Alumnus Neill Prewitt new project Bioluminescence at Marbles Kids Museum

A project of thePlaydate with an Artist residency program at Marbles Kids Museum, BIOLUMINESCENCE is a deeply imaginative space under the sea where kids are inspired to play and their play is rewarded by discovery.Ellie Blake andNeill Prewitt collaborated with kids and families in art-making activities inspired by the weird imagery, movement and sounds of the deep sea: Dye Drop, Bubble Painting, Light Dancing, Blacklight Painting, Liquid Light Show, Glitter Drop and Deep Sea Karaoke. The artists documented kids’ playful art-making as videos which abstractly represent life under the sea. Kids and families dancing with LED hula hoops in a dark room to C&C Music Factory’s “Everybody Dance Now” became a video of bioluminescent fish at the bottom of the sea. Kids dropping dye into illuminated fishtanks to create fantastic, otherworldly scenes became a video of mysterious, shifting water. The BIOLUMINESCENCE installation is centered around a large-scale projection of these videos, edited by the artists in the spirit of the playdates. Kids’ own play & imagination drove this video, and Marbles Kids Museum and the artists hope the exhibition will inspire further movement, discovery and artistic creation.

Opening 18 December 2014, 5:30-7:00 pm, Marbles Kids Museum

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MA-SILS student Kimberley Henze published in Multimedia & Technology Reviews

The Art Libraries Society of North America presents the fifth issue of its newest publication, the Multimedia & Technology Reviews, an e-publication made freely available on the ARLIS/NA website.

The December 2014 issue includes the following:

Classicizing Chicago by Jeff Ball
Get Your Sh*t Together by Lori Salmon
Haiku Deck by Erin Miller
RISS Review: IFAR Catalogues Raisonnés by Elizabeth Lane
Library as Incubator by Rachel Resnik
MoMA App by Arielle Cohen
    Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative at the Art Institute of Chicago: Monet and Renoir by Kimberley Henze
SketchUp by Lynn Cunningham

The Multimedia & Technology Reviews (M&T Reviews) targets projects, products, events, and issues within the broad realm of multimedia and technology as they pertain to arts scholarship, research, and librarianship. While assessing current products and projects, these reviews are also designed to engage readers in a conversation about how technologies and multimedia are being or can be deployed within our profession and by our constituents. The issues are published bi-monthly, alternating with the publication schedule of the ARLIS/NA Reviews.

M&T Reviews is managed by co-editors Hannah Bennett, Elizabeth Schaub, and Emilee Mathews, who also serves as the appointed liaison to the ARLIS/NA Reference and Information Services Section (RISS) to ensure that an area of the M&T Reviews directly reflects the sorts of tools and resources of interest to the RISS membership. Reviews are written by volunteer reviewers, and elected by the M&T Reviews co-editors.  One does not need to be a member of ARLIS/NA or a professional librarian in order to get involved with this publication. Those interested in volunteering to review are encouraged to read over the publication’s policies and guidelines.

Questions about the reviews, getting involved, or the general management of the publication may be directed to Hannah Bennett.

Emilee Mathews
Research Librarian for Visual Arts
Langson Library 148
(949) 824-6672

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MA student Lyla Halsted chosen to participate in Smithsonian Free-Sackler Museum Study Day

Congratulations to Lyla Halsted, first-year MA student in Art History. Lyla is one of a small group of graduate students chosen to participate in the Smithsonian Freer-Sackler Museum’s graduate student study day, organized in conjunction with the new exhibition, Nasta’liq: the Genius of Persian Calligraphy. The group, selected on the basis of their background skills in Persian language, literature, and painting, will explore the intersection of poetry, painting and writing in Persian manuscripts and album pages with Massumeh Farhad, Freer-Sackler Chief Curator and Curator of Islamic Art, Simon Rettig, Freer and Sackler Curatorial Fellow, and Professor Dick Davis, specialist in Persian literature. This is the first exhibition of its kind to focus on nasta’liq, a calligraphic script that developed in the fourteenth century in Iran and remains one of the most expressive forms of aesthetic refinement in Persian culture to this day.


