People in the News lists new hires, positions, and promotions in three sections: Academe, Museums and Galleries, and Organizations and Publications.
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David Cloutier, a painter who earned his MFA in 2005 at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, has returned to his school to teach in the foundations program.
Olivia Robinson, a multimedia fiber artist who has lectured, taught, and exhibited across the United States, has joined the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore to teach fiber art.
Gerry Snyder, a painter and chair of the Art Department at Santa Fe University of Art and Design in New Mexico, has been named vice president for academic affairs at his institution.
Jonathan Thomas, a printmaker and lecturer in print media at the University of Miami in Florida since 2004, has begun teaching printmaking at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.
Museums and Galleries
Elizabeth Kathleen Mitchell has been named the Burton and Deedee McMurtry Curator of Drawings, Prints, and Photographs at the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University in Stanford, California.
Eric Segal, formerly assistant professor of art history at the University of Florida in Gainesville, has been appointed curator of academic programs at the school’s Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, a newly created position.
Elizabeth Wyckoff, assistant director for curatorial affairs and education at the Davis Museum and Cultural Center at Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, will assume the role of curator of prints, drawings, and photographs at the Saint Louis Art Museum in Missouri on December 1, 2010.
Organizations and Publications
Patricia Cronin, an artist and associate professor of art at Brooklyn College, City University of New York, has been appointed to the board of directors of Civitella Ranieri Foundation, a residency fellowship program for artists, composers, and writers in Umbertide, Italy.
Madeleine C. Viljoen has become curator of prints at the New York Public Library. She was previously director and chief curator of the La Salle University Art Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The year 2011 marks the College Art Association’s one-hundredth anniversary, a celebratory landmark for any organization but particularly so given CAA’s dynamic influence in shaping the study and practice of the visual arts. Without dedicated members like you, CAA would not be where it is today. You can continue demonstrating your loyal support with a contribution to the new Centennial Campaign, which begins this week.
Since 1911, CAA has led many progressive developments in the art and academic worlds. In the 1920s, the organization helped establish art history as a legitimate subject in the humanities, and during the Great Depression it was instrumental in the Federal Arts Project of the Works Progress Administration. A 1960s statement declaring the MFA as the terminal degree for artists led to a robust Standards and Guidelines program in the next decade, and the Culture Wars of the 1980s and 1990s spurred CAA to take a firm stance supporting the First Amendment. The past ten years have been the busiest, with a small, dedicated staff administering a wide range of programs—from book grants and graduate-student fellowships to intellectual-property assistance and advocacy for contingent faculty—while continuing to publish distinguished journals and produce the largest international conference in the visual arts.
The Centennial is a time to think about CAA’s future. Earlier this year, the Board of Directors unveiled a new strategic plan, based on feedback from members, that identifies core goals and objectives for the next five years. Priorities include increasing support to artists, bringing designers into our circle, enhancing international outreach, and stepping up advocacy efforts—all of which allows the organization to strengthen its vital presence throughout the field.
CAA will kick off its Centennial celebration in New York at the 99th Annual Conference, to be held February 9–12, 2011. A variety of programs and events will complement the usual conference format, including a special awards ceremony and reception at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a public-art project in Times Square, sessions that bring together well-known figures for passionate cross-disciplinary exchange, and a toast to CAA’s anniversary at the Annual Members’ Business Meeting.
CAA remains dedicated to serving professionals and students in the visual arts, but it needs your assistance. Contributions to the Centennial Campaign at every level make a difference; they are also fully tax deductible. Your gift will not only sustain the organization now, but it will also help guarantee CAA’s leadership for the next one hundred years.
posted by Christopher Howard — November 15, 2010
CAA is pleased to announce the finalists for the Charles Rufus Morey Book Award and the Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award for 2011. The winners of both prizes, along with the recipients of ten other Awards for Distinction, will be announced in December and presented in February during a special ceremony at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, in conjunction with the 99th Annual Conference and Centennial Kickoff.
