Marcia Focht presents at EVA 2018 Florence

Marcia Focht, Curator of Visual Resources, contributed the paper “Maximizing Metadata; Embedded Metadata Tools” at EVA (Electronic Imaging and the Visual Arts) in Florence, Italy, May 9-10.

The EVA Florence conference brought together about 100 speakers and participants to exchange ideas, spotlight initiatives, and share experiences on current trends in international arts computing and cultural heritage sector developments. Sponsored by an impressive array of Italian government, industry, foundation, and university entities–from the Associazione Beni Italiani Patrimonio Mondiale Unesco to Fratelli Alinari Idea to the Universita di Firenze–scholars and professionals came from as far afield as Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Turkey, Russia, Japan, the UK, and USA, with strong representation from the various regions of Italy.  The proceedings are published in an open-access PDF.

Lavinia Ciuffa, Marcia Focht, and Spyros Koulouris

Following the conference, Marcia and another EVA presenter from the USA, Maureen Burns from Archivision, connected with Visual Resources Association International Chapter members–Lavinia Ciuffa from the American Academy in Rome and Spyros Koulouris of I Tatti in Florence–to visit the extensive and historic archives, libraries, and grounds of Bernard Berenson’s Tuscan villa (now a Harvard Research Center) and Palazzo Grifoni to see the Photothek des Kunsthistorischen Instituts in Florenz–Max Planck Institut hosted by Dr. Ute Dercks.

I Tatti

display at Photothek des Kunsthistorischen Instituts

 

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Tom McDonough speaks at “1968: Aesthetics and Anti-aesthetics” conference at NYU-Berlin

Associate Professor Tom McDonough contributed a paper on “Cinema at a Standstill or, why didn’t Guy Debord film during May ’68” at the “1968: Aesthetic and Anti-aesthetics” conference hosted by NYU-Berlin May 25-26.
His talk examined the profound visual discretion exercised by Guy Debord and the Situationist International more generally during the crisis of May and June 1968, asking why Debord refused to produce any filmic documentation of the events, even as many others on the Left willingly did so. A careful reading of the text-based posters produced by the group at that time, however, opens the possibility for seeing their activity as a form of imageless cinema.

Nancy Um to speak at Leiden University

On April 6, 2018, Nancy Um will deliver a lecture in the Gravensteen Lecture Series at Leiden University
From Ship to Shore: Commercial Privilege and Material Culture in Eighteenth-Century Yemen”
Abstract: Material objects played a key role in mediating the social world of overseas merchants in the deeply commercial and maritime societies around the rims of the Red Sea and the western Indian Ocean in the eighteenth century.  While foreign goods, such as Chinese porcelain, imported textiles, horses, coffee, and spices, were highly desirable in the marketplaces of the Arabian Peninsula, these objects were not just commodities. In this talk, I will demonstrate how such items were deployed in ceremonial activities in the early modern port of Mocha. Subject to site-specific hierarchies of commercial privilege, these objects thus exceeded their commercial character and their transactional value.

Tom McDonough to speak at Guggenheim Danh Vo symposium

On Saturday, April 28, Tom McDonough, Associate Professor of Art History at Binghamton, will join Joshua Chambers-Letson of Northwestern and Patricia Falguières of the French EHESS in providing readings of Danh Vo’s multivalent artistic practice, currently the subject of a major retrospective at the Guggenheim museum. For more information, visit https://www.guggenheim.org/event/danh-vo-symposium-take-my-breath-away?utm_source=eflux&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=spring18programs.

Binghamton at CAA 2018

The following Binghamton students and alumni are presenting at CAA 2018 in Los Angeles. View the full program here: http://conference.collegeart.org/schedule/

“MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES IN THE CULTURAL SPHERE”

Time: 02/21/2018: 8:30AM–10:00AM
Location: Room 409B

“Architecting Water in Seventeenth-Century Istanbul: Art and Knowledge in Circulation”
Deniz Karakaş, Middlebury College

“RECONSIDERING PACIFIC STANDARD TIME: LA/LA”

Time: 02/21/2018: 2:00PM–3:30PM
Location: Room 403B

Josh Franco, Smithsonian Archives of American Art

“LEARNING FROM ELSEWHERE: CRITICAL ARTS PEDAGOGIES IN THE UNIVERSITY”

Time: 02/22/2018: 8:30AM–10:00AM
Location: Room 406A

Chair: Trista E. Mallory, The New School; Angelique Szymanek, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

“Feminist Histories and/as Critical Pedagogy”
Jen Kennedy, Queen’s University

“METHODOLOGIES FOR THE CONTEMPORARY ART OF GLOBAL ASIAS “

Time: 02/23/2018: 10:30AM–12:00PM
Location: Room 501C

““Chinese Symbol” to “Chinese Problem Situation”: Wang Nanming and the Theory of Critical Art”
Meiqin Wang, California State University Northridge

“ALTERNATIVE BEGINNINGS: TOWARDS AN-OTHER HISTORY OF IMMERSIVE ARTS AND TECHNOLOGIES” (NEW MEDIA CAUCUS)

Time: 02/22/2018: 2:00PM–3:30PM
Location: Room 406B

“Brazilian Avant-Garde’s Legacy of Exploring the Virtual”
Debora Faccion, Binghamton University

“A SECOND TALENT: ART HISTORIANS MAKING ART, PART II”

Time: 02/24/2018: 4:00PM–5:30PM
Location: Room 410

“Hecho a mano: Art History is Made by Hand”
Josh T. Franco, Smithsonian Institution

 

 

New publication: From Mountain to Mountain: Exchange between Yemen and Ethiopia, Medieval to Modern, co-edited by Nancy Um

Habur, Yemen, photo by Nancy Um, 2002.

From Mountain to Mountain: Exchange between Yemen and Ethiopia, Medieval to Modern

Chroniques du manuscrit au YémenSpecial Issue 1 (2017)

Edited by Anne Regourd (University of Copenhagen) & Nancy Um (Binghamton University)

Recently, scholars have been committed to studying exchanges, particularly commercial ones, across and around the rims of the Red Sea. While these connections have involved Yemen and the Horn of Africa centrally, they have rarely penetrated beyond the scope of the coasts. In this special volume, scholars consider the long history of interfaces between Yemen and Ethiopia, thus moving into the landed interior. These papers explore linguistic, diplomatic, commercial, and technological exchanges and provide evidence, albeit sometimes scanty, for movements and associations that extend from mountain to mountain, rather than simply from coast to coast. The authors rely upon an array of diverse sources, including historical chronicles and glossaries, firsthand interviews, newspapers, letters from private archives, and material culture. This special issue will be published in three installments.

Visit the volume here: http://www.cdmy.org/?page_id=18