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Oscar-nominated director discusses evil and empathy

March 13, 2014
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Two of the murderers featured in The Act of Killing, Adi Zulkadry (left) and Anwar Congo (right), have makeup applied for their scenes. Images courtesy of Drafthouse Films

When Joshua Oppenheimer, the director of The Act of Killing, spoke in Golden Auditorium last Friday, he described his Oscar-nominated film as a tightrope between empathy and repulsion. Read more


Major grants, Picker Research Fellowships help to support discovery at Colgate

March 12, 2014
Engda Hagos, assistant professor of biology, works with students in his lab.

Engda Hagos, assistant professor of biology, works with students in his lab.

Major grants and Picker Research Fellowship awards for 2014-15 are funding dozens of faculty research projects both on and off campus, with subjects ranging from Middle English punctuation to Russian climate science to the creation of an experimental documentary.

For biology professor Endga Hagos, his major grant funding will help continue research into the workings of the cancer-suppression gene Kruppel-like factor 4, a known tumor suppressor that plays a major role in the prevention of colon cancer.

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Professor Linn Underhill’s photography hits Close to Home

March 11, 2014
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PLENTY: Davy from Professor Linn Underhill’s Close to Home exhibition.

Associate Professor of Art and Art History Linn Underhill is currently featuring her photography in an exhibition titled Close to Home, on view at the Clifford Gallery until April 4. Read more


Examining the history of the Holocaust through art

February 25, 2014
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Figure 4 from the One Day, One Woman, One Child exhibition

Striking images of Holocaust victims overlaid with paint and text stare back at viewers as they encounter the pieces in the exhibition One Day, One Woman, One Child — which will be in the Longyear Museum of Anthropology until this Friday.  Read more


Professor Knecht to deluge viewers at arts center in Brooklyn

February 4, 2014
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A still from Professor John Knecht’s animated short film Deluge

This Sunday, February 9, Professor John Knecht will be screening his animated short film Deluge and other works at UnionDocs Center for Documentary Art in Brooklyn. Knecht is the Russell Colgate Distinguished University Professor of art and art history and film and media studies. Read more


Articles with Colgate connection appear in New York Times three months running

January 9, 2014

While the look of the gray lady — The New York Times — might have changed in the digital world, the presence of articles by or about members of the Colgate community has remained constant. Three pieces with Colgate connections appeared in The Times the past three months. A nice streak, no?

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Colgate professor DeWitt Godfrey elected president of College Art Association board

November 11, 2013
Dewitt Godfrey's sculptures at the Faculty art show in Little Hall.

DeWitt Godfrey’s sculptures at the faculty art show in Little Hall. Photo by Andrew Daddio.

DeWitt Godfrey, associate professor  of art and art history at Colgate, was elected president of the College Art Association’s Board of Directors for a two-year term, beginning May 2014. The CAA is a highly regarded organization, and Godfrey’s colleagues stressed its importance.

“The decisions the CAA governance makes have an impact on thousands of people in the field, on the shape and direction of the academic disciplines, and sometimes even on national arts policy,” said Elizabeth Marlowe, assistant professor of art and art history at Colgate. Read more


Artist Creighton Michael to work with students on exhibition for Clifford Art Gallery

October 18, 2013

Colgate’s Clifford Art Gallery and the Department of Art and Art History will host an exhibition by artist Creighton Michael P’14 titled “Pattern Play” from October 23 through January 29, 2014.

The showing, which is free and open to the public, will feature a lecture by Michael at 4:30 p.m. October 23 in Golden Auditorium in Little Hall. A reception will follow.

This is the seventh exhibition in Michael’s Dimensional Drawing Project, which began nine years ago at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute in Utica.

For this exhibition, Michael will collaborate with Colgate students to create a site-specific installation intended to expand definitions of drawing and to understand drawing’s relationship to other marking systems such as musical notation, calligraphy, and choreography.

At the close of the exhibition in January 2014, a musical composition inspired by the works will be performed in the Clifford Art Gallery. Michael will also premiere his new video installation, “Shadows-Speak,” which appears as a subtle play of light and shadow dancing to the taps of a typewriter’s keys.


