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.

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

Tom McDonough at Greene Naftali Gallery, New York

On Thursday 8 December, Tom McDonough will participate in a book launch and discussion celebrating the release of Jacqueline Humphries: jHΩ1:), published on the occasion of Humphries’s 2021 solo exhibition at the Wexner Center for the Arts. The evening will feature a conversation between Daniel Marcus (Associate Curator, Wexner Center for the Arts), Courtney J. Martin (Director, Yale Center for British Art), and McDonough. The program begins at 6:30 PM and will be held at the ground floor space of Greene Naftali, 508 West 26th Street, New York. Admission is free and open to the public.

Joonsoo Jason Park in Yonsei University International Graduate Student Symposium

On Friday, October 28, 2022, Art History doctoral candidate Joonsoo Jason Park delivered his paper “An Artwork You Will Not See: Wheatfield—A Confrontation (1982) by Agnes Denes” at the international graduate student symposium, Undisciplining the Disciplines, at Yonsei University, South Korea. As an interdisciplinary conference ranging from English to Art History, this conference was sponsored by the Department of English Language and Literature BK21 Project at Yonsei University, as well as by the Institute for Asia and Asian Diasporas at Binghamton University of the State University of New York.

Tom McDonough in conversation with British artist Liam Gillick

On Friday 7 October, Tom McDonough, Professor of Art History, will hold a conversation with artist Liam Gillick about A Variability Quantifier (2022), a weather station he has designed for Fogo Island, Newfoundland, Canada. Known colloquially as The Fogo Island Red Weather Station, Gillick’s artwork forms part of a larger collaborative project that unites 28 arts organizations around the world through the World Weather Network in partnership with the National Gallery of Canada and Fogo Island Arts. Their dialogue takes place 5:00 – 6:00 PM in the Gathering Hall at the Fogo Island Inn. For more information, see:

Beijing Inside–Out Museum Exhibition Co-Curated by Dengyan Zhou

Beijing Inside–Out Museum is currently showing a major new survey exhibition, “Infinite Realism: Humanism in Chinese Photography from the 1920s to the 1980s,” co-curated by Carol Yinghua Lu and Dengyan Zhou (PhD 2016). The exhibition, which continues until December, traces the emergence of alternative realist practices that challenge the formula of socialist realism, foregrounding individual photographers’ humanistic vision as observers and recorders of momentous social upheavals through the camera lens.

Dengyan Zhou teaches the history of photography at Beijing Film Academy. Her research has been published in Literature and Art Studies, Theory and Criticism of Literature and Art, the Chinese Journal of Art Studies, Contemporary Cinema, Trans–Asia Photography Review, Photographies, OSMOS and Chinese Photography.

Katherine Reinhart organizes International Symposium “Images & Institutions” in Rome

Katherine Reinhart has co-organized the symposium “Images & Institutions: The Visual Culture of Early Modern Scientific Societies” taking place in Rome September 14-16th.  This event brings together an international and interdisciplinary group of scholars, to reevaluate the functions of images and image-making practices that were integral to the advancement of early modern science within its formative institutions.  As part of the symposium, she will be giving a paper titled: “Science & Statecraft: On the Epistemic and Political Functions of Images in the Académie Royale des Sciences.”

More details on the symposium, and the program, can be read here:

In addition, they Keynote lecture by Professor Sachiko Kusukawa is free and open to the public and will take place in hybrid format. To register and access the zoom link please go here: