Timothy Murray is Professor of Comparative Literature and English and Curator of the Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art in the Cornell Library. A curator of new media and contemporary art, and theorist of visual studies and digital culture, he has been forging international intersections in exhibition and print between the arts, humanities, and technology for over twenty-five years.
In addition to programming innovative series in video and cinema, he has been at the curatorial forefront of international exhibitions in digital and conceptual art. He staged the largest international exhibition of digital art created for CD-Rom, “Contact Zones: The Art of CD-Rom” (https://contactzones.cit.cornell.edu), which toured from 1999-2004 in the US, Canada, Mexico, France, with offshoots in Macau and Johannesburg. With Arthur and Marilouise Kroker, he curated and designed the conceptual internet art journal, “CTHEORY Multimedia” (http://ctheorymultimedia.cornell.edu), and, with Teo Spiller, he staged the first off-line internet art exhibition at INFOS 2000 in Slovenia. Most recently, he collaborated with Sarah Watson and Sherry Miller Hocking on “The Experimental Television Center: A History, ETC” at Hunter College Galleries in New York City and he curated “Signal to Code: 50 Years of Media Art in the Goldsen Archive” (http://rmc.library.cornell.edu/signaltocode/) in the Cornell Library and the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art. He founded the Rose Goldsen Archive in 2002, which since has grown into a leading international repository of electronic and digital art. He serves as co-moderator of the -empyre- new media listserv.
At Cornell, he was one of the founders of the cross-college undergraduate minor in Visual Studies and the graduate minor in Film and Video before serving as Director of the Society for the Humanities from 2008-2017. He currently is Co-PI of Cornell Mellon Studies in Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities. A national advocate for intersections between the arts and humanities, he serves on the Executive Committee of HASTAC and the Boards of Directors of the National Humanities Alliance and Humanities New York. Internationally, he is a Hai-Tian (Sea-Sky) Scholar, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian, China, and a Senior Fellow of the School of Criticism and Theory.
A recipient of fellowships and grants from NEA, NEH, Mellon, Rockefeller, Fulbright, and Korea National Research Foundation, Murray is currently working on a book, Archival Events @ New Media Art, which is a sequel to Digital Baroque: New Media Art and Cinematic Folds (Minnesota, 2008). Among his publications are the books Medium Philosophicum: Thinking Art Technologically (Universidad de Murcia, forthcoming, 2017), Zonas de Contacto: el arte en CD-Rom (Centro de la Imagen, 1999), Drama Trauma: Specters of Race and Sexuality in Performance, Video, Art (Routledge, 1997), Like a Film: Ideological Fantasy on Screen, Camera, and Canvas (Routledge, 1993), Theatrical Legitimation: Allegories of Genius In XVIIth-Century England and France (Oxford, 1987), ed. with Alan Smith, Repossessions: Psychoanalysis and the Phantasms of Early-Modern Culture (Minnesota, 1998), ed., Mimesis, Masochism & Mime: The Politics of Theatricality in Contemporary French Thought (Michigan, 1997), ed. Xu Bing’s Background Story and his Oeuvre (Mandarin), co-edited with Yang Shin-Yi (Beijing: Life Bookstore Publishing, 2016), and ed. with Irving Goh of The Prepositional Senses of Jean-Luc Nancy, 2 Vols., diacritics (2014-16).
Erin joined the CCA in 2014 after spending the last four years with University Communications as the Program Manager for CornellCast/CyberTower. Holding a BFA in Graphic Design from SUNY Oswego, Erin has served the university for over 18 years in various capacities related to communications, marketing and event planning. As an artist with interests in various mediums, she is passionately devoted to promoting the creative work of the Cornell community.
Jumay Chu danced with the Viola Farber Dance Company in 1976-1980 and the Lucinda Childs Dance Company in 1980-84, touring the US and abroad. She taught dance technique and composition in New York, St. Louis, Paris, and Angers before coming to Cornell in 1989, where she teaches dance technique, dance history, and composition.
