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Faculty and Staff Footnotes

January–May 2015

Announcements, Appointments, Awards, Grants, and Prizes
Conferences, Presentations, Panels, and Educational Programs
Recordings, Films, Exhibitions, Performances, and Media Appearances

Announcements, Appointments, Awards, Grants, and Prizes

  • Bradley Brookshire, associate professor of music, was harpsichordist for a 2012 recording of Handel’s Israel in Egypt (Trinity Wall Street Choir and Baroque Orchestra, conducted by Julian Wachner), which was nominated for a 2013 Grammy Award.
  • Rachel Dickstein, visiting assistant professor of theatre and performance, received the 2015 League of Professional Theatre Women Lucille Lortel Award in recognition for her work with her theatre company Ripe Time. Additionally, the newest Ripe Time production, an adaptation of Murakami’s short story “Sleep,” has been invited to the Ground Floor summer residency lab at the Berkeley Repertory for a developmental workshop. The last two productions Dickstein created and directed for Ripe Time have been selected to be featured in June at the 2015 Prague Quadrennial, an international exhibit featuring notable theatrical production designs from the last four years.
  • Laura Kaminsky, professor at large in the School of the Arts, is pleased to announce that scenes from her recent opera, As One, were selected from a national pool of “the best of 2014” by Opera America as the featured performance for the annual convening of its board of trustees and members in New York City in February. In September 2014, American Opera Projects appointed Kaminsky as its composer in residence for a two-year period.
        This April, Kaminsky, Nancy Bowen, associate professor of art and design (sculpture), Christopher Robbins, assistant professor of art and design (sculpture), and Bettijane Sills, interim co-director of the Conservatory of Dance—along with alumni Sidra Bell (’05 MFA Dance Choreography) Malcolm MacDougall III (’11 Sculpture), and Chris Wedge (’84 Film)—were among the 50 artists working or living in Westchester selected by ArtsWestchester for their extraordinary merit and recognized on the occasion of the organization’s 50th anniversary.
  • Keith Landa, director of the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center, has been accepted into “The Search for Habitable Environments,” a NASA-sponsored educator symposium and field trip to be held June 22–26 at Arizona State University–Tempe. In addition to examining best practices in STEM education, participants will explore the Grand Canyon, Meteor Crater, and other geological sites in northern Arizona with scientists from NASA.
  • Warren Lehrer, professor of art and design (graphic design), is pleased to announce that A Life in Books, The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley (Goff Books, 2013) won the 2015 International Book Award for both Best New Fiction and Best Cover Design: Fiction, and was named a finalist in the category of Best Interior Design. The book also received the Wild Card Award at the 2015 Paris Book Festival.
  • Steven Lubin, professor of music (piano), has received a 2015 Brio Award for piano performance from the Bronx Council on the Arts. In addition to a cash award, Lubin will receive support for a solo concert at Wave Hill.
  • Ted Piltzecker, associate professor of music (studio composition), received a 2014 ASCAP Plus Award. The ASCAP Plus Awards program is available to writers who received less than $25,000 in domestic performance royalties in the previous calendar year. It rewards writer members of all genres whose works were performed in unsurveyed media as well as writer members whose catalogs have prestige value.
  • Jason Pine, assistant professor of media, society, and the arts, has been awarded the Berlin Prize for fall 2015, a semester-long fellowship at the American Academy in Berlin. The Berlin Prize is awarded annually to scholars, writers, composers, and artists who represent the highest standards of excellence in their fields. Fellows receive a monthly stipend, partial board, and accommodations at the Academy’s lakeside Hans Arnhold Center in Berlin-Wannsee.
  • Robert Sabo, lecturer in journalism (photojournalism), has been awarded first prize for Sports Feature in the prestigious 2015 Pictures of the Year International competition for “Out with a Bang,” an image of New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter. Run by the Missouri School of Journalism’s Donald W. Reynolds Journalism institute, Pictures of the Year International promotes the work of documentary photographers and magazine, newspaper, and freelance photojournalists worldwide.
