Serving as an accompaniment to the Department’s primary website, the newly-launched Art History Academic Commons website offers a stream of up-to-date content, including news, events, and bios of faculty, alumni and PhD candidates.
We’re happy to see that Professor Romy Golan in October‘s newly-released special issue on artist-designed exhibitions. Entitled Vitalità del negativo/Negativo della vitalità, Golan’s article examines a 1970-71 exhibition that revived an ideologically loaded site in Rome under the mantle of contemporary art. Admittedly, the whole issue looks fantastic, so we encourage anyone interested in the field of exhibition history to peruse!
On a related note, Professor Golan will be participating in the upcoming conference “The State of Postwar Italian Art History Today,” with the talk “Switchbacks in Italian Art of the 1960s.” The conference will be held at Italian Modern Art center in New York on February 9 – 10, 2015. Click here for the full schedule and to register!
Also, Professor Siona Wilson recently contributed to the Brooklyn Rail’s ongoing Held Essays on Visual Art Series with “Troubled Sleep, Sugar High,” an article that considers Kara Walker’s recent installation at Brooklyn’s Domino Sugar Factory in relation to questions of labor and digital image economies.
We’re excited to see that Emily Braun, Distinguished Professor, Hunter College and the Graduate Center, CUNY, will curate an exhibition on the work of Italian artist Alberto Burri at the Guggenheim this coming fall (October 9, 2015 – January 6, 2016). The exhibition highlights Burri’s process-based works, and positions the artist as a central figure in the field of post–World War II art. Beyond his Sacchi (sacks), which are well-known to American audiences, the exhibition will feature other series including his Catrami (tars), Muffe (molds) and Combustioni plastiche (plastic combustions).
The spring semester is poised to begin, and we’d like to quickly round-up a few recent news items:
For the first time, our annual alumnae/i newsletter has been hosted online as a PDF – take a look here!
The Program will be hosting a couple CAA-related events over the coming weeks: next Friday between 1:00 – 4:00 pm, students participating in the annual conference will present their papers to faculty and fellow students in the Art History Lounge. And on Thursday February 12th, alumnae/i, current and prospective students are invited to the Program’s annual CAA Breakfast in the East Suite, on the 4th floor of the New York Hilton, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, from 7.30 to 9:00 am.
Upcoming conference “The City is Ours, The Body is Mine: Urban Spatial Practices in Contemporary Latin America,” organized by Liz Donato, Mya Dosch, and Luisa Valle now has a website. Take a look: citybody.commons.gc.cuny.edu.
Finally, our own Commons website is now officially mobile-friendly, so be sure to visit from your phone or ipad in the future!
Art History PhD students Matilde Guidelli Guidi, Sydney Stutterheim and Jonathan Patkowski have organized a conference in collaboration with Professor David Joselit on speculative realism, accelerationism and aesthetics that will be held at The Graduate Center on March 27th, 2015 – Interested parties are invited to submit a paper abstract of 300-500 words along with a CV to email@example.com by January 15th, 2014.
Full CFP details below!
In a global context marked by widespread financial speculation, data circulation, ecological catastrophe and political paralysis, speculative realism and accelerationism have emerged as significant challenges to modes of thought and action grounded in the experience of human subjects. By focusing on ontology rather than epistemology, speculative realists consider modes of existence and agency of things beyond anthropocentric frameworks. Accelerationism refuses nostalgic modes of Leftist resistance to imagine the progressive potential hidden within capitalist technologies that appear to shatter traditional forms of identity.
We invite artists, curators, scholars and graduate students to examine the implications of accelerationism and speculative realism for artistic and curatorial practice, as well as the opportunities and limitations of non-anthropocentric aesthetico-critical strategies.
Papers may address both historical and contemporary subjects in the visual arts, architecture and performance, and consider such questions as:
Does accelerationism or speculative realism have an aesthetics?
How might these philosophies allow for a renegotiation of boundaries between art, technology, ecology, and science?
Can they offer new perspectives on established critical categories – such as autonomy, alienation, reification, realism, and fetishization – and related artistic strategies – i.e., estrangement, mimesis, and détournement?
How might accelerationism allow for a reconsideration of future- and technologically-oriented artistic practices, from historic avant-garde fusions of man and machine to 1990s cyberpunk, or alternatively account for the fixation on temporal passage and obsolescence in much recent art?
Does the materiality of art allow it to speculate on modes of being in the world beyond traditional limits of human subjectivity? Can art- and exhibition-making engage with the natural sciences to take up the problems of the Anthropocene?
This daylong conference will feature international speakers including Anselm Franke and Miguel Abreu.
Conference funding provided by the John Rewald Endowment of the Ph.D. Program in Art History, and The James Gallery at The Center for the Humanities at The Graduate Center, CUNY.
Contact details (address, e-mail, and telephone number) and academic affiliation should be provided along with CV and abstract. Selected speakers will be notified by January 30, 2015.
As the fall semester winds down, we want to highlight a couple of new student publications: Alison Weaver has article on Nam June Paik in Afterimage and in Frieze, William Simmons reviews the Art Institute of Chicago’s current exhibition on Pictures-generation artist Sarah Charlesworth.
Click through the links for PDFs!
And be sure to visit the Paik retrospective at the Asia Society before it closes on January 4th.
We’re very happy to pass along the news that Saisha Grayson, PhD Candidate and Assistant Curator at the Brooklyn Museum’s Sackler Center for Feminist Art, has organized a new exhibition opening this Friday: “Chitra Ganesh: Eyes of Time.”
Exploring ideas of femininity, empowerment, and multiplicity, Brooklyn-based artist Chitra Ganesh draws inspiration from the Museum’s encyclopedic collection, including representations of the goddess Kali, to create a site-specific multimedia installation for the Herstory Gallery.
Chitra Ganesh: Eyes of Time centers on a monumental mural that takes Kali, the Hindu goddess of destruction and rebirth, and other figures from Judy’s Chicago’s The Dinner Party as starting points for portraying female power and plurality. The artist expands on this theme by showcasing works from our Egyptian, Indian, and Contemporary collections.
For more than a decade, Ganesh has used the iconography of mythology, literature, and popular culture to bring to light feminist and queer narratives. One of her first major works,Tales of Amnesia (2002)—a zine inspired by Indian comic books that the Museum acquired out of our 2004 exhibitionOpen House: Working in Brooklyn—is also on view.
The Graduate Center Library recently announced that they will now provide proxy-server access to a wide variety of streaming videos owned by Electronic Arts Intermix. Founded in 1971, EAI is a pioneering nonprofit resource that fosters the creation, exhibition, distribution and preservation of media art. The ability to access their holdings online will prove immensely useful for students working in this field!
On Tuesday, December 9th from 6-8 p.m., Media Farzin, PhD Candidate in Art History and faculty member of SVA’s MFA Fine Arts Program, will speak about her current curatorial, art, and research projects. The presentation is part of the Program’s ongoing 2014-15 faculty talks series.
For more information on this series, and other public programs at the MFA Fine Arts Program, click here.