The Surface and the Line Opens at the University Art Museum

Chaekgeori or folding screen, 19th century, Joseon Dynasty, Colors on silk, wood frame, Gift of John C. Copoulos ’73, Collection of the Binghamton University Art Museum, 2019.9.1

On Friday, January 24, 2020, at 5 pm, several exhibitions will open at the Binghamton University Art Museum.”The Surface and the Line: Alumni Gifts of Asian Art” is co-curated by Jason Park, PhD Candidate in Art History, and Nancy Um, Professor of Art History and Associate Dean of Harpur College. This exhibition includes several important works of Korean painting, Japanese prints, and Chinese ceramics, which were recently donated by Harpur College alumni. The exhibition will remain open until March 4.

University Art Museum- Upcoming Events

A Talk by Fred Moten
“Ofili’s Othello: An Engagement with
Shakespeare’s Play by Way of Visual Artist Chris Ofili”
Noon, Thursday, October 10
Main Gallery, FA 213

FRED MOTEN (b. 1962) is one of the foremost scholars of Black studies, a highly innovative voice in critical theory, and a renowned poet and music critic. His books include In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition (2003) and, most recently, consent not to be a single being (2017-18), a three-volume collection of essays. He is Professor of Performance Studies, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU.

Sponsored by the Material and Visual Worlds Transdiscipinary Area of Excellence

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Dance Day at the Museum
Binghamton Boys and Girls Club Dance Team Performance
4:30 p.m., Thursday, October 10
Main Gallery, FA 213

The Dance Team of the Boys & Girls Club of Binghamton was formed last year under the leadership of Lonnie Brown. A 2017 graduate of Binghamton HS, Lonnie has been a club member since elementary school, when he was first inspired to start dancing and performing. The unique style of hip hop dance that he developed has won him multiple talent competitions, performance opportunities, and, now, the chance to teach dance skills and life lessons to the ‘tween to teen members of the Boys & Girls Club Dance Team.

Co-sponsored by the Student Association

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University Family Weekend

Binghamton University Gospel Choir
2:30 p.m., Saturday, October 12
Main Gallery, FA 213

Join us during University Family weekend for a performance by the Binghamton University Gospel Choir. BUGC has been around for over 30 years. Established in the spring of 1983, its purpose is to be a vibrant performing group that sings gospel music so as to present the context, purpose, and meaning of gospel music. It is Afro-American music with origins in a combination of traditional spirituals, blues and jazz.

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Frederick Carder: Colorful Experiments in Glass

Saturday, October 5
2 PM
Binghamton University Art Museum (FA 213)
In conjunction with the Binghamton University Art Museum’s current exhibition “Steuben’s Era of Color: The Glass of Frederick Carder,” Dr. Amy Robbins will give a public lecture entitled “Frederick Carder’s Colorful Experiments in Glass.” The lecture will take place on Saturday, October 5 at 2 pm in the Binghamton University Art Museum Galleries and is free and open to the public.

Amy Robbins is a recent PhD in anthropology from Binghamton University with an interest in materials experimentation and art-science collaboration. Her dissertation, “Experimental Expertise: Glass at the Intersection of Art and Science,” explores the relationship between innovation and the materiality of glass through institutionally designed collaborative glassmaking projects in Corning, NY.

Dr. Robbins organized the exhibition which celebrates the generous gift of fifty pieces of Steuben glass by Peter H. Bridge and Terry C. Peet.

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Student-Curated Exhibitions Reception

Thursday, October 3
6:00-7:00 pm
Binghamton University Art Museum – Lower Galleries (FA 179)

Join us for the opening reception of our student-curated exhibitions in the Binghamton University Art Museum lower galleries! Students will give a brief talk about their curatorial work followed by a Q & A session with the audience. Light refreshments will be served. Event is free and open to the public.

Event is co-sponsored by the Undergraduate Art History Association  


University Art Museum Opening Reception Thursday, September 5th 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

not but nothing other: African-American Portrayals, 1930s to Today
Titled after a poem by Fred Moten, “not but nothing other: African-American Portrayals, 1930 to Today” presents depictions of and by Black Americans, providing a wide-ranging survey of how artists over the last eighty years have responded to the challenge of picturing African-American selfhood.

Key eras of creative production—the Harlem Renaissance, the Civil Rights and Black Power eras, as well as our present moment—are represented by artworks drawn from four prominent US public collections: the Art Bridges Foundation; the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art; the Albright-Knox Art Gallery; and the Fisk University Galleries.

From portraits to re-imaginings of historical figures such as Harriet Tubman, from realistic renderings to conceptual experiments, these works evidence the ongoing struggle to affirm Black identity within an America marked since its founding by the legacy of slavery, segregation, and racial discrimination.

For a detailed listing of related public programs click here.

This exhibition was organized by Tom McDonough, Associate Professor of Art History. Generous support for this project is provided by Art Bridges.

Thursday, September 5th
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Featuring a poetry reading by local resident Brenda Cave-James

Lecture by Heghnar Watenpaugh, September 9, 2019

Professor Heghnar Zeitlian Watenpaugh will speak at the Binghamton University Art Museum on Monday, September 9, 2019 at 4 pm. Her talk is entitled, “The Missing Pages: The Modern Life of a Medieval Manuscript, from Genocide to Justice,” and draws from her recent book about the Zey’tun Gospels. Art history, histories of genocide, cultural heritage, and the questions of the continuity of the medieval and the modern intersect in the biography of this medieval Armenian Gospels manuscript. Eight of its illuminated pages were discovered in the J. Paul Getty Museum in 2010, prompting a lawsuit. The tale of the separation of the pages from the manuscript tells a story of genocide and survival, and makes the case for a human right to art. Heghnar Zeitlian Watenpaugh is Professor of Art History at the University of California, Davis. She researches the visual cultures of the Middle East, including issues of architectural preservation, museums, and cultural heritage.
Hosted by the Middle East and North Africa Studies Program (MENA). Generously co-sponsored by the Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention (I-GMAP), the departments of Asian and Asian American Studies, Art History, and Classical and Near Eastern Studies, the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, the Material and Visual Worlds TAE, and the Binghamton University Art Museum.

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.

Border Arts Workshop’s traveling exhibition “La Linea Quebrada/The Broken Line” installed in University Art Museum

The Broken Line/La Linea Quebrada
After thirty years, the Border Arts Workshop’s traveling exhibition La Linea Quebrada/The Broken Line emerges from its silver box to grace the walls of the Binghamton University Art Museum. The recently acquired work, which deals with the experience of the Mexican American border and the border crossing expressions of Chicano/a popular culture, will be on show until January 20, 2018, in an installation curated by History doctoral student, Juanita Rodriguez, who will also deliver two gallery talks on Friday 8 December at 11:00 a.m. and 12 noon.