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.


Andrew Walkling Revives Manual Collation at the Folger Shakespeare Library

Associate Professor Andrew Walkling recently reported on an ongoing project involving the collation of typographical variants in a late-seventeenth-century English book. His report, published in The Collation, the research blog of the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, describes his work refurbishing and using the library’s Hinman Collator, a fascinating relic of mid-20th-century pre-digital technology. The project grew out of an issue first raised in his forthcoming book, English Dramatick Opera, 1661–1706, to be published by Routledge in 2019.

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Roundtable published on Scalar with Lauren Cesiro as Digital Content Manager



Screenshot from Itinera, modified by Nancy Um on Adobe Illustrator.

Lauren Cesiro served as the Digital Content Manager for “Itinera’s Displacements: A Roundtable,” published on Scalar and written by Christopher Drew Armstrong, Lily Brewer, Jennifer Donnelly, Alison Langmead, Vee McGyver, and Meredith North. This roundtable appeared in “Coordinates: Digital Mapping and Eighteenth-Century Visual, Material and Built Cultures,” a special issue of Journal18: a journal of eighteenth-century art and culture, co-edited by Carrie Anderson and Nancy Um.
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Binghamton University Art Museum hosts “Vienna to Binghamton: A Symposium on Max Eisenstein and His Painting”

On Thursday, May 3, 4:00-7:00 pm, the Binghamton University Art Museum will host a public event entitled “Vienna to Binghamton: A Symposium on Max Eisenstein and His Painting.” It will feature talks by Owen Pell ’80, Partner at White & Case LLP & Chairman of the Auschwitz Institute, and Tim Corbett, Inaugural Prins Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, Museum of Jewish Heritage, as well as presentations by the co-curators of the exhibition, Karen Barzman from Art History and Neil Christian Pages from German Studies and Comparative Literature. Refreshments will be provided.

The symposium is held in conjunction with The Binghamton Nuvolone: Restoring an Object in Six Parts, an exhibition on view March 15 – May 19, 2018. The exhibition is presented as one stage in a research project that has taken team members as far away as Vienna to undertake archival research and Arizona to interview surviving family members of Max Eisenstein. Visitors to the exhibition come to understand the Binghamton Nuvolone as an object that generates multiple narratives: its creation in the seventeenth century by Carlo Francesco Nuvolone, the life of its most recent owner Max Eisenstein in Vienna, his flight in 1939 to Binghamton, his efforts over many years to restore his property, the puzzling condition of the painting that had been cut into six pieces, and its recent conservation. Many of the findings are presented on labels in the exhibition, but much more will be given by team members and invited guests at the public symposium.

Tom McDonough contributes foreword to storied volume on Parisian graffiti of May ’68

Associate Professor Tom McDonough has contributed a foreword to the new English translation of The Walls Have the Floor, a collection of insurrectionary graffiti found on Parisian walls during the student-worker uprising of May ’68, first published in France fifty years ago. For more information, see


New Article by Nancy Um in World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts across the Indian Ocean

Nancy Um published “The Many Narratives of the Kiti cha enzi: Unresolved Strands of Dispersal and Meaning around the Indian Ocean,” in the catalog for the exhibition, World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts across the Indian Ocean, curated by Prita Meier and Allyson Purpura for the Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois. The exhibition is traveling to the Fowler Museum, UCLA and the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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“Kourcey el-emmeh,” from Émile Prisse d’Avennes, L’art arabe d’après les monuments de Kaire (Paris: A. Morel et cie, 1877), vol. 4, pl. 25.