  • Gary Waller, professor of literature and cultural studies, has been appointed senior editor of a new series of monographs, Emergent Discourses in Early Modern Europe, to be published by Pickering & Chatto (London). Working with an international board, Waller will solicit and encourage younger and established scholars working in interdisciplinary fields—literature, art history, philosophy, theatre, theology, and intellectual and social history—to develop and submit innovative new scholarship, particularly that which employs contemporary theoretical and practical analyses, including feminism, psychoanalysis, and cultural materialism. And effective May 6, 2015, the State University of New York Board of Trustees has appointed Professor Waller to SUNY’s highest academic rank, Distinguished Professor. As part of this prestigious appointment, he is now a member of the SUNY Distinguished Academy.

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Conferences, Presentations, Panels, and Educational Programs

  • Shemeem Burney Abbas, associate professor of political science, gave two public lectures this spring: “Blasphemy, Gender, and the Shari’a” on March 26 for the women and gender studies program at Montclair University; and “Liberal Democracy, Militarization, Gender Apartheid, and the Shari’a” on April 23 for the economics department at Sarah Lawrence College.
  • Lawrence Berglas, lecturer in arts management and author of Civil Law in America: A Minimalist Law Book, was invited to present a talk about his book at the Coral Gables location of the nationally recognized independent bookstore Books & Books on May 19.
  • Bradley Brookshire, associate professor of music, has just completed a series of visits to the Zentral-und Hochschulbibliothek Luzern in Switzerland to do archival studies on Swiss pianist Edwin Fischer (1886–1960). Selections from this research will be the focus of a presentation, “Edwin Fischer and Bach-Pianism of the Weimar Republic,” at the June 2015 Dialogue Meeting of the Bach-Network UK at Madingley Hall, Cambridge, UK. In 2013, Brookshire gave a solo harpsichord recital/lecture, “The Music of Georgian London: Harpsichord Music from the Circle of Charles Burney (1726–1814)” in October for the annual conference of the Northeast American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (Yale University, Yale Collection of Musical Instruments), and was an invited speaker in February at a panel discussion on “The Baroque Pasticcio in the 21st Century” as part of the American Handel Society Festival at Princeton University.
  • Deborah Buck, assistant professor of music (violin), was the guest teacher/clinician in a master class on January 31 at the Manhattan School of Music’s Preparatory Division.
  • Michael Bell-Smith, assistant professor of new media, gave an artist talk, “Notes on Paper,” on January 29 at the Swiss Institute in New York City.
  • Judith Dupré, lecturer in liberal studies, gave a talk, “The Impetus Behind the Building of America’s Monuments,” on February 8 as part of the Whitehall Lecture Series at the Flagler Museum in Palm Beach, Fla.
  • Beth S. Gersh-Nesic, lecturer in liberal studies, gave three invited lectures this spring: “Picasso and Jacqueline Roque,” on March 10 at the Alliance Francaise de Greenwich, in connection with the fall 2014 exhibition Picasso and Jacqueline at Pace Gallery in New York City; “Theater and Theatricality in 17th-Century Dutch Art: Aert de Gelder’s Esther and Mordechai in Budapest,” on March 16 at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Conn., in connection with the museum’s exhibition Northern Baroque Splendor: The Hohenbuchau Collection from Lichtenstein, the Princely Collection, Vienna; and “An Anecdotal History of Les Demoiselles d’Avignon” on March 25 at the Fleming Museum of Art, University of Vermont, in connection with the exhibition Staring Back: The Creation and Legacy of Picasso’s Demoiselles d’Avignon.
  • Cobina Gillitt, assistant professor of theatre and performance, gave two conference presentations this past fall: “The Role of the Dramaturg: A Problematic Necessity?” at the “Re-Imagining Dramaturgy” symposium at the Snapple Theatre Center, New York, N.Y., in October; and “Contemporary Asian Theatre in Globalization” during the opening plenary session at the International Conference on Theatre, ISBI Bandung, Indonesia, in November.
  • Yanine Hess, assistant professor of psychology, presented a talk, “Would I lie to you?: Social rejection increases lie detection among lonely individuals,” at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology in Long Beach, Calif., in February.
  • Cassandra Hooper, associate professor of art and design (printmaking), presented the paper “Quad Project” during the panel session “Lesson Plans” on March 20 at the 2015 Southern Graphics Council International annual conference in Knoxville, Tenn.
