A History of the Future

Susannah Sayler and Edward Morris have been photographing sites around the world that are being affected by climate change in various capacities, or are in the process of adaptation and mitigation. While they are interested in "both the stillness and the potential violence in these places," as well as the Sublime, the images also have a place within the multi-faceted discourse about climate change. This project led to the formation of the Canary Project, a larger project producing art & media that deepen public understanding of human-induced climate change.

Richard Barnes

Saw his show in NY last spring and was struck by how funny and beautiful the images of natural history museums were. Equally arresting are his images of sterlings and the Unabomber's shed. Check out more of Richard's work


Lecture tomorrow

Thursday 18 November
12:15 – 1:15 pm, Classroom I, Art Building

For our own comfort, or for our
collections? Towards a history of the
museum environment

Mattias Legnér
Gotland University, Sweden, and OC STINT Fellow in
History (Fall 2010)

The second half of the 20th century saw a rapid expansion of HVAC systems in museums
over the world. Climate technology offered the possibility of controlling the environment but
proved to be costly and to create its own problems. The desire to control indoor climate - heat,
moisture, light - by introducing technology and international standards came to define the
field of preventive conservation in the later part of the century.

By studying how indoor climate issues have been considered and dealt with, we can better
understand imagined and real relationships between people and objects in museums. It is
acknowledged that climate is just one of many important factors when it comes to preserve
collections for the future. The lecture focuses on the history of Nationalmuseum, the national
museum of art in Stockholm, and how climate issues have been handled in the building over a
period of 150 years.

Pipo speaking in Syracuse tonight

Pipo Nguyen-duy Lecture

Light Work is pleased to invite you to view "East of Eden: Vietnam," featuring photographs by Pipo Nguyen-duy. These large-format color photographs bear witness to scars on the landscape and its people caused by the Vietnam/American War.

Light Work will featured a lecture by the artist on Wednesday, November 17 at 6:00pm. This exhibition and lecture are co-sponsored by the 2010 Syracuse Symposium and the Co-Curricular Fund from the Division of Student Affairs.

To create "East of Eden: Vietnam," Nguyen-duy traveled across Vietnam on a moped looking for war survivors - both affected civilians and amputee ex-combatants - and photographed them against the idyllic Southeast Asian landscape.
More information...

Location: Watson Auditorium
Price: FREE
Sponsoring department/organization: Light Work
Contact: Jessica H. Reed


Timothy Archibald

Beautiful pictures by Timothy Archibald of/in collaboration with his autistic son Elijah, recently featured on the New York Times's Lens blog, here. Also check out Archibald's website to see more.


guest blogger: Rachel

Oscar Fernando Gómez Rodríguez is a taxicab driver and wonderful photographer from Monterrey, Mexico, who most often shoots from right inside his taxi. He was featured in the Fall 2010 issue of Aperture, with an introduction by Martin Parr. Read his bio/statement here.

Postcard from Zoe


Lecture Today

Monday, November 1, 2010 ● 4:30 p.m. ● Wilder 101

"Asian American Art History: Hidden Right Before Our Eyes"

Gordon Chang
Professor of History
Stanford University

A professor of American history at Stanford University, Gordon Chang's research focuses on the history of United States-East Asia relations and on Asian American history. He is particularly interested in the historical connections between race and ethnicity in America and foreign relations, and explores these interconnections in his teaching and scholarship. He is a recipient of Guggenheim and ACLS fellowships, and has been a two-time fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center.
Chang is the editor or author of a number of essays and books, including Chinese American Voices: From the Gold Rush to the Present (2006), Asian Americans and Politics: An Exploration (2001), Morning Glory, Evening Shadow: Yamato Ichihashi and His Wartime Writing, 1942-1945 (1997), and Friends and Enemies: The United States, China, and the Soviet Union, 1948-1972 (1990). His most recent work, American Asian Art: A History, 1850-1970 (2008) is the first comprehensive study of the lives and artistic production of American Asian artists active in the United States before 1970. He is currently at work on a "long" history of U.S.-China relations from the colonial era to the present.

Sponsored by Oberlin College Comparative American Studies Program, Oberlin College Shansi, Oberlin College Art Department (Baldwin Fund), Oberlin College Department of History (Anderson Fund), Oberlin College East Asian Studies Program, Oberlin College Multicultural Resource Center