Crossing the Boundaries 2013

In preparation for our upcoming conference, we invite you to browse through last year’s events. Click here for more info about CTB’s 21st edition.


Crossing the Boundaries: Past Conferences

In 2013, Crossing the Boundaries will celebrate its 21st year of graduate interdisciplinary conferences, organized by the art history department of Binghamton University.

We invite you to browse through our past conferences, beginning with Conflict, held in 2011, by clicking here.

You can also keep in touch via Facebook, Twitter, or our departmental blog. For the art history department Facebook page, click here.

To follow the 2013 events in real time, use #CTB13 on Twitter.

Crossing the Boundaries 2012, ICONS: Abstracts

10:20-11:40am         Panel One

“Papal Archeology and the Catacombs: Early Christian Shrines and the Modern Italian State”

Natalie Espino, Binghamton University Department of History

During the second half of the nineteenth century, liberalism, revolution, and nation-state building challenged the spiritual authority, political power and historical prestige of the Roman Catholic Church. New ruling systems called into question the temporal sovereignty and political privileges of the clergy in general, and the papacy above all. For Italy in particular, the papacy and its temporal dominions represented the final obstacle to the unification of the peninsula and the establishment of a new capital at Rome. For the Catholic leadership, clashes with modern secular powers evoked the accounts of the ancient Roman state’s persecution of the early church. This paper examines the birth of modern Christian archaeology within this context of the nineteenth-century church-state crisis during the Italian Risorgimento. Papal-sponsored exploration of the early Christian Catacombs took place within the larger program of artistic and spiritual revival that commemorated the early Christian communities in Rome, their persecution by the Roman state, and their eventual triumph over paganism.

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Crossing the Boundaries 2012: Meet our Participants

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Kate Holohan is a Ph.D. student at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts.  Her broad area of interest is 17th century Spain and Spanish America.  In 2011, she won the Institute’s Decorative Arts Prize for her essay on the role of the grotesque and Asian imagery in a set of 17th century French tapestries woven at the Gobelins Manufactory.  In January, she presented a paper on early 18th century prints of ritual practice in pre-conquest Mexico City at the City University of New York’s symposium on the theme of “contact” in Latin American art.  Her dissertation, tentatively titled “Collecting a New World,” will examine 16th and 17th century Spanish collections and collectors of Latin American art objects.

Yuri Chang is a PhD candidate in art history at Binghamton University, State University of New York. She received both her BA and MA in art history from Ewha Woman’s University in Korea. ‪Her research is focused on understanding how South Korean art world has responded to and interacted with neo-liberalism since the 1980s by constructing national images in the state-led international events such as Olympics, Expositions, and Biennials.

Melissa Fitzmaurice is pursuing a MA/PhD in Art History at Binghamton University.  She previously held the positions of educator at the Eli Whitney Museum and intern at the Yale University Art Gallery, both in New Haven, CT.  She received her BA at the University of Connecticut in 2010.  Her research focuses on the early Christian period, particularly the development of church architecture as related to the formalization of the Christian liturgy and ecclesiastical hierarchy.

Emily Leonardo is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Art History at Hunter College.  She received her BA in Art History from New York University in 2007.  Emily specializes in twentieth-century European art, with a focus on postwar French church decoration, and modern works on paper.  Her master’s thesis, entitled “‘Icon Presentation’: The Sacred Works of Fernand Léger, 1937-1954,” examines Léger’s liturgical commissions for the Dominican churches of Notre-Dame de Toute Grâce at Assy, and l’Église du Sacré-Coeur at Audincourt.  She is an assistant in the Department of Drawing and Prints at the Morgan Library & Museum, and has previously held positions at the Museum of Modern Art, Zwirner and Wirth gallery, and Art & Auction magazine.

Josh T Franco grew up in Odessa, Texas. Currently, he is pursuing a PhD in Art History at Binghamton University, SUNY, Binghamton, New York where he is a Clifford D. Clark Fellow. He is a member of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Philosophy, Interpretation & Culture. Franco attended Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas as an undergraduate. He splits his time between New York and Texas.

Tiffany Barber is currently pursuing a PhD in Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester. Her research interests include how the interlocking relationships and meanings of identity performance, urbanism, visuality, and sound enforce the boundaries and boundedness of racial difference in public space. Her curatorial projects have featured work by artists responding aesthetically to the conditions of urbanization in the contemporary global moment. Her visual art reviews and feature articles have been published in Beautiful/Decay, THE Magazine Los Angeles, Public Art Review, Art Focus Oklahoma and online publications for ForYourArt, Americans for the Arts’ Emerging Leaders Blog Salon, LatinArt and Evil Monito Magazine.

Valerie Garlick is an artist and historian primarily concerned with technology and the body. She received an MFA in New Media and MA in Art History from the University of Connecticut, Storrs. Her artwork has been the subject of numerous national exhibitions including the HERE Arts Center, Participant Inc., and Soho20 Gallery in New York, and Real Art Ways in Hartford. Garlick has also participated in festivals and screenings abroad, including Vox Feminae, Croatia; Hotch Potch, Norway; and the Kurye International Video Festival, Turkey. Garlick was selected for residencies in the Chashama Studio Program and at the School of Visual Arts. She is the recipient of multiple teaching fellowships and travel grants. In 2012, she will present her research at SUNY Binghamton, NY and Southern Connecticut State University. Currently, Garlick works as Assistant Editor and Curator of Vector Artist Journal. 

Maria Chaves is currently  Ph.D. student in the Philosophy, Interpretation and Culture (PIC) Program at Binghamton University, however, after the severe de-funding and academic De-ligitimization of the PIC Program, maria will be transferring to the English Department in the Fall of 2012. She is also a Clifford D. Clark Fellow. In 2011 maria received her M.A. from PIC. She a founding member of SankofaTheaterCompany based in Chicago and writer at maria’s research interests include Women of color feminisms/critical feminist philosophy, theater, popular education, film studies, Decolonial thought, Critical Race Theory, political coalition building and consciousness raising. Her latest project is a comparative study of the figure of Caliban and La Malinche.

Leila Daw is an independent artist with a studio in New Haven, and Professor Emeritus, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston. Daw’s artwork has been featured across the U.S.A. and Europe, and is permanently installed at Bradley International Airport, Hartford; the New Haven Public Library; Northwestern CT Community College; and the St. Louis light rail system. Her work is in the collections of DeCordova Museum, Boston Public Library, St. Louis Art Museum, Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, Texaco Corporation, Houston TX, and many others. Recent exhibitions include A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn; MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA; Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH: Art Chicago International Fair of Contemporary and Modern Art; Atrium Gallery, St.Louis, MO; The Borowsky Gallery, University of the Arts, Philadelphia; Mercy Gallery at Loomis-Chaffee School, Windsor, CT, and the Housatonic Art Museum, Bridgeport, CT.

Recent publications featuring Daw’s work include: Katherine Harmon, The Map as Art, Princeton Architectural Press; Denise Markonish, Badlands: New Horizons in Landscape, MIT press; E. Ashley Rooney, 100 Artists of New England, Schiffer Publishing; Ronald Lee Fleming, The Art of Placemaking: Interpreting Community through Public Art and Urban Design, Merrill Publishers.

Chris Balsiger is a PhD student at Binghamton University. He is interested in modern art and architectural theory and its historiography. His dissertation explores the writings of art historian Emil Kaufmann (1891-1953) an under appreciated figure, he argues, in the theorization and historical development of modern architecture and its crtical potential.