  • Laura Kaminsky, faculty at large in the School of the Arts, was a guest artist in February at two universities in Beirut, Lebanon: the Lebanese American University and the Center for American Studies and Research at American University of Beirut. She spoke on “Music with a Message: Narratives of Gender, AIDS, Climate Change, and War” and “Peace and Listening to the Language of Music.”
  • David J. Kim, assistant professor of anthropology, presented the paper “Making ‘Sense’ of Fate: Fetish and Affect in South Korean Online Divination” on December 5 as part of a panel he chaired on “Affect and Infrastructure: Interrogating New Media in South Korea” at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Washington, D.C.
  • Steve Lambert, associate professor of new media, and the Center for Artistic Activism trained health workers from around the world in using creativity in their work this past December, culminating in a “Festival of Life and Death” to highlight the arbitrary pricing of Hepatitis C medicines by Gilead, a pharmaceutical company. The festival took place without permission in front of a hospital in Barcelona, Spain, and was covered by El Diario. (You can watch a short video here.) In February, he presented at Eyebeam’s “Artists in Conversation,” part of their 2015 annual showcase; gave the closing remarks at Fordham University’s Urban Law Journal Symposium, “Law, Urban Space, and The Future of Artistic Expression”; and gave a lecture and series of workshops for the Unit One guest-in-residence program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. On March 17, Lambert gave a guest lecture at Queens College, City University of New York, for the Queens Museum’s Open A.I.R. Artist Services Program. During spring break, he worked in Cape Town, South Africa, with the Center for Artistic Activism and sex-work activists on a human rights campaign, which was reported in local papers and resulted in an interview with local advocates on Cape Town News 24. In April, a four-person panel discussion featuring Lambert and members of the SUNY Cortland economics department was held in conjunction with the exhibition of his work, Capitalism Works For Me! True/False, at the college’s Dowd Gallery.
  • Keith Landa, director of the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center, gave a lecture on “Teaching From My Tablet: Enhanced Presentations and DIY Lecture Capture” at the SUNY “Moodlepalooza and Sharing Teaching Ideas,” held at SUNY Delhi on January 13. A capture of the presentation is available on YouTube. He also facilitated a mini-course on “ePortfolio Tools and Reflective Practice” in December for the SUNY Center for Professional Development (CPD), part of the new teaching and learning certificate program for new faculty offered by the CPD.
  • Kathleen McCormick, professor of literature and pedagogy, gave the keynote address, “‘In Other People’s Mouths’: Nested Peer Mentoring for Collaboration in First-Year Writing Classes and Beyond,” at the University of Florida’s Conference on Pedagogy, Practice, and Philosophy on January 31.
  • Gaura Narayan, assistant professor of literature, presented the paper “Everywhere and Invisible: Sexual Oppression of Lower-Caste Women in Rural India” for a panel on “South Asian Women’s Bodies and Sexual Violence” at the MLA Conference in Vancouver in January.
  • Rafal Niemojewski, director of education and public programs at the Neuberger Museum of Art, presented the paper “Sites of Contestation, Shifting Gravities, and New Hegemonies: The Reprogramming of the Contemporary Biennial” at the College Art Association’s 103rd annual conference in New York City, February 11–14.
  • Jason Pine, assistant professor of media, society, and the arts, was invited to present his book in progress, Methlabs, Alchemy and the Matter of Life, to the Media Working Group workshop in the anthropology department at Columbia University on March 6. He was also invited to participate in LaTableRonde (LTR# 3.4), “On the Drift: Ruins and Impermanence,” a roundtable discussion hosted by Critical Practices Inc. in New York City.
  • Lorraine Plourde, assistant professor of media, society, and the arts, presented the paper “Ambience, Mood, and Muzak in Postindustrial Japan” on December 4 at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Washington, D.C.
  • Christopher Robbins, assistant professor of art and design (sculpture), gave two artist talks this spring, at the New School’s Eugene Lang College in New York City on February 20; and at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn on March 3. Robbins also gave a reflective and inspiring presentation to the award recipients and audience participants at this year’s Student Awards Ceremony on May 8.