Denise Nicole Green is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Fiber Science and Apparel Design and the Director of the Cornell Costume and Textile Collection. Professor Green's research uses ethnography, video production, archival methods and curatorial practice to explore production of fashion, textiles, and visual design. She is also a faculty member in American Indian and Indigenous Studies and Cornell Institute of Archaeology and Material Studies as well as a graduate field member in the Department of Anthropology at Cornell.
Professor Green received a PhD in Socio-Cultural Anthropology from the University of British Columbia. With the Ethnographic Film Unit at UBC and Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations communities, she directed a series of documentary films exploring textiles, identity and Aboriginal title. Prior to this, she earned a Master of Science in Textiles from the University of California--Davis and a Bachelor of Science with Honors in Apparel Design from Cornell University.
Cathy Klimaszewski received her B.F.A. and M.F.A. in Musem Studies at Syracuse University. Her current work focuses on public access, education, and textiles. She is the primary investigator of digital access and the study center interpretation project at the museum, and is working on a project entitled Objects and Their Makers: New Insights.
James Spinazzola is an active conductor, ensemble clinician, saxophonist, and arranger. In addition to directing the Cornell wind ensemble program, James teaches undergraduate courses in music theory, coaches chamber music, teaches applied saxophone, and serves as faculty adviser to CU Winds, a student-driven organization devoted to the performance and promotion of wind band music.
Sasa Zivkovic is a principal of HANNAH, an architecture practice based in the United States and Germany. HANNAH's research focuses on advancing traditional building construction techniques by implementing new technologies and processes of making, addressing subjects of rapid urbanization and mass customized housing design. In close collaboration with the high-tech building industry, the office explores the implementation of advanced construction techniques such as additive manufacturing.
Zivkovic pursued his graduate studies at MIT where he was the recipient of the AIA Certificate of Merit, a merit-based MIT full tuition scholarship, and a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Prior to MIT, Zivkovic studied architecture and city planning at Stuttgart University where he was awarded a fellowship from the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes) from 2007–12. Zivkovic is currently an assistant professor at Cornell University where he teaches graduate and undergraduate design studios as well as seminar classes with a focus on digital fabrication, computation, and representation. At Cornell, he directs the Robotic Construction Laboratory (RCL), an interdisciplinary research group investigating advanced materials and novel construction technology.
Michael Ashkin's work spans various media, including sculpture, installation, photography, video, poetry, and text. His work addresses issues of landscape and urbanism, specifically the intersection of subjectivity with the social, economic, and political production of space. His work has been exhibited at Documenta 11 (2002), the Whitney Biennial (1997), the Vienna Secession (2009), amongst others in the United States and abroad. His most recent photo book, Long Branch, was published in 2014. Ashkin received a B.A. in Oriental studies from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.A. in Mideast languages and cultures from Columbia University, and holds an M.F.A. in painting and drawing from the Art Institute of Chicago. Prior to teaching at Cornell University he was a faculty member at SUNY Albany, Pratt Institute, SUNY Purchase, Tyler School of Art, and the International Center of Photography.
Timothy Baird is an educator and landscape architect with teaching experience at six universities who has practiced landscape architecture on both coasts of the United States and in the Middle East.
Professor Jintu Fan holds a PhD from The University of Leeds (1989) and a Bsc from Donghua University, Shanghai (Originally China Textile University).
Prof. Fan's research is focused on two fundamental pursues of mankind, viz. comfort and beauty, through multi-disciplinary approaches involving instrumentation, computational modeling, biomimetics, nanotechnology as well as neural psychology. The objectives of his research are to gain a better understanding of the interaction between human body, clothing and environment, and on that basis, to develop clothing with enhanced functional performance and aesthetic appearance.
Mary Fessenden received her M.A. in Arts Administration from SUNY Binghamton. Prior to joining Cornell, Fessenden was marketing and publicity director and general manager of Central Casting Theatre Company in Ithaca.
Fessenden holds a master's degree in arts administration from SUNY Binghamton and has held internships with Sydney Opera House in Australia, among other arts organizations.
In addition to her responsibilities as managing director at Cornell Cinema, Fessenden also programmed the IthaKid Film Festival, something she will continue to do as director.
