The Binghamton University Art Museum announces the opening of Michal Heiman: Chronically Bound, on view September 8 through December 10, in the Museum’s Main Gallery and Mezzanine, located in the Fine Arts Building on campus. All Fall 2022 exhibits will open from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, September 8. The opening reception is free and open to the public.

Featuring photographs, videos and archival documents, the exhibition explores the intersections of psychoanalysis, asylums and oppression through recent projects including Michal Heiman Essays (1997-2012); Radical Bond: A New Community of Womennot, 1855-2021 (2013-present); and Hearing (2020). These latter projects found their genesis in 2013 when Heiman, doing research for another project, came across a photograph of a young woman taken circa 1855 at the Surrey County Lunatic Asylum in London by Dr Hugh Welch Diamond. A few years later, Heiman found a similar image, that of Maria Dominica D’Alberto, who was photographed by Oreste Bertani at the San Servolo asylum in Venice in January 1880. Heiman recognized a version of herself in both images, thus setting her on a path to recontextualize the photographs through her artistic approach and her research. The exhibition is curated by Curator of Collections and Exhibits, Claire L. Kovacs.

Parallel to the Michal Heiman exhibition is Unconventional Care: The Mission of the NYS Drunk Asylum. It is exhibited in the lower galleries of the museum, with Death in Venice: Bright Scenes with Dark Themescurated by Eliana Ellerton ’23; Beautiful Ideal: American Love and Life, hosted by Taylor Garris ’23; and Return to touchcurated by Aaron Berkowitz ’23.

For more details on upcoming programming, see the “Events” page and social media.


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