If you seriously doubt/hate artists who favor overly nihilistic critiques on capitalism i.e. Damien Hirst, worry no more as we slowly bring you a list of trendy art history related objects to consider buying. Nothing says screw you Jeff Koons like a brand new Louis Vuitton bag made in collaboration with Yayoi Kusama. #fyeah capitalism #notacommie. Madness you say, well Marc Jacob’s doesn’t think so check out the video posted by Hypebeast. Link.


If Kusama is not your cup of tea, or LV is simply not within your price range, then perhaps LEGO’s has something that fits the bill. I’d like to posit the perfect Christmas gift for those architectural geeks you know, that is to say, LEGO’s Villa Savoye. Notably, Le Corbusier is the perfect supplement to mistletoe; nothing quite gets you in the mood that the imagery of an old nude architect. Link.

UAHA: News & Events

A quick thanks to those of you that attended the GIM for UAHA today. Our second meeting will be held in two weeks from now at the same time and location; it can also be found below. In the coming days or weeks we will keep you posted on any upcoming events from your many helpful  suggestions.

SECOND MEETING 10/24 FA 218, 6 pm.

Furthermore, we would like to bring to your attention two upcoming events held by the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies aka. CEMERS.

1. They will be hosting a talk this upcoming Monday Sept. 24 at the IASH conference room in the library tower –directly left of the library tower elevators. The talk will be discuss the relations between Medieval architecture and violence (insert cheesy gore font).

2. CEMER’s is also hosting a trip to the Corning Museum of Glass on Friday October 19th. As you can probably deduce the tour will be on Medieval glass.

For Medieval majors the cost is only $20.00. For Undergraduate/Graduate majors it is $25.00 and for Faculty/Staff/other the cost is $35.00; buses leave at noon and come back at 6:30.

For more information and signing up contact the CEMERS office LN  1129 or

Email: cemers@binghamton.edu

Lastly, for those new to the Binghamton Art History Department, the department hosts biweekly VizCult lectures held on Wednesday’s at 5:15 in FA 218. The next lecture will be on Oct. 3rd. Currently the lectures are curated by Professor Hatch.

To note the undergraduate art historian attendance at these events is currently near non-existent, a greater participation by the undergrads would reflect nicely on your part, while also providing an invaluable opportunity to see current art historical research and an opportunity to network with fellow colleagues and or professors. 

For other art history news refer to the dept blog

“Art Fatwa”: Simon Doonan for the New York Observer

This article is from a few years back, but Simon Doonan (you may have seen his commentary on VH1I love the… series) is hilarious as always, and he raises some interesting questions about the sanctified status of contemporary art. I definitely recommend reading this, and all his columns for the New York Observer, as a refreshing finals week procrastination activity. 


Prospect Magazine

Don’t forget to pick up a copy of the Prospect Magazine to read a review of the UAHA First Friday Art Walk! Magazines are available in the lecture hall, old and new union and Bartle library. If interested in critiquing next month’s Art Walk, please contact kacuna1@binghamton.edu for more details.

Thursday, March 15- Prof. Um Museum Talk


Thursday, March 15 at Noon, FA 213-Art Museum

Prof. Nancy Um

“The Calligraphic Arts of India: Three Manuscript Pages in the University Art Museum”

Please join us as members of Binghamton University Art History Department host a series of discussions about selected works from the Art Museum’s permanent collection.

These events are free and open to the public.

Meet the Scene #8

Kevin Francis Gray’s sculptures evoke a fusion of fashion with traditional sculptural imagery mixed in with an almost gothic vibe. His beaded visions present us with a dramatic display of nightmarish beauty. His works ultimately engage in an inner city youth subculture present within London.