Stephanie Dinkins Awarded Prestigious Fellowship

Associate Professor Stephanie Dinkins has been awarded a prestigious fellowship from the arts organization A Blade of Grass. As an ABOG Fellow Stephanie Dinkins will create Project al-Khwarizmi (PAK) with artists, youth, and elders of color to address digital discrimination within artificial intelligence (AI) systems. Working alongside computer and data scientists, Dinkins and collaborators will develop a web-based chatbot to empower communities of color to understand how algorithms and AI systems impact daily life, and create a more culturally inclusive prototype.

Working to address racism, sexism, and other biases within artificially intelligent systems, the project aims to ensure that people of color and others who inherently understand the need for inclusion, equity and ethics participate in the design, production and testing of smart technologies. PAK is a laterally minded project that will encourage communities of color get involved in AI and provide strategies to help keep biases and discrimination out of newly encoded systems.

SYNAESTHESIA PLAYGROUND: a collaboration of piano music, art, and mobile technologies

SYNAESTHESIA PLAYGROUND by pianist Jocelyn Ho
SBU Collaborators (all commissioned for the concert)
Dan Waymouth, Composition
Nobi Nagasawa, Optical fiber attire Bio-Lux.
Takafumi Ide, Visuals

The concert on Thursday 3/2 at UCLA will be livestreamed.
Please tune in. 7:30PM Pacific time / 10:30PM East coast time
https://www.schoolofmusic.ucla.edu/school-of-music-live-streams

Location:
Schoenberg Hall445 Charles E Young Drive East, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095
https://schoolofmusic.ucla.edu/chambermusic-ucla-presents-synaesthesia-playground

Bio Lux: The original function of clothing is to shield human from weather conditions. The garment designed for a pianist Jocelyn Ho flips this function inside out: it does not protect from the external environment but exposes and interacts with the internal physiology of her body. Sensors on the pianist’s body detect her heartbeat, movement, and energy to act as triggers between the music and the illuminated attire Nagasawa designed. By creating an interactive sartorial (wearable) art activated by bodily rhythms, the performing body becomes an augmented artwork which transforms the performance. This clothing, made from “woven” pulsating optical fiber creates a soulful journey between mind, body, and music. (from Synaesthesia Playground dossier)

* Sponsored by the Faculty in the Arts, Humanities and lettered Social Sciences (FAHSS) Grant from the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Office of the Vice President for Research at Stony Brook University.

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Andrew Uroskie: Interviewed in Documentary Film on Ken Dewey, premiere: November 12

Andrew Uroskie is interviewed in a feature film on the artist Ken Dewey premiering at the NYC Documentary Film Festival next month at the IFC West Village Theater Nov 12th. Alongside Stony Brook’s own Allan Kaprow, Dewey was one of the founders of the “Happenings” group, a key progenitor social practice art in both the US and Europe in the early 60s, as well as a major figure in helping to establish government funding for alternative art spaces in New York State in the early 70s before his tragic death at age 38 in a plane crash in 1972.

Expected to attend the premiere: Sally Williams; executive producers Suki Dewey, Ariane Dannasch, Christopher Dewey; subjects Carolee Schneemann Anthony Martin, Lee Breuer, Jon Hendricks, Prof. Andrew V. Uroskie, Leil Lowndes, Yvette Nachmias Baeu.

Here’s a link to the trailer and tickets: http://bit.ly/dewey16

Sophie Landres on Charlotte Moorman

PhD grad, Sophie Landres, shone as part of a panel discussion on Charlotte Moorman last week in conjunction with the exhibition “A Feast of Astonishments: Charlotte Moorman and the Avant-Garde, 1960s–1980s” at NYU’s Grey Art Gallery.

The panel discussion was moderated by Hannah B Higgins, professor of Art History, University of Illinois at Chicago, with speakers Saisha Grayson, PhD candidate, The Graduate Center, CUNY; Sophie Landres, PhD candidate, Stony Brook University; and Joan Rothfuss, author of *Topless Cellist: The Improbable Life of Charlotte Moorman *(MIT Press, 2014). The panel focused on the charismatic cellist who lent her talents and energies not only to numerous performances with erstwhile composer and Fluxus artist Nam June Paik but also to the radical, experimental scene of 1960s and ’70s New York—a pivotal moment in late-20th century art.

