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The first American anthology of writings on the work of Paula Modersohn-Becker has just been published by Woman’s Art Journal (Fall/Winter 2009) in an issue devoted to the artist.

Modersohn-Becker (1876–1907) was a German painter who worked in styles ranging from Postimpressionism to early Expressionism. Influenced by Cézanne, Gauguin, and van Gogh, she is recognized today for her early feminist imagery.

The two lead articles were originally written for the catalogue of the Modersohn-Becker exhibition that was to have opened at the Neue Galerie in 2009 in New York (postponed): Anne Higonnet (Barnard College, Columbia University), “Making Babies, Painting Bodies: Women, Art, and Paula Modersohn-Becker’s Productivity”; Diane Radycki (Moravian College), “Pictures of Flesh: Modersohn-Becker and the Nude.”

    The three following articles were first presented as talks at the 2009 CAA Annual Conference in Los Angeles. The session, chaired by Radycki, was called “Paula Modersohn-Becker: Art, Risk, Fame”:Rainer Stamm (Paula Modersohn-Becker Museum), “Paula Modersohn-Becker and the Body in Art”; Monica Strauss (author of Cruel Banquet: The Life and Loves of Frida Strindberg), “Helen Serger’s Galerie La Boetie: Paula Modersohn-Becker on Madison Avenue”; Michelle Vangen (Graduate Center, City University of New York), “Left and Right: Politics and Images of Motherhood in Weimar Germany.”

      Published semiannually—May and November—since 1980, Woman’s Art Journal continues to represent the interests of women and art worldwide. Articles and reviews cover all areas of women in the visual arts, from antiquity to the present day.

      Image: Paula Modersohn-Becker, Self-Portrait (Semi-Nude with Amber Necklace and Flowers II), 1906, oil on canvas, 61 x 50 cm (artwork in the public domain)

      Filed under: Publications

      On New Year’s Eve, the first issue of the Journal of Art Historiography was published online. This peer-reviewed open-access ejournal, published in June and December of each year, is devoted exclusively to the study of the practice of art-historical writing. Supported by the Institute for Art History at the University of Glasgow in Scotland, the journal has a distinguished editorial advisory board drawn from a broad range of specialist areas. Richard Woodfield, senior honorary research fellow at the University of Glasgow, is the editor.

      The central purpose of the Journal of Art Historiography is to understand why the history of art gets written in the way that it does. How has it taken shape as a discipline? What are the grounds of its inclusions and exclusions? What are its modes of writing? How does it relate to and intersect with other disciplines?

      Though the journal has much wider ambitions, the first issue reflects its editor’s preoccupation with German and Viennese art historiography and is dedicated to the memory of Ernst Gombrich. Already, though, it has material on the debates surrounding the emergence of Australian Aboriginal art as contemporary artistic practice, the role of the journal Zodiaque in the promotion of notions of French Romanesque art, and the reception of Aby Warburg’s work in Argentina.

      There are also translations of Julius von Schlosser’s famous account of the Vienna School, along with Moriz Thausing’s pronouncements on the objective study of art history. Studies on Fritz Novotny, Max Dvořák, Alois Riegl, Michael Baxandall, Fritz Saxl, John Shearman, and John White have been published as well.

      The next issue, due in June this year, is already extending its scope to cover Indian and Chinese art, Baltic and Polish art history, classical archaeology, and more.

      The Journal of Art Historiography welcomes contributions from young and established scholars and is aimed at building an expanded audience for what has hitherto been a much-specialized field of investigation.

      Filed under: Publications

      The American Association of Museums (AAM) is organizing Museums Advocacy Day 2010, taking place March 22–23 in Washington, DC, and CAA invites your participation. This event is your chance to receive advocacy and policy training and then take the case to Capitol Hill alongside fellow advocates from your state and congressional district.

      AAM is working with sponsoring organizations, which include CAA, to develop the legislative agenda for this year’s event. Likely issues will include federal funding for museums, museums and federal education policy, and charitable giving issues affecting museums.

      The entire museum field is welcome to participate: staff, volunteers, trustees, students, or even museum enthusiasts. Museums Advocacy Day is the ideal chance for new and seasoned advocates to network with museum professionals from their state and meet with congressional offices.