Mardelle McCuskey Shepley received her bachelor’s degree in Art from Columbia University in 1971, followed by a Master of Architecture in 1974. Shepley went on to receive her Master of Arts in Psychology in 1979 and her Doctor of Architecture in 1981, both from the University of Michigan. Professor Shepley's current professional activities include fellowship with the American Institute of Architects and the American College of Healthcare Architects. She is LEED and EDAC certified.
Steve Pond received his Ph.D from the University of California, Berkeley. His scholarly interests center on jazz and musics of the African Diaspora. His work generally focuses on historiography, especially as it relates to issues of authenticity and authority, race, ethnicity, class, gender, and other indentity frameworks. Pond teaches graduate courses on theoretical and research issues in ethnomusicology. He also teaches undergraduate survey courses and offers specialized courses in American sub-cultural musics, post-World War II jazz, and rhythm-and-blues. For the past five years, Pond has played and sponsored Cornell's Brazillian music group, Deixa Sambar.
Committed to an interdisciplinary investigation of the visual, literary, courtly and religious manifestations of cultural and confessional contact and interchange in the Mediterranean world, between 1000 and 1500 A.D., with particular focus on the Iberian peninsula.
Nick Salvato (A.B., Princeton University; Ph.D., Yale University) is Professor and Chair of Performing and Media Arts, as well as a member of the graduate faculty of English. He has published articles in such journals as Camera Obscura, Critical Inquiry, Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, TDR: The Drama Review, and Theatre Journal. His article, "Uncloseting Drama: Gertrude Stein and the Wooster Group," won the journal Modern Drama's award for Outstanding Essay of 2007. This piece is adapted from his first book, Uncloseting Drama: American Modernism and Queer Performance, published in 2010 by Yale University Press as part of the series Yale Studies in English. Likewise published in 2010 was "Gossip," a special issue that he guest-edited for Modern Drama, where he was book review editor from 2010 to 2014. His second full-length book, Obstruction, was published by Duke University Press in March 2016 and investigates the surprising intellective value of five putative impediments: embarrassment, laziness, slowness, cynicism, and digressiveness. A pocket monograph, Knots Landing, was published as part of Wayne State University Press's TV Milestones series in spring 2015.
Andrea Simitch is the Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow and the chair of the Department of Architecture at Cornell University. She teaches classes in architectural design, architectural representation, and furniture design. She received her bachelor of architecture from Cornell in 1979 and also attended Occidental College and l'École Spécial d'Architecture in Paris, France.
Simitch has taught extensively for Cornell in numerous international venues that include Europe and Central and South America and is regularly invited to lecture and participate in diploma juries and symposia at peer institutions, most recently in Italy, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland
Stephanie Wiles has a bachelor's degree in modern languages from Hobart and William Smith Colleges (1981), an M.A. in art history from Hunter College (1987) and a Ph.D. in art history from the City University of New York Graduate Center (2001). A member of the Association of Art Museum Directors, she also serves on the editorial advisory board of the journal Master Drawings.
As director, Wiles will oversee museum operations and a staff of 22; a collection of more than 35,000 artworks including extensive holdings in Asian and contemporary art; and an educational and outreach mission with programming serving the Cornell campus, the local community and the region. The museum building, by architect I.M. Pei, opened in 1973, and a 16,500-square-foot expansion, in a new wing based on Pei's original design, will have a public grand opening Oct. 15.
Helena María Viramontes is the author of The Moths and Other Stories and two novels Under the Feet of Jesus and Their Dogs Came With Them. She has also co-edited with Maria Herrera Sobek, two collections: Chicana (W) rites: On Word and Film and Chicana Creativity and Criticism. A recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the John Dos Passos Award for Literature, and a United States Artist Fellowship, her short stories and essays have been widely anthologized and her writings have been adopted for classroom use and university study. Her work is the subject of a critical reader titled Rebozos De Palabras edited by Gabrielle Gutierrez y Muhs and published by the University of Arizona Press. A community organizer and former coordinator of the Los Angeles Latino Writers Association, she is a frequent reader and lecturer in the U.S. and internationally. Currently she is completing a draft of her third novel, The Cemetery Boys.