Faculty and Staff Footnotes

October 2011

Conferences, Presentations, and Educational Programs
Recordings, Films, Exhibitions, and Performances
Publications and Media Appearances

Conferences, Presentations, and Educational Programs

  • Prof. Iris Cahn (Film) gave a lecture, “Early Landscape Films of the Catskill Mountains,” at the Zadock Pratt Museum in July. Sadly, just a month later the town of Prattsville and the museum were devastated by the floodwaters of Tropical Storm Irene.
  • Prof. Laura M. Chmielewski (History) presented a paper, “Jesuits at Sea: Atlantic Crossings, Religious Culture and the Society of Jesus, 1611–1676,” at the 17th annual meeting of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, held June 17–19 at SUNY New Paltz. Chmielewski also created the panel, “Maritime Religiosity in the Atlantic World: Seafarers and the Observation, Formation, and Transmission of Religious Ideas,” at which the paper was presented.
  • Prof. Sharon Horvath (Painting/Drawing) will give an artist talk, “On Her Work,” at 6:30 p.m. on November 15 as part of the New York Studio School Lecture Series.
  • Karen Guancione, a lecturer in printmaking, is the artistic director of the 2011 New Jersey Book Arts symposium, “Money, Currency, Value and Exchange,” and co-curator of an accompanying exhibition, which features six New Jersey book artists. The symposium will focus on how art and artists confront, manage, subvert, and re-imagine commerce and the cultural norms, structures, and practices that commerce mediates. It is being held 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m. on November 4 at the Paul Robeson Galleries, Rutgers University, Newark campus. The exhibition opens at 3:45 p.m. on November 4 and runs through November 5.
  • Visiting prof. Maria Guralnik (Arts Management) presented “Arts Advocacy Now: New Rules of Engagement” at the 37th annual Social Theory, Politics, and the Arts Conference at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky, held October 13–15.
  • Prof. Shaka McGlotten (Media, Society, and the Arts) was invited to present a lecture at “Look Better,” an inaugural symposium for the University of Cincinnati’s new certificate program, “Critical Visions.” He presented on the ways in which performance art has influenced his writing and teaching. The new program is modeled, in part, on Purchase’s program in media, society, and the arts. The conference brought together scholars, artists, and media makers to discuss interdisciplinary visual research, practice, and pedagogy.
  • Prof. Alan Michelson (Painting/Drawing) will be attending the Native American Art Studies Association’s 17th biennial conference in Ottawa, Ontario, during October 26–29. His art will be featured in two sessions at the conference.
  • Prof. Christopher Robbins (Sculpture) spoke at the conference MobilityShifts: An International Future of Learning Summit, held October 10–16 at the New School in New York City. This was the second event in the “Politics of Digital Culture” conference series, “MobilityShifts: An International Future of Learning Summit.” The summit includes a conference, hands-on workshops, project demonstrations, exhibitions, and a theatre performance featuring youth and educators from New York City and Chicago.
    Ghana ThinkTank, a project co-founded by Robbins, has been selected for the U.S. State Department’s smARTpower inaugural program to work in Lebanon with the Arab Image Foundation. The department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the Bronx Museum of the Arts launched smARTpowerSM, a new initiative that sends 15 American artists and collaborative artist teams to 15 countries worldwide to engage in people-to-people diplomacy through the visual arts. The program was featured in the New York Times on October 25.
    Robbins also completed a cross-cultural art project in Serbia, in partnership with a Serbian nongovernmental organization and Balkan artists and designers. The project explored the contemporary views of identity of young people in the region of southern Serbia and northern Macedonia through printmaking workshops and discussions. Workshops took place in Serbian towns known for specific cultural identities—Bulgarian (Bosiligrad), Roma (Vranske Banja), Serbian (Vranje), Albanian (Bujanovac), and Turkish (Kumanovo). The project culminated in an exhibition held in a gallery setting, on the streets of the towns in which the workshops took place, and in an e-book for further distribution.
  • Prof. Rosanna Seravalli (Dance) was a judge at the Long Island Ballet Competition on October 22. This past summer, Seravalli gave master classes in Japan.
  • Prof. Shemeem Burney Abbas (Political Science) spoke on the topic of gender and blasphemy in Pakistan on October 3 at “Courage to Think,” the 10th anniversary conference and celebration of the Scholars at Risk program, held at New York University. This was an international conference of scholars who were threatened in their home countries for their academic work. Purchase College, a member of the Scholars at Risk network, was acknowledged in the conference publications.

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Recordings, Films, Exhibitions, and Performances

