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Survey of Faculty Who Teach Online

posted by November 14, 2012

The Coalition on Contingent Academic Labor (COCAL X) and the United Association for Labor Education (UALE) seek participation in the On Line Teaching Working Conditions Survey from all faculty members who teach online for the purpose of gaining information on wages and working conditions. The organizers hope that the results will lead to organizing for improvements. CAA encourages you to take the survey and to forward its link to any relevant lists or individuals.

The survey is for anyone teaching online in colleges or universities. The project committee aims to collect a range of working conditions: how much people get paid, how many hours they work, whether they have union representation, how many students they have in a class, and so on. When the committee collects enough responses to get a sense of what’s out there, it will categorize the examples as “good,” “bad,” and “ugly” in an attempt to establish some kind of standard of what decent working conditions for online teachers—who are suspected to be largely contingent—might look like.

If you do not want to give your name when completing the survey, simply type in random letters in the box for the first question. No names of individuals will appear in the final (or draft) report, and no raw data will be circulated outside the committee that is working on the project. However, the group does need the name of your institution, the one through which you are teaching the class with the working conditions that you are describing.

Please complete this survey even if you filled out the previous draft survey. The current one has been updated to reflect comments that the organizers received from those who took the previous survey.

For more information on the survey or the project, please contact Helena Worthen for COCAL X and UALE’s On-Line Teaching Working Group.

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The 2012–13 Nominating Committee has announced a slate of six candidates for the annual election of CAA members to serve on the Board of Directors for a four-year term (2013–17). Voting will begin when the webpages for the election, which will include the candidates’ statements, biographies, endorsements, and video presentations, are published in January 2013.

The six candidates are:

  • Elizabeth Conner, Artist and Instructor of Studio Art, University of Washington Tacoma
  • Constance Cortez, Associate Professor, School of Art, College of Visual and Performing Arts, Texas Tech University
  • Jennifer Milam, Associate Professor, Department of Art History and Film Studies, University of Sydney
  • Debra Riley Parr, Associate Professor of Art and Design History and Chair of Fashion Studies, Columbia College Chicago
  • Sheila Pepe, Acting Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, School of Art and Design, Pratt Institute
  • John Richardson, Professor and Chair, Department of Art and Art History, Wayne State University

If you have questions about the Nominating Committee, the candidates, or the voting process, please contact Vanessa Jalet, CAA executive liaison.

Each month, CAA’s Committee on Women in the Arts selects the best in feminist art and scholarship. The following exhibitions and events 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 or touring.

November 2012

Susan Hamburger

Susan Hamburger, detail of a cartouche in the installation of Creeping Ornamentalism, 2012, acrylic-painted collage on paper with foam-board molding, dimensions variable (artwork © Susan Hamburger; photograph provided by the Visual Art Center of New Jersey)

Susan Hamburger: Creeping Ornamentalism
Mitzi and Warren Eisenberg Gallery
Visual Art Center of New Jersey, 68 Elm Street, Summit, NJ 07901
September 14–December 2, 2012

In Creeping Ornamentalism, Susan Hamburger creates a Rococo period room complete with faux moldings and intricate hand-painted panels that focus on the destruction caused by Hurricane Irene in 2011. The three states she depicts in the panels—New Jersey, Vermont, and Massachusetts—are all places where the artist has lived in the past. Imagery of flora and fauna suggests growth and destruction, and Hamburger includes likenesses of each state’s endangered animals: the osprey, the vesper sparrow, and the blue-spotted salamander. Like previous period rooms by Hamburger, the installation at Eisenberg Gallery borrows designs from eighteenth- and nineteenth-century European decorative and fine arts to address current social, political, and economic issues.

Materializing “Six Years”: Lucy R. Lippard and the Emergence of Conceptual Art
Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11238
September 14, 2012–February 3, 2013

Superb in its conception and realization, Materializing “Six Years” pays homage to the influential art critic and feminist pioneer, Lucy R. Lippard, by exploring the role that her 1973 book on conceptual art, Six Years, played in the critical construction of the emergent art movement back then and its historical perception today. Organized by Catherine Morris of the museum and Vincent Bonin, an independent curator, the exhibition—itself a prime example of feminist curatorial practice—brings together the work of approximately ninety international artists, including Vito Acconci, Eleanor Antin, and Richard Serra, to illuminate how Lippard’s curatorial projects, critical writing, and politics contributed to art making, writing, and display in the United States and beyond.

