Posted in September, 2015

Faculty News

Magnetic Mountain: The Life and Legacy of Kurt Seligmann


Kurt Seligmann on Mountain, Untitled Film Still, 1938

Seligmann in Sugar Loaf
The Kurt and Ariette Seligmann Trust and Rowland Weinstein
are sponsoring a patron event at the Seeligmann Homestead.

Saturday, October 3, 2015
2:30 pm – Stroll the Seligmann Center Grounds, 23-26 White Oak Drive, Sugar Loaf, NY 10981

3:30 pm Roundtable Discussion with Susan L. Aberth,
Jonathan P. Eburne, Stephen Robeson Miller, Celia Rabinovitch and Martica Sawin
Moderated by Daniel Mack.
Followed by a Reception and Printmaking Demonstration by Artist Jonathan Talbot


Machines and Maidens: Russian Dance in America

Dr. Mark Konecny, Associate Director and Curator of the archives and library of the Institute of Modern Russian Culture, a unique collection of twentieth century books, art, and cultural artifacts. His area of expertise is the interdisciplinary study of Russian and European culture of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. He is currently putting together a digital exhibition of Russian art collections in America, concentrating on the first half of the twentieth century. With Lorin Johnson, he curated the exhibition, “Dance in Los Angeles”, which traveled from Los Angeles to the Bakhrushin Theater Gallery on Malaia Ordynka, 10-26 July. He is on fellowship with the Jordan Family Center, New York University.

MARK KONEKNY_TALK IMAGE_Theodore Kosloff in Cecil B. DeMille's Madam Satan_1930

Dr. Konecny will examine how Russian choreographers and dancers tried to adapt dance to the new medium of film (both silent and talkies) while democratizing their chosen art for mass culture. While most historians have concentrated on the elitist dances of Ballets Russes, Michel Fokine, and George Balanchine as emblematic of the influence of Russian choreographers on ballet, he would like to suggest an alternate history with an unlikely father: Nijinsky. While Russian dance is often associated with the flawless technical virtuosity of classical ballet, the actual history is much more a description of the vibrant evolution of modern dance and choreography that Russians were able to present to eager audiences of the new world. Innovators like George Balanchine, Adolph Bolm, and Theodore Kosloff transformed ballet in ways that are, to this day, unimaginable in Russia.

Thursday, September 24, 2015
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
RKC Laszlo Z. Bito ‘ 60 Auditorium (RKC 103)

Student News

Precisely Not: Works from the Stefan Hirsch and Elsa Rogo Collection


Stefan Hirsch Painting “The Builder at Work”, unknown photographer, 1931-32

Precisely Not: Works from the Stefan Hirsch and Elsa Rogo Collection

curated by John Ohrenberger ’16

September 17-October 29, 2015
Opening Reception: Tuesday, September 29, 4-6 pm

Charles P. Stevenson Library
Vitrine Displays

Faculty News

Tang Desheng: Educated Youth curated by Patricia Karetzky

tang desheng

Tang Desheng: Educated Youth
curated by Patricia Karetzky

President’s Gallery
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York

Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 16, 2015
5:30-7:00 pm

Show will run September 16, 2015 – October 30, 2015

Faculty News

“The Chancel Passageways of Norwich”

Norwich, St. Gregory Pottergate: view from the north

Norwich, St. Gregory Pottergate: view from the north

Katherine Boivin, Assistant Professor of Art History, Bard College, published an article “The Chancel Passageways of Norwich,”  in the British Archaeological Association’s issue dedicated to Norwich: Medieval and Early Modern Art, Architecture and Archaeology. The article focuses on two important churches in Norwich, St. Peter Mancroft and St. Gregory Pottergate, relating these examples to others in England and continental Europe. Professor Boivin considers the possible ritual uses and meanings of these passageways in relationship to neighboring spaces, the surrounding cemetery, and the wider city.

Happenings at Bard

Exploding the Infinite: The Sublime Landscapes of Dan Kiley


A lecture by Mark R. Eischeid
Thursday, September 10th
11:50 AM

Mark R. Eischeid is an Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Oregon where he teaches history, theory, and design. He received his MFA in Art Space + Nature from the Edinburgh College of Art, an MLA from UC Berkeley, and a BS in Applied Earth Science from Stanford University, and he is currently pursuing a PhD from the University of Edinburgh. His research focuses on the history, theory, critique, and aesthetics of 20th and 21st century landscape architecture.
Mark has previous professional experience in geology, and is a licensed landscape architect (California).  Mark is also a practicing artist, and has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in the UK, Japan, Denmark, and Greenland.

Exploding the Infinite: The Sublime Landscapes of Dan Riley

The perception or suggestion of the infinite has been cited as one of the mechanisms by which we judge an object or an environment to be sublime.  In A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful, Edmund Burke described the “artificial infinite” as one of the identifying characteristics of the sublime.  Burke suggests that the artificial infinite can be expressed as a sequence or repetition of uniform elements or as spaces with obscured or indeterminate boundaries or limits.  Dan Kiley, a pioneering and distinguished practitioner of 20th century modernist landscape architecture, consistently spoke of his desire to express a sense of infinity in his designed landscapes.

Kiley’s design philosophy parallels Burke’s definitions, as evidenced through selected design projects, writings, and interviews.  Kiley’s use of the grid to repeat landscape elements (trees, hedges, lights, benches) through various landscape types (allées, avenues, bosques, orchards), coincident with the creation of continuous spaces and indeterminate boundaries, exemplify how he intended to create a sense of infinity in his designed landscapes.  This talk will illustrate Kiley’s expression of the artificial infinite through his work at the Miller Garden (1955, Columbus, Indiana), North Christian Church (1964, Columbus, Indiana), and the Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park (1988, Kansas City, Missouri) based on recent fieldwork.