New Publications

Karen Lloyd has a chapter in the newly published edited volume, The New World in Early Modern Italy, 1492-1750 (Cambridge University Press). The book breaks new ground in studying the interconnected worlds of Italy and the Americas. Dr. Lloyd’s essay analyzes the dissemination and reception of the image and cult of the Peruvian Virgin of Copacabana in Italy, considering why and how the image came to Italy, and why it ultimately failed to capture the Italian devotional imagination.

Dr. Lloyd also has a newly published essay in the Journal of the History of Collections. It is the second part of a study of the collection of Cardinal Paluzzo Altieri (d. 1698). The first essay examined his picture collection. This essay turns to a broader range of material objects, including sculpture, tapestries, devotional objects, and naturalia, some of which, such as the American import, chocolate, reflect the globalization of the early modern world. As the nephew of Pope Clement X, Cardinal Altieri was once one of the most powerful men in Rome. After his uncle’s death his influence waned; this essay helps to understand the complex social and political life of such a cardinal, and how the arts and material culture functioned in a domestic setting. The essay can be accessed online by clicking here.

Studio Art Faculty Member Stephanie Dinkins To Give Workshop At Google (open to the public)

In this combination workshop and interview, ABOG Fellow Stephanie Dinkins asks, “What Does AI need from you?” She explores how algorithms — decision-making procedures that computers use — can privilege or discriminate against members of key identity groups, especially African Americans.

For more information, visit the event page here.

Date: February 22, 2018 | 6:00pm
Location: Google Building 75 (Chelsea Market), 75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Studio Faculty Member Howardena Pindell Writes About Her Work in Art Forum

Howardena Pindell, Hunger: The Color of Bones, 2014, mixed media; canvas: 5′ 11“ × 11′ 8”; floor component: dimensions variable.

Reflecting on What Remains to Be Seen, the first major retrospective of her work, Studio Faculty Member Howardena Pindell writes in Art Forum about what aspects of her life have come to inform her practice as an artist:

“As the show’s title, “What Remains to Be Seen,” suggests, I like challenging people to figure out what’s painted and what isn’t. When I was a child of eight or nine, my parents often took me on trips in the car. Once, when we drove through northern Kentucky, we stopped at a restaurant where they served us mugs of root beer with red circles on the bottoms. These circles marked the silverware and glassware reserved for nonwhites. My fascination with the circle comes from that day. Abstraction is like that: It doesn’t have a concrete meaning, but can relate back to signification in the world, like that experience of turning over the cup and seeing the circle, of being marked.”

What Remains To Be Seen will be on display at the The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago from Feb 24–May 20, 2018.


Stony Brook University Professor Zabet Patterson speaking at MoMA for the opening of Thinking Machines: Art and Design in the Computer Age, 1959–1989.

Stony Brook University Department of Art Professor Zabet Patterson speaking with media artists Beryl Korot and Tamiko Thiel to a sold out crowd at MoMA this evening for the opening of Thinking Machines: Art and Design in the Computer Age, 1959–1989.

Professor Zabet Patterson, and MoMA’s Associate Curator in the Department of Architecture and Design Sean Anderson hold a panel discussion for the occasion of the opening of Thinking Machines: Art and Design in the Computer Age, 1959–1989, on view at the MoMA: 11/13/17–04/08/2018.

Artist Talk: Basim Magdy, November 13, 12:30pm, Staller Center for the Arts

Artist Talk: Basim Magdy, Monday, November 13, 12:30pm
Staller Center for the Arts, 2nd floor seminar room

Basim Magdy was born in 1977 in Assiut, Egypt, and lives and works in Basel and Cairo. His work appeared recently in solo and group exhibitions at Centre Pompidou, Paris; Castello di Rivoli, Torino; Mathaf, Doha (2017) MCA Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, MAXXI National Museum of the 21st Century Arts, Rome; Jeu de Paume, Paris; CAPC Museum of Contemporary Art, Bordeaux; Deutsche Bank KunstHalle, Berlin; Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-On-Hudson, New York; Salt Ulus, Ankara; Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE; Whitechapel Gallery, London (2016); MoMA The Museum of Modern Art, New York; KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; The New Museum Triennial, New Museum, New York; Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Warsaw; HOME, Manchester, UK; The Green Parrot, Barcelona; Lismore Castle Arts, Lismore, Ireland (2015); La Biennale de Montreal, Montreal; Art in General, New York; Monash University Museum of Art | MUMA, Melbourne, Australia; MEDIACITY Seoul Biennial, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul; Passerelle Centre d’art contemporain, Brest; CRAC Alsace, Altkirch (2014); 13th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul; Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris; Sharjah Biennial 11, Sharjah, UAE; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; The High Line, New York (2013); Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; La Triennale: Intense Proximity, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2012); Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (2011); Mass MOCA, North Adams, USA and Ateliers de Rennes – Biennale dʼart contemporain, Rennes, (2010). He was shortlisted for the Future Generation Art Prize, Kiev (2012) and won the Abraaj Art Prize, Dubai and the New:Vision Award, CPH:DOX Film Festival, Copenhagen (2014) and the Experimental Award at the Curtas Vila do Conde – International Film Festival, Portugal (2015), Deutsche Bank’s 2016 Artist of the Year (2016).

