Congratulations to Zohreh Soltani (PhD 2020), who has been appointed Assistant Professor of Architectural Studies in the Department of Art History at Ithaca College!
Na’ama Klorman-Eraqi (PhD, 2013) publishes the Visual Is Political: Feminist Photography and Countercultural Activity in 1970s Britain (Rutgers University Press). For more information: https://www.rutgersuniversitypress.org/the-visual-is-political/9781978800311
Binghamton alumna Paulina Banas published the article, “From Picturesque Cairo to Abstract Islamic Designs: L’Art arabe and the Economy of Nineteenth-Century Book Publishing,” in the most recent issue of Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide: a journal of nineteenth-century visual culture 17:1 (Spring 2018). Read the piece here [http://www.19thc-artworldwide.org/spring18/banas-on-l-art-arabe-and-the-economy-of-nineteenth-century-book-publishing].
Na’ama Klorman-Eraqi, Art History PhD 2013 and currently affiliated with the Department of Art History at Tel Aviv University (Israel), delivered a talk on “Agitating Public Space: Affective Encounters with Feminist and Punk Cultural Strategies” at the “Art & Activism: Resilience Techniques in Times of Crisis” conference, December 13-15, 2017, at the Research Center for Material Culture, Museum Volkenkunde, in Leiden, The Netherlands. For more information, see https://artandactivismcon.wordpress.com/
Congratulations to Josh Franco (PhD 2016), who was recently named national collector for the Archives of American Art. Josh began work at the Archives in July 2015 on a contract basis, collecting papers documenting Latinx art. For that special project, Josh built and strengthening the Archives’ Latinx holdings and quickly developed relationships with a network of artists and arts communities across the United States. In a little more than two years, he acquired significant collections, including the papers of “Chaz” Bojórquez, Jaime Davidovich, Kathy Vargas, Jari “WERC” Alvarez and Geraldine “Gera” Lozano, Victor Zamudio-Taylor, Paul Ramirez Jonas, Andres Serrano, and many others. Josh’s new, permanent position as national collector will ensure that Latinx collections remain a vital part of the Archives’ collecting program, and that they continue to play an essential role in the ongoing interpretation of the history of visual arts in the US.
Binghamton alumna Alison Ferris (MA 1991), Senior Curator at Des Moines Art Center, has been recognized by the Center for Curatorial Leadership as one of twelve curators selected to participate in its annual fellowship program for 2018. The program meets in New York City in January for an initial two weeks of instruction, followed by residencies with leading museum directors, the development of an individual Diversity Mentoring Initiative, and a final week of coursework in May. Other Fellows come from leading institutions including the Harvard Art Museums, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, The Andy Warhol Museum, Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Congratulations to Alison for this recognition of her achievements, her leadership and her distinctive curatorial vision that is certain to energize the upcoming fellowship program as it looks to deepen engagement with a more representative and nuanced expression of art history and culture.
Alison joined the Des Moines Art Center in February 2016. Since then, she has reinstalled the permanent collection and curated two major 2017 exhibitions: Ruptures and Drawing in Space. She is currently organizing the first major solo exhibitions in the United States for British artist Susan Collis (2019) and Scottish artist Karla Black (2020).
On October 14, Na’ama Klorman-Eraqi (PhD 2013) presented a paper, titled “Feminist Graffiti as Reclaiming Urban Space,” at the 2017 Conference of the Universities Art Association of Canada at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Na’ama is currently a lecturer in the Art History Department at Tel Aviv University.