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Gift Giving That Supports CAA

posted by Nia Page

For over one hundred years, CAA has served the needs of a diverse community of professionals and students in the visual arts. You can contribute to the organization’s invaluable work this holiday season by purchasing a gift membership or by making a year-end, tax-deductible gift. Here are several gift-giving options:

  • Buy an annual Gift Membership for a friend or colleague
  • Purchase a Gift Registration to CAA’s 100th Annual Conference in Los Angeles, February 22–25, 2012
  • Contribute to CAA’s Centennial Campaign or Publications Fund in honor of friends, colleagues, or family members. Gifts are prominently acknowledged in each publication and online; donations are 100 percent tax deductible
  • Collect one of four Artists’ Projects, which are CAA signed, limited editions, available at a special price individually or as a complete set
  • To purchase a gift membership or conference registration, please contact Member Services at 212-691-1051, ext. 1. To purchase an honorary gift or Artists’ Projects, please contact Hannah O’Reilly Malyn at 212-392-4435.

Your generosity will go a long way for both the recipient of your gift and for CAA. Thank you for your consideration and your ongoing support. Best wishes for a happy holiday season!

Filed under: Annual Conference, Membership

NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman Is Convocation Speaker

posted by Christopher Howard

Rocco Landesman, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) since 2009, will deliver the keynote address at Convocation during CAA’s 100th Annual Conference and Centennial Celebration. Convocation takes place on Wednesday evening, February 22, 2012, at the Los Angeles Convention Center, West Hall Meeting Room 502AB, Level 2. Scheduled from 5:30 to 7:00 PM, Convocation also includes a welcome from Linda Downs; CAA executive director, an address from Barbara Nesin, president of the CAA Board of Directors; remarks from Susan Hildreth of the Institute of Museum and Library Services; and the presentation of the CAA Centennial Awards.

Born and raised in Saint Louis, Missouri, Landesman pursued his undergraduate education at Colby College and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, before earning a doctorate in dramatic literature at the Yale School of Drama. After completing his coursework, he stayed at the school for four years, working as an assistant professor.

Landesman’s ensuing career has been a hybrid of commercial and artistic enterprises. He left Yale in 1977 to start a private investment fund, which he ran until his appointment ten years later as president of Jujamcyn, a company that owns and operates five Broadway theaters. Before and after joining Jujamcyn, He produced Broadway shows, the most notable of which are Big River, Angels in America: Millenium Approaches, Angels in America: Perestroika, and The Producers, all of which won Tony Awards. In 2005, he purchased Jujamcyn and operated it until President Barack Obama announced his intention to nominate him to lead the NEA. The United States Senate confirmed Landesman as the tenth NEA chairman on August 7, 2009.

Landesman has been active on numerous boards, including the Municipal Arts Society, the Times Square Alliance, the Actor’s Fund, and the Educational Foundation of America. He has also vigorously engaged the ongoing debate about arts policy, speaking at forums and writing numerous articles, focusing mainly on the relationship between the commercial and nonprofit sectors of the American theater. Over the years, he returned to the Yale School of Drama and the Yale Repertory Theatre to teach.

Join the 2012 Nominating Committee

posted by Christopher Howard

CAA invites you to help shape the future of the organization by serving on the 2012 Nominating Committee. Each year, this committee nominates and interviews potential candidates for the CAA Board of Directors and selects the final slate for the membership’s vote. The candidates for the 2012–16 board election will be announced in early December 2011.

The current Nominating Committee will choose the new members of its own committee at its business meeting, to be held at the 2012 Annual Conference in Los Angeles in February. Once selected, all committee members must propose, in the spring, a minimum of five and a maximum of ten people for the board. Service on the committee also involves conducting telephone interviews with candidates during the summer and meeting in September 2012 to select the final board slate. Finally, all Nominating Committee members attend their business meeting, at the New York conference in 2013, to select that year’s committee.

Nominations and self-nominations should include a brief statement of interest and a two-page CV. Please send all materials to: Maria Ann Conelli, Vice President for Committees, c/o Vanessa Jalet, College Art Association, 50 Broadway, 21st Floor, New York, NY 10004. Materials may also be sent as Microsoft Word attachments to Vanessa Jalet. Deadline: January 9, 2012.

December 2011 Issue of The Art Bulletin

posted by Christopher Howard

The December 2011 issue of The Art Bulletin, the leading publication of international art-historical scholarship, features essays on the portraiture of nuns in colonial Mexico, the sociological context of Katsushika Hokusai’s famous print Under the Wave off Kanagawa, and Federico Zuccari’s painting The Encounter of Christ and Veronica on the Way to Calvary.