      Registration

      Individual museum professionals, supporters, and trustees may register online. National, regional, and state organizations that would like to register as partnering organizations and individuals who prefer to complete a paper registration may use the Museums Advocacy Day 2010 Registration Form.

      Participants are asked to cover the cost of their meals and materials: $75. This amount includes: two breakfasts, one lunch, one evening reception, and all training materials and supplies. Deadline: February 17, 2010.

      The event hotel is the Doubletree Hotel Crystal City, 300 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA 22202. The Museums Advocacy Day rate is $209, available until February 15 or until sold out. Call 800-222-TREE and reference Museums Advocacy Day or the three-letter reservation code AVD, or reserve a room online and used the group code AVD.

      Tentative Schedule

      March 22 will be a critical day of advocacy and policy training, to be held at the National Building Museum, featuring:

      • A briefing on the museum field’s legislative agenda
      • Tips on meeting with elected officials and the stats you need to make your case
      • Instruction on how to participate in year-round advocacy and engage your elected officials in the ongoing work of your museum
      • Networking with advocates from your state on the following day’s Capitol Hill visits
      • An evening reception, with members of Congress and staff invited

      On March 23, we will take our message to Capitol Hill. Advocates will gather in groups by state and congressional districts to make coordinated visits to House and Senate offices to make the case for increased federal support for museums.

      The American Association of Museums (AAM) is organizing Museums Advocacy Day 2010, taking place March 22–23 in Washington, DC, and CAA invites your participation. This event is your chance to receive advocacy and policy training and then take the case to Capitol Hill alongside fellow advocates from your state and congressional district.

      AAM is working with sponsoring organizations, which include CAA, to develop the legislative agenda for this year’s event. Likely issues will include federal funding for museums, museums and federal education policy, and charitable giving issues affecting museums.

      The entire museum field is welcome to participate: staff, volunteers, trustees, students, or even museum enthusiasts. Museums Advocacy Day is the ideal chance for new and seasoned advocates to network with museum professionals from their state and meet with congressional offices.

      Registration

      Individual museum professionals, supporters, and trustees may register online. National, regional, and state organizations that would like to register as partnering organizations and individuals who prefer to complete a paper registration may use the Museums Advocacy Day 2010 Registration Form.

      Participants are asked to cover the cost of their meals and materials: $75. This amount includes: two breakfasts, one lunch, one evening reception, and all training materials and supplies.

      We are currently arranging affordable hotel options for participants. Please check back for updated information in the coming weeks about participating hotels.

      Tentative Schedule

      March 22 will be a critical day of advocacy and policy training, to be held at the National Building Museum, featuring:

      • A briefing on the museum field’s legislative agenda
      • Tips on meeting with elected officials and the stats you need to make your case
      • Instruction on how to participate in year-round advocacy and engage your elected officials in the ongoing work of your museum
      • Networking with advocates from your state on the following day’s Capitol Hill visits
      • An evening reception, with members of Congress and staff invited

      On March 23, we will take our message to Capitol Hill. Advocates will gather in groups by state and congressional districts to make coordinated visits to House and Senate offices to make the case for increased federal support for museums.

      CAA’s Student and Emerging Professionals Committee seeks volunteers for a series of mock fifteen-minute interviews at the 2010 Annual Conference in Chicago. If you are a seasoned professional and are interested in helping a younger colleague hone his or her interview technique, please contact the session moderator, Daniel Larkin of Friends of Materials for the Arts.

      The practice interviews, which allow participants to practice their elevator speech and keep listening skills sharp during a face-to-face interview, will be held between 1:00 and 4:00 PM on Thursday, February 11, in the Student and Emerging Professionals Lounge at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

      Filed under: Annual Conference, Committees

      Greetings:

      It has been a difficult night. Many of us are in a state of shock or more fittingly in disbelief. As a business that prides itself in keeping the rich culture of Haiti alive in Philadelphia, I and the Haitian Professionals of Philadelphia (HPP) send our deepest and most sincere condolences to our Haitian family in our area and around the world.

