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The Women’s Caucus for Art (WCA), a CAA affiliated society, has announced the 2011 recipients of its Lifetime Achievement Award: Beverly Buchanan, Diane Burko, Ofelia Garcia, Joan Marter, Carolee Schneemann, and Sylvia Sleigh. In addition, WCA has given the 2011 President’s Art and Activism Award to Maria Torres.

The awards ceremony will be held on Saturday, February 12, 2011, during the annual WCA and CAA conferences in New York. The awards ceremony, free and open to the public, will take place from 6:00 to 7:30 PM in the Beekman/Sutton rooms at the Hilton New York, followed by a ticketed gala from 8:00 to 10:00 PM at the nearby American Folk Art Museum. Called LIVE SPACE, the gala will include a walk-around gourmet dinner with three food stations and an open bar, as well as the opportunity to meet the award recipients, network with attendees, and tour the museum.

Ticket prices for LIVE SPACE are $75 for WCA members and $135 for nonmembers (Prices will increase after January 12). CAA members receive a special price of $120. All tickets include reserved seating at the awards presentation. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit the WCA website.

Beverly Buchanan

Born in 1940, Beverly Buchanan began creating art at an early age. She received a bachelor’s degree in medical technology from Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina, and then earned a master’s of science in parasitology and a master’s of public health degree, both from Columbia University. Rather than pursuing a degree in medicine, she decided to focus on making art. Buchanan studied at the Art Students League before moving to Georgia, where she still lives, dividing her time between there and Michigan. Her early sculptures were poured concrete and stone, and she has since worked in a variety of media, focusing on southern vernacular architecture. Buchanan is the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship, a Pollock-Krasner Foundation award, and two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships. In addition, she was a Georgia Visual Arts honoree and a recipient of an Anonymous Was a Woman Award, and was honored with a Recognition Award by CAA’s Committee for Women in the Arts in 2005.

Diane Burko

A painter and photographer who resides in Philadelphia and Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Diane Burko has been involved in the feminist movement since the early 1970s. She is a founding member of WCA who also founded and organized the first multivenue feminist citywide art festival in Philadelphia, called “Philadelphia Focuses on Women in the Visual Arts, Past and Present,” also known as “Focus.” After that event, Burko continued her feminist commitment to the present day, serving on the WCA and CAA boards and on the Philadelphia Art Commission. She is now the chair of CAA’s Committee on Women in the Arts. Burko has been recognized with fellowships from the Bellagio Center, the Terra Summer Residency in Giverny, and the National Endowment for the Arts, among many other honors. One of the first movers and shakers in the feminist art movement, Burko has not yet been fully recognized for her important contributions.

Ofelia Garcia

Ofelia Garcia is professor of art at William Paterson University, where she was dean of the College of the Arts and Communication for a decade. She earned her BA at Manhattanville College and her MFA at Tufts University, and was a Kent fellow at Duke University. Garcia has been on the art faculty at Boston College, a critic at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, director of the Print Center in Philadelphia, and president of the Atlanta College of Art and Rosemont College. Also a former president of WCA, Garcia has served on numerous boards, including those of CAA, the American Council on Education, and Haverford College; she was most recently board chair of the Jersey City Museum. Garcia now serves as vice chair of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, on the Hudson County Art Commission, and on the boards of the Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions and Catholics for Choice.

Joan Marter

Joan Marter is distinguished professor of art history at Rutgers University. She received her PhD from the University of Delaware and has lectured and published widely. She is currently editor-in-chief of The Grove Encyclopedia of American Art, a five-volume reference set forthcoming from Oxford University Press in 2010. Marter serves as editor of Woman’s Art Journal, in print continuously for thirty-one years. She has published monographs on artists such as Alexander Calder and has written extensively about Abstract Expressionism and women artists. In 2004, she was inducted into the Alumni Wall of Fame at the University of Delaware. A former member of the CAA Board of Directors, Marter is currently president of the Dorothy Dehner Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Carolee Schneemann

Carolee Schneemann is a multidisciplinary artist whose radical works in performance art, installation, film, and video are widely influential. The history of her imagery is characterized by research into archaic visual traditions, pleasure wrested from suppressive taboos, and the body of the artist in dynamic relationship with the social body. Her involvement in collaborative groups includes the Judson Dance Theater, Experiments in Art and Technology, and many feminist organizations. Schneemann has exhibited her work at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and in New York at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Internationally, she has shown at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, and the Centre George Pompidou in Paris. Her recent multichannel video installation Precarious was presented at Tate Liverpool in September 2009. The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at the State University of New York in New Paltz presented a major retrospective in summer 2010.

