Sixty-four photographic works by Martin Benjamin, professor of visual arts, are on view at the Albany Institute of History and Art through Sept. 7 as part of the exhibition “Summer Exposure.” Benjamin’s selected photos represent different periods in his artistic career, from the documentary images of his American Road Trips series shot during the early 1970s to the more recent color diptychs of Vietnam and Italy that allow him to pair images and show “uniformity within diversity.” Also featured are photographs from his street photography, public events and Atomic Age series, as well as individual images set in China and Cuba. Most are vintage prints, and many are gelatin silver prints. “Summer Exposure” offers five uniquely different ventures into photographic vision, media and artistic conception, with works by Carolyn Blackwood, Tom Fels, Dana Hoey and William Jaeger, as well.
Eric McDowell, assistant athletic director for sports information, has been named president of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) for the 2014-15 academic year. He is a 2009 CoSIDA Hall of Fame Inductee and its 59th president. McDowell took over the leadership position at the organization’s annual convention in June.
Andrew Morris, associate professor of history, presented his paper, “Trailer Cities: The Truman Administration and Disaster Relief, 1947-52,” on a panel at the 2014 Policy History Conference in June in Columbus, Ohio. The paper is research from Morris’ larger project on Hurricane Camille and post-World War II disaster relief policy in the U.S. He also chaired a panel at the same conference on “Re-Evaluating the Place of the Federal Housing Administration in American History.”
Tina Lincer, associate director of Communications and Marketing, was a featured reader in a Bloomsday celebration at the Rensselaer County Historical Society in Troy last month. She joined six other writers, including Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Kennedy, in reading selections from James Joyce’s novel, "Ulysses."