The December issue publishes four essays on diverse topics. For “Inventing the Exegetical Stained-Glass Window,” Conrad Rudolph studies the reintroduction of allegory in an art program established by Abbot Suger in the twelfth century for St-Denis in France, finding that it culminated in the construction of a new elite art for the literate layperson. In “Ancient Prototypes Reinstated,” Livia Stoenescu demonstrates the self-conscious medievialism in Zuccari’s painting The Encounter of Christ and Veronica on the Way to Calvary (1594) and the artist’s intention of inscribing its narrative within a Christocentric image. In “Clad in Flowers: Indigenous Arts and Knowledge in Colonial Mexican Convents,” James M. Córdova examines the flowery trappings depicted in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century portraits of nuns in New Spain. For her essay, Christine M. E. Guth explores the sociocultural context of Hokusai’s Under the Wave off Kanagawa (ca. 1830–33) to reveal it as a site for Japan’s shifting geopolitical circumstances between the 1790s and the 1860s.

In the Reviews section, two writers consider three books on the history of Asian art. Douglas Osto explores Buddhist visual culture through Andy Rotman’s Thus Have I Seen: Visualizing Faith in Early Indian Buddhism and Cynthea J. Bogel’s With a Single Glance: Buddhist Icon and Early Mikkyō Vison, and Melanie Trede evaluates Alicia Volk’s In Pursuit of Universalism: Yorozu Tetsugorō and Japanese Modern Art. Bissera V. Pentcheva considers acoustics and architecture in Deborah Howard and Laura Moretti’s Sound and Space in Renaissance Venice: Architecture, Music, Acoustics, while Étienne P. H. Jollet reviews Frank Fehrenbach’s study of Roman Baroque fountains, Compendia Mundi: Gianlorenzo Berninis “Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi” (1648–51) und Nicola Salvis “Fontana di Trevi” (1732–62). Gregory Batchen offers a take on national histories of photography through two recent books: Maria Golia’s Photography and Egypt and Karen Strassler’s Refracted Visions: Popular Photography and National Modernity in Java.

Please see the full table of contents for December to learn more. CAA sends The Art Bulletin to all institutional members and to those individuals who choose to receive the journal as a benefit of their membership.

The next issue of The Art Bulletin, to be published in March 2012, will include essays on the Zen monk painter Sesshū Tōyō, the art of Henri Fuseli, the “biography” of a statute sculpted in or near the Lagoon region of Ivory Coast. The issue also inaugurates a new feature, “Regarding Art and Art History,” comprising field notes on the topic of anthropomorphism by various authors and a critical essay on the interview format, followed by a conversation between Hans Ulrich Obrist and Philip Ursprung.

Filed under: Art Bulletin, Publications

Recent Deaths in the Arts

posted by Christopher Howard

In its semimonthly roundup of obituaries, CAA recognizes the lives and achievements of the following artists, scholars, curators, collectors, and other men and women whose work has had a significant impact on the visual arts. Of special note is a text from Patricia Mainardi on Filiz Burhan for CAA.