  • Bill Abdale, a lecturer in printmaking, has work in an exhibition of eight emerging artists, “Collision Cross Section,” at the Cohen Gallery, GoggleWorks Center for the Arts in Reading, Pennsylvania. The exhibition runs September 18–November 6.
  • Profs. Todd Coolman and Jon Faddis (Jazz Studies) performed with the Jon Faddis Quartet on October 14–16 at NCPA JazzMatazz, the first international jazz festival of the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Mumbai, India.
  • Profs. Stella Ebner and Cassandra Hooper (Printmaking) coordinated the first-ever “PurchasePrintWeek,” held September 19–23 in the School of Art+Design. The week featured a student and alumni exhibition, a faculty exhibition at The Performing Arts Center, with work by Ebner; visiting artist lectures by Bongoût and Drive By Press; a benefit print sale; and an open studio party, Wayzgoose, in the printmaking shop. Throughout the week, students collaborated with Bongoût to create a set of book editions that were displayed and sold at the Art Book Fair held at MoMA PS1 in Queens the following week.
  • Prof. Anne Gilman (Printmaking) has a solo exhibition, “Observations, Errors + Corrections: A Survey of Anne Gilman’s Drawings, Prints + Artist Books,” at Mansfield University’s Allen Hall Art Gallery in Mansfield, Pennsylvania. The show runs October 10–November 5.
  • Prof. Sharon Horvath (Painting/Drawing) has a solo exhibition of her paintings on paper, “Lovelife,” at Lori Bookstein Fine Art in New York City, October 20–November 23.
  • Prof. Alan Michelson (Painting/Drawing) is the 2011 Invited Artist Fellow in the Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship program. He will be participating in the fellowship exhibition, “We Are Here! Native Expression in the 21st Century,” at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis, November 12, 2011–February 12, 2012. He will also participate in the related symposium on November 12.
  • Gene O’Donovan, a lecturer in theatre design/technology, is production manager on the Broadway premiere of The Mountaintop by Katori Hall, which won the 2010 Olivier Award for Best New Play for its world premiere at the West End. Five alumni of the theatre design/technology program also have key production roles: David Gallo (’84–’88), scenic and projection designer; Evan F. Adamson (’03), assistant to Gallo; Brian MacDevitt (’80), lighting designer; Jennifer Schriever (’04), associate lighting designer; and Peter Hoerburger (’02), assistant lighting designer.
  • Prof. Michael Torlen (Painting/Drawing) is now represented in the permanent collection of the Springfield Art Museum in Springfield, Missouri. Torlen’s watercolor and gouache diptych, Hot Fat, exhibited in “Watercolor U.S.A 2011,” was purchased by the Watercolor USA Honor Society. Two monotypes from his new series, Dancers, will be featured in the exhibition “Prints U.S.A. 2011” at the Springfield Art Museum from November 19, 2011 to January 8, 2012. Torlen currently has a monotype, Savoy, from the Dancers series on view at Madelyn Jordon Fine Art in Scarsdale, NY. The gallery is celebrating a 10-year anniversary and conducting several silent auctions; Savoy is in the first auction lot.
  • Eric Wildrick, the instructional support specialist in sculpture, has two public art sculpture installations, About Eight Hands and About Five Hundred Hands, on view at the Cross County Shopping Center in Yonkers from October 13, 2011 to April 20, 2012.
  • Visiting prof. Chuck Workman (Film) has been asked to make the 90th-anniversary film for the Motion Picture and Television Fund, the organization behind the Motion Picture Country House and several medical centers that cater to film and television industry workers. The short film, which features Jon Hamm and many other film and television stars and executives, will premiere November 5 and then be shown at several screenings throughout December in Los Angeles and New York. Workman has been invited to bring his newest film, Visionaries, to Hamilton College in November and to Indiana University in early 2012. The film had its world premiere at the 9th Tribeca Film Festival and was shown at several other festivals in 2010 and 2011.

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Publications and Media Appearances

  • Prof. Susan G. Letcher (Environmental Studies) is the co-author of an article, “Disturbance regime changes the trait distribution, phylogenetic structure, and community assembly of tropical rain forests,” forthcoming in the ecology journal Oikos (with Ding, Yi, Runguo Zang, Shirong Liu, and Fangliang He). In November, Letcher will travel to the Chinese Academy of Forestry to visit field sites and discuss future collaborations with Ding and Zang.
    Letcher is also the co-author of a book chapter, “Effects of human activities on successional pathways: case studies from lowland wet forests of Northeastern Costa Rica,” with colleagues Robin L. Chazdon, Braulio Vilchez-Alvarado, Amanda Wendt, and Uzay U. Sezen. It will appear in the forthcoming book, The Social Life of Forests: Past, Present, and Future of Woodland Resurgence (Kathy Morrison and Christine Malcom, editors; University of Chicago Press).
  • Prof. Martin Lewinter (Mathematics), S. Karimi, and A. Delgado have had their research article, “A Combinatorial/Geometric Analysis of Parallelogram-Like Benzenoids” accepted for publication in the Journal of Mathematical Chemistry.
  • Prof. Ted Piltzecker (Studio Composition) had an article, “Clearly Speaking,” published in the September 2011 issue of Percussive Notes.
  • Prof. Jennifer Wroblewski (Painting/Drawing) and her 2009/2010 curatorial project were included in the book The M Word: Real Mothers in Contemporary Art (Myrel Chernick and Jennie Klein, editors; Demeter Press, May 2011).
  • Tommy Hartung, a Purchase alumnus (’04) and lecturer in sculpture, was interviewed by PBS’ Art21 in New York Close Up, a new documentary series devoted to artists in the first decade of their professional career who are living and working in New York City. This innovative project provides an intimate look at the next wave of artists.
  • Jared Kirby, who teaches fencing in the athletics program, was mentioned in a New York Times article, “Teaching the Art of Surviving the Duel,” by Corey Kilgannon on September 2.
  • Prof. Christopher Robbins (Sculpture) appeared on Brian Lehrer’s program on CUNY TV 75, October 18.

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Many of the above activities are supported by funds for faculty development generously provided by Eugene and Emily Grant, and by the Purchase College Foundation.

Faculty and Staff Footnotes is compiled in the Office of the President by Carrie Kahn Bianchi from information supplied by the deans, chairs, and directors. Professional staff members are requested to contact Patty Bice (patricia.bice@purchase.edu), president of the Professional Staff Council, or to e-mail news items directly to Carrie.Bianchi@purchase.edu.