  • Jared Russell, visiting assistant professor of philosophy, presented “Chemistry” on January 24 at the eighth Clinical Study Days, the annual meeting of Lacanian Compass, in Miami, Fla.
  • Rosanna Seravalli, professor of dance, taught in Taiwan at the Lan Yang Youth Center, Taiwan National University of the Arts (TNUA), and Cloud Gate Dance Theatre during her fall 2014 leave. She choreographed, staged, and taught master classes for both students and teachers. Seravalli was invited to return to Taiwan after working there successfully for several years.
  • Jeffrey Taylor, assistant professor of arts management, presented a paper on “The Post-Soviet Poetics of Regina Spektor” at the conference “The New Wave of Russian Jewish Cultural Production” at Columbia University, December 4–5. On February 12, he delivered a pedagogical paper, “Scientific Method and Knowledge in Art,” during “Art Historians Interested in Pedagogy and Technology Using the Scientific Method and Online Resources: A Hands-On Technology and Pedagogy Session” at the College Art Association’s annual conference in New York City.

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  • Bradley Brookshire, associate professor of music, had his essay on William Byrd, “Bare ruin’d quires where once the sweet birds sang: Covert Speech in William Byrd’s ‘Walsingham’ Variations” (in Walsingham in Literature and Culture from the Middle Ages to Modernity, Dominic Janes and Gary Waller, eds., London: Ashgate, 2010) reviewed in the Sixteenth Century Journal XLIV/1, page 35.
  • Kim Detterbeck, art librarian, Marie Sciangula, assistant director of the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center, and Nicole LaMoreaux, a librarian at LIM College, published the article “Off the Cuff: How Fashion Bloggers Find and Use Information” in the Fall 2014 issue of Art Documentation: Journal of the Art Libraries Society of North America.
  • Anthony Domestico, assistant professor of literature, published an essay on Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch and Helen Oyeyemi’s Boy, Snow, Bird in Commonweal, December 2014.
  • Joe Ferry, professor of music, is pleased to announce the release of his latest novel, Highlife.
  • Beth S. Gersh-Nesic, lecturer in liberal studies (art history), contributed “From Paris to New York: Les Demoiselles d’Avignon” to the exhibition catalog Staring Back: On Picasso’s Demoiselles d’Avignon (Burlington, Vermont: Fleming Museum and University Press of New England, 2015).
  • Cobina Gillitt, assistant professor of theatre and performance, is the co-editor of Islands of Imagination I: Modern Indonesian Plays, with Frank Stewart and John McGlynn (University of Hawai’i Press, March 2015), for which she also wrote the introduction. First published as the Winter 2014 issue of Manoa: A Pacific Journal of International Writing (26:2), it includes two of Gillitt’s translations, Ought by Putu Wijaya and Make Note! by Rita Matu Mona. The 2015 paperback will be one of the featured books at the 2015 Frankfurt Book Fair, where Indonesia is this year’s honored country. Gillitt also wrote and edited all the Indonesian-related entries in The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Stage Actors and Acting, Simon Williams, ed. (Cambridge University Press, 2015).
  • Matthew Immergut, associate professor of sociology, co-wrote the article “Karma: It’s Not About What We Do,” which appears in the recent edition of Elephant Journal.
  • Steve Lambert, associate professor of new media, is included in the book Art and Politics Now, by Anthony Downey (Thames & Hudson, 2014), and a project Lambert worked on, The New York Times Special Edition, is included in Is Satire Saving Our Nation?: Mockery and American Politics, by Sophia A. McLennen and Remy M. Maisel (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).
  • Jason Pine, assistant professor of media, society, and the arts, published the Italian translation of his book, The Art of Making Do in Naples (2012) as Napoli sotto traccia: Musica neomelodica e marginalità sociale with Donzelli Editore.
  • Jared Russell, visiting assistant professor of philosophy, had two essays, “The navel of the dream: Gaspar Noé’s Enter the Void” and “A feminine academic” published in the online journal The Symptom.
  • Jordan Schildcrout, assistant professor of theatre and performance, published a review essay in the December 2014 Theatre Journal (66:4) analyzing the representation of gender and sexuality in the Classic Stage Company’s 2014 production of Bertolt Brecht’s A Man’s A Man, starring Justin Vivian Bond and Stephen Spinella.
