The Pre-Modern Art History: New Approaches Lecture Series will feature Katherine M. Reinhart, Honorary Fellow, Institute for Research in the Humanities, UW-Madison on Friday March 25




Honorary Fellow, Institute for Research in the Humanities, UW-Madison


4:00 PM


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The Pre-Modern Art History: New Approaches Lecture Series features Catalina Ospina, Postgraduate Associate, Yale University on Friday February 25




Postgraduate Associate, Institute of Sacred Music, Yale University

Friday 25 February

4:00 PM

“From Mouth to Hand: Indigenous Labor in the Colonial Northern Andes”

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Cinema Studies Talk: Tom McDonough on Nancy Holt and Robert Smithson

Tom McDonough, Associate Professor of Art History, introduces two short films made by American artists Nancy Holt and Robert Smithson in 1970 which radically reimagine the representation of the Western landscape. This event is held in conjunction with the exhibition Topographies: Changing Conceptions of the American Landscape at the Binghamton University Art Museum and will take place on Monday, November 15 in Lecture Hall 6 at 8:00 PM.

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.

Undergraduate Activities: Congratulations to our 2019 graduates!

L-R: Emily Greenberg, Annemarie Maag-Tanchak, and Erin Livingston celebrate at commencement.

  The Art History department congratulates this year’s graduating BA students!

Olivia Baerga
Marisa Davila
Jennifer Dioguardi
Emma Fishbein
Emily Greenberg
Erin Livingston (honors)
Annemarie Maag-Tanchak
Keara McAdams
Lauren Rachel Poretsky
Thomas Rice
Sabrina Soffer


Alicia Wilcox Walker of Bryn Mawr to deliver 2019 Ferber Lecture on Wednesday 13 March

Associate Professor Alicia Wilcox Walker (History of Art, Bryn Mawr College) will deliver the 2019 Ferber Lecture as part of the Spring 2019 VizCult Dean’s Speaker Series, 5:00 PM on Wednesday 13 March in FA 143. Entitled “Erotic Images, Christian Eyes: Seeing with the Body and Soul in Byzantium,” her talk explores how the Greco-Roman tradition contributed in meaningful ways to Byzantine paradigms of female behavior, self-understanding, and comportment. Female characters of antique myth and epic remained relevant in the Byzantine world because they provided compelling models for how corporeal beauty and sexual allure might be advantageously deployed, as well as cautionary examples of how people who engaged with these powerful forces might be corrupted. Her paper explores how Byzantine women’s bodies were put in dialogue with visual and textual portrayals of pagan goddesses and heroines, and how these practices changed in fundamental ways from the early to middle Byzantine eras.

Applications for the Binghamton DHRI due February 20


Reminder: Applications for the Binghamton Digital Humanities Research Institute (DHRI) are due on February 20! The Binghamton DHRI is a 4-day intensive workshop aimed at Binghamton University faculty and advanced graduate students who are interested in or curious about the digital humanities. Prior experience is not required. The institute will include seminar-type sessions oriented around critical discussion and hands-on workshops that will introduce the software and tools that are central to digital humanities practices. Topics will include data visualization, mapping, text analysis, platforms for digital publishing, and more.  The Binghamton DHRI is hosted by the Binghamton University Libraries and co-sponsored by the Center for Learning and Teaching, the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, The Graduate School, Harpur College of Arts and Sciences, and the Office of Undergraduate Education.
For more information, visit the DHRI website or contact Nancy Um or Amy Gay.