      We have secured a private jumbo jet to transport supplies to Haiti, which is leaving in the next 24–48 hours. We are in need of doctors, nurses, and donations to go to Haiti in order to provide medical care. Vivant Art Collection and HPP is currently coordinating with the Haitian Coalition of Philadelphia, the Haitian Clergy of Philadelphia, Beyond Borders, the Mayor’s Office, the Temple Haitian Student Association, the University of Pennsylvania Haitian Student Association, Congressman Brady’s office, the Philadelphia Young Democrats, political officials, and other Haitian organizations in the surrounding area to devise a plan to provide assistance to Haiti. Frequent updates will be made to www.hphilly.org and www.vivantartcollection.com/events, so please check back often. In the meantime, if you wish to provide assistance we urge you to do the following:

      • Make a monetary donation to Haitian Professionals of Philadelphia to the Haitian Relief Fund via Paypal. All funds will go toward purchasing items that must be bought in Haiti to defray shipping cost, as well as medical supplies
      • Purchase or bring cots and tents that will be instrumental in providing temporary shelter to those who have been displaced
      • Medical supplies such as band aids, alcohol, peroxide, etc.
      • Water and nonperishable food items
      • Generators and industrial supplies for building will be needed for rebuilding
      • Supplies for children such as diapers, baby clothes, wipes, and bottles are greatly need as well
      • Call elected officials in your area and ask them to partner with HPP

      Current Drop Off Sites

      The Office of State Senator Leanna M. Washington
      1555-A Wadsworth Avenue
      Philadelphia, PA 19150

      The Office of State Representative Vanessa Brown
      4706 Westminster Avenue
      Philadelphia, PA 19131

      Vivant Art Collections (monetary donations and medical supplies only)
      60 North 2nd Street
      Philadelphia, PA 19106

      For further information on how to help, please call Yve-Car Momperousse, board chair, at 973-280-2307 or Florcy Morisset, community development chair, at 310-612-4636. You can also send an email to vivantartcollection@gmail.com or yvecar@hpphilly.org.

      Press contact: Please call Alain Joinville, public-relations chair, at 215-287-7373 to coordinate interviews.

      Moving forward,

      Florcy Morisset
      Vivant Art Collection
      vivantartcollection@gmail.com
      310-612-4636

      Greetings:

      It has been a difficult night. Many of us are in a state of shock or more fittingly in disbelief. As a business that prides itself in keeping the rich culture of Haiti alive in Philadelphia, I and the Haitian Professionals of Philadelphia (HPP) send our deepest and most sincere condolences to our Haitian family in our area and around the world.

      We have secured a private jumbo jet to transport supplies to Haiti, which is leaving in the next 24–48 hours. We are in need of doctors, nurses, and donations to go to Haiti in order to provide medical care. Vivant Art Collection and HPP is currently coordinating with the Haitian Coalition of Philadelphia, the Haitian Clergy of Philadelphia, Beyond Borders, the Mayor’s Office, the Temple Haitian Student Association, the University of Pennsylvania Haitian Student Association, Congressman Brady’s office, the Philadelphia Young Democrats, political officials, and other Haitian organizations in the surrounding area to devise a plan to provide assistance to Haiti. Frequent updates will be made to www.hphilly.org and www.vivantartcollection.com/events, so please check back often. In the meantime, if you wish to provide assistance we urge you to do the following:

      • Make a monetary donation to Haitian Professionals of Philadelphia to the Haitian Relief Fund via Paypal. All funds will go toward purchasing items that must be bought in Haiti to defray shipping cost, as well as medical supplies
      • Purchase or bring cots and tents that will be instrumental in providing temporary shelter to those who have been displaced
      • Medical supplies such as band aids, alcohol, peroxide, etc.
      • Water and nonperishable food items
      • Generators and industrial supplies for building will be needed for rebuilding
      • Supplies for children such as diapers, baby clothes, wipes, and bottles are greatly need as well
      • Call elected officials in your area and ask them to partner with HPP

      Current Drop Off Sites

      The Office of State Senator Leanna M. Washington
      1555-A Wadsworth Avenue
      Philadelphia, PA 19150

      The Office of State Representative Vanessa Brown
      4706 Westminster Avenue
      Philadelphia, PA 19131

      Vivant Art Collections (monetary donations and medical supplies only)
      60 North 2nd Street
      Philadelphia, PA 19106

      For further information on how to help, please call Yve-Car Momperousse, board chair, at 973-280-2307 or Florcy Morisset, community development chair, at 310-612-4636. You can also send an email to vivantartcollection@gmail.com or yvecar@hpphilly.org.

