Bard College ART HISTORY PROGRAM

Faculty News

Susan Aberth New Publication

I spent a wonderful time two years ago interviewing this artist in Bogota, Colombia and now the book is finally out. I am proud to have a chapter in it!

Faculty News

Susan Aberth Curates Masonic Relic Room

Professor Susan Aberth curated the Masonic Relic Room for the newly opened Marciano Foundation Museum in Los Angeles on Wilshire Blvd. The beautiful building by Millard Sheets was once a Scottish Rite Temple and now houses the Marciano Bros. contemporary art collection. Admission is free but by appointment only. Read more in the New Yorker:

 

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/05/29/the-guess-brothers-masonic-temple

Alumni

Angelo Aponte, Class of 2006

Bard College Art History graduate Angelo Aponte spoke on Tuesday April 26 on his experiences as a Freemason and Worshipful Master in Secaucus Hudson Lodge #72 in New Jersey in Prof. Susan Aberth’s course, What is Freemasonry?  

Student News

Open Space Institute, Inc. Barnabas McHenry Award given to Miranda Fe Whitus

Congratulations! Miranda Fey Whitus and her project, Tracing the Lineage of Historic Families of the Hudson Valley Through Collection Materials, is a 2017 McHenry Award winner in the Historic Preservation category for her proposal for Montgomery Place.

The Advisory Committee selected Miranda Fey Whitus because of her exceptional leadership abilities and the quality of the project that she is going to work on.

Happenings at Bard

Before the Arab Revolutions: Art, Dissent, and Diplomacy in Amman, Beirut, and Ramallah

Rabih Mroue and Lina Saneh, “Biokraphia” (2002) Courtesy of Askhal Alwan

Hanan Toukan
Brown University

Monday, April 3, 2017
6:30 p.m.
Olin, Room 102

This talk is about the relationship between contemporary art, dissent, cultural diplomacy and cultural politics in the Arab Middle East. Since the start of the Arab revolutionary process and the violence that has accompanied it, the culture and arts domain has come to play an ever more crucial role as mobilizer, witness, and archivist of historical events. As a result the domain has enjoyed an exponential growth in the technical and financial support it receives from US and EU funding bodies. This growth has provoked intense debates within policy circles and a plethora of academic literature on what the role of visual and cultural practices are and should be in violent warfare, political change, and the study of politics and culture in the region.

This talk will historicize and contextualize this phenomenon as its focus predates 2011 and grapples with it from its first appearance in the 1990s and until its consolidation in the aftermath of 9/11. Specifically the talk examines the ways in which transnational circuits of visual cultural production are related to how society makes, sees and experiences the political in art and its relevance to the wider publics in Jordan, Lebanon and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. I address prevalent debates about the nature of the political in art as well as the role of art and the intellectual in political change. It shows that both are part and parcel of shifting structural dynamics in local and international politics that directly impact the production of culture and how different generations practice them, perceive them and process them. Hence this talk is not is not so much about “art”, as much as it is about the “artworld” from a local perspective, and how culture in it is produced in a global world. It is equally about some of the centers of power that fund and disseminate visual knowledge about the Middle East.

Hanan Toukan is Visiting Assistant Professor of History of Art and Architecture and Middle East Studies at Brown University.
This event is co-sponsored by the Human Rights Project and the Art History program
For more information: contact Dina Ramadan at 845-758-6822, or e-mail dramadan@bard.edu.

Student Opportunities

Paid Fellowship Position at the Brooklyn Museum

 

Museum Education Fellowship Program
Paid Fellowship Position at the Brooklyn Museum
September 5, 2017–June 22, 2018
The museum invites promising young professionals to join its Museum Education Fellowship Program. As an Education Fellow, you will gain in-depth fieldwork experience by designing, facilitating, and teaching programs that address the needs of adult, school, and youth and family audiences. Fellows participate in hands-on workshops and reading discussions, and conduct qualitative research throughout the year to learn about museum education theory and practice. Ongoing professional development provided by the  experienced education and curatorial staff ensures that Education Fellows leave the program with extensive experience teaching and programming for a variety of audiences, and with a completed professional teaching portfolio.