Sylvia Sleigh

Born in 1916 in Wales, Sylvia Sleigh paints portraits in a realist style, informed by sources ranging from the Pre-Raphaelites to famous portraits throughout history. Her first solo exhibition was held in 1953 at the Kensington Art Gallery; her most recent, at I-20 Gallery in New York, closed in January 2010. She married the art critic Lawrence Alloway in 1954, with whom she became part of the London avant-garde. They later moved to the United States, where she continued painting and showing her work. In 1970, Sleigh became actively involved in feminism and started painting life-size nudes in her precise, realist style. She was active in many of the first women-artist-run galleries, including A.I.R. Gallery and Soho 20. Her work can be found in numerous major public and private collections. Sleigh was honored with CAA’s Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2008.

Maria Torres

Winner of the 2011 Presidents Art and Activism Award is Maria Torres, president and chief operations officer of the Point Community Development Corporation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to youth development and the cultural and economic revitalization of the Hunts Point section of the South Bronx in New York. The Point’s mission is to encourage the arts, local enterprise, responsible ecology, and “self-investment” in a community traditionally defined in terms of its poverty, crime rate, poor schools, and substandard housing. In 1993, Torres received a BS from Cornell University. That same year, she launched the Neighborhood Internship Bank for at-risk youth, the first employment service of its kind in the South Bronx, and established La Marqueta, an outdoor community market aimed at lowering the barriers to the marketplace for neighborhood entrepreneurs. In 1994, Torres worked with Paul Lipson, Mildred Ruiz, and Steven Sapp to found the Point. Recipient of Union Square Award in 1998, she served on the Board of the Bronx Charter School for the Arts from 2002 to 2009.

About the Awards

The WCA Lifetime Achievement Awards were first presented in 1979 in President Jimmy Carter’s Oval Office to Isabel Bishop, Selma Burke, Alice Neel, Louise Nevelson, and Georgia O’Keeffe. Past honorees have represented the full range of distinguished achievement in the visual arts, and this year’s awardees are no exception, with considerable accomplishments and contributions represented by their professional efforts.

Each month, CAA’s Committee on Women in the Arts produces a curated list, called CWA Picks, of recommended exhibitions and events related to feminist art and scholarship from North America and around the world.

Three CWA Picks for October 2010 focus on Washington, DC, where the first annual Feminist Art History Conference, called “Continuing the Legacy: Honoring the Work of Norma Broude and Mary D. Garrard,” takes place at American University in early November. The free event has an October 22 registration deadline, so sign up now. If you’re in our nation’s capitol, two exhibitions are worth checking out: Loïs Mailou Jones: A Life in Vibrant Color and Books without Words: The Visual Poetry of Elisabetta Gut, both at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

In New York, the Jewish Museum offers Shifting the Gaze: Painting and Feminism, featuring work made after 1960 by major contemporary artists. In addition, the Brooklyn Museum, which is hosting Seductive Subversion: Women Pop Artists, 1958–1968, a CWA Pick from September, will present a panel discussion titled “So Different, So Appealing: Women and the Pop Art Movement.”

Check out past CWA Picks archived at the bottom of the page, as exhibitions highlighted in previous months are often still on view.

Image: Elisabetta Gut, Libro-nido (Nest-book), 1982, found bird nest, paper, string, and sealing wax, 6¾ x 7 x 1 in. (artwork © Elisabetta Gut)

Filed under: Committees, Exhibitions

Fall 2010 Art Journal Published

posted by Christopher Howard

The Fall 2010 Art Journal, CAA’s quarterly of cutting-edge art and ideas, has just been published. The issue explores the broad theme of “war and other disasters” in six essays, three artists’ projects, and an interview.

Katy Siegel, Art Journal’s editor-in-chief, observes that the contributors “point to ways in which we are still living in a postwar world, working through the rubble of the atomic bomb and under the shadow of its future use.” David McCarthy writes on David Smith’s Spectres sculptures from the mid-1940s, and a pen-and-ink sketch by Smith graces the issue’s cover. Cécile Whiting’s essay explores early-1960s works by Californian artists who were intrigued by World War II, and Jung-Ah Woo frames On Kawara’s Date Paintings as manifestations of tragedy, violence, and death. Through the lenses of politics, reenactment, and memory, Claire Gilman looks at drawings by Andrea Bowers, Sam Durant, and other contemporary artists.

Two artists’ projects join P-Van, the second comic from Kerry James Marshall’s Dailies series to appear on the inside covers of Art Journal. Walid Raad’s Appendix XVIII: Plates 88–107 obliquely captures three decades of war in Lebanon in letters, script, numerals, indices, and more, set against colored backgrounds. Yun-Fei Ji’s Three Gorges Dam Migration is presented along with photographs and an interview that document the making of the monumental scroll. In an accompanying essay, Jonathan Spence discusses elements of Chinese history, culture, and politics in the scroll. Elsewhere in the issue, Joan Kee theorizes the aesthetic approaches of East Asian artists in “The Curious Case of Contemporary Ink Painting.”

In the Reviews section, Margaret Iversen assesses Douglas Eklund’s catalogue for his exhibition The Pictures Generation, 1974–1984, and William McManus examines three recent books on the dancer, choreographer, and filmmaker Yvonne Rainer.

A benefit of CAA membership, Art Journal is mailed to those individual members who elect to receive it and to all institutional members.

