#CTB13: Meet Our Participants

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Amanda Beardsley is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Art History at Binghamton University. She received her M.A. in Art History from the University of Utah where she completed a thesis entitled “This is the Place: Site-Specificity in Ernesto Pujol’s Awaiting (2010),” which explores the reconfiguration of cultural and individual identity based on the body’s relationship to geographic location. In addition to teaching several courses at the University of Utah and Utah Valley University, Amanda co-curated an exhibition of European Prints titled Collecting Knowledge: Renaissance Cabinets of Curiosity at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts in 2010. She is currently the president of the Art History Graduate Student Union at Binghamton University.

Ionit Behar is a candidate for a master’s degree in Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her thesis on Michael Asher investigates the strategy of displacement in his Chicago projects from 1979 at the Art Institute and the Museum of Contemporary Art. Asher strove to expose museums’ function and distribution by displacing what was already in the permanent collection rather than adding new work to the museum display. Ionit holds a BA in Art Theory from Tel Aviv University and a degree in Art Administration and Cultural Management from the Bank Boston Foundation in Montevideo. She is involved in a variety of curatorial projects in Chicago, New York City, Montevideo and Tel Aviv.

Sule Can is a second year Cultural Anthropology PhD student at State University of New York at Binghamton. She got her MA degree in Cultural Studies from Istanbul Bilgi University. Her research interests are anthropology of borders and border cities, anthropology of the Middle East, Islamic minorities in Turkey, ethnic conflicts, nationalism, imperialism and state. Her dissertation focuses on Turkish-Syrian border particularly Hatay. She looks at the ways in which border conflict and refugees impact the city from local, national and global perspectives.

Ryan Conrath is a PhD candidate at the University of Rochester’s Program in Visual and Cultural Studies. He is currently the managing editor of Invisible Culture: An Electronic Journal of Visual Culture, and is a co-founder and programmer of a film series at the University of Rochester called “On Film”.  His dissertation project focuses on the relationship between montage (in film and photography) and the human body.

Alison Dean is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada. She is a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellow and a Helena Rubinstein Critical Studies Fellow in the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program. Alison’s dissertation considers the relationship between photography, portraiture, and discourse.

Debora Faccion received her BA/MA in Communications and Society. She is currently a PhD student in Art History at Binghamton University. Interested in contemporary art in Brazil, Debora is investigating the art produced after the end of the dictatorship in Brazil, from the 1980’s until now, with particular interest in artists who explore participatory reception and societal impact. She is also motivated by how these issues relate to the use of electronic and digital media within Brazilian artistic practices.

Jenna Febrizio is currently a first year graduate student in the MA-PhD program in Art History at Binghamton University. She received her B.A. in History and Art History from SUNY Geneseo. Her research focuses on politics and art in twentieth-century Germany. She has served two terms as an AmeriCorps worker at the Livingston County Historical Society & Museum. She currently works as an Assistant Residential Coordinator at Binghamton and is also the Vice President of the Art History Graduate Student Union.

Rui Gomes Coelho is an archaeologist working with Historical archaeology and a Ph.D. student at the Department of Anthropology, Binghamton University. He graduated in 2005 from the New University of Lisbon (Portugal) and got his MA in 2010 from the same university. He has been working in projects in Brazil, Portugal and Spain.

Scotti Hill is an art historian based in Salt Lake City Utah. She teaches art history courses at Westminster College, University of Utah and Utah Valley University. In addition to her work in higher education, Scotti has experience in and actively pursues curating and freelance writing.

Joo Yun Lee is a PhD Candidate in Art History and Criticism at SUNY Stony Brook. She studies the intersection of contemporary art and computational media and is at work on a dissertation titled “Sensuous Communities: Materialized Spectatorship in Ryoji Ikeda’s Audio Visual Installation and Performance.” Her interests include installation art, performance, moving image and architecture in the 1960s and 1970s and her research is shaped by contemporary art history and criticism, phenomenological philosophy and media aesthetics. Originally from Korea, she was a curator at the Seoul Museum of Art and worked for the Seoul International Media Art Festival.

Patrick Maguire is a graduate student at the University of Utah, where he is pursuing an M.A. in Art History. His research interests center on issues of geography and land use in contemporary art.

Rebecca Maksym received her MA in art history from the University of Utah. Her academic research includes Latin American contemporary art, African diasporic art and culture, postcolonialism and feminism. Titled “Créolité and Cultural Cannibalism,” Rebecca’s graduate thesis explores how female Cuban artists engage with Afro-Cuban mythologies revolving around maternity and femininity. Currently she is the Assistant Curator at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art.

Justin Norman, from Rochester, New York, is a MA/PhD in art history at Binghamton University. He works on Early Modern Italy with an interest in architecture and urban planning in Grand Ducal Tuscany.

