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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!

Student Work

Kiran Kalantri_1 Kenard Grey_1 Kelly Pooler_1 Jaimee Brown_1 Emily Krebs-Extra Credit Art History_1 Dana Reifer_1 Brian Keefer_1 Andrea Pacione_1 Amanda Vaughn and Lindsay Brett_1 Taylor BIrchmore and Ian Ettinger_1 Shannon Maher_1 Sam Rathburn and Jesse Kessler-Groom_1 Rose Pichardo-Figueroa_1 Robert Rosa_1 Rebecca Hyman1_1 Nick Napolitano_1 Mary Cooney_1 Lillian Helling and Kristen O'Connor_1

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

Calling Upon the Muses:
Teaching Spotlight on Prof. Keely Heuer

This past Fall, we in the Art History department welcomed Keely Heuer to the faculty as our specialist in ancient art.

I am happy to report that her energetic and engaging teaching included a delightful extra credit project, Becoming a Masterpiece, for her students in Art of the Western I survey.

She challenged her students–

“Put on your thinking caps, and call upon the Muses…the Idea: create a living work of art by replicating famous objects from the past and photograph yourself doing so. At the very least, you must be in the picture, but you can recruit friends and family to join you as well. The only limit is your imagination.”

Here are the results! Can you identify the works of art?

(Interactive “game” here? click to reveal captions?)

Brandeis’ Nancy Scott Gives Talk on Georgia O’Keeffe

This past Wednesday, November 20, The Art History Association of SUNY New Paltz, a student club of the Student Association, hosted a talk by Brandeis University Professor Nancy Scott on American artist, Georgia O’Keeffe, entitled “Ladder to the Moon: Georgia O’Keeffe and the American Southwest.”

Prof. Scott offered new insight about O’Keeffe’s later work grounded in new research based on the painter’s voluminous correspondence with husband, photographer and influential gallerist, Alfred Stieglitz, and others. Prof. Scott’s forthcoming book on O’Keeffe will be published by Reaktion Books.

Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Joins the Google Art Project

Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Joins the Google Art Project


Partnership Provides Global Access to High-resolution Images of 160 Artistically and Historically Important Objects in the Colonial Williamsburg Collections. Check the blog post at

A Windfall of Warhol: Rediscovered Photos of a Pop Art Legend


Andy Warhol Holding a Sunflower

A Windfall of Warhol: Rediscovered Photos of a Pop Art Legend.

“What Do Cats Have to Do With It?” Indeed


LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) announced that they have made 20,000 high quality images of works in their collections available for download for free and unrestricted use! They have also unveiled a new, easy to use, non-heirarchical website to discover works that students can use for research or term papers–or anything else that takes your fancy. Here’s a sample screenshot with the download link highlighted. Read more on their blog at What Do Cats Have to Do With It? Welcome to Our New Collections Website | Unframed The LACMA Blog.