A ‘Cabaret of Curiosities’: The Landscape Aesthetics of “Mondo Utah” and the Mormon Panorama
More than just the aestheticization of natural phenomena, the panorama has functioned as both optical surrogate for nature, simulator, and generator of affect—an apparatus for teaching people how to survey and perceive the world while also situating them in it. Such characteristics of panoramic vision have carried over into current museological practices in an effort to unveil and reconcile socio-cultural landscapes, while also encouraging tourism. This was seen specifically in the 2013 Utah biennial, “Mondo Utah,” whose title referenced the controversial genre of Mondo cinema. The biennial attempted to decipher a visual language of contemporary art specific to the region. Pavilions surveyed objects ranging from the marginal (golden life-masks and mummiforms of the Summum group), to the aggregate (work from the collective holdings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints).
All events are free and open to the public. Join us!
Friday, April 4th:
Undergraduate Panel: 1-2:15pm || In the Lower Galleries of the Binghamton University Art Museum
Dual Faith: The Pagan Vestiges in the Religions of Eastern Europe
We are delighted to launch our 22nd annual conference with a panel presented and moderated by the undergraduates of the Art History Department.
The panel will be held on April 4 in the Lower Galleries of the Binghamton University Art Museum (1-2:15pm).
Here is more information about the presenters and their talks:
Mikey Kosowski is a sophomore who is majoring in art history and Russian studies. Mikey sees art history as a way in which he can develop a deeper and older passion, British history and visual culture, and is now beginning to explore his interests in Eastern Europe. His current research interests range from the interiors of Victorian Anglo-Catholic churches to the modern restoration of synagogue murals in Poland.
Our annual graduate conference is proud to host an undergraduate panel, launching the 21st edition of Crossing the Boundaries.
Read about our past conferences and find information about the 2012 Undergraduate Panel right here.
Please join us in hearing the work of three of Binghamton University’s own Art History undergraduate majors and members of the Undergraduate Art History Association. This year, the panel will be held in the art museum. The panel members will each present 10-15 minute papers followed by a question and answer session.
11:00 – 12:00
Moderator: Katerina Acuna
The Naturally Lit Cube: Dia:Beacon’s Natural Light and Perceptual Experience
The Dia:Beacon is a museum unlike most others, in that it uses almost entirely natural light when displaying its collection. The work within this museum environment is supposedly one without frames, pedestals, or wall texts. However, despite this, the museum still contextually frames the art. Looking to three case studies within the museum, I examine how the art exists not at a distance from the visitor, but rather in the same space. Dan Flavin’s untitled red and blue light sculpture is situated in front of a large window, which creates a fascinating juxtaposition of artificial and natural light.
Annual Graduate Art History Conference
Co-sponsored by the Art History Graduate Student Association and The Medieval and Early Modern Society
Undergraduate Art History Panel
Friday, April 13 at 12:00, Fine Arts 212
Presenters and Talk Titles:
Katerina Acuna, “Message of God, Image of War in Sandow Birk’s American Qur’an”
Maria Salva, “Constructing the Modern Iconic Monarch: Ideology and Performance in Pahlavi Iran”
Eric Wuu, “You’re Dead Meat: The Art of Gordon Matta-Clark”
Please join us in hearing the work of three of Binghamton University’s own Art History undergraduate majors. The panel members will each present 10-15minute papers followed by a question and answer session.
Free Lunch will be provided!