Following the artist talk, Basim Magdy will visit the studios for individual critiques at the MFA studio spaces located in Nassau Hall, South Campus.

Beyond Stony Brook: Careers in Art History

SBU Professor Sohl Lee, Modern and Contemporary East Asian Art, in conversation with our outstanding alumni: Stephanie Gress, BA ’97 MA ’00, Director of Curatorial Affairs for the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum; Roland Coffey, BA ’13, Publicist for art and architecture titles at Yale University Press; Kara Li, formerly with Christie’s, current Art History PhD student working on transnational flows of contemporary Chinese art.

Faculty member Stephanie Dinkins featured in an Art21 magazine article:

Robots, Race, and Algorithms: Stephanie Dinkins at Recess Assembly

Who are your people?” Since 2014, the artist Stephanie Dinkins has asked the social robot BINA48 this question several times. Developed by Hanson Robotics in 2010, BINA48 was purchased by Martine Rothblatt, a futurist and self-made millionaire. The robot’s bust is modeled after Rothblatt’s partner, Bina. More than one hundred hours of Bina Rothblatt’s thoughts, memories, and beliefs were compiled to form the personality of this humanoid robot. Although the robot shares its likeness and opinions with Bina Rothblatt, Dinkins is curious how BINA48 sees herself. Can the robot learn to empathize with people? by Jacquelyn Gleisner

Faculty member Stephanie Dinkins selected for the prestigious 2017 Eyebeam Residency in Art and Technology, New York

Each year, Eyebeam invites a select group to engage technology and society through art. Eyebeam provides a vibrant launchpad for invention and dialogue for those exploring and creating the future. Eyebeam’s values of openness, invention and justice drive its mission to fund the unfundable then share it globally through presentations, workshops, online initiatives and inventive programs. The new group is about to take their place at Eyebeam’s studios: the heart of technology by artists. They were chosen through an open call focusing on Trust in the context of technology and society. The selected artists for 2017 are American Artist, ​insisting on both the visibility of blackness and erasure in virtual spaces; BUFU, ​creating an app that makes accessible a virtual archive and emergency resources for homeless QTPOC; Stephanie Dinkins, ​creating an AI entity that reflects the concerns of communities of color; Dhruv Mehrotra​, working on “Othernet: Internet Island,” an autonomous alternative to the Internet.

Beyond Stony Brook: Careers in Art History, Wednesday, November 8, 1-2:30 pm, Staller Center for the Arts 3220

Alumni panelists include:
Stephanie Gress BA ‘97 MA ‘00, Vanderbilt Museum, Roland Coffey BA ‘13, Yale University Press, Kara Li, formerly with Christie’s Auction

Stephanie Gress (BA ‘97 MA ’00) is the Director of Curatorial Affairs for the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum and has been employed there since 2001. Her recent publication Eagle’s Nest: The William K. Vanderbilt II Estate (2015) draws original images from the extensive archival collection from W. K. Vanderbilt’s life and times.

Roland Coffey (BA ‘13) is a publicist at Yale University Press with a focus on promoting art and architecture titles. He received his M.A. in Art History from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2015 and a B.A. Cum Laude in Art History and English from Stony Brook University in 2013. He was also a visiting scholar at Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Robert Gore Rifkind Center for German Expressionist Studies and interned at Macmillan Publishers and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts while he was in graduate school.

Kara Li served as the department administrator at Christie’s New York’s Chinese Works of Art, during which she coordinated all aspects of the arts auction process including account and consignment management, art cataloging and appraisal, import/export and transportation, exhibition setup, and publishing. Previously, she has held positions at various art institutions, including museums, non-profits, galleries, and startups. She is a current PhD student at Stony Brook studying contemporary Chinese art.

The event is co-sponsored by the Alumni Association, the Career Center, and the Department of Art at Stony Brook University


Alumna Verónica Peña receives the Franklin Furnace Award for Emerging Artists — Peña will deliver an artist talk 11/28/2017, 1pm, Staller Center for the Arts

Stony Brook University M.F.A. alumna Verónica Peña is an interdisciplinary artist and independent curator from Spain based in the United States. Her work explores the themes of absence, separation, and the search for harmony through Performance Art. Peña is interested in migration policies, cross-cultural dialogue, and women’s empowerment. “The Body In The Substance” awarded the Franklin Furnace Fund is a 12 hour performance in which Peña submerges her entire body within a liquid “substance” that slowly solidifies. Verónica Peña will speak at Stony Brook University on November 28th, 1pm, at the Staller Center for the Arts.