Faculty and Staff Footnotes

January 2013

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

Appointments, Awards, Grants, and Prizes

  • Lee Ehrman, Distinguished Professor of biology, received the exceptional distinction and commemoration of her professional association. On January 18, Ehrman was honored and certified as a Fifty-Year Life Member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Founded in 1848, the AAAS is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing science, engineering, and innovation throughout the world for the benefit of all people. In addition to organizing membership activities, the association publishes the journal Science and many scientific newsletters, books, and reports, and spearheads programs that raise the bar of understanding for science worldwide. Among her many contributions, Ehrman has served as a member of the association’s Behavioral Genetics Project working group, part of the AAAS Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights, and Law Program.
     
  • Warren Lehrer, professor of art and design (graphic design), has received several grants for his new novel and accompanying multimedia performance. A Life in Books: The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley is an illuminated novel that includes 101 books within it, all written by Lehrer’s protagonist, a controversial author who finds himself in prison looking back on his life and career. Both the physical and e-book will be published in the fall of 2013. A $22,000 Individual Artist Grant in Electronic Media and Film from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) is for the development and completion of the enhanced e-book edition and for associated video animations to be used in the multimedia performance presentation. A $2,000 Development Fund Grant from the Queens Council on the Arts/Department of Cultural Affairs will support work on the multimedia performance presentation, with a required public presentation. A LAB 201 Residency Grant from the La Guardia Performing Arts Center (LPAC) will support the further development and performance of the multimedia performance presentation. The latter grant includes 40 hours of rehearsal space, up to 10 hours technical assistance, and a performance date for a “workshop production” in the Little Theater at LPAC in Long Island City. The performance will coincide with the book’s publication.
     
  • Ghana ThinkTank, a public art project co-founded in 2006 by Christopher Robbins, assistant professor of art and design (sculpture), has been awarded a 2013 Creative Capital Grant in Emerging Fields. The 2013 grantees were selected through an open-call, three-phase application process from a pool of more than 2,700 applicants. Creative Capital’s investment in each project includes up to $50,000 in direct financial support (disbursed at key points over the life of each project), plus more than $40,000 in advisory services.

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Conferences, Presentations, Panels, and Educational Programs

  • Jan Robert Factor, professor of biology, took 14 students to Roatan, off the coast of Honduras, to study coral reef biology and ecology during the winter session, under the auspices of the college’s Office of International Programs. Twelve students became certified scuba divers during the program. All of the participants used scuba to learn firsthand about the ecology of the great Meso-American reef of the Western Caribbean, as well as the fish, invertebrates, turtles, and dolphins that inhabit the reef. The program culminated in research projects on parrot-fish feeding preferences on algae, butterfly-fish feeding on corals, associations of encrusting and boring sponges with corals, and a comparison of fish species distribution at different depths. All research was carried out underwater.
     
  • Sanford Ikeda, associate professor of economics, participated on the panel “New York City and the New Economy: Fostering an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem” during the Municipal Arts Society’s Summit NYC 2012, held Oct. 18–19 at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall.
     
  • Stuart Isacoff, lecturer in music, has presented several lectures/recitals since last October. In November, he traveled to Florida and gave four lectures/recitals in collaboration with Florida Public Radio; participated in a panel discussion, “Culture Shock 1913,” and performed piano music by Erik Satie and Alexander Scriabin at WNYC’s Greene Space, a program streamed live on the Web; and wrote and narrated a radio program about the piano for BBC4 in London. In December, he presented a lecture/recital at the Steinway Hall in New York City. In January, Isacoff presented a lecture/recital on connections between classical music and jazz at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, Ariz., and presented “The Origin of Piano Styles” at the Indianapolis Piano Teachers’ Guild and the American Pianists Association.
     
  • Susanne Markgren, digital services librarian, presented A Mentoring Startup: The How, What, and Why of it All at METRO’s Annual Conference at Baruch College on January 15.
     
  • Gaura Narayan, visiting assistant professor of literature, presented the paper “Sons and Daughters of Ham in Vilayet (England)” [p. 25] at the Annual Conference of the South Asian Literary Association in Boston, January 2–3.
     
  • Christopher Robbins, assistant professor of art and design (sculpture), presented at the Distinguished Speaker Series on January 17 at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, Saint Anselm College, in Manchester. On January 23, he was a participant (with Nina Katchadourian, Elizabeth Demarray, Valentina Curandi, and Nathaniel Katz) in Alyce Santoro’s “Dialectic Revival” talk series at Klemens Gasser and Tanja Grunert Gallery in New York City.

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Publications

  • Laura Chmielewski, associate professor of history, has had her book The Spice of Popery: Converging Christianities on an Early American Frontier (University of Notre Dame Press, 2012) selected for Choice’s “Outstanding Academic Title” list for 2012. Less than 3 percent of all scholarly books published annually, approximately 25,000 titles, receive this distinction. Choice is a leading review publication for academic libraries.
     
  • Michael Garber, lecturer in music, theatre, and film history (School of Liberal Studies & Continuing Education), has the first of what will be three articles on American songwriters published in the January issue of the music education magazine Music Alive!. The April issue will also feature Garber’s article on scat singing, timed to coincide with Jazz Appreciation Month.
     
