Visual Studies

September 24, 2014

Leah Modigliani Presenting New Work The Snake and the Falcon

Author: lauraposada

Dr. Leah Modigliani, Assistant Professor and Program Director of Visual Studies will be presenting a new work titled The Snake and the Falcon at the Manchester School of Art on Oct 30. The text she will be performing is based on Emma Goldman's 1933 speech “An Anarchist Looks at Life” . The event, To Hell With Culture?, organized by Dr. Danielle Child and Huw Wahl seeks to re-examine the role of culture in contemporary capitalism. Read More

April 21, 2014

Garden of Time by Zoe Cohen Book Release

Author: AlleyDee

Visual Studies is happy to share the announcement that Zoe Cohen, VS Adjunct Assistant Professor, has just released her book Garden of Time. To learn more about Zoe and her work, please visit From her newsletter: The Garden of Time Book Release Party! Please join me in celebrating the release of this illustrated book for all ages that I have created in collaboration with Rabbi Jill Hammer! Philadelphia Book Release Party Sunday May 4th, 11 am - 1 pm The Cedarworks: 4919 Pentridge St West Philadelphia This event is free and open to the public, and will include a book reading and signing and sales of the book. It's a potluck brunch too, bring something to share if you can! Read More

November 25, 2013

Leah Modigliani's Critical Writing in Prefix Photo 28

Author: AlleyDee

Dr. Leah Modigliani, Assistant Professor and Program Head of Visual Studies, has her essay The Invisible Giant in the Room: Jeff Wall’s Pictures of Women featured in Prefix Photo 28. From the Prefix Photo press release: “She notes that, since the early 1980s, most critical writing about Wall’s work has ignored feminist readings of it, aligning it instead with cinematography, the historic avant-garde and a return to history painting. Tracking the gendered content in many of Wall’s works, Modigliani suggests that his artistic development was more directly influenced by the women’s movement of the 1970s than has been previously acknowledged.” Read More

October 25, 2013

Producing Space lecture series presents Marisa Jahn

Author: AlleyDee

Visual Studies is proud to present a lecture by artist, writer, and activist Marisa Jahn in the Producing Space lectures series on Nov. 21st at 6PM. Of Chinese and Ecuadorian descent, Marisa Jahn’s work trammels the boundary between the printed word and public space. She writes, “My work hijacks icons of high and low culture to generate meaning anew. I make art based on the freebies offered by telecommunications companies, the timing of apple harvests, the traffic patterns of soccer moms, and the ineffable Santa Claus logic that prompts terror. My work depends on these contingencies; to understand, I slip and slink into new surrounds. I package the sacrosanct; I embrace the bastard.” Read More

October 14, 2013

Visual Studies New Lecture Series Producing Space

Author: AlleyDee

Visual Studies is pleased to present a new lecture series titled Producing Space. The title acknowledges Henri Lefebvre’s widely influential book The Production of Space (first published in 1974), which continues to serve as a reference for understanding the multi-faceted construction of today’s urban environment; one simultaneously formed and unformed through geography, discourse, and representations. Artists, scholars, and thinkers who are actively producing new spaces of social interaction and critical consciousness will be invited to share their creative practice and interdisciplinary collaborations with the Tyler community. Read More

October 8, 2013

Lecture Summary: Amy Kulper's "Turning the Tables on Experimental Practice"

Author: Saumon Oboudiyat

Temple University’s Architecture Department Lecture Series welcomed guest speaker Amy Kulper, Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Michigan Tauban College of Architecture & Urban Planning where she teaches theory and design.  Kulper’s presentation, entitled “Turning the Tables on Experimental Practice” deconstructed and re-constructed the methodologies in which architects understand architectural construct, specifically, how the fields of science, architecture, and encyclopedic knowledge have synthesized and offered a new platform for the discourse in experimental culture.  This post will serve as a synopsis of the lecture, and propose new platforms of discussion from which artists and designers alike may synthesize their practice with the theories presented in the lecture. Read More

July 3, 2013

Leah Modigliani Named New Visual Studies Program Director

Author: Kari Scott

Leah Modigliani is an artist and writer. She earned a BFA degree from Concordia University, a MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, and a PhD in Art History and Criticism at Stony Brook University. Modigliani has taught undergraduates and graduate students in visual studies, studio art and modern and contemporary art history at California College for the Arts, the University of Guelph, the University of Toronto and Ontario College of Art and Design University. Her visual work has been exhibited at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax, the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in Toronto, and the Moore Space in Miami, among other galleries and museums. Her critical writing can be found in academic journals and contemporary art magazines such as Prefix Photo, Art Criticism and C Magazine. Read More

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