The Charles Rufus Morey Book Award honors an especially distinguished book in the history of art, published in any language between September 1, 2009, and August 31, 2010. The four finalists are:
- Molly Emma Aitken, The Intelligence of Tradition in Rajput Court Painting (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2010)
- Çiğdem Kafescioğlu, Constantinopolis/Istanbul: Cultural Encounter, Imperial Vision, and the Construction of the Ottoman Capital (University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2009)
- Juliet Koss, Modernism after Wagner (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2010)
- Hui-shu Lee, Empresses, Art, and Agency in Song Dynasty China (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2010)
The Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award for museum scholarship is presented to the author(s) of an especially distinguished catalogue in the history of art, published between September 1, 2009, and August 31, 2010, under the auspices of a museum, library, or collection. The three finalists are:
- Mark Laird and Alicia Weisberg-Roberts, eds., Mrs. Delany and Her Circle (New Haven: Yale Center for British Art, in association with Yale University Press, 2009)
- Darielle Mason, ed., Kantha: The Embroidered Quilts of Bengal from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection and the Stella Kramrisch Collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2009)
- Xiaoneng Yang, ed., Tracing the Past, Drawing the Future: Master Ink Painters in Twentieth-Century China (Milan: 5 Continents, 2010)
The presentation of the 2011 Awards for Distinction will take place on Thursday evening, February 10, 6:00–7:30 PM, in the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The event is free and open to the public. The CAA Centennial Reception will follow (ticket required). For more information about CAA’s Awards for Distinction, please contact Lauren Stark, CAA manager of programs, at 212-691-1051, ext. 248.
CAA recognizes its members for their professional achievements, be it a grant, fellowship, residency, book prize, honorary degree, or related award.
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Pamela Allara, associate professor emerita of contemporary art at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, has been appointed visiting researcher at the African Studies Center at Boston University from 2010 to 2012. Her research topic is “The Politics of Whiteness in South Africa’s Globalized Art World.”
Adrienne Der Marderosian, an artist based in Belmont, Massachusetts, has received a 2010 grant from the Belmont Cultural Council. The grant funded a recent exhibition of collage, New Works, that explores her fascination with found or existing imagery. By combining art-historical references with contemporary ones, Der Marderosian merges differing time frames to create a novel viewpoint.
Reni Gower has been recognized with the Distinguished Award in Painting for her work Pivot.6, which was included in Virginia Artists 2010 at the Charles H. Taylor Arts Center in Hampton, Virginia. The exhibition was held July 18–August 29, 2010.
Leslie Hewitt, an artist based in New York, has been awarded the fifth annual Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize by the Studio Museum in Harlem. The prize, which includes a $50,000 award, recognizes and honors the achievements of an African American artist who demonstrates great innovation.
Nina F. Martino has won the Audubon Artists Silver Medal of Honor at the Annual Exhibition 2010 for her oil painting Full Moon over Philadelphia. The exhibition took place September 13–October 1 at the Salmagundi Art Club Gallery in New York.
Lucy Freeman Sandler, the Helen Gould Sheppard Professor of Art History (emerita) at New York University, has been awarded a Mellon Foundation Emeritus Professor Fellowship for 2010 in order to complete a book, The Psalter and Hours of Humphrey de Bohun in the British Library: The Manuscript Patronage of a Fourteenth-Century Noble Family, to be published by the British Library.
Check out details on recent exhibitions organized by CAA members who are also curators.
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Maryan Ainsworth. Man, Myth, and Sensual Pleasures: Jan Gossart’s Renaissance. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, October 6, 2010–January 17, 2011.
Heather Campbell Coyle. Leonard Baskin: Art from the Gift of Alfred Appel, Jr. Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, Delaware, September 26, 2010–January 9, 2011.
Emily Joyce Evans and Kasper König. Suchan Kinoshita: In 10 Minutes. Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany, October 9, 2010–January 30, 2011.
Wendy A. Grossman. Man Ray, African Art, and the Modernist Lens. Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, October 29, 2010–January 23, 2011.
Tom Huhn and Isabel Taube. Between Picture and Viewer: The Image in Contemporary Painting. Visual Arts Gallery, School of Visual Arts, New York, November 23–December 22, 2010.
Kasper König, Emily Joyce Evans, and Falk Wolf. Remembering Forward: Australian Aboriginal Painting since 1960. Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany, November 20, 2010–March 20, 2011.
