Faculty Member Howardena Pindell Featured in the WSJ


James Panero of the Wall Street Journal wrote about Art Studio Professor Howardena Pindell’s show “What Remains to Be Seen a 100-work retrospective now on view at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, noting that:

“With her wide-ranging style and broad use of materials, Ms. Pindell has long been a round peg in a square hole. Enigmatic at times, didactic at others, she is an innovative abstractionist who also works in photography and video.”

The show will be open until November 25, 2018.



Alumni News: Nikki Renee Anderson to show at the Evanston + Vicinity Biennial

Stony Brook alumnus Nikki Renee Anderson will be showing work at the 24th Evanston + Vicinity Biennial, the Midwest’s largest and most prestigious juried exhibitions, offering artists an opportunity to have their work viewed by three talented curators; Sergio Gomez, Curator and Director of Exhibitions, Zhou B Art Center, Aron Packer, Owner and Director, Aron Packer Projects and Therese Quinn, Associate Professor of Art History & Director of Museum and Exhibition Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Our Biennial will be promoted and viewed by hundreds of visitors, including gallerists, curators and collectors.

Stephanie Dinkins wins SOROS Equality Fellowship to develop NTOO

A prestigious Soros fellowship has been awarded to Stephanie Dinkins, associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences Department of Art. Dinkins was recently named to the Open Society Foundation’s 2018 class of Soros Equality Fellows, a program intended to help incubate innovators and risk-takers striving to create and develop new ways of addressing the challenges of racial disparity and discrimination in the United States.

Through this fellowship, Professor Dinkins is developing Not the Only One (NTOO), a multigenerational memoir of one black American family told from the perspective of an artificial intelligence with an evolving intellect.

An interdisciplinary artist who investigates how artificial intelligence intersects with race, gender, aging, and the future, Professor Dinkins is particularly driven to work with communities of color to develop deep-rooted AI literacy and co-create more culturally inclusive equitable artificial intelligence. Through her NTOO project, she strives to create a new kind of artificially intelligent narrative form that uses oral history and creative storytelling methods, such interactivity, vocalization and verbal ingenuity to spark the imagination and draw more underrepresented communities into crucial conversations about AI and careers that can impact the trajectory of this far-reaching technology.

ArtNet Editors’ Pick: Professor Zabet Patterson on Algorithmic Art in Chelsea

Image: Judith Stenneken, video still from Staircase, 2018

ArtNet Editors’ Pick: Tuesday, July 17, professor Zabet Patterson will moderate a discussion of algorithmic art with Beryl Korot, Manfred Mohr, and Judith Stenneken at Flowers Gallery in Chelsea for the opening of the exhibition “Yes No Maybe.”

Flowers Gallery, 529 West 20th Street

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Former MA Student Monica Bravo accepts Assistant Professor position at CCA

Monica Bravo ’09, was recently appointed to a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of the History and Theory of Photographic Media at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco.

Bravo completed her Masters in Stony Brook’s Graduate Program in Art History & Criticism with a graduate certificate in Art & Philosophy.  She completed her MA thesis under the direction of Andrew Uroskie on the philosophical aesthetics of Chris Marker’s photographic practice. She subsequently completed a doctorate in Art History at Brown, and served as a Lecturer at Yale before joining CCA in 2018. Bravo will be chairing the panel “Making/Writing Artists’ Lives” at the 2019 College Art Association Conference in NYC, to explore contemporary artists whose practice involves the creation of fictional personas.

Assistant Professor Ian Alan Paul’s video essay “The Dis/Appeared” to be featured at WOCMES

Ian Alan Paul’s video essay “The Dis/Appeared: 25 Notes on Colonial Regimes of Perception” will be screened at this summer’s World Congress of Middle Eastern Studies in Sevilla, Spain as part of the conference’s acclaimed Film Festival.

Through narration and a montage of images that are at once ordinary and unsettling, the video essay gives an account of settler-colonial instantiations of power while also proposing a tactical repertoire to be taken up against colonial rule. The project was produced over the course of 2017 while the artist was living and teaching in the West Bank of Palestine, and is the first part of a series of films, installations, and texts that examine the conjuncture of coloniality, governmentality, and memory in global contexts.