  • Paul Siegel, associate professor of psychology, and Kimberly A. Gallagher, a 2013 alumna of Purchase and former senior project mentee of Siegel’s, published a study in the March 2015 Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry (Vol. 46), a leading journal of experimental psychopathology: “Delaying in vivo exposure to a tarantula with very brief exposure to phobic stimuli” (pages 182–188). The study found that unconscious exposure to subliminal pictures of spiders reduced avoidance of a live tarantula 24 hours later.
  • Hakan Topal, assistant professor of new media and art and design, had an article, “Collateral Damage, Condolence and the Aesthetic of Impossibility Justice,” published in Aesthetic Justice: Intersecting Artistic and Moral Perspectives, Pascal Gielen and Niels Van Tomme, eds. (Valiz/Antennae Series, 2015). Topal’s glossary entry, “Intentional Failure” is included in Speculation, Now: Essays and Artwork, Vyjayanthi Venturupalli Rao, ed., with Prem Krishnamurthy and Carin Kuoni (Duke University Press and the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School, 2015).
  • Ragnhild Utheim, lecturer in anthropology, published the article “Restorative Justice, Reintegration, and Race: Reclaiming Collective Identity in the Postracial Era” in the peer-reviewed journal Anthropology and Education Quarterly (Vol. 45, Issue 4) in December.
  • Gary Waller, professor of literature and cultural studies, has published “‘To Beleeve this but a fiction and done to pass the time’: Re-imagining Mary Wroth and William Herbert in Feigning Poetry” in Re-reading Mary Wroth, Katherine Larson and Naomi Miller, eds. (Palgrave MacMillan, 2014). This volume celebrates the 25th publication anniversary of the landmark collection of work on the 17th-century woman writer, Reading Mary Wroth, which was co-edited by Waller. The article contains cultural analysis along with extracts from Waller’s recent poetry.
  • Louise Yelin, professor of literature, wrote the essay for the exhibition catalog Chantal Joffe: Night Self-Portraits (Cheim & Reid, New York) in conjunction with solo exhibition at the Chelsea gallery, which runs May 14–June 20.

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Recordings, Films, Exhibitions, Performances, and Media Appearances

  • Shemeem Burney Abbas, associate professor of political science, was an invited to talk about the Taliban massacre at the Army Public School in Peshawar on NPR’s Brian Lehrer Show on December 17.
  • Robin Aleman, director of budget and administration for academic affairs, performed in the Riverdale Rising Stars production of The Sound of Music at the Riverdale YM-YWHA in March.
  • David Bassuk, professor of acting, was quoted in the February 26 Backstage feature article, “Solo Going Your Monologue, Your Choice” by Briana Rodriguez.
  • Michael Bell-Smith, assistant professor of new media, has participated in several recent exhibitions, including two group shows, Screen Play: Moving Image Art at the Sagamore Hotel in Miami, Fla., December 2014–March 2015, and 24/7 at the Monte Carlo in Miami Beach, Fla., curated by Rail Curatorial Projects. A work from Bloopers, a collaboration with Ben Vida and Purchase faculty member Sara Magenheimer, was included in Hear: Time is Space, a show of sound art at the Center for Ongoing Research and Projects in Columbus, Ohio, January–February 2015. In December, Bloopers performed the piece “Bloopers #1” at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in Troy, N.Y. Bell-Smith’s record Claps/Applause is currently being featured in a pop-up shop at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center in conjunction with the exhibition Pratfall Tramps. His 2014 video Rabbit Season, Duck Season was screened at the ALAC Theatre on January 31 as part of Passages, a two-part video screening organized by Berlin-based curator Marc LeBlanc at the Art Los Angeles Contemporary Art Fair in California. Bell-Smith’s recent solo exhibition at Foxy Production, also titled Rabbit Season, Duck Season, was reviewed in the January issue of Artforum.
  • Matthew Bollinger, visiting assistant professor of art and design, had work included in the group exhibition Sensation at Projekt 722 in Brooklyn, N.Y., curated by Hilary Doyle and Reid Hitt, March 14–April 5.
