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).
Join us for Professor Karen-edis Barzman’s talk, titled “Political Topographies and Counter-Practices of Place: A Case Study in Mapping.”
The talk will be held on Saturday, April 5, at 4:30pm (FA 258). For the complete conference schedule, click here.
Meet this year’s presenters, who will join is on April 4-5, 2014. All events are free and open to the public. For more info about the schedule, click here.
Sara Champlin specializes in classical art and archaeology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her research interests include elite dining practices, hybrid architectural forms, and various social, political and economic factors that affect urban landscapes. Her masters research at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst focused on the appropriation and re-use of Greek myth for Roman funerary contexts. More recently she has been working with wall frescoes and floor mosaics to determine ancient systems of organizing space. Her paper Town Planning in the West: Metapontum, Megara Hyblaea, and Akragas developed out of a graduate seminar on the topic of Greek Colonization with Professor Nicholas D. Cahill.
Nicole Wagner is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Art History at Binghamton University. Her work focuses on Early Modern Italian painting and culture, with an emphasis on Confraternal patronage, Catholic Reformation, conventual space, and devotional art. Nicole received her BA in Art History from the University at Geneseo and her MA in History and Museum Education from the University at Buffalo.
Rotem Rozental explores the intersections of photography, social networks and nationalism, focusing on Zionist photographic archives. She is currently pursuing her PhD in the art history department of Binghamton University. Rotem is the editor of The Shpilman Institute for Photography Blog (thesip.org), and co-artistic director of “We, Festi-conference for Creative Collectives” (2012-2013), held annually as part of the Jerusalem Season of Culture (jerusalemseason.com). She also edits the Season’s website, blog and social media. In addition, Rotem writes exhibition reviews for Arforum.com and other magazines.
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 present a talk by Elena Shtromberg, who will join us from the University of Utah. Her talk, titled “Alternative Cartographies: Space and Place in Brazilian Art” will be held on April 4 at FA 258 (4:30pm).
Elena Shtromberg is Assistant Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Utah. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Art History at the University of California in Los Angeles. She specializes in modern and contemporary Latin American visual culture, with a specific focus on Brazil and the U.S.-Mexico Border region.