Josh T. Franco (PhD ’16) featured in New York Times

Josh T. Franco (PhD ’16), national collector at the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, is quoted in an article in the Art & Design section of Monday 30 November’s New York Times, which reports on efforts to gather an oral history of artists’ responses to 2020. You can read the full article at

Alumni Activities: Na’ama Klorman-Eraqi in Third Text

Video still from Guy Ben-Ner, Stealing Beauty, 2007.

Na’ama Klorman-Eraqi (PhD 2013) has contributed the essay “Hijacking IKEA: Subverting Consumer Culture and the Family in Guy Ben-Ner’s Stealing Beauty” to the latest issue of the journal Third Text. Find the full article at

Alumni Activities: Zohreh Soltani at the Frick Symposium on the History of Art

Every spring, the Art History Department sends a graduate student speaker to the Annual Symposium in the History of Art, held at the Frick Collection and the Institute of Fine Arts in New York. The symposium is organized by the Graduate Student Organization of the IFA, in collaboration with the Frick Collection curatorial staff. Fourteen graduate programs in Art History in the region participate. 
This past spring, the symposium was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It has been rescheduled for this fall as a four-part webinar, during which graduate students will present their papers remotely on Zoom. On Thursday, October 23, from 3:00-5:00 p.m. EDT, Zohreh Soltani (Phd 2020) will present her paper, “Between  Shahyad and Azadi: The Meanings of Monumentality in Revolutionary Tehran.”
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Alumni Activities: Na’ama Klorman-Eraqi in Art and Activism in the Age of Systemic Crisis: Aesthetic Resilience

Na’ama Klorman-Eraqi (PhD 2013) has contributed the essay “Feminist and Anti-Racist Graffiti Disrupting Public Space in the 1970s in Britain” to the anthology Art and Activism in the Age of Systemic Crisis: Aesthetic Resilience, edited by Eliza Steinbock, Bram Ieven, and Marijke de Valck (New York and London: Routledge, 2021). Find more information and links at

Paulina Banas’ article in Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide

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 [].

Émile Prisse d’Avennes (artist) and Daniel Vierge Urrabieta (lithographer), Arabesques: Pavement de mosaïque, fragments disposée sur le plan des dorqâah (du XVIe. au XVIIIe. siècle) (Arabesques: Mosaic Pavement, Fragments Arranged on the Plan of the Dorqâah [from the Sixteenth to the Eighteenth Century]), 1869–77. Chromolithograph. Published in L’Art arabe (Paris: Vve A. Morel et Cie., 1869–77), I: pl. 56.

Na’ama Klorman-Eraqi (PhD, ’13) presents at “Art & Activism” conference in The Netherlands

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

Alumni Activities: Josh Franco at the Archives of American Art

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.