  • Bradley Brookshire, associate professor of music, has appeared in several Metropolitan Opera Live in HD performances that have now permanently entered the Met’s Opera on Demand catalog, including La Clemenza di Tito (Mozart), The Enchanted Island (pasticcio), Giulio Cesare (Handel), and Rodelinda (Handel). Since joining the Met’s music staff, Brookshire has served as assistant conductor and harpsichordist for seven Met productions, most recently Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito, reviewed in the New York Times and Huffington Post; Handel’s Giulio Cesare; and the first revival of the Met’s original production The Enchanted Island. He played harpsichord for two performances, at Trinity Church and Alice Tully Hall, of Handel’s Messiah with the Trinity Wall Street Choir and Baroque Orchestra, led by Julian Wachner, also reviewed in the New York Times. This past fall, he toured California as harpsichordist with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra for performances with violinist Jennifer Koh, and appeared with Orpheus and Koh again in a December concert at Carnegie Hall, which was reviewed in the New York Times.
  • Todd Coolman, professor of music, recently recorded a CD with the Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra in New York City. On February 15, Coolman performed with the Renee Rosnes Quartet at Haverford College in Pennsylvania. In March, he performed with the Jon Faddis Jazz Orchestra at the Manchester Craftsman’s Guild in Pittsburgh, and at the Blue Note in New York City as part of the James Moody 90th Birthday Celebration shows.
  • Donna Dennis, professor emerita of art and design (sculpture), had her work Coney Night Maze (2009) exhibited at Real Art Ways in Hartford, Conn., in conjunction with the exhibition Coney Island: Visions of the American Dreamland, 1861–2008 at the Wadsworth Atheneum, January 31– May 31. More than 40 years of Dennis’ works on paper, including gouaches and lithographs related to the installations BLUE BRIDGE/red shift (1991–93) and Deep Station (1981–85) and book collaborations with poets Kenward Elmslie and Anne Waldman, were exhibited in the solo exhibition Donna Dennis: Works on Paper at the Farmer Family Gallery at Ohio State University in Lima, January 15–February 20. Dennis gave a talk in conjunction with the exhibition at OSU in February.
  • Dawn Gibson-Brehon, visiting assistant professor of arts management, recently managed the Apollo Theater’s recent international tour, a first in the theater’s 80-year history. The full-evening length production, James Brown: Get on the Good Foot, a Celebration of Dance, toured Germany, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands, reaching 12,750 people over a four-week period. Celebrating through dance the music and legacy of worldwide icon James Brown, Get on the Good Foot featured 15 artists from the fields of tap, hip hop, Kathak, and modern dance. The production premiered in Harlem at the Apollo Theater in 2013 and toured the U.S. during the 2013–14 season.
  • Ryan Homsey, director of the Academic Resource Center and lecturer in music (studio composition), composed the music for the devised theatre production, The Orpheus Variations, created by the Brooklyn-based Deconstructive Theatre Project. Inspired by the Orpheus myth and the neuroscience of memory, the hybrid media performance collides cinema, radio play, and theatre vocabularies into an art-house film created and screened in real time. Homsey plays keyboard and glockenspiel in the live music ensemble alongside Darryl Rahn (’15 Studio Composition) on guitar and electronics and Adrianna Mateo on violin and hand percussion. The production was featured during the Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival on January 10, with a 10-performance encore run during the 14th Street Y’s 2015 Theater Series, February 4–14.
  • Matthew Jensen, lecturer in art and design, had his 275-image photographic series, Hometown Stones, included in the group exhibition State Park at the University of California–San Diego, and was an invited to give an artist’s lecture in conjunction with the exhibition. Jensen also exhibited The 49 States at the Yancey Richardson Gallery booth at the Armory Show in New York City in March.
  • Laura Kaminsky, professor at large in the School of the Arts, had notable performances this past spring in New York City at the 92nd Street Y, Subculture, New York University, Manhattan School of Music, and the Center for Jewish History; with the Western Piedmont Symphony Orchestra and soloist Ursula Oppens in Hickory, North Carolina; and in Logan, Utah, and Berkeley, California.
