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.

Alumni Activities: Sharon Smith at MIT

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Sharon Smith (PhD, 2009) is co-organizer of the symposium New Frontiers in Gulf Urbanism, taking place March 11-12 and presented by the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at MIT. For more information, visit https://akpia.mit.edu/new-frontiers-gulf-urbanism.

Sharon C. Smith is the Program Head at the Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT and co-director of Archnet. Her areas of specialization include Middle Eastern art and architecture and Early Modern Italian art and architecture. Sharon sits on several boards, including the Middle East Outreach Council (MEOC), and is also a Fellow of the Institute, Tangier American Legation Institute for Moroccan Studies (TALIM). In addition, Sharon serves as image editor for Muqarnas: An Annual on the Visual Cultures of the Islamic World. She has presented widely on issues of documentation, digitization, and the dissemination of knowledge, as well as on art historical topics primarily focused on visual and material culture in the Early Modern Mediterranean.

Binghamton Art History at CAA

Don’t miss the following presentations and panels by Binghamton Art History students, faculty, and alumni at the 104th annual conference of the College Art Association in Washington, D.C. this weekend:

Wednesday, February 3, 9:30 am
The Critic as Feminist Artist: Carla Lonzi and Lucy Lippard’s Writing as Art
The Artist-Critic: History, Identity, Work
Jennifer Kennedy, University of Ottawa (PhD, Binghamton University, 2014)

Wednesday, February 3, 9:30 am
Here and Abroad: The Globalization of K(Korean)-Art and Other Myths
Negotiating Urban Identities: Spectacles and Conflicts in the Seoul Olympic Sculpture Park and the Gwangju Biennale
Yuri Chang, Binghamton University

Wednesday, February 3, 12:30 pm
Latina/o Presence in the Archives of American Art
Living Archives: Latin American and Latino Art Materials in U.S. Institutions
Josh Franco, Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Art and Binghamton University

Thursday, February 4, 2:30 pm
Making A Killing: Art, Capital, and Value in the 21st Century
Panel chaired and organized by Tom McDonough, Binghamton University

Friday, February 5, 2:30 pm
Unmapped Routes: Photography’s Global Networks of Exchange
Pictorialism in Doubt: Landscape, Art Photography and Mass Media in 1920s Korea
Hye-ri Oh, University of Pittsburgh (PhD, Binghamton University, 2014)

Saturday, February 6, 12:30 pm
Digital Humanities in the Classroom: An Exchange
Panel chaired and organized by Jeannine Keefer, University of Richmond (PhD, Binghamton University, 2013)
Doing Digital Art History: Learning Digital Humanities Tools in a Workshop Environment
Kristen Gallant, Binghamton University

Saturday, February 6, 2:30 pm
An Art History of the Archive? – Part II
The Formation of a National Photographic Archive: Conflicts, Narratives, and Propaganda in Early Twentieth-Century Palestine
Rotem Rozental, Binghamton University

Binghamton Art History at CAA

Don’t miss the following presentations and panels by Binghamton Art History students, faculty, and alumni at the 104th annual conference of the College Art Association in Washington, D.C. this weekend:

Wednesday, February 3, 9:30 am
Here and Abroad: The Globalization of K(Korean)-Art and Other Myths
Negotiating Urban Identities: Spectacles and Conflicts in the Seoul Olympic Sculpture Park and the Gwangju Biennale
Yuri Chang, Binghamton University

Thursday, February 4, 2:30 pm
Making A Killing: Art, Capital, and Value in the 21st Century
Panel chaired and organized by Tom McDonough, Binghamton University

Friday, February 5, 2:30 pm
Unmapped Routes: Photography’s Global Networks of Exchange
Pictorialism in Doubt: Landscape, Art Photography and Mass Media in 1920s Korea
Hye-ri Oh, University of Pittsburgh (PhD, Binghamton University, 2014)

Saturday, February 6, 12:30 pm
Digital Humanities in the Classroom: An Exchange
Panel chaired and organized by Jeannine Keefer, University of Richmond (PhD, Binghamton University, 2013)
Doing Digital Art History: Learning Digital Humanities Tools in a Workshop Environment
Kristen Gallant, Binghamton University

Saturday, February 6, 2:30 pm
An Art History of the Archive? – Part II
The Formation of a National Photographic Archive: Conflicts, Narratives, and Propaganda in Early Twentieth-Century Palestine
Rotem Rozental, Binghamton University