Co-sponsored by NYU’s Department of Art History (CAS) and Grey Art Gallery.

For more information, please visit here (LINK)

Letter from Alumni in Art History – TechKidsUnlimited.org

I’m a Stony Brook alumni and I wanted to tell everyone about the not-for-profit program I founded which is a combo of my background in art history—thanks Stony Brook—and tech.
It’s called TechKidsUnlimited.org and we teach technology—programming, video editing, podcasting, 3D printing, game design and more—to youth with special needs.
Please see the attached info for more about our program and please LIKE us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TechKidsUnlimited and we are on Twitter @TechKidsU.
If you know anyone interested in our program—which is really about art and technology—please reach out to me!

Beth Rosenberg
Stony Brook, Art History Masters, 1991
techkidsunlimited.org
edubeth.net

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Outstanding Faculty Award / Kristine Granger, MFA 2010

Congratulation to Kristine Granger, M.F.A. 2010, who was recently nominated for the Outstanding Part-Time Faculty Award at Bay College. She was amongst two other instructors that received this award for their professional and primary focus on education.

Kristine Granger is an artist who investigates memories and was featured in the 2nd edition of “Elements of Photography” by Angela Ferris Belt. She also held many exhibitions in San Fransisco, and Ohio. She moved onto teaching Arts at Bay College in Escabana, Michigan.

The K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award: Victoria Febrer, MFA 2016

We are pleased to announce that Victoria Febrer, MFA 2016, received The K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award from the American Association of Colleges and Universities. She is the first MFA to ever be chosen. Congratulations, Victoria!

The K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award recognizes graduate students who show exemplary promise as future leaders of higher education; who demonstrate a commitment to developing academic and civic responsibility in themselves and others; and whose work reflects a strong emphasis on teaching and learning.

Information about the 2015 Cross Scholars can be seen here:
http://www.aacu.org/meetings/annualmeeting/am15/cross-scholars

Update 04/25/2015:
Article from Stony Brook Independent, “Victoria Febrer: Artist, Educator, and K. Patricia Cross Award Recipient”
http://www.sbindependent.org/victoria-febrer-artist-educator-and-k-patricia-cross-award-recipient/

Arts Writers Book Prize | Andrew Wasserman

Andrew Wasserman, ARH PhD 2013, wins prestigious Arts Writers book prize for 2014.

Bang! We’re All Dead! The Places of Nuclear Fear in 1980s America will investigate public art in American cities born of a culture of nuclear fear between 1979 and 1991, when artists such as Michael Mazur, Tom Herzberg, Alan Gussow, George Nakashima, and Ed Eisenberg responded to the compromised personal security brought about by nuclear weaponry and nuclear energy. Across five case studies, this manuscript will move between the gallery and the street, the bomb and the reactor, and the home front and the global military theater. Contextualized by Cold War anxieties, atomic end-of-the-world fantasies, Reagan-era defense spending increases, and public health concerns, this archival study will recuperate the works of overlooked artists as central to an understudied facet of contemporary American experience.

Andrew Wasserman is an assistant professor of art and architectural history at Louisiana Tech University. His research considers an expanded class of contemporary public art in American cities, examining place-making practices by artists and institutions. He is currently completing a manuscript examining cartographic public art projects in Manhattan from 1960 to the present. His writing has appeared in Public Art Dialogue, PUBLIC, the Journal of Curatorial Studies, and Theorizing Visual Culture: Writing Through the Discipline (Routledge, 2012).

http://artswriters.org/grantee/andrew-wasserman/

Howardena Pindell: Art in America

An 8 page article in the November issue of Art in America about Howardena Pindell’s work.

“THE HOLE TRUTH” by Raphael Rubinstein

Link here.

(image credit: Howardena Pindell, Untitled #4 (detail), 1973, mixed mediums on paper mounted on board, 10 by 8 inches; courtesy Garth Greenan Gallery, New York.)