  • Beth S. Gersh-Nesic, lecturer in art history (School of Liberal Studies & Continuing Education), has had her translation of André Salmon’s “The Fable of the Little Tin Fish” from La jeune sculpture française published in Modern Sculpture Reader, edited by Jon Wood, David Hulks, and Alex Potts (Getty Publications, 2012).
     
  • Patrice Giasson, curator of art of the Americas (Neuberger Museum of Art), has edited Brincando fronteras: Creaciones locales mexicanas y globalización (Mexico, CONACULTA, 2012, 494 p.). In addition, his forthcoming catalog will be published by the Neuberger Museum of Art in conjunction with the exhibition Pre-Columbian Remix: The Art of Enrique Chagoya, Demián Flores, Rúben Ortiz-Torres, and Nadín Ospina, which will be on view April–July 2013 at the museum.
     
  • Jeffrey Taylor, assistant professor of arts management, has two recent publications. The first, “The Early Light at Dawn,” is an essay for Contemporary Zsolnay, an exhibition catalog for a show of new works by the Zsolnay ceramics company, presented by the Hungarian Cultural Institute in New York (October 17–November 30, 2012). The second is “Muvészviták és csoportosulások a századfordulón. Csók István és a modern magyar mukereskedelem” [Artistic Debates and Groupings at the Turn of the Century: István Csók and Modern Hungarian Art Commerce] in Csók István, a monograph for the István Csók retrospective at the Hungarian National Gallery (January 2013).

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Recordings, Films, Exhibitions, Performances, and Media Appearances

  • Judith Bernstein, associate professor emerita of art and design (drawing/painting), has a solo exhibition, Judith Bernstein: Hard, at the New Museum in New York City (October 10, 2012–January 20, 2013). It features a selection of works ranging from the 1960s to the present, including a new site-specific rendition of Bernstein’s Signature Piece (1986/2012), painted in explosive gestural strokes directly onto the Lobby Gallery windows.
     
  • Donna Dennis, professor of art and design (sculpture), has her limited edition collaboration with the poet Anne Waldman, Nine Nights Meditation (Granary Books, 2009), included in the exhibition Off Broadway: Artists’ Books from New York at the Herzog August Library in Wolfenbuttel, Germany. The book, which is in the collection of the library, is displayed with books by 29 other artists, including Josef Albers, Francesco Clemente, Robert Rauschenberg, and Kiki Smith. The exhibition opened on January 2.
     
  • Stella Ebner, assistant professor of art and design (printmaking), is exhibiting at the Editions|Artists’ Book Fair (January 24–27) in the International Print Center New York booth and the Cade Tompkins Projects booth. Her work is also included in the group exhibition of RISD faculty and alumni, Double Legacy, at Cade Tompkins Projects in Providence, R.I. (January 19–February 28).
     
  • Patrice Giasson, curator of art of the Americas (Neuberger Museum of Art), curated the exhibition Fifty Years of Latin American Art: A Selection from the Neuberger Museum of Art with Annabel Rhodeen, a master’s candidate in art history and a Neuberger curatorial fellow, for 1285 Avenue of the Americas Gallery in New York City (February 28–May 30, 2012).
     
  • Kate Gilmore, assistant professor of art and design (sculpture), has work included in three exhibitions: Paint Things: Beyond the Stretcher, Decordova Sculpture Park and Museum (January 20–April 21); Absent | Present, a two-person exhibition with Zsuzsanna Szegadi, Montserrat Gallery, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, Mass. (January 25–March 30); and No Place Like Home, Paul Robeson Galleries at Rutgers University (January 22–April 4).
     
  • Julian Kreimer, assistant professor of art and design (drawing/painting), has a solo exhibition, Coming and Going, on view from January 25 through February 17 at Weeknights, a gallery in Brooklyn founded by Jen Hitchings, an alumna of the School of Art+Design.
     
  • Steven Lubin, professor of music (piano), travelled to the Far East just before Christmas, performing a Mozart concerto as piano soloist with the Taipei Symphony Orchestra in Taiwan’s National Theater. He then travelled to Tokyo, where he performed a solo piano recital at the Musashino Cultural Center. This winter he is completing work on a CD for the Classical Soundings label, including Beethoven’s first two trios with the Mozartean Players.
     
  • Ted Piltzecker, associate professor of music (studio composition), will be a guest performer and composer at Vibraciones, the 2nd International Vibes and Marimba Festival, at the Instituto Cultural Peruano Norteamericaono (ICPNA) in Lima, Peru. His concert will be performed on February 1 at the ICPNA Miraflores Auditorium.

In Memorium

  • Antonio Frasconi, Distinguished Teaching Professor emeritus of visual arts, died at the age of 93 on January 21. Described as the best woodcut artist of his generation, Frasconi began teaching printmaking at Purchase in 1973 at the age of 53 and continued for 35 years. For more information, please see the New York Times article “Antonio Frasconi, Woodcut Master, Dies at 93.”

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