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.

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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.

Opening Gala this Friday at University Art Museum

50 Years/50 Highlights
September 15—December 16, 2017

The Binghamton University Art Museum will open its fall exhibitions with a black-tie optional gala reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, September 15, 2017. The Main Gallery exhibition, 50 Years/50 Highlights, celebrates the 50th anniversary of the museum. Opening in October 1967, the new Art Gallery, founded by Professor Kenneth C. Lindsay, featured temporary exhibitions and began in earnest to acquire objects – paintings, sculptures and works on paper – to support its teaching mission. Over the last 50 years, some of the pieces on view arrived as donations from alumni and local residents, while others were acquired with funds provided by New York state under the administration of Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller. The celebratory exhibition features works that range from a Neolithic Chinese vessel to 20th-century paintings and works on paper. In between, Old Master paintings and drawings, prints by Picasso and Rembrandt, and a Buddhist temple painting figure among the 50 highlights. A catalogue for the exhibition, published by the Binghamton University Art Museum, includes a history of the museum and entries for each of the 50 objects written by Binghamton University faculty and staff.

In addition to 50 years/50 Highlights, the museum will open smaller exhibitions curated by students in the Nancy J. Powell Lower Galleries. Making Wood Engravings with Lynd Ward, curated by Christina Rose ’17, explores the fine techniques of wood engraving with prints made by one of the medium’s masters: American printmaker Lynd Ward. Works on view are loans and donations by local residents Gil and Deborah Williams. Also on view is an exhibition of French prints – portraits, landscapes, maps, frontispieces and genre scenes – that illustrate the range and level of accomplishment of early modern French printmakers. The exhibition, entitled French Prints: 16th-18th Centuries, was curated by Marisa Davila ’19 and Michael Morganti ’19. Also, a continuing and evolving exhibition remains on view. Issues in Accessioning Pre-Hispanic Objects was curated by Fernando Flores, a graduate student in anthropology. The exhibition displays only a few pieces, but each object illustrates a particular problem that museums confront when managing gifts with unclear provenance, or record of ownership. Finally, in recognition of the founder of the Binghamton University Art Museum, then the Art Gallery, playful drawings by Kenneth C. Lindsay will be on view in the study room named in his memory.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit binghamton.edu/art-museum.

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.