      Press contact: Please call Alain Joinville, public-relations chair, at 215-287-7373 to coordinate interviews.

      Moving forward,

      Florcy Morisset
      Vivant Art Collection
      vivantartcollection@gmail.com
      310-612-4636

      Filed under: Advocacy, Cultural Heritage — Tags:

      January CAA News Published

      posted by January 13, 2010

      The January CAA News—the last issue before the 2010 Annual Conference in Chicago—has just been published. You may download a PDF of it immediately.

      This issue announces Barbara Nesin of the Art Institute of Atlanta as president-elect of the CAA Board of Directors. The current president, Paul B. Jaskot of DePaul University, interviews her about the direction CAA may take during her two-year term.

      You too can help steer CAA’s direction in the coming years. Read about the proposed changes to the CAA By-laws (pp. 12–13), cast your vote in the Board of Directors election, which ends during the Chicago conference (p. 26), and attend the Annual Members’ Business Meeting at the conference, where you can voice your concerns (pp. 24–25).

      The January newsletter also contains the first of a new series of articles, entitled Centennial Celebration, that will consist of profiles and interviews with longtime CAA members. For the inaugural feature, CAA News talks to Ruth Bowman.

      The deadline for submissions to the March 2010 issue is January 31; please review the guidelines before sending in your information. Questions? Contact Christopher Howard, CAA managing editor.

      Filed under: CAA News, Publications

      The horrifying news about the earthquake in from Haiti give all indications of major devastation and loss. Once the immediate human relief effort is over, I call on all International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) to come together in solidarity to help in whatever way we can with the heritage recovery process. It is the right time now to identify individual ICOMOS members and groups of members who would be willing to form part of volunteer teams to be deployed to Haiti as needed when the time comes and the heritage needs are manifested by our Haitian colleagues. For that reason, I ask all National and International Committees to circulate this letter to their full membership. Anyone interested in considering to be a volunteer should drop me a line at gustavo.araoz@icomos.org and let me know who you are so that we may keep you informed about the opportunities that arise as we learn more about the situation.

      For those national Committees from countries with disaster recovery experience, we also ask that you urge your government and other national institutions to be generous with their assistance.

      For me personally, Haiti is a special place where I began my professional conservation life. It was at the Citadelle and later at the Palais de Sans-Souci in Cap Haitien that I had my very first projects as head of the OAS heritage assistance mission after graduation. I know the Haitians to be a good people, possessing great dignity and generosity while living amid extreme poverty.

      For this reason, I put my own name down as the first volunteer to assist in whatever way I can.

      Thanks to all,

      Gustavo Araoz
      ICOMOS Presiden

      Filed under: Advocacy, Cultural Heritage — Tags:

      The horrifying news about the earthquake in from Haiti give all indications of major devastation and loss. Once the immediate human relief effort is over, I call on all International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) to come together in solidarity to help in whatever way we can with the heritage recovery process. It is the right time now to identify individual ICOMOS members and groups of members who would be willing to form part of volunteer teams to be deployed to Haiti as needed when the time comes and the heritage needs are manifested by our Haitian colleagues. For that reason, I ask all National and International Committees to circulate this letter to their full membership. Anyone interested in considering to be a volunteer should drop me a line at gustavo.araoz@icomos.org and let me know who you are so that we may keep you informed about the opportunities that arise as we learn more about the situation.

      For those national Committees from countries with disaster recovery experience, we also ask that you urge your government and other national institutions to be generous with their assistance.

      For me personally, Haiti is a special place where I began my professional conservation life. It was at the Citadelle and later at the Palais de Sans-Souci in Cap Haitien that I had my very first projects as head of the OAS heritage assistance mission after graduation. I know the Haitians to be a good people, possessing great dignity and generosity while living amid extreme poverty.

      For this reason, I put my own name down as the first volunteer to assist in whatever way I can.

      Thanks to all,

      Gustavo Araoz
      ICOMOS Presiden