  • Julie Apap, a ceramicist who lived, worked, and taught art in Malta, died on March 16, 2011. She was 62 years old
  • Martha Brincklow, the founder of the International Studies Program at Saint Petersburg College in Florida who led students on tours of the Louvre, the Sistine Chapel, and Tate Gallery, died on January 14, 2011. She was 95
  • Filiz Burhan, a long-time professor of art history at the American University in Paris whose work opened new directions in the study of Symbolism, died on May 23, 2011, at 60 years of age. Patricia Mainardi has written a special text on her for CAA
  • Robert Fluhr, an artist who taught for thirty years in the Philadelphian high schools and led sculpture classes for the blind and visually impaired at the Allens Lane Art Center, died on June 20, 2011. He was 84
  • Hoda Garnett, an Egyptian-born news photographer who began her career in the US Navy in the 1950s and whose work appeared in Life magazine, died on October 13, 2011. She was 84 years old
  • Beatrice Gersh, an arts patron in Los Angeles who was instrumental in founding the Museum of Contemporary Art in her city, died on October 9, 2011, at age 87
  • Frank B. Gettings, who spent thirty years as a curator at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC, died on August 4, 2011. He was 80 years old
  • Shifra Goldman, a political activist and a pioneering scholar of Latin American and Chicano art who taught for twenty years in southern Californian institutions, died on September 11, 2011. She was 85
  • Addie James, a folk artist based in North Carolina who created colorful paintings of family life in the South, died on July 17, 2011. She was 67
  • Szeto Keung, a Chinese American artist based in New York who showed his mixed-media work extensively in Taiwan and Hong Kong, died on September 5, 2011. He was 62
  • Friedrich Kittler, a German media theorist who taught internationally, most recently at the European Graduate School in Switzerland, died on October 18, 2011, at age 68
  • Mathieu Lefèvre, a Canadian artist who lived and worked in Brooklyn, died on October 18, 2011. He was 30
  • Robert Loughlin, an artist and scavenger who advised collectors in modern design and furniture, including Andy Warhol, died on September 27, 2011. He was 62 years old
  • Ruth Mellinkoff, a historian of medieval art and an author of cookbooks, died on Febuary 26, 2011. She was 86 years old
  • James More, a Scottish design-studio manager and an emeritus professor of design at Northumbria University in England, died on September 27, 2011, at age 65
  • William Mostyn-Owen, an artist historian who specialized in the Italian Renaissance and served as Bernard Berenson’s bibliographer, died on May 2, 2011. He was 81 years old
  • Sadamasa Motonaga, a Japanese painter who began his career in the Gutai movement, died on October 3, 2011. He was 88
  • Werner Muensterberger, a psychoanalyst, art historian, and collector of African art, died on March 6, 2011. He had reached the age of 98
  • John Neuhart, an American designer who taught at the University of California, Los Angeles, and who, with his wife Marilyn, was a colleague of Ray and Charles Eames, died on September 19, 2011. He was 82
  • Malcolm H. Preston, an art critic and historian who taught for many years at Hofstra University, died on July 10, 2011, at age 91. He was also a figurative and landscape painter
  • Richard Randell, a sculptor and filmmaker who taught art at Stanford University, died on May 25, 2011, at the age of 81. He also helped found the World of Languages, which preserved and studied disappearing Kenyan and Tanzanian song, poetry, and dance
  • Jehangir Sabavala, a pioneering artist in postcolonial India whose work was always at odds with popular contemporaneous styles, died on September 2, 2011. He was 89
  • Pamela Hemenway Simpson, a historian of art and architecture at Washington and Lee University who served as president of the Southeastern College Art Conference, died on October 4, 2011, at the age of 65
  • Bernard Smith, a renowned Australian intellectual and author whose academic leadership helped form the discipline of art history in his country, died on September 2, 2011. He was 94 years old
  • Ronald Thomason, a Texan sculptor, designer, and teacher, died on August 4, 2011, on his 80th birthday
  • Jacques Vilain, a French curator at the Musée Rodin in Paris who later became its director, died on September 23, 2011
  • Richard DeLos Wells, a professor of art, art history, and American studies at Brigham Young University in Hawai‘i, died on July 26, 2011, at the age of 63

Read all past obituaries in the arts in CAA News, which include special texts written for CAA. Please send links to published obituaries to Christopher Howard, CAA managing editor, for the December listing.

Filed under: Obituaries, People in the News

Anne Collins Goodyear Is CAA President Elect

posted by Christopher Howard

Anne Collins Goodyear, associate curator of prints and drawings at the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, has been elected president of the CAA Board of Directors for a two-year term, beginning May 2012. A member of the board since 2006, Goodyear has served as vice president for external affairs (2007–9), vice president for publications (2009–11) and vice president for Annual Conference (2011–12). She succeeds Barbara Nesin of the Art Institute of Atlanta, who has led the board since May 2010.

Goodyear writes, “CAA sets a standard for professional excellence and best practices that is not only enjoyed by our membership, but which resonates far beyond. In an era of increasing financial constraints and expanding channels for outreach, the association must continue to aspire to balancing nimbleness with the reflection that goes along with responsible judgment. These are challenges I would enjoy addressing in tandem with CAA staff, fellow board members, and the membership at large.”

Goodyear began work at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, in 2001 and was promoted from assistant to associate curator in 2009. Her recent exhibitions include Inventing Marcel Duchamp: The Dynamics of Portraiture, organized with James W. McManus (2009), and Reflections/Refractions: Self-Portraiture in the Twentieth Century, collaborating with Wendy Wick Reaves (2009). Both exhibitions were accompanied by scholarly catalogues of the same title. Goodyear has also helped organize six installations for the museum’s ongoing Portraiture Now series, initiated in 2006. Additionally, she has taught a graduate seminar in American art at George Washington University since 2008.

