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.
Associate Professor Tom McDonough’s essay “Haegue Yang’s Amphibological Sculpture” appears in the artist’s most recent monograph, Lingering Nous (Les presses du réel, 2017), published on the occasion of her exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. For more information, see http://www.lespressesdureel.com/EN/ouvrage.php?id=5131&menu=.
From Mountain to Mountain: Exchange between Yemen and Ethiopia, Medieval to Modern
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.
Nancy Um is chairing a research panel at the conference “Art and Architecture in the Long Eighteenth Century: HECAA at 25,” November 1-4, 2018, held at Southern Methodist University, and currently accepting proposals for presentations. See the panel abstract and submission details below.
Nancy Um’s essay, “Aromatics, Stimulants, and their Vessels: The Material Culture and Rites of Merchant Interaction in Eighteenth-Century Mocha,” was just published in The Mercantile Effect: Art and Exchange in the Islamicate World during the 17th and 18th Centuries, edited by Sussan Babaie and Melanie Gibson (London: Gingko Library, 2017)