Undergraduate Art History Major Sarah Molina receives Curatorial Fellowship at Art Institute of Chicago

Sarah Molina, undergraduate Art History major, was selected to participate in the inaugural Andrew W. Mellon Summer Academy at the Art Institute of Chicago this summer. Subsequently Sarah was awarded one of two Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowships at the Art Institute of Chicago, a two-year fellowship in curatorial practice and professional development. More information can be found here. Congratulations Sarah!

Assistant Professor Sabine Gruffat show opening at Flanders Gallery in Raleigh



Opening Reception: Friday, November 21st
6 -10 p.m.

Flanders Gallery has moved to Blount Street!  Nestled in with Lump, the new location is close to the Lincoln Theater and Artspace.  Parking is available on streets and parking decks.
In our inagural exhibtion Sabine Gruffat will premiere Brave New World, a video that appropriates raw footage from Henry Ford’s 35mm film archive of Fordlandia, the automobile mogul’s failed rubber plantation in the Brazilian Amazon, to critique the violence inherent in the exploitation of land and natural resources.

Gruffat will also show work from her series Headlines and Video Animations. Headlines is a series of photographs and animated films Gruffat made while living in Detroit. In the photographs, news headlines from The New York Times are set against backdrops from the city of Detroit in an effort to collapse the visual space between media representation and the real situations or contexts in which the news is read and experienced. In the films, words from New York Times newspaper articles are rearranged and animated to create lyrical combinations.  Video Animations is a series of videos created by manipulating and layering analog video signals via electronic oscillators and feedback loops. This work essentializes video into pure signal, the noisy electronic pulses that travel across our wires.

Sabine Gruffat is an artist and filmmaker living and working in North Carolina. Currently she is Assistant Professor of Digital Art at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. She works across media forms including photography, film, video, and interactive installation works that have been shown at the Zolla Lieberman Gallery in Chicago, Art In General, Devotion Gallery, PS1 Contemporary Art Museum, and Hudson Franklin in New York.

Gruffat’s films and videos have screened at festivals worldwide including the Image Forum Festival in Japan, The Ann Arbor Film Festival and Migrating Forms in New York. Her feature film I Have Always Been A Dreamer has screened internationally including at the Viennale, MoMA, Cinéma du Réel at the Centre Pompidou, and The Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival.

Video from Associate Professor Glaire Anderson’s Summer Workshop in London now available

Presentations from “The Aghlabids & Their Neighbors: An Interdisciplinary Workshop on Art & Material Culture in Ninth-Century North Africa,” organized by Glaire Anderson, Associate Professor of Islamic Art History, and held at UNC’s Winston House in London in May 2014, are now available on the UNC Global Vimeo channel:

The presentations are also available on the workshop website at:

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The Aghlabids & Their Neighbors: An Interdisciplinary Workshop on Art & Material Culture in Ninth-Century North Africa

Organised by Glaire D. Anderson (UNC-Chapel Hill), Corisande Fenwick (Leicester University) and Mariam Rosser-Owen (Victoria & Albert Museum), this two-day conference focused on the history and material culture of the Aghlabid dynasty of Ifrīqiya and their immediate neighbors in the region. The workshop was conceived as the beginning of a  conversation about North Africa in the ninth century, which considers the region not as a peripheral frontier whose artistic production was inferior to or derivative of trends in the ‘Abbasid heartlands of Iraq and Egypt, but as one of the vibrant centers of the early medieval Dar al-Islam. An international group of scholars from the US, Europe, and North Africa presented research on Aghlabid history, art, architecture, archaeology, urbanism, and numismatics. The essays, including additional contributions by colleagues who were unable to join us in London, will be published as a volume in Brill’s Arts & Archaeology of the Islamic World series.

