Next VizCult Talk: Claire L. Kovacs on Wednesday, September 28

VizCult: The Art History Department’s Visual Culture Workshop
2022 Fall Semester


Claire L. Kovacs, Curator of Collections + Exhibitions at the Binghamton University Art Museum

“SisterSerpents’ Provocations”

Wednesday, September 28 at 5:15 PM in FA 143

This year, VizCult, the department’s visual culture workshop, enters its twenty-sixth season, having run continuously since Fall 1997, undeterred by financial crisis, pandemic or the vicissitudes of academic fashion. VizCult is more than just a speakers’ series. It has shaped a unique space within the life of the department in which we can come together to share current work in progress and experience ourselves as an intellectual community–something that often gets lost in the rush of administrative and teaching deadlines. All are invited to come along and participate.

Next VizCult talk: Benjamin Anderson on Wednesday February 23

The Art History Department Speaker Series
2022 Spring Semester


The Annual Ferber Lecture

 Benjamin Anderson, Associate Professor, Cornell University

“A Byzantine Oracle in Reformation Germany: Ein wunderliche Weissagung von dem Bapstum (1527)”

 February 23, 5:00 PM in LN 1106 (IASH Conference Room)

Co-Sponsored by the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Next VizCult talk: Marisa Mandabach, History of Art and Architectecture, University of Hamburg, “Nature, Technology, and the Human in Ruben’s Scenes of Spontaneous Generation”. Wednesday, October 6

The Art History Department Speaker Series
2021 Fall Semester


Marisa Mandabach
Art History, University of Hamburg

“Nature, Technology, and the Human in Ruben’s Scenes of Spontaneous Generation”

Wednesday 06 October
5:00 PM in FA 143

This lecture will be held in person. Masks are required for all attendees.

Associate Professor and Chair Pam Smart to speak on Wednesday 26 February

The Art History Department Speaker Series
2020 Spring Semester


 Pamela G. Smart
Associate Professor and Chair
Art History, Binghamton University

“’Stillness that moves’:
Crafting Atmospheric Pressure in the Restoration of the Rothko Chapel”

 Wednesday 26 February
5:00 PM in FA 143

The Rothko Chapel—the ecumenical chapel, named for Mark Rothko, whose suite of paintings were commissioned by John and Dominique de Menil, its founders and benefactors—is approaching its 50th anniversary. This juncture, along with some pressing maintenance issues, has motivated a restoration plan to resolve ongoing problems with the building’s design that have been wrestled with since its conception. Notwithstanding serious shortcomings in the manner in which light enters the building and illuminates the paintings, the chapel has been venerated for its propensity to conjure experiential intensity. Drawing on Gernot Böhme’s spatialized aesthetic of atmospheres, this project is chiefly concerned with the crafting of conditions favorable to the experience of “atmospheric pressure,” as Elaine de Kooning characterized the effect of Rothko’s paintings, and the attunement to contemplation and action they are meant to elicit.

Pamela G. Smartis Associate Professor of Art History at Binghamton, whose research interests include the anthropology of art worlds, museums, critical aesthetics, and affective modalities of experience.