Sumru Belger Krody. Colors of the Oasis: Central Asian Ikats. Textile Museum, Washington, DC, October 16, 2010–March 13, 2011.
Fernando Marías and María Cruz de Carlos Varona. El Greco: Los Apóstoles, santos y “locos de Dios.” Museo de la Merced, Ciudad Real, Spain, November 20, 2010–January 20, 2011.
Robert Ousterhout and Renata Holod. Archaeologists and Travelers in Ottoman Lands. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September 26, 2010–February 6, 2011.
Publishing a book is a major milestone for artists and scholars. Browse a list of recent titles below.
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Maryan Ainsworth, ed. Man, Myth, and Sensual Pleasures: Jan Gossart’s Renaissance; The Complete Works (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, in association with Yale University Press, 2010).
Maurice Berger. For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2010).
Susan G. Figge and Jenifer K. Ward, eds. Reworking the German Past: Adaptations in Film, the Arts, and Popular Culture (Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2010).
Kenneth FitzGerald. Volume: Writings on Graphic Design, Music, Art, and Culture (New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2010).
Gail Gelburd. Ajiaco: Stirrings of the Cuban Soul (New London, CT: Hispanic Alliance, 2010).
Wendy A. Grossman. Man Ray, African Art, and the Modernist Lens (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2009).
Janet Koplos and Bruce Metcalf. Makers: A History of American Studio Craft (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2010).
Sumru Belger Krody, ed. Colors of the Oasis: Central Asian Ikats (Washington, DC: Textile Museum, 2010).
Theresa Papanikolas. Anarchism and the Advent of Paris Dada: Art and Criticism, 1914–1924 (Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2010).
David Raskin. Donald Judd: Specifics (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2010).
posted by CAA — November 10, 2010
Each month, CAA’s Committee on Women in the Arts selects the best in feminist art and scholarship. The following symposium, conference sessions, and exhibitions should not be missed. Check the archive of CWA Picks at the bottom of the page, as several museum and gallery shows listed in previous months may still be on view.
Rhode Island School of Design Museum
224 Benefit Street, Providence, RI 02903
October 1, 2010–January 9, 2011
Most people know Lynda Benglis from her infamous advertisement in the November 1974 Artforum, in which she stood completely nude holding a dildo at her crotch, but her career spans more than forty years. The traveling exhibition Lynda Benglis, now at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, presents the extraordinary creative output of an important but often overlooked artist, offering key and representative works: wax paintings and poured latex and polyurethane foam sculptures from the late 1960s; innovative videos, installations, and “knots” from the 1970s; metalized, pleated wall pieces of the next two decades; and twenty-first-century works such as The Graces, three monumental mixed-media sculptures. The exhibitionalso features documentary material underscoring the artist’s interest in performance and self-promotion through magazines and invitation cards.
“Difficult Dialogues II”
National Women’s Studies Association Conference
Sheraton Hotel, 1550 Court Place, Denver, CO 80202
November 10–14, 2010
Two sessions at this year’s National Women’s Studies Association Conference, both held on Friday, November 12, explore contemporary art and issues. Kryn Freehling-Burton of Oregon State University will moderate the morning panel, “Women and Public Art,” which offers presentations on Kara Walker and Lynda Benglis, and on “yarn bombing” and “knit graffiti” (8:00–9:15 AM). In the afternoon, four panelists will discuss “Rethinking Documentary and Experiment in Feminist Art from the 1970s,” moderated by Michael Eng of John Carroll University (5:10–6:25 PM). There, two papers cover Mary Kelly and Marina Abramović, with two more addressing broader themes.
“Fall Symposium: Focus on Women in Art”
American Folk Art Museum
45 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019
November 13, 2010
This full-day symposium at the American Folk Art Museum, taking place 9:30 AM–5:00 PM, examines the changing roles of women in culture as seen through artworks of and by women. General topics for discussion include Renaissance women as art patrons and female artists in ancient Greece and Rome, along with specific focuses on American folk art by and about women, the artists Ruth Henshaw Bascom and Orra White Hitchcock, and American masterwork quilts. After the symposium, which is organized by Lee Kogana, the museum will present a theorem painting demonstration and a panel discussion.