Christine Olson is an MA candidate at NYU’s John W. Draper Interdisciplinary Program, also completing an advanced certificate in Museum Studies. Her research focuses on interior decorating in the late 19th century and its relationships to the activities of collecting and displaying art and development of the design professions. In addition to her studies, Christine serves on the editorial committees of the graduate student journals Anamesa, an interdisciplinary journal published by the Draper Program, and Shift, an online journal of material and visual culture. She is also a program assistant at Residency Unlimited, a Brooklyn-based artist residency program and the current administrator of the Object Ethnography Project, an online exchange of objects and narratives sponsored by the NYU Humanities Initiative.

Andrea Osgood is an M.A. candidate in the Binghamton University Art History Department. She received a B.A. in art history and Italian from Binghamton University in 2010.  Her research focuses on early modern decorative arts, design, and material culture particularly eighteenth-century English ceramics. She is a Curatorial Fellow at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in the Product Design and Decorative Arts Department and also serves as an assistant to the Managing Partner at Hawthorne Fine Art in Irvington, NY.

Sophia Quick, currently located in London, Ontario, Canada, is a PhD Candidate at Western University in Art & Visual Culture. Her research ranges from performance art and spectatorship to issues of the archive and classification. Aside from her studies, Sophia is a member of the board of directors at the Forest City Gallery, a not-for-profit artist-run centre.

Rotem Rozental researches technologies of photography, focusing on photographic archives. She is a PhD student at Binghamton University, co-artistic director of We – Festi-conference for Creative Collectives, editor of The Shpilman Institute for Photography Blog, as well as the Jerusalem Season of Culture website. She also contributes exhibition reviews to Artforum.com, among other ventures. Rozental completed her MA studies at the Cohn Institute for History and Philosophy of Sciences and Ideas in Tel Aviv University, where she examined Jean-Luc Nancy’s groundbreaking conception of memory in art.

Maria Salva is a BA-MA student in the Department of Art History at Binghamton University. Her work has broadly addressed issues of modernization and cultural politics in 20th century Iran, including examinations of state arts programs, popular religious observances, and contemporary art.  She will be completing her degree in Spring 2013.

Hande Sarikuzu is a Ph.D. student in Anthropology in Binghamton University. Her research interests include dilemmas of peacemaking, transitional justice and historical reckoning in post-conflict settings.

Wylie Schwartz is a doctoral student in art history at Binghamton University specializing in postwar European art. She received her BA in Journalism from the University of Georgia, and her MA in the History of European Art from the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England. Her passion for art lies within 1960s and ’70s conceptual art, the French-American axis of the avant-garde, and the possibility of a unifying world art theory. Her specific research interests center around the development of experimental art pedagogy in Modern and contemporary art history.

James Shoemaker is pursuing his PhD at Binghamton University in Early Modern Italian art history, with an emphasis on the duchy of Tuscany and sixteenth century Florence. His current research interests are in propaganda, state-sanctioned histories, and the massive employment of artists and architects by the dukes of Florence between 1532 and 1587.  He is also examining the paintings, architecture, and famous biographies of Giorgio Vasari as tools of the autocratic state, which was trying to internally legitimize itself with art.

Naomi Slipp is the 2010 Adelson Fellow in American Art at Boston University and studies the ways that artistic anatomy shaped the cultural construction of the human body in 19th-c. America. She has her MA from the University of Chicago, has taught courses at Roger Williams University and for Boston University, and has worked for the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Terra Foundation, the Association of Historians of American Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, & Harvard Art Museums. Her exhibition at the Boston University Art Gallery “Teaching the Body: Artistic Anatomy in the American Academy” closed on March 31st.

Deanna Sheward is a doctoral candidate in Art History at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. She is currently completing a dissertation entitled “Building for the Bomb: Monumentality and the Manhattan Project.” This dissertation examines the architecture and spaces designed for atomic research and experimentation during the Second World War in the United States, and demonstrates how this building culture inflected the production of art and visual culture at midcentury. She has taught courses in art and architectural history at New York University and Syracuse University.

Alena Pletneva Veller is a third year Ph.D. student in Art History and Criticism at Stony Brook University working on public art, memorialization and cultural trauma. Her research focuses on government and community sponsored monuments as well as intentional and unintentional memorials in order to interrogate the various ways that memory functions in the public sphere. She is particularly interested in the ways in which public space serves as a palimpsest for violence, and the different artistic, architectural and monumental forms that both hide and reveal traces of conflict in the urban environment.

Steven Warech is a Ph.D candidate in comparative literature at SUNY Binghamton. His work focuses on the reception and influence of Nietzsche on 20th century French literature, philosophy, politics, and art. He also works on the use of photography in mental institutions, specifically focusing on hysteria in France.

Dengyan Zhou is a PhD candidate in Art History Department, Binghamton University. She received her M.A degree in 2005 from Renmin University of China, with the major of mass communications. She has been involved in oral history of photography in China since 2008. Her work is presented in the book Through the Lens of War: Interviews with Chinese Photographers in War published in Beijing in 2009. In the same year, She joined the doctor program in Binghamton. Currently, she is working on her dissertation entitled “The Language of ‘Photography’ in China: A Genealogy of Conceptual Frames from Sheying to Xinwen sheying and Jishi sheying.”


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