Professor Elizabeth Marlowe challenges the art world to get ‘grounded’

October 7, 2013

Elizabeth Marlowe, assistant professor of art and art history, started with some big questions at a recent colloquium: “What can we learn from a work of ancient art?  Will it teach us new things or reinforce what we already know?”

In addressing those questions, Marlowe highlighted the lack of attention paid to the origins of art pieces that have inhabited museums for more than a century, and how that can completely change how we view the artwork.

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Hannah Bjornson ’15 assists professor with research for book about ancient temple

September 25, 2013
The eighth-century Kailasanatha temple is in the southern Indian city of Kanchipuram.

The eighth-century Kailasanatha temple is in the southern Indian city of Kanchipuram.

Colgate students are sharing their experiences conducting research with faculty members on campus and in the field. This post is by art history major Hannah Bjornson ‘15, of Westport, Conn.

This summer I held a faculty-sponsored research position in the Department of Art and Art History. I assisted Professor Padma Kaimal in putting together her book about the eighth-century Kailasanatha temple complex in the southern Indian city of Kanchipuram.

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Professor April Sweeney performs in Distancia – from her living room

September 23, 2013

April Sweeney, associate professor of English in the University Theater, is in a performance called Distancia, which premiered last week in Buenos Aires.

Sweeney’s part of the performance happened from her living room. Read more


Penny Lane, filmmaker and professor, offers candid look at creative process

September 19, 2013

Penny Lane — a seasoned storyteller, nonfiction filmmaker, assistant professor of art and art history at Colgate, and …  self-proclaimed thief?

In a thought-provoking and honest lecture about her role as a visual artist, Lane discussed the complexities of being a filmmaker who appropriates others’ images exclusively to create her own nonfiction narratives.

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Convocation 2013 address by Mary Ann Calo, Batza Professor of Art and Art History

August 29, 2013
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Mary Ann Calo, Batza Professor of Art and Art History; Director, Division of Arts and Humanities

(Note: These are prepared remarks by Mary Ann Calo, Batza Professor of Art and Art History; Director, Division of Arts and Humanities, given at Colgate’s 193rd convocation.)

Greetings to President Herbst, Dean Hicks, my colleagues on the faculty, and of course a warm welcome to the class of 2017, our transfer students and their families.

It is a great honor to stand before you tonight and I want to thank the President and the Dean for this opportunity. You have already spent many hours in conversation with advisors and peers and received extensive orientation to various aspects of life at Colgate. The semester starts tomorrow and my job is to welcome you to our scholarly community—specifically to the classroom and the intellectual adventure you are about to begin. Read more


Professor Penny Lane’s new film ‘Our Nixon’ premieres this week

August 28, 2013

Update: The film Our Nixon, directed by Colgate professor Penny Lane, premieres August 30  in select U.S. cities. Since its premiere on CNN earlier this month it has drawn a lot of attention, including a Daily Beast commentary by Ben Stein, the economist known to many as a movie and television personality. Lane responded to Stein here.

The Atlantic Magazine has reviewed the film, which will be shown on campus 5 p.m. Friday, September 13. Lane also will offer a lecture about the film on September 11.

Original story: Colgate professor Penny Lane has a new documentary called Our Nixon, which was recently featured by major news media including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.

Beginning as a Kickstarter campaign, Our Nixon was shown at South by Southwest (SXSW) in January 2013.  The documentary will air Thursday, August 1, at 8 p.m. on CNN Films.

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Summer internship blog series: MoMA intern combines passion for art and business

August 9, 2013
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Pam Duncan ’14 outside the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

Colgate students, interning this summer at companies such as NBCUniversal, Hukkster, Nike, and Facebook, are sharing their experiences. This post is written by Pam Duncan ’14 at the Museum of Modern Art.

This summer, I am interning on the Special Programming and Events team at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City. MoMA has the most extensive collection of modern and contemporary art in the world and is one of the most visited museums in the country.

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