Connecticut Needlework: Women, Art, and Family, 1740–1840
Connecticut Historical Society Museum and Library
1 Elizabeth Street, Hartford, CT 06105
October 5, 2010–March 26, 2011
Curated by Susan P. Schoelwer, Connecticut Needlework: Women, Art, and Family, 1740–1840 presents about seventy-five examples of rare, colorful, and imaginatively designed needlework by early American women and girls. Their shoes, purses, bedspreads, and fire screens depict farmsteads, family gatherings, furnished rooms, and flora. Resisting a strictly quaint presentation, the Connecticut Historical Society exhibition at the demonstrates that, in the words of a New York Times reviewer, “Young embroiderers … did not learn much at their mothers’ knees by the fireside, nor did they diligently copy designs that were fed to them.”
With Needle and Brush: Schoolgirl Embroidery from the Connecticut River Valley
Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT 06371
October 2, 2010–January 30, 2011
In the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, the Connecticut River Valley produced an abundance of needlework artists—especially girls and young women in private academies. As the first exhibition to extensively examine the subject, With Needle and Brush contributes to the understanding of needlework traditions and provides insight into the nature of women’s schooling before widespread public education. Curated by Carol and Stephen Huber, the exhibition features about seventy works in embroidery and related mediums drawn extensively from private collections—many never before seen publicly.
Sally Mann: The Flesh and the Spirit
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
200 North Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220
November 13, 2010–January 24, 2011
The American photographer Sally Mann specializes in obsolete film and darkroom processes, and her recent work at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, which includes abstracted self-portraits, pushes the limits of her medium to dig deeper into themes of mortality and vulnerability. Curated by John B. Ravenal, Sally Mann: The Flesh and the Spirit consists primarily of new photographs, but the museum will also present several early series that have rarely been seen. On Saturday, November 13, Vince Aletti of the New Yorker, Melissa Harris of Aperture, and Brian Wallis from the International Center of Photography will join Mann to discuss her work and the current state of photography. The conversation will take place 10:00 AM–1:00 PM on the show’s opening day, preceded by a book signing and coffee at 9:30 AM.
posted by Christopher Howard — November 10, 2010
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.
Two CWA Picks for November 2010 focus on conference sessions and a symposium taking place this week. At the National Women’s Studies Association Conference, which starts today in Denver, two Friday sessions explore art and film by women since the 1970s. On Saturday, the American Folk Art Museum in New York is hosting a daylong event broadly examining the role of women in culture from antiquity to the present.
CWA Picks also include four exhibitions. Sally Mann is showing new photographs at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and Lynda Benglis’s touring show stops at the Rhode Island School of Design. Two institutions in Connecticut are presenting historical presentations of needlework and embroidery.
Check out past CWA Picks archived at the bottom of the page, as exhibitions highlighted in previous months are often still on view.
Image: Chandler Family, canvas work with pastoral scene, 1758, wool and silk on linen, 15¾ x 22 7/8 in. Private Collection, Woodstock, Connecticut (artwork in the public domain)
American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works
On September 21, the 2010 Award for Outstanding Commitment to the Preservation and Care of Collections was presented to the Office of the Architect of the Capitol by Pamela Hatchfield, vice president of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works board, and Mervin Richard, board chair of Heritage Preservation. More than sixty guests, including Architect of the Capitol staff, Congressional staff, and other distinguished guests, witnessed the award presentation, which took place at the US Capitol Visitors Center.
In accepting the award, Stephen T. Ayers, current architect of the Capitol, recognized the essential work of his staff and the invaluable support of the Congress. He closed his remarks by stating that “Every brick, every floor tile, every element of the US Capitol is saturated with over two hundred years of our nation’s art and history. As stewards of this remarkable facility, we will continue to protect and preserve so that we may, like our ancestors before us, pass this cultural legacy onto our children and their children for generations to come.” Following the presentation, Barbara Wolanin, curator of the Capitol, led a special tour that highlighted current and recent projects.
