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Open House Fall 2014

Professors Wolf and Heuer greeted more students than ever for Open House, held on Saturday, October 25. Check out our new slide show featuring the activities of the Art History department

Sandro Miller: Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich at Catherine Edelman

this is insane…FUN! Read below for an explanation


No. this isn't Warhol, it is Malkovich Andy_Warhol___Self_Portrait_Fright_Wig


In 2013, Sandro decided to do a project honoring the men and women whose photographs helped shape his career. After selecting thirty-five images to emulate, Sandro contacted Malkovich, who instantly agreed to participate. When speaking about Malkovich, Sandro states: “John is the most brilliant, prolific person I know. His genius is unparalleled. I can suggest a mood or an idea and within moments, he literally morphs into the character right in front of my eyes. He is so trusting of my work and our process… I’m truly blessed to have him as my friend and collaborator.”




Sandro Miller: Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to photographic masters | Catherine Edelman Gallery.

Great Turnout for Wilderness50 Art History Lecture

Early Draft of the Constitution on View

Hey, it’s Constitution Day.
Williamstown, MA, The Clark Art Institute has an early draft of the Constitution on view in its exhibit Radical Words: From Magna Carta to the Constitution on view through November 2, 2014 with Free Admission today, Constitution Day. Also on view are Magna Carta, the Declaration of Independence, the Declaration of Rights of the Women of the United States, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Thanks to Sarah Davis, co-President of the Art History Association, for the heads up!

TODAY!!! Art History Faculty Gives Wilderness 50 Talk

Art History Department Chair, Kerry Dean Carso, will give a talk, Landscapes of Nationalism and the Roots of Conservation in 19th-Century America, as part of the celebrations for Wilderness 50. Learn about American landscape paintings of the period and how they relate to both the formation of national identity and the roots of the conservation movement.

Landscapes of Nationalism and the Roots of Conservation in 19th-Century America

SUNY New Paltz, Sept 22, 2014, LC104, 7 pm

Kerry Dean Carso

Hudson River School, Forever® | USPS Stamps

12th Issuance of the <i>American Treasures series, American Treasures

Four works by major artists of the Hudson River School were issued as postage stamps by the U.S. Postal Service in August 2014. They are the 12th issuance in the series, American Treasures.

When the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz exhibited The Hudson River to Niagara Falls: 19th-century American Landscape Paintings from the New-York Historical Society, back in 2009 during the Hudson 400 celebrations, the Museum and the Art History Department organized a companion symposium Revisiting the Hudson: Nineteenth-century Landscape Painting in Context. Click the link for a flickr photo album of pictures from this event.

Organizer Prof. Kerry Dean Carso, now Art History Department Chair, has announced that the papers from this symposium will go to press. Watch this space for more news.

Hudson River School, Forever® | USPS Stamps.

Becoming a Masterpiece, v. 2.0

Another group of creative responses to Prof. Keely Heuer’s challenge
to her Art of the Western World I students: Become a Masterpiece!

How to Build a Greek Temple

Proud of Our Students: Art History Association Symposium 2014

Celebrating Student Research

Last week, the Art History Association of SUNY New Paltz held its 17th annual Art History Symposium, Copy and Paste: The Origin and Appropriation of Artistic Ideas. Great job Art History Assocation and faculty advisor, Prof. Jaclynne Kerner!

From the AHA’s facebook:

“This year’s symposium is a hybrid of 5 student speakers and a keynote – all speaking on different topics connecting to the reuse of artistic ideas and techniques.”

Student Speakers:

Elle Riccardi – “From Ivory to Copper: The Appropriation of Islamic Motifs by Christian Craftsmen”

Rachel Beaudoin – “Pseudo Arabic Inscriptions in Italian Renaissance Painting”

Mary Cooney – “Vincent van Gogh and Japan”

Elaina Manley – “Marcel Duchamp: The Inspiration and Appropriation of Ideas and Styles”

Brianna Rascoe – “The Appropriation of the American Flag”

Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Mrinalini Rajagopalan, Professor at University of Pittsburgh – “What Practical Use is There in These Reproductions?”

The symposium was preceded by a buffet dinner for all the speakers, Art History majors and other students, as well as faculty and Dean of Fine and Performing Arts, Paul Kassel. It was to a great opportunity for faculty and students to interact. The buffet was funded by a College Auxilliary Services grant through the Office of the Dean of Fine and Performing Arts. Dean Kassel also generously provided funds to hire a videographer to record the entire symposium. Watch this space!


Audio Arts | Tate.

Inlay (reverse) for Audio Arts Volume 8 Nos 2 and 3 published in 1987 Archive reference: TGA200414/7/3 Volume 8 Nos 2 and 3 © William Furlong

Inlay (reverse) for Audio Arts Volume 8 Nos 2 and 3 published in 1987
Archive reference: TGA200414/7/3 Volume 8 Nos 2 and 3
© William Furlong


So this is a blog focusing on visual material, but an importrant archive of audio capturing artists’ in their own words, as well as some soundworks and performances, has been released online by the Tate Archive.

For over 30 years, from 1973-2004, Audio Arts magazine was produced and distributed on audio cassettes. Founded by British artist Bill Furlong, it was conceived as a magazine of audio focused on the British and international contemporary art scene. Some images from the cassette inlays are featured here.

As old formats become obsolete, or the machines that can play them become ever more scarce, online archives such as the Tate’s ensures that the valuable content of these documents is made available to a new generation of artists, enthusiasts and scholars.

Here’s a photo of the inlay from an issue featuring an Andy Warhol interview in the year of his death, and Gilbert and George at the Venice Biennale.audio-arts-volume-24-inlay_0