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January 13, 2020

Division Head and Assistant Professor Meghen Jones recently co-edited with Louise Allison Cort and wrote two chapters for the book Ceramics and Modernity in Japan. New in the Routledge Research in Art History series, it features essays from scholars based in the UK, Japan,  Korea, Ireland, Germany, and the US. Together, they offer a set of critical perspectives on ceramics discourse during Japan's...

December 9, 2019

Thanks to the recommendation of Dr. Jones, I had the great pleasure of attending the

as a scholarship recipient earlier this month. The symposium, hosted by the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA), was held in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, a region rich in ceramic history that can be traced back to the pottery production of 18th century Moravian settlers. The symposium was a two-and-a-...

October 6, 2019

Assistant Professor James Hansen took his ARTH 211 Issues and Debates in Contemporary Art course to the Albright Knox Gallery in Buffalo to see the exhibition "Anthony McCall: Dark Rooms, Solid Light." Student Daniela Murphy shared her photos from the trip to this breathtaking exhibition.

October 5, 2019

Much is in store for the spring in Alfred Art History. 100-level classes present opportunities for 7-week study of a range of topics, from Islamic and Buddhist arts to Modern Sculpture and Global Video & Performance. New is Dr. James Hansen's course ARTH 300 Global Contemporary Art Since 1989, which will consider why  "global" and "contemporary" have emerged as key terms, and what demands this plac...

September 20, 2019

On September 20, artist-filmmaker Roger Beebe visited Alfred as part of Professor James Hansen’s ARTH 211 course. Beebe presented his spectacular expanded cinema roadshow performance in Holmes Auditorium. Showcasing work performed live on anywhere from three to six 16mm and 8mm film projectors, Beebe explores the performative dimensions of film and the film projector as medium and material. He also...

April 24, 2019

“Readers for Makers”

I was recently commissioned to write an essay (“One Hundred Years Out”)  for The Glass Reader.  This publication is being edited by Jeffrey Sarmiento and Kevin Petrie (who are both makers and writers based at the National Glass Centre in Sunderland, UK) and it will be published by Bloomsbury in early 2020.  I thought it timely to consider the benefits of a reader and also to rev...

April 24, 2019

Beyond Reflection: The Art of Li Hongwei is a monograph for an emerging artist from China.  Hongwei is a mixed-media sculptor and an alumni of Alfred University’s ceramic program.   A multi-part installation of his is being installed this year at  the Art Institute of Chicago.  My essay, “Summoning Eternal Life,” is included in his new book.  Below is the first paragraph of the text and correspondi...

April 13, 2019

“Kait Rhoads: Inspired by Nature and Informed by Memory” will be published in the May issue of Neues Glass/New Glass.  I wrote this essay to mark the artist’s solo exhibition in Belgium.  Kait is a Seattle-based sculptor deeply influenced by marine life.  Below is paragraph from this article along with an image of her work. 

Coral colonies and a host of other marine systems continue t...

April 10, 2019

On April 2nd, students in Meghen Jones's ARTH 300 course toured the exhibition spaces and saw archival documents in Rochester Institute of Technology's Vignelli Center for Design Studies. Thanks to archivist Jennifer Whitlock, the group studied Massimo and Lella Vignelli's iconic designs for the NY subway, American Airlines, Knoll, Sasaki ceramic tableware, and more. They also attended a lecture by...

April 4, 2019

ARTH 352/552 Contemporary Projects in Art, 4 credit hours

Mary McInnes

June 10 – June 28, 2019
Monday – Friday, 9-12:30pm – Plus two all-day field trips
Location: Harder Hall 221A/ Ceramic Museum Seminar Room

This course will investigate critical issues in the contemporary art world in a global, cultural context. We will root these recent projects in the shifting terrain of the 1960s and 70s when post...

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