Program alumni have pursued careers at such cultural institutions as the Denver Art Museum; the Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Qatar; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; the National Museum of the American Indian; the New Museum; and the Queens Museum of Art, as well as the New York City Department of Education and the School District of Philadelphia.

The Fellowship is a ten-month program, running from September through June, open to individuals who recently completed undergraduate or graduate studies. Fellowship positions are full-time and comes with a $20,300 salary plus benefits.

Applications for the 2017–18 cycle are due April 7, 2017. If you have any questions about the application process, please contact:

Dalila Scruggs
Senior Museum Instructor/Fellowship Coordinator
Brooklyn Museum
718.501.5232

 

Faculty News

An Evening of Video in Brooklyn

 

General Idea: Program One

Alex Kitnick, Art History, Bard College will introduce an evening of video as part of  the BAMcinématek series Migrating Forms BAM on Saturday, March 25, 2017

For more information:  http://www.bam.org/film/2017/general-idea-program-1

Student Opportunities

Call for Papers

Image: Rembrandt, Sacrifice of Isaac (detail), 1655, etching and drypoint, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Bequest of Ida Kammerer, in memory of her husband, Frederic Kammerer, M.D., 1933 (33.79.13); Photo courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

THE FRICK COLLECTION

Negotiating Art and Narrative
Emerging Scholars’ Symposium for Undergraduates
Friday, June 9, 2017
The Frick Collection invites submissions from undergraduates and recent college graduates for a symposium on the subject of art and narrative. This program seeks to develop and diversify the next generation of scholars in the visual arts by offering a platform for their research.
We seek twenty-minute papers (max. 2,500 words) examining the ways in which the visual arts engage with narrative (broadly defined as any literary, historical, political, or personal story). Papers should derive from either a research paper or thesis chapter, and may focus on any material or medium, chronological period, and geographic region.
Eligibility: Current undergraduates, as well as recent graduates who are not yet engaged in graduate study, from any college or university within the United States or abroad are encouraged to apply. Travel stipends may be available on an as-needed basis.

Please submit all materials to students@frick.org by April 21, 2017.

More information and application instructions

This symposium is organized in connection with the upcoming exhibition Divine Encounter: Rembrandt’s Abraham and the Angels. This exhibition (on view from May 30 through August 20, 2017) presents a selection of Rembrandt’s depictions of the biblical story of Abraham and examines the artist’s innovative approach to pictorial narrative.

 

Student Opportunities

ALL-IN seeks Editorial Intern

Former Bard student and EHer Benjamin Barron is now the editor-in-chief of ALL-IN, a biannual arts and culture print publication which brings emerging and established artists together to collaborate, acting as a platform for new visual material.

They are looking for a part-time intern (unpaid) to do remote work now that could become in-person over the summer. Info below!

Benjamin will be part of a panel on Thursday, March 30 for students interested in pursuing work in the intersection of technology, media, and the humanities after college. More info on that to come!

ALL–IN is seeking a part-time editorial intern to work on the upcoming issue of the magazine, effective immediately. Candidate should be well organized and comfortable with working independently. Applicant’s responsibilities would primarily include transcribing interviews with artists from ALL–IN issue three, to be released May 2017. Position would be remote with link to editor in New York via phone and email, with possibility of continuing internship over summer in person (responsibilities later including assistance on photo shoots, helping produce magazine launch, etc.).

Please send resume and cover letter to ben@benjaminbarron.net

Faculty News

Selections: Woodstock Ceramic Arts Today

Curated by Tom Wolf, Professor of Art History at Board College, and students in his class “History of Art in Woodstock”
February 25 – April 9, 2017
Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild

Selections: Woodstock Ceramic Arts Today features work by contemporary ceramic artists Rich Conti, Eric Ehrnschwender, Sophie Fenton, Mary Frank, Robert Hessler, Jolyon Hofsted, Brad Lail and Jennifer Bowskill, Young Mi Kim, Joyce Robins, Arlene Shechet, Grace Wapner, and Elena Zang.

Exhibition cohosted by the Historical Society of Woodstock.
Exhibition generously sponsored by the Bard College Center for Civic Engagement

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