The American Society of Hispanic Art Historical Studies (ASHAHS) invites nominations for its annual Eleanor Tufts Award for a distinguished book in English on the history of art and architecture in Iberia. ASHAHS established the award in 1992 to honor Professor Tufts’ contributions to the study of Spanish art history. A PDF of the submission guidelines is available on the website. Deadline: December 15, 2010.
ASHAHS also invites its student members to apply for the Photographs Grant for those preparing an MA thesis or a doctoral dissertation on topics in the history of Spanish or Portuguese art and architecture, according to the procedure listed in the Fall 2010 newsletter.
The Arts Council of the African Studies Association (ACASA) seeks nominations and self-nominations for its board of directors. People interested in serving must be current ACASA members and should contact Jean Borgatti or Karen Milbourne for more information.
The fifteenth ACASA triennial symposium on African art, entitled “Africa and Its Diasporas in the Market Place: Cultural Resources and the Global Economy,” will be held at the University of California, Los Angeles, from March 23 to 26, 2011. The core theme will examine the current state of Africa’s cultural resources and the influence—for good or ill—of market forces both inside and outside the continent. For more information on submitting a paper or proposal, please visit the ACASA website.
Association for Textual Scholarship in Art History
The Association for Textual Scholarship in Art History (ATSAH) has announced a call for papers for a conference on “Artistic Manifestations of Architecture,” to be held on December 11, 2010, at the Whistler House Museum of Art in Lowell, Massachusetts. For further information, please contact Liana Cheney.
Foundations in Art: Theory and Education (FATE) and the Mid-America College Art Association, another CAA affiliated society, will present a joint conference, called ON STREAM, at the Ball Park Hilton in St. Louis, Missouri. Taking place March 30–April 2, 2011, the conference will explore how artists and teachers develop and foster creativity in the second decade of the third millennium. For more details, visit the FATE website or contact Jeff Boshart, conference coordinator.
The Historians of British Art (HBA) Travel Award is designated for an HBA graduate-student member who will present a paper on British visual culture at an academic conference in 2011. To be announced in December 2010, the $200 award is intended to offset travel costs during the next calendar year. To apply, please send a letter of request, a copy of the acceptance letter from the conference session’s organizer, an abstract of your paper, a budget of estimated expenses (noting what items may be covered by other resources), and a CV to Pamela Fletcher, HBA prize committee chair. Deadline: December 1, 2010.
HBA also invites applications for its 2011 publication grant, which awards up to $500 to offset the publication costs of, or to support additional research for, a journal article or book manuscript in the field of British visual culture that has been accepted by a publisher. Applicants must be current HBA members. To apply, send a five-hundred-word project description, the name of the journal or press, a projected publication date, a budget, and a CV to Renate Dohmen, HBA prize committee chair. Deadline: January 31, 2011.
The annual conference of the National Council of Arts Administrators (NCAA) will be held November 17–20, 2010. Hosted by the University of Texas at Austin, the conference will focus on “Passages, Portals, and Potholes: How to Maintain Excellence with Diminishing Resources.” Every year the NCAA conference offers great venues, terrific opportunities for networking and dialogue, and new directions for creative leadership, education, and practice. Considering limp economic progress and the looming “cliff” that is the end of stimulus funding, this year’s conference should prove useful to all aspiring and current arts administrators. For more information, please write to Carolyn Henne.
Private Art Dealers Association
The Private Art Dealers Association (PADA) has awarded the seventeenth annual PADA Award to the Hispanic Society of America, located in New York. The award was presented at the annual PADA dinner on November 8, 2010. Master Drawings Association received the award in 2009, and the Frick Art Reference Library was recognized in 2008.
Radical Art Caucus
The Radical Art Caucus (RAC) is gearing up to celebrate its tenth birthday at the upcoming CAA Annual Conference in New York. Benj Gerdes and Nate Harrison are cochairing the 2½-hour session, “Video Art as Mass Medium,” and Travis Nygard is organizing the 1½-hour panel, “Environmental Sustainability in Art History, Theory, and Practice.” Plan now to join us for a birthday toast on Friday, February 11, 5:30–7:00 PM; see the Conference Program for the exact location in the Hilton New York. Find RAC on Facebook or contact Joanna Gardner-Huggett, RAC secretary, if you have additional questions or news to share.
