Gallery talk today on Ambra Polidori’s ‘How Beautiful Mexico is!’

Join us for a gallery talk at noon Tuesday, May 2, by Juanita Rodriguez, graduate student in the history department, on her installation of a work by Mexican artist Ambra Polidori (born 1954). The recently acquired work, How Beautiful Mexico is!, 2015, was donated to the Binghamton University Art Museum by Distinguished Professor John Tagg and Luisa Casella. The set of postcards depicts 43 students who disappeared after municipal officers in Guerrero, Mexico, allegedly fired on their bus in 2014. The violence chronicled in the postcards problematizes the notion of Mexico as a tourist destination. The installation will be on view through May 20, 2017.

Special installation at the University Art Museum: Ambra Polidori

The University Art Museum is showing a newly acquired work by Mexican artist Ambra Polidori (b. 1954) that challenges official evasions and inactivity around the 2014 disappearance of forty-three students in the Mexican state of Guerrero. The work has been sensitively installed by Juanita Rodriguez Congote, a doctoral student in the Department of History, in a way that also invites participation via the museum’s Facebook page as a digital parallel to the original’s sharable postcard format. There will be a gallery talk on the installation. Watch the museum’s Facebook page for details.

Gallery talk at University Museum on Thursday

In conjunction with the current exhibition, Milton Glaser: Modulated Patterns, a lecture entitled “Milton Glaser Illuminated” will be given at the Binghamton University Art Museum on Thursday, April 27, 5:00 pm by Steven Brower, director of the “Get Your Masters With The Masters” MFA at Marywood University. Brower is the designer/author of myriad books and former creative director for Print Magazine, and former art director for The Nation and The New York Times. He was also an associate at the Push Pin Group, co-founded by Milton Glaser.

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Opening reception this Friday at University Art Museum

Milton Glaser: Modulated Patterns and The Piero Project
Opening reception: Friday, March 31, 2017, 5:00-7:00pm.

Both the Main Gallery and the Susan M. Reifer ’65 and Stanley J. Reifer ’64 Mezzanine Gallery will feature artwork by renowned American graphic designer and illustrator, Milton Glaser. The Main Gallery will show sketches, prints and printed designs in an exhibition entitled Milton Glaser: Modulated Patterns, curated and designed by Blazo Kovacevic, assistant professor of art and design at Binghamton University. Although Glaser might be best known for his commercial work – the ubiquitous I ❤ NY logo or the psychedelic Bob Dylan album cover – the exhibition features work in which Glaser experiments with pattern and perception. He works out his thoughts graphically in a series of prints of landscapes and images that celebrate modern masters such as Cézanne, Toulouse-Lautrec and Klimt. Milton Glaser: Modulated Patterns is accompanied by a catalogue, published by the Binghamton University Art Museum, which includes an introduction by the curator and an interview with Milton Glaser by Tom McDonough, Associate Professor of Art History at Binghamton University. In conjunction with Modulated Patterns, another exhibition of watercolors by Milton Glaser will be on view in the Susan M. Reifer ’65 and Stanley J. Reifer ’64 Mezzanine Gallery. Entitled The Piero Project, the selection of 37 drawings pay homage to paintings by Italian Renaissance artist, Piero della Francesca.

Further insight into the work of Milton Glaser will be given in a lecture at the museum on Thursday, April 27, 5:00 pm by Steven Brower, director of the “Get Your Masters With The Masters” MFA at Marywood University. Brower is the designer/author of myriad books and former creative director for Print Magazine, and former art director for The Nation and The New York Times. He also was an Associate at the Push Pin Group, co-founded by Milton Glaser.

This March: Second Annual Drawing Marathon at University Art Museum


2nd Annual Drawing Marathon

Friday, March 10, 10:00 am – Saturday, March 11, 10:00 am
Binghamton University Art Museum, Main Gallery

Co-sponsored by the Department of Art and Design, the Harpur College Dean’s Office, the Binghamton University Fleishman Career Center, the Vice Provost’s Office for Undergraduate Education, Upstate Furniture, Anthony Brunelli Fine Arts, KAPOW, and Commercial Art Supply

The Drawing Marathon offers Binghamton University students, alumni and community artists (18 and over) a unique opportunity to compete for 24 hours to produce a finished figure drawing in the museum. It is a chance to discover one’s artistic second wind, when powerful creative energy is released at the very time physical energy diminishes. This second wind reinvigorates both mind and body, and can result in a rewarding, even spectacular artistic creation.


Artists should send one pdf file with 10 samples of their best figure drawings, along with the following contact information: name, address, phone number and email. Send application to: There is no fee. The jury will select the strongest 10 competitors among the applicants. Only 10 artists will be selected and invited to compete. The competition is open to all students, alumni and community artists (18 and over). The deadline for submitting an application is March 1. No applications will be accepted after this date. Artists will be accepted for participation by March 6.


Blazo Kovacevic, Assistant Professor of Art and Design, Binghamton University
Ann Welles, Director of Exhibit A gallery, Corning, NY
Diane Butler, Director of the Binghamton University Art Museum


Two cash prizes will be awarded on the morning of Saturday, March 11: the jury prize of $500 and the people’s prize of $250. The people’s prize will be awarded on the basis of comments received by visitors to the marathon as well as statements posted on the Binghamton University Art Museum Facebook page.

Event details

A clothed, live model and basic charcoal drawing materials, paper (72” x 48”), and easel will be provided. Light refreshments will be provided. Participating artists are responsible for all other expenses incurred, e.g., transportation, special foods. Artists are urged to consider the mental and physical aspects of this endeavor and must feel that they can safely participate. The event is held in a public setting so that visitors may observe artists at work throughout the 24-hour marathon period.


The competition will commence Friday, March 10 at 10:00 am. At the end of every hour there will be 15-minute break for the model and participants. Every four hours there will be a 30-minute break. An award ceremony will follow shortly after the competition concludes on Saturday, March 11 at 10:00 am. The drawings will remain on view in the museum through Wednesday, March 15.


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Binghamton, NY 13902

Iraqi artist Oded Halahmy’s “Flowering Song” installed in University Art Museum

[Museum of Modern Art] Protests Trump Entry Ban by Rehanging Work by Artists from Muslim Nations,” reads a February 3, 2017 headline from The New York Times. The Binghamton University Art Museum has joined MoMA by installing Iraqi artist Oded Halahmy’s bronze cast “Flowering Song” in the Main Gallery. Stop by today to view this inspiring work of art!

“Flowering Song” was a gift to the Art Museum from Susan and Louis Meisel.

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