  • Jared Kirby, lecturer in physical education, was the fight director for the Hudson Warehouse Theater production of Measure for Measure in March at the Art Center of Goddard Riverside’s Bernie Wohl Center in New York. Also in March, Kirby was the tournament director for the Classical Open Fencing Tournament in West Palm Beach, Florida, and the annual Purchase College alumni vs. students fencing tournament. Kirby was interviewed for Backstage magazine on February 13, with a more in-depth interview in the December 2014 issue of New Jersey Stage.
  • Alois Kronschlaeger, lecturer in art and design, had a solo exhibition, Polychromatic Structures, at the Cristin Tierney Gallery in New York, April 9 to May 16.
  • Steve Lambert, associate professor of new media, had four of his works exhibited in Resistance & Revolution: Responses in Contemporary Print, Technology, and Community Activism at the Gund Gallery, Kenyon College, Ohio, January 16–March 8, and gave a public lecture and workshop in conjunction with the exhibition. His interactive Capitalism Works For Me! True/False was installed at SUNY Cortland’s Dowd Gallery from April 21 to May 8, and his work was included in the large creative community exhibition Manifest: Justice, May 2–10, in Los Angeles, Calif. Last year, Lambert’s work with the Yes Men was featured in Out-Smarting Capitalism at the Museum Het Domein Sittard in the Netherlands (July 13–November 30).
         SelfControl, software that Lambert designed to block adults from distracting websites, was featured on the Dr. Oz show this past December. Another piece of software designed by Lambert was released in January: Add-Art is a Firefox add-on that replaces ads on the Internet with curated art images from sources like the Brooklyn Museum, Eyebeam, and NASA. Add-Art was originally created in 2007 and updated this winter by Lambert with new media senior Corey Tegeler. Lambert has also published a podcast with the Center for Artistic Activism called the Pop Culture Salvage Expeditions. Each month is an exploration of high grossing, popular, mainstream culture and what artistic activism can learn from it. The first episode looks at the highest grossing movie of 2014, Transformers: Age of Extinction, and is available for free on iTunes.
  • Cynthia Lin, assistant professor of art and design (painting/drawing), had work included in three group exhibitions this spring: TechNoBody at the Pelham Art Center, January 23–March 21; the NYFA Finalists show at Onishi Gallery in New York City, February 19–March 6; and Sensation at Projekt 722 in Brooklyn, N.Y., curated by Hilary Doyle and Reid Hitt, March 14–April 5. Lin was a finalist for a 2014 NYFA artist fellowship in the category of printmaking/drawing/book arts, and participated in a panel discussion on March 19 in conjunction with the TechNoBody exhibition.
  • Joseph D. McKay, assistant professor of new media, was one of three artists featured in the exhibition Play: In Three Acts at the Beall Center for Art and Technology at the University of California–Irvine, February 27–May 23.
  • Ted Piltzecker, associate professor of music (studio composition), has written a work celebrating the new exhibit Kuba Textiles: Geometry in Form, Space, and Time at the Neuberger Museum. The African-influenced composition, “From The Center,” engages musicians and dancers from the Conservatories of Music and Dance. Performances at the Neuberger were held on March 1 and 4.
  • Jason Pine, assistant professor of media, society, and the arts, was interviewed on March 4 by The American Scholar about his methamphetamine research in Jefferson County, Missouri.
  • Lorraine Plourde, assistant professor of media, society, and the arts, was featured in a story about cat cafés in New York City on the Public Radio International (PRI) program The World on January 19.
  • Peter Schwab, professor of political science, provided commentary and analysis on the restoration of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba for Moscow’s Sputnik International during December 2014. The news agency’s reporters also highlighted parts of his book Cuba: Confronting the U.S. Embargo (Palgrave Macmillan, 1998).
  • Jennifer Wroblewski, assistant professor of art and design (part-time), participated in the international symposium event Draw to Perform 2 in London on May 16. Wroblewski and 12 international artists made drawings in front of an audience over the course of six hours. Artist talks, screenings, and discussions on the intersection of drawing and performance followed on May 17. Organized and curated by artist Ram Samocha, the two-day event was held at Number3London, a south London cooperative artist/community space.

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