Stony Brook Department of Art 2018 Graduate Colloquium

7 May 2018
Department of Art Conference Room (2215)


Coffee and bagels


Lisa Strickland: Postwar American female sculptors and environmental art

Jasna Boudard: Interactivity: creating shared experiences

Sierra Rooney: Monumental Change? Rosa Parks and the United States Capitol Statuary Collection

Karine Falleni: Coexistence

Nikki Georgopoulos: Make-Up and Mechanical Reproduction: Mary Cassatt’s Prints of 1891

Razieh Jafari: Text as Image: Calligraphy in Contemporary Iranian Art

Amy Rahn: “This Particular Very Dark Thing”: Joan Mitchell’s Black Paintings

Justin Roxo: Untitled


Potluck Lunch

Natalie Bell, Associate Curator at the New Museum @ Stony Brook University Department of Art | Monday, May 7th | South Studios

Natalie Bell is Associate Curator at the New Museum, New York, where she has curated and co-curated recent solo exhibitions by Hiwa K (2018), Anna Boghiguian (2018), Jonathas de Andrade (2017), Elaine Cameron-Weir (2017), Kahlil Joseph (2017), Albert Oehlen (2015), Barbara Rossi (2015), Anri Sala (2016), Andra Ursuta (2016), and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye (2017). She has also co-curated several major group exhibitions at the New Museum, including Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon (2017); The Keeper (2016), and Here and Elsewhere (2014).

Alexandra Zigomalas (Art History Major) featured as URECA Researcher of the Month

Alexandra Zigomalas is a double major in History and Art History with a minor in Writing. Throughout her past four years at Stony Brook, she has worked at the Writing Center, the Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery, and has been a member of the Women’s Leadership Council. Alexandra has written two honors theses for each of her majors. Her art history project is titled, “Paying a Prince: Gian Lorenzo Bernini and The Payment of Sculptors in Seventeenth-Century Rome,”and was advised by Dr. Karen Lloyd in the fall of 2017. Alexandra received funding through the Women’s Leadership Council to study abroad in Rome in order to do research for this project. Her second thesis titled, “‘The Figure Before the Booke’: The Image of the Mystic Massacre in John Underhill’s Newes from America, 1638,” explores the potential meanings behind and purposes of an image in John Underhill’s seventeenth-century narrative of the Pequot War. Dr. Ned Landsman in the history department advised this project, and Alexandra presented it at this year’s URECA symposium. She also presented a paper at the 2017 URECA symposium titled, “ La Danse et Les Dames du Ballet: Edgar Degas and The Representation of Movement through the Belle Époque Ballerina.” Kevin Clouther in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric advised this project. Alexandra is a five-time recipient of the Academic Achievement Award that honors students with a 4.0-semester GPA and a recipient of the Undergraduate Recognition Award for Academic Excellence. She has enjoyed working closely with all of her faculty advisors and mentors, and will miss them this upcoming fall when she will be pursuing her PhD in Art History at Emory University.


Prof. Stephanie Dinkins participated in MOMA R&D Salon 24: AI – Artificial Imperfection check out the video documentation and amazing reading list.

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MoMA R&D | Salon 24: AI – Artificial Imperfection

In a time when society is gearing itself up for the upcoming artificial intelligent quickening, much has been written about singularity, robots as job-stealing enemies and the trade-off between safety and autonomy.


Ways of Kneeling: Artist Talk by Young Min Moon

Please join us for an Artist Talk by Young Min Moon on Wednesday, March 28 at 1 pm in the Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery, Staller Center for the Arts. The talk, entitled “Ways of Kneeling,” focuses on the artist’s repeated imagery of a back view of a kneeling man in a suit. Moon states, “These images are based on a significant experience from my upbringing in South Korea: Jesa, a Confucian ritual performed as a remembrance of spirits of ancestors and funerary rite of mourning for the deceased. Growing up in the South Korean military regime of the 1980s in which violence was a norm everywhere, including classrooms, the austere moments of silence during prostration have become one of the most important memories of mine.”