Goodyear earned her MA and PhD in art history from the University of Texas at Austin, after receiving a BA in the history of art and architecture and French civilization at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. She has published essays in the scholarly journals American Art and Leonardo and contributed chapters to several exhibition catalogues and edited volumes, including Unexpected Reflections (2010), The Political Economy of Art: Creating the Modern Nation of Culture (2008), Cold War Modern: Art and Design in a Divided World (2008), and Photography Theory (2007).

Within CAA, Goodyear served on the Museum Committee, chaired the Education Committee, and participated on the Task Force on Practical Publications, the Task Force on Editorial Safeguards, the Strategic Plan Steering Committee, and the Centennial Task Force, among other groups. Equally active outside the organization, she has chaired the Washington, DC, chapter of ArtTable since 2010 and currently leads the Smithsonian Network Review Committee, which oversees programming for the institution’s documentaries and other videos. As chair of the Smithsonian’s Material Culture Forum, she facilitated interdisciplinary programing for scholars in the nation’s capital.

Goodyear continues, “I have been a member of CAA since my years as a graduate student. During that time, I had the opportunity to see firsthand John Clarke’s clear passion for and enjoyment of his service on the CAA board and his role as president. Dr. Clarke’s enthusiasm for CAA touched each of the students with whom he worked. I would ultimately seek to bring a similar level of engagement and commitment to the role of president, and would seek to inspire future leaders to become further engaged with the organization to render it as adaptive and responsive as possible to the diverse emerging needs of emerging and established professionals in the visual arts.”

The CAA board chooses its next president from among the elected directors in the fall of the current president’s final year of service, providing a period in which the next president can learn the responsibilities of the office and prepare for his or her term. For more information on CAA and the Board of Directors, please contact Vanessa Jalet, CAA executive assistant.

A full report on the October board meeting is forthcoming later this month.

CAA Welcomes New Staff Members

posted by Christopher Howard

CAA warmly welcomes three full-time and one part-time employees who have joined CAA since summer 2011. Two new staffers work in the Publications Department, and two more in the Membership, Development, and Marketing Department.

Hannah O’Reilly Malyn became CAA development associate, a new position, in October. Previously, she assisted the development and marketing associate at Hester Street Collaborative while completing her master’s degree in visual arts administration at New York University, where her thesis explored the advent of populist audience development tactics in art museums. Before attending NYU, she earned a dual BA in economics/business and studio art from Kalamazoo College in Michigan. As an artist, Malyn is mostly interested in the human form; her undergraduate senior solo exhibition, Re-Conceptions: Women in Art, explored the role of women in the art world through a series of watercolor figure studies. She also works in oil and charcoal.

Nancy Nguyen is CAA’s new institutional membership assistant, where she is the primary contact for all institutional members. She succeeds Helen Bayer, who was promoted to marketing and communications associate. Nguyen recently graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BA in history. Prior to joining CAA in October, she worked at the Museum of Modern Art in New York as a visitor assistant. During her undergraduate career, she was the public programs assistant at the Harry Ransom Center while interning in the departments of marketing and public relations at several Austin museums and arts organizations, such as the Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, Arthouse at the Jones Center, Mexic-Arte Museum, and Landmarks Public Art Program.

Joining CAA as editorial assistant is Alyssa Pavley, who graduated with a BA from New York University this past May, majoring in art history with a minor in creative writing, concentrating in fiction. Before coming to CAA in August, Pavley served as an intern at two magazines, Art in America and Art + Auction, and at the Judd Foundation and Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, all in New York. Her writings and reviews have been published at and and in Art + Auction.

Erika Nelson has been directories data collections coordinator since June, succeeding Cecilia Juan, who departed in the spring. Nelson earned a BA in art history and communication at the College of Saint Benedict in Saint Joseph, Minnesota, and will receive her MA in art history from Brooklyn College, City University of New York, in February. Her thesis, “You Are What You Eat: Catholic Cannibalism and Cultural Consumption in the Codex Espangliensis.” examines the influence of both martyrs and Mickey Mouse on contemporary Mexican society. Nelson hopes to pursue her PhD in modern Latin American art in the coming year. Previously, Nelson perfected her data-entry skills through positions at Fordham University and and developed her communication skills through a teaching assistantship at Brooklyn College and an internship at the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library in Collegeville, Minnesota.

Filed under: CAA News, People in the News

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