Filed under: Art Journal, Publications

October Obituaries in the Arts

posted by Christopher Howard

CAA recognizes the lives and achievements of the following artists, scholars, curators, architects, filmmakers, museum directors, and other important figures in the visual arts.

  • Ralph T. Coe, former director of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and a collector and curator of Native American art, died on September 14, 2010, at the age of 81. Among his pioneering exhibitions are Sacred Circles: 2,000 Years of North American Indian Art (1976) and Lost and Found Traditions: Native American Art, 1965–1985 (1986)
  • Tony Curtis, an actor in such films as The Defiant Ones and Some Like It Hot who was also known for Surrealist-inspired paintings, died on September 29, 2010. He was 85
  • Robin Gibson, a curator at the National Portrait Gallery in London for his entire career, died on August 9, 2010, age 66. He established the museum’s photography department, focused on twentieth-century works, and even commissioned pieces for the collection, all while organizing exhibitions and authoring catalogues
  • Jill Johnston, a feminist, dance critic for the Village Voice, and author of Lesbian Nation, died on September 18, 2010, at the age of 81. She also contributed to Art in America and wrote the controversial book Jasper Johns: Privileged Information
  • Stephen Pace, a painter whose early work in the style of the New York School developed into expressionist-informed depictions of figures and landscapes, died on September 23, 2010, age 91. Emerging in the early 1950s in New York, he also taught art at Pratt Institute, Bard College, and American University
  • Arthur Penn, a movie, television, and stage director whose innovative 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde paved the way for the New American Cinema, died on September 28, 2010. He was 88
  • Rhonda Saad, an art historian and curator who was a doctoral student at Northwestern University, died on September 11, 2010, at the age of 31. The Association for Modern and Contemporary Art of the Arab World, Iran, and Turkey, a CAA affiliated society for which she was treasurer, has established the Rhonda A. Saad Prize for Best Graduate Paper in Arab Art in her honor
  • Johannes Spalt, an Austrian architect who cofounded the group Arbeitsgruppe 4 that brought modernism to rural Austria, died on October 2, 2010. He was 90
  • Giorgio Torraca, a professor at the University of Rome La Sapienza and former deputy director of the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property, died on September 25, 2010. Born in 1927, he developed programs and courses on the conservation of masonry, mosaics, and earthen materials for nonscientists

Read all past obituaries in the arts on the CAA website.

Filed under: Obituaries, People in the News

For nearly one hundred years, CAA has served the professional interests of its members, as well as the larger art and academic communities. None of this would be possible without the generous support of members past and present.

As a dedicated CAA member, you have an opportunity to renew your membership before a modest dues increase on January 1, 2011. If you renew before the new year begins, CAA will extend your membership one year from your existing expiration date. Increases range from $5 to $20 for five of the six membership levels below $200; contributions for the Donors Circle have also advanced. Rates for students remain unchanged.

Membership connects you to CAA’s vital community of artists, art historians, and other professionals in the visual arts. You also receive these exclusive benefits:

Visit the Individual Members section to read about these benefits and more. You can renew or upgrade online by following these steps:

  • Log into your CAA account with your User ID and password
  • Go to the Membership page
  • Click the renew link; to upgrade your membership, click the change link

Please contact Member Services at 212-691-1051, ext. 12, with any questions or comments.

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2011 Annual Conference Website Goes Live

posted by Christopher Howard

The website for the 99th Annual Conference and Centennial Kickoff goes live today. The upcoming conference, taking place February 9–12, 2011, at the Hilton New York in midtown Manhattan, begins the celebration of CAA’s one-hundredth anniversary.

Online registration is now open, and hotel reservations can be made. Register before the early deadline, December 10, to get the lowest rate and to ensure your place in the Directory of Attendees. You may also purchase tickets for special events, such as the reception at the Metropolitan Museum of Art following the presentation of the annual Awards for Distinction, as well as for professional-development workshops on a variety of topics for artists and scholars.

CAA will regularly update the conference website over the next few months, with additional details on the program, awards, tours, and more. Session titles and chairs’ names are available now, and all presenters’ names and papers will follow in the coming weeks.

The CAA Annual Conference is the world’s largest international forum for professionals in the visual arts, offering more than two hundred stimulating sessions, panel discussions, roundtables, and meetings. CAA anticipates more than five thousand artists, art historians, students, curators, critics, educators, art administrators, and museum professionals to attend the Centennial event.

Filed under: Annual Conference, Centennial

Dissertation titles in art history and visual studies from United States and Canadian institutions, both completed and in progress, are published annually in, making them available through web searches. Dissertations formerly appeared in the June issue of The Art Bulletin and on the main CAA website.

PhD-granting institutions may send a list of doctoral students’ dissertation titles to Complete Dissertation Submission Guidelines regarding the format of listings are now available. CAA does not accept listings from individuals. Improperly formatted lists will be returned to sender. For more information, please write to the above email address. Deadline: January 15, 2011.

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