Congratulations to all our students for surviving the end of the semester! As we look forward to next fall, the new Alumni Newsletter rounds up Art History program news from the 2015-16 academic year, including recent student and faculty awards, publications, symposia, and another achievements, as well as updates from our accomplished alumni. Continue reading “The 2015-16 Alumni Newsletter Out Now”
Please join Intellectual Publics for a conversation between David Joselit and Kobena Mercer on his new book, Travel and See: Black Diaspora Art Practices since the 1980s.
Over the years, Kobena Mercer’s art criticism has illuminated the aesthetic innovations of African American, Black British, and Caribbean artists. With the publication of his new book, Travel & See: Black Diaspora Art Practices since the 1980s, he reflects on the transformative impact of artists such as Isaac Julien, Renée Green, Kerry James Marshall, and Yinka Shonibare and offers some thoughts on the future prospects of the critical discourse of hybridity and transculturation that diaspora artists have brought to critical debates on identity and diversity in our global contemporary moment.
Organized by Dr. Wilson—professor of contemporary art and photography at the Graduate Center and the College of Staten Island—the exhibition explores current struggles against racism and oppression and features works by Nona Faustine, Patricia Silva, Kara Walker and Emma Wolauku-Wanambwa.
Below are Dr. Wilson’s remarks on the exhibition:
We all recognize “I can’t breathe” as Eric Garner’s final desperate words, captured by his friend Ramsey Orta on a chilling cell phone video. This phrase joins others such as “Hands up! Don’t shoot!” as a rallying cry and metaphor for a new twenty-first century civil rights movement. In this exhibition we also deploy these words metaphorically. The powerful and provocative works in photography and video by Nona Faustine, Patricia Silva, Kara Walker and Emma Wolauku-Wanambwa suggest that racial and gendered embodiment intersect to produce social and psychological suffocation. But at the same time, vulnerability and bodily exposure can also be the source of agency and new meaning for artists and activists alike. The works presented in I can’t breathe point to long and complex histories of racism and oppression in order to open the way for different futures.
On view through May 14, I can’t breathe also includes an informational table of readings prepared by the library faculty as well as a photographic timeline showing the activist work by Staten Island Against Racism and Police Brutality (siaraPB).
photo: Nona Faustine, From her Body Came their Greatest Wealth, Site of Colonial Slave Market, Wall Street, 2013 (crop)
This evening at 7 PM, Dr. Harriet F. Senie, who will give a lecture about her new book, Memorials to Shattered Myths: Vietnam to 9/11, focusing on chapters devoted to the Oklahoma City Bombing (April 19, 1995) and the shooting at Columbine High School (April 20, 1999). Continue reading “Tonight: Harriet Senie on “Memorials to Shattered Myths: Remembering Oklahoma City and Columbine””
Please join us today for a symposium celebrating Dr. Long’s contributions to the field of Art History and to the Art History Program! Continue reading “Symposium in Honor of Rose-Carol Washton Long”
Please join us tomorrow (April 12, 2:30-8 PM) for “Art, Race, and Fluidity in Dominican Republic and Haiti,” a symposium convened by Abigail Lapin, Ph.D. Candidate in Art History, CUNY Graduate Center. Continue reading “Art, Race, and Fluidity in Dominican Republic and Haiti”
The exhibition, curated by GC Art History student and Presidential Research Fellow Chelsea Haines, opens this evening from 6-8 PM. Continue reading “Chelsea Haines Curates “Christian Palestinian Archive: A Project by Dor Guez” at the James Gallery”
Before the Renaissance, Arab material goods—including textiles, ceramics, and glass—were more sophisticated than their European counterparts. Beginning in the 11th century, the Crusaders became aware of this region, followed by explorers and tradesmen exchanged both objects and ideas. Over time, Europeans assimilated Arab techniques, motives and aesthetics. Continue reading “Monday: Jennifer Ball to Discuss the Influence of Arab Lands on Textile Arts during the Renaissance”
This Saturday, Professor Indych-López will give a paper titled “Judith Baca’s The Great Wall of Los Angeles: A Public Art of Contestation” at the Association for Latin American Art’s Fourth Triennial Conference at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. Continue reading “Anna Indych-López at the Association for Latin American Art’s Triennial Conference”
A survey of recent online publishing by students in the PhD program in Art History: Continue reading “Required Reading: Recent Writing by GC Students”