On March 17, just two days before the opening of our Spring exhibitions, the Binghamton University Art Museum shut down due to concerns surrounding COVID-19. We are pleased to announce that all alumni lenders for the Spring exhibitions agreed to extend their loans, which allows us to offer these unseen exhibitions as Fall 2020 exhibitions. Sadly, we are unable to host in-person events for visitors, but our doors will open will open to on-campus visitors – students, faculty and staff – on Thursday, September 10. Our hours will be only slightly reduced to Tuesday-Saturday, 12:00-4:00 pm. In lieu of public lectures and other events, we will engage our on- and off-campus friends with programming via Zoom and YouTube (to be announced).
For Fall 2020, the Main Gallery will feature an exhibition of fakes, forgeries, copies and other curiosities entitled Holy Hoaxes: A Curator Collects. The exhibition, organized by William Voelkle ’61, Curator Emeritus of The Morgan Library & Museum, presents over 60 objects he has collected over the years. Holy Hoaxes will seem at first to be an exhibition of medieval manuscripts, paintings and other sacred objects. However, each piece is, at least in part, not what it seems. Old parchment has new paint, authentic manuscripts have new leaves, and other objects have been invented whole cloth. In many cases, Voelkle used traditional art historical methods of forgery detection. He identified the forger’s sources or models, discovered iconographical errors and incorrect relationships between text and illustration, and even come to recognize a forger’s personal style. But forgers will always be with us and now use advanced technologies for ever more sophisticated means of replication, providing new challenges for collectors and scholars alike. The many means that forgers use to fool the public are increasingly detected by scientists, and Voelkle’s collection shows visitors the real artistry of those who seek to deceive.
To watch a conversation between museum director, Diane Butler, and our alumnus collector, Bill Voelkle ’61, click here:
Also opening on September 10 is Alumni Collect and Reflect, organized by alumni John Copoulos ’73 and Stacy Newman Kandel ’99. The exhibition features artwork on loan from fourteen alumni donors to the Binghamton University Art Museum. Through the exhibition, alumni reflect on their collecting practices and the role artwork plays in their homes. From video art and Roman glass, to 20th-century Arts and Crafts pottery, our alumni engage with the world, bring it home, and in this exhibition, generously share their collected objects with our visitors.
The alumni lenders are: Anthony Brunelli ’93; John Brunelli ’97 and Alisha Brunelli ’01; John C. Copoulos ’73; Alice Hagemeyer DuBon ’83; Jacqueline M. Hogan '82; Jackie Jacobs ’76; Cyrisse Jaffee ’74; Stacy Newman Kandel ’99; Lucie G. Nelson, PhD ’77; Barry N. Neuman ’79; Donald Paukett, MBA ’82; Dean A. Porter, BA ’61, MA ’66, and PhD ’74; and Charles J. Semowich ’71.
The following new, student-curated exhibitions will also be on view: American Purgatory: Labor and the Promise of Paradise, curated by Stephen McKee ’21, Art and Design major, and advised by Kevin Hatch, Associate Professor, Art History; Send in the Clowns, curated by Clementine Sherman ’22, Anthropology major, and advised by Pam Smart, Associate Professor, Art History; Studio Chromatography: The Science of Color as Explained by the Artist, curated by Esther Wagner ’21, Integrative Neuroscience and Art and Design majors, and advised by Tom McDonough, Associate Professor, Art History; and The New WOrld of Sciences, curated by Michele D. Pflug, BA ’17, MA ’18 in History.