillian Sneed, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York

Decolonizing Disappearance: Bodying the Femicide Machine
Angelique Szymanek, Hobart and William Smith Colleges


Time: 02/18/2017: 8:30AM–10:00AM
Location: Morgan Suite, 2nd Floor

Chairs: Cyriaco Lopes, John Jay College of Criminal Justice; Rachel Nelson, University of California, Santa Cruz

Crowd-Sourced Poetics—The Street Where I
Terri Witek, Stetson University

Semiotics of the Camwhore: Art and Feminism on the Internet
Jen Kennedy, Queen’s University

Oil in Place: Social Media and Real-Time Data Responsive Documentary
Talena Sanders, University of Montana

WagonNet cyberAtractions
Gastão Frota, Institute of Arts of Federal University of Uberlândia/FAPEMIG


Time: 02/18/2017: 1:30PM–3:00PM
Location: Morgan Suite, 2nd Floor

Chairs: Kevin Hatch, Binghamton University; Josh T. Franco, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Cochair Presentation: A Brief History of Latinx Artists in Mexico City: Documents from the Archives of American Art
Josh T. Franco, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

“Nobody is a prophet in his own land”: The Exhibition without Restraint as a Case Study
Valentina Locatelli, Kunstmuseum Bern

Veneno, Then and Now: Mexico City, 1993 and 2016
Laura A. L. Wellen, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston


Time: 02/18/2017: 3:30PM–5:00PM
Location: Sutton Parlor North, 2nd Floor

Catch 22: Contemporary Art and Political Influence in Israel
Luna Goldberg, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Cloud Sharing: Aerial Photography and the Formation of a Civic Space
Rotem M. Rozental, Binghamton University

Figuring Dadaab: Humanitarian Heritage and Anxious Architectures in East Africa
Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi, New York University

Emotional Geographies of Dissonance: Urban Choreography of Dubrovnik
Sandra Uskokovic, University of Dubrovnik; Boris Bakal, Shadow Casters

Alumni Activities: Linda Steer

514HKXmCJSLLinda Steer (PhD 2006), Associate Professor of Visual Arts at Brock University, has just published her innovative study, Appropriated Photographs in French Surrealist Periodicals, 1924–1939. The book, based on her Binghamton dissertation, is published by Routledge and is the first monograph to analyze the Surrealist gesture of photographic appropriation, examining “found” photographs in three French Surrealist reviews from the 1920s and 1930s: La Révolution surréaliste, edited by André Breton; Documents, edited by Georges Bataille; and Minotaure, edited by Breton and others.

Alumni Activities: Paulina Banas at the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture

Émile Prisse d’Avennes “Mandarah: salon de réception au rez-de-chaussée,” published in Prisse D’Avennes’ L’art arabe d’après les monuments du Kaire: depuis le VIIe siècle jusqu’à la fin du XVIIIe (Paris, Vve A. Morel et Cie., 1869-77), Vol. III, Pl. 141. Courtesy of the New York Public Library.

Congratulations to Paulina Banas (PhD 2016), who has been awarded a Postdoctoral Associateship at the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture (AKPIA) at the Department of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University for 2016-17. This appointment will allow Paulina to focus on research and on revising her dissertation, The Orientalist Book Industry (1840-80): Prisse d’Avennes, Systems of Borrowing and Reuse, and the Marketing of Egypt, for publication. She will also contribute a public lecture on her research project to the AKPIA lecture series, A Forum for Islamic Art and Architecture.

Alumni Activities: Hala Auji


Congratulations to Hala Auji (PhD 2013), Assistant Professor of Islamic Art at the American University Beirut, whose monograph Printing Arab Modernity: Book Culture and the American Press in Nineteenth-Century Beirut will be published in June 2016 by Brill:

During the nineteenth century, the American Mission Press in Beirut printed religious and secular publications written by foreign missionaries and Syrian scholars such as Nāṣīf al-Yāzijī and Buṭrus al-Bustānī, of later nahḍa fame. In a region where presses were still not prevalent, letterpress-printed and lithographed works circulated within a larger network that was dominated by manuscript production. In this book, Hala Auji analyzes the American Press publications as important visual and material objects that provide unique insights into an era of changing societal concerns and shifting intellectual attitudes of Syria’s Muslim and Christian populations. Contending that printed books are worthy of close visual scrutiny, this study highlights an important place for print culture during a time of an emerging Arab modernity.

Alumni Activities: Sarah Bassnett

9780773546714McGill–Queen’s University Press have just announced the publication in April of Picturing Toronto: Photography and the Making of a Modern City, an innovative, interdisciplinary study of photography’s role in the liberal reform of early twentieth-century Toronto by Sarah Bassnett (PhD 2004).

Drawing on archival sources from the early twentieth century, Sarah Bassnett investigates how a range of groups, including the municipal government, social reformers and the press, used photography to reconfigure the urban environment and constitute liberal subjects. Through a series of case studies, including the construction of the Bloor Viaduct, civic beautification plans, urban reform in “the Ward,” immigration and citizenship, and the portrait photography of Arthur Goss, Toronto’s first official photographer, Bassnett exposes how photographs were at the heart of debates over what the city should look like, how it should operate, and under what conditions it was appropriate for people to live. Dispelling popular misconceptions, Picturing Toronto demonstrates that Goss and other photographers did not simply document the changing conditions of urban life––their photography contributed to the development of modern Toronto and shaped its inhabitants.

Alumni activities: Allison Ferris at the Des Moines Art Center

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Allison Ferris (MA 1991) has recently been appointed Senior Curator at the Des Moines Art Center in Iowa. Prior to accepting the position at Des Moines, Allison was a curator at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Wisconsin for ten years and at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art in Maine for twelve years. Her focus will be on contemporary art and the outstanding permanent collection. Congratulations to Allison.