Young Min Moon is an artist and critic whose work reflects his migration across cultures and his awareness of the hybrid nature of identities forged amid the complex historical and political relationships between Asia and North America. In his paintings and text-based works, Moon represents loss, mourning, and reflection on violence. He has shown his art in many exhibitions in South Korea, the U.S., and Canada. Moon has also written extensively on contemporary art in South Korea. He published a bilingual Korean-English catalog for his curatorial project “Incongruent: Contemporary Art from South Korea,” and contributed scholarly essays to Rethinking Marxism, BOL, and the anthology Contemporary Art in Asia: A Critical Reader (MIT). He is also on the editorial board of Trans Asia Photography Review, http://tapreview.org. Recipient of 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship, Moon is Professor of Art at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. ( http://youngminmoon.net )

This Artist Talk is organized by Prof. Sohl Lee, Department of Art, Stony Brook University, and sponsored by The Center for Korean Research at Columbia University and the Center for Korean Studies at Stony Brook University.

Image credit: Young Min Moon, Some Sense of Order 20170328, oil on linen, 15″ x 18″, 2017

Stony Brook Department of Art at CAA 2018


Stony Brook will be participating in the following events as part of the College Art Associations annual conference in Los Angeles:

Time: 02/21/2018: 10:30AM–12:00PM Location: Room 505
• “Counterimages: Constructing the Self/Image as Counter-Hegemonic Practice”
Anastasia Tuazon, Stony Brook University

Time: 02/21/2018: 10:30AM–12:00PM
Location: Room 501C
• “Joan Mitchell’s Equivocal Feminism”
Amy Rahn, Stony Brook University, The State University of New York

Time: 02/22/2018: 10:30AM–12:00PM
Location: Room 408A
• “Monumental Change?: Integrating Black American Women in the United States Capitol Statuary Collection”
Sierra Rooney, Stony Brook University

Time: 02/22/2018: 2:00PM–3:30PM
Location: Room 402A
Chair: Joseph L. Underwood, Kent State University

Time: 02/23/2018: 10:30AM–12:00PM
Location: Room 409B
Chairs: Sarah Cowan University of California, Berkeley; Amy Rahn, Stony Brook University, The State University of New York

Time: 02/23/2018: 2:00PM–3:30PM
Location: Room 402A
• “Mayan by Design: Adaptation and Copy in Ruth Reeves’s Guatemalan Exhibition of Textiles and Costumes”
Noga Bernstein, Stony Brook University

Time: 02/23/2018: 2:00PM–3:30PM
Location: Room 410
• “‘Original in Every Way it Mattered’: Richard Maxfield’s New York City Art Music, 1957–62”
Gerald Hartnett, Stony Brook University, The State University of New York
• “‘There Will Be a Taker of the Shapes’: Retracing Tony Martin’s Score for ‘City Scale,’ 1963”
Erin Stout, Stony Brook University, The State University of New York

Time: 02/23/2018: 2:00PM–3:30PM
Location: Room 402B
Chairs: Harriet Senie, The City College of New York, The City University of New York and Sierra Rooney, Stony Brook University, The State University of New York


Conversations with Bina48 Exhibition by Stephanie Dinkins Gallatin Gallery NYU

Three years ago artist Stephanie Dinkins began visiting Bina48, an intelligent social robot said to be capable of independent thought and emotion, with the aim of answering the question “Can an artist and a social robot build a relationship over time?” Dinkins’s project uses art and aesthetics as common languages to help people, in particular communities of color, understand what algorithms and artificial intelligent systems are, and to better understand where these systems already impact our daily lives.

Opening reception: Wednesday, February 7th, from 5-7 pm.

Presented as a part of Gallatin’s Black History Month programming.

February 2-27, 2018
1 Washington Pl @ Broadway New York, NY 10003
September to June 1
Hours Mon-Fri: 10am-7pm. • Sat: 10am-4pm. • Sun: Closed.

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.