Hugh Kennedy (University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies) “Abbasid Networks in Ifriqiya and the origins of the Aghlabids”


Ali Asgar Alibhai (Harvard University), An Effaced Memory: Aghlabid Hydraulic Works and the Medieval Islamic Regalia of Kingship

Azeddine Belakehal (Université Mohamed Khider, Biskra), Les Ambiances Lumineuses dans les Mosquées de la Période Aghlabide

Chafik T. Benchekroun (Université de Toulouse-le-Mirail), La fondation de la Qarawiyyīn:  un quiproquo entre l’historiographie et l’archéologie

Jonathan M. Bloom (Boston College), The Marble Mihrab Panels of the Great Mosque of Kairouan

Olivier Bobin, Max Schvoerer, Claude Ney (CIRAM/Université Bordeaux), The metallic lustre decoration of the Mihrab of the great Mosque of Kairouan (Tunisia, 9th century AD). Scientific investigations

Azaddin Bouyahiaoui and and Akila Djellide (Pr. Université d’Archéologie-Alger/ CNRPAH), Tahert- Tagdemt , site archéologique aux problématiques multiples

Chloé Capel (Université Paris –Sorbonne), Sijilmasa in the days of the Aghlabids: between saharian isolation and Kairouanese side-effects

Patrice Cressier (CIHAM-UMR 5648, CNRS, Lyon), Nakûr: un émirat rifain pro-omeyyade contemporain des Aghlabides

Caroline Goodson (Birkbeck, University of London), Kairouan and the formation of a ninth-century capital: a comparative perspective

Matthew Gordon (Miami University), Aghlabid-Tulunid relations: a brief survey

Khadija Hamdi (Université Paris -Sorbonne), Les aspects cachés des carreaux de la grande mosquée de Kairouan

Karim Ifrak (École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris), Au-delà de l’être et du paraître. Le cas des livres manuscrits coraniques aghlabides

Jeremy Johns (University of Oxford), The Palermo Qur’ān (AH373/982–83AD) and the triumph of Malikism in Ifrīqiya

Riyaz Latif (Wellesley College), Negotiating the Metaphorical Frontiers: Aghlabid Ribāts in Ifrīqiyā

David Mattingly & Martin Sterry (University of Leicester), Zuwila and Fazzan in the seventh-tenth centuries AD

Alex Metcalfe (Lancaster University), History and historiography: the Aghlabids in Ifrīqiya and Sicily

Annliese Nef (Université Paris -Sorbonne), Sicily in the Aghlabid emirate

Stéphane Pradines (Aga Khan University, London), Qalat al-Kabsh and the fortifications of Egypt and Tunisia in the 9th century

Cheryl Porter (Freelance consultant in library collection management/Director, Montefiascone Project, Italy), Techniques and materials used in the making of the Blue Qur’an: a scientific analysis

Stuart Sears (Independent Scholar), Numismatic Evidence for the Origins of al-’Abbāsīya  and the Aghlabid State

Kordula Wolf  & Marco Di Branco (Deutsches Historisches Institut Rom), The Muslim Settlement Near the River Garigliano (883-915):  Historical and Archaeological Researches

Lien Truong Show at Dose Projects Space in Brooklyn


Dose Projects Space

 300 Morgan Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11211

Reception: November 14, 2014 6:00pm – 9:00pm

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In Stitch, Lien Truong presents a series of paintings that examine contemporary appropriations of culture through textiles and plastic surgery. In 15th and 16th century Orientalism, the west appropriated fashion and aesthetics of the east, warranting Western supremacy and segregation, and eastern foreignness for the purpose of rendering Western dress richer and more exotic. Whereas historical turquerie and chinoiserie once inspired the seduction of faraway exoticism, these representations of the east in our modern-day environment are charged with ideas of the foreign as unsettling, to be avoided.

Truong’s paintings focus on forms that represent acts of assimilation. Through our contemporary lens, adopting culture encompasses and moves beyond the cloth, as surgical means give way to ethnic modification. Derived from mediated images from a specific time, articles of clothing and cultural icons become gestural strokes of oil paint, melting and fading into strokes of color. Stitch examines modern cultural appropriation in our transcultural world.