Society for Photographic Education
The Society for Photographic Education (SPE) forty-eighth national conference, called “Science, Poetry, and the Photographic Image,” will examine the confluence of the ideologies of scientists and poets in the context of photography. To be held March 10–13, 2011, at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel in Georgia, the conference will feature presentations from artists, educators, historians, and curators, as well as one-on-one portfolio critiques and informal portfolio sharing, a print raffle and silent auction, and film screenings, exhibitions, tours, and receptions. Speakers include Abelardo Morell, Catherine Wagner, Carolyn Guertin, and Justine Cooper. Student volunteers receive discounted admission.
Southeastern College Arts Conference
The Southeastern College Arts Conference (SECAC) will hold its sixty-seventh annual meeting November 9–12, 2011, hosted by the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Georgia. The conference headquarters will be the DeSoto Hilton Hotel, located in the heart of historic Savannah. Featuring extensive panels and sessions for the exchange of ideas and concerns relevant to the practice and study of art, the conference will include the annual awards luncheon and the fourteenth annual members’ exhibition, as well as offer a rich array of tours, workshops, and evening events. Dan Cameron, founding director of Prospect New Orleans, will present a plenary address and jury the SECAC members’ exhibition, to be held at one of SCAD’s premier venues. The call for sessions and panels deadline is January 1, 2011. For more information, contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. All are welcome to SECAC membership.
Women’s Caucus for Art
The Women’s Caucus for Art (WCA) has announced the 2011 recipients of its Lifetime Achievement Awards: Beverly Buchanan, Diane Burko, Ofelia Garcia, Joan Marter, Carolee Schneemann, and Sylvia Sleigh. In addition, Maria Torres has been named recipient of the 2011 President’s Art and Activism Award. The awards ceremony will be held on Saturday, February 12, 2011, during the annual WCA and CAA conferences in New York. Free and open to the public, the ceremony 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.
posted by Christopher Howard — November 08, 2010
At its May 2010 meeting, the CAA Board of Directors approved a resolution that updates the Standards for Retention and Tenure of Art Historians. Submitted by Anne Collins Goodyear, vice president for publications, the addendum urges academic tenure-and-promotions committees to consider and evaluate museum publications when making their deliberations. Exhibition catalogues, the resolution notes, may be published by an academic press or museum, or in association with a nonacademic press.
The following paragraphs, which are part of the addendum, provide background for the resolution:
During the past ten years, while academic publishing has been shrinking dramatically, museum publishing has flourished, moving to the forefront as the venue for much substantial scholarship in our field.
Museum exhibition and collection catalogues are not, by and large, peer-reviewed in the traditional sense. The long lead times required for blind peer review do not accommodate the tight schedules of most exhibition catalogues, which must appear when shows open. Yet exhibition catalogues do undergo a form of peer review. Though not blind, it is thorough, as the collaborative curatorial teams that produce exhibition catalogues, and museums’ editorial departments and consultants, carefully evaluate the scholarship contained within, striving to ensure that it is accurate and of the highest possible quality.
In the past, one argument lodged against exhibition catalogues has been that the essays can vary in quality. Some essays in exhibition catalogues—at times in the same catalogue—contain original, important scholarship, while others can be included for political reasons, perhaps to secure certain loans or financial contributions essential to the successful mounting of a show. In fact, this situation is not fundamentally different from scholarship published in festschrifts, anthologies, or other non-museum collections of scholarly essays. It is not unusual for some authors in such publications to be included for practical, rather than scholarly, reasons. Yet this does not disqualify every essay in these publications from being considered in tenure decisions.
Helen Evans of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Lucy Oakley of the Grey Art Gallery at New York University authored the proposal, with input from the Publications Committee. The Professional Practices Committee, which reviews new and revised Standards and Guidelines, endorsed the proposal, which the board then passed.
The addendum has been added to Standards for Retention and Tenure of Art Historians and joins updates made in 2005 and 2007. CAA encourages you to review all official Standards and Guidelines for professionals in the visual arts.