Mickalene Thomas

Mickalene Thomas, Origin of the Universe 2, 2012, rhinestone, acrylic paint, and oil enamel on wood panel, 44 x 48 in. Private collection, New York (artwork © Mickalene Thomas; photograph by Christopher Burke Studio and provided by the artist, Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York, and Suzanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects)

Mickalene Thomas: Origin of the Universe
Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11238
September 28, 2012–January 20, 2013

In her first solo museum exhibition, Origin of the Universe, now on view at the Brooklyn Museum, Mickalene Thomas places her jewel-encrusted paintings in four living-room installations into addition to hanging them traditionally. She also presents, for the first time, a new twenty-three minute biographical film, Happy Birthday to a Beautiful Woman, which chronicles the life of the artist’s mother, Sandra Bush, who also serves as a model and muse in other works. Highlights of the show include several versions of the painting Origin of the Universe, a reimagining of Gustave Courbet’s provocative L’Origine du monde (1866) both as an intimate self-portrait and as a portrait of the Thomas’s wife. References to the old masters mix freely with a painted collage aesthetic, bringing together art history, folk art, and mural painting.

Sandra Ramos: Viaje al “Sueno Americano”
Accola Griefen Gallery
547 West 27th Street, New York, NY 10001
October 18–November 24, 2012

The Cuban artist Sandra Ramos plays with the motifs of childhood, fantasy, and travel in three series that address life in her native Havana, the wider world of the United States, and the disconnect between fiction and reality in which both countries are complicit. In Collectibles, Ramos has created books and dioramas that depict the artist as a small doll-like figure among silhouettes of famous skyscrapers. In Travel to the American Dream, the artist adds collaged elements and graphite drawing to digital prints of American passports and immigration documents. In Habana Mirage, curved pieces of mirrored Plexiglas pairing depictions of the skylines of Manhattan and Havana hug the corners of the gallery, evoking a self-reflective convergence.

Penny Slinger

Penny Slinger, Bookworm (An Exorcism), 1977, unique photocollage, 13½ x 20 in. (artwork © Penny Slinger; photograph provided by the artist and Broadway 1602, New York)

Penny Slinger: An Exorcism Revisited, 1977–2012
Broadway 1602
1181 Broadway, Third Floor, New York, NY 10001
September 11–November 30, 2012

Penny Slinger is one of the few women artists to have gained recognition for her work despite the sexism of the British art world in the 1960s, due partly from the support of her mentor, the poet and Surrealist art historian Sir Roland Penrose. Slinger, still active as an artist today, is known for her employment of Surrealist tropes (collage, self-transgression, sexual symbolism) from a woman’s point of view. She has also enjoyed a varied career outside the art world, as a set designer and director for a radical feminist theater collective in London called Holocaust, and as the author of the popular collage novels 50% – The Visible Woman (1971) and Exorcism (1977). In addition to presenting her mixed-media work, the exhibition at Broadway 1602 will display archival material that illuminates other sides of her art practice, such as an unrealized film project.

Under Pressure
Joslyn Art Museum
2200 Dodge Street, Omaha, NE 68102
October 6, 2012–January 6, 2013

Under Pressure is a group exhibition that includes stellar modern and contemporary prints by Hung Lui, Kara Walker, Lorna Simpson, Helen Frankenthaler, Vija Celmins, Ellen Gallagher, Jennifer Bartlett, Barbara Krueger, and Kiki Smith. Organized by Toby Jurovics, chief curator of the Joslyn Art Museum, the show is culled from the collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation and will travel to Kansas, Utah, and Montana through 2014.

Kiki Kogelnik: I Have Seen the Future
Kunstverein Hamburg
Klosterwall 23, Hamburg, Germany 20095
September 15–December 30, 2012

I Have Seen the Future, an exhibition devoted to the Austrian artist Kiki Kogelnik, is the latest in a series of shows at the Kunstverein that seeks to reevaluate marginalized women artists associated with the male-dominated Pop art movement of the 1960s. Kogelnik, like her peer Evelyne Axell, the subject of a 2011 retrospective at the museum, made work about the female body in assemblage, painting, and sculpture. She is remembered within feminist art circles primarily for her super heroines—silhouettes with caricatured facial features often evoking the artist herself. Kogelnik’s work also addressed the political and cultural changes of the decade with topical paintings such as Heavy Clouds over the Cuba Crisis (1964) and Hit the Moon (1969), and through a series of colorfully painted bomb sculptures.

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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 in North America and around the world.

The CWA Picks for November 2012 include several important exhibitions in New York, New Jersey, and Nebraska, and in Germany. The first is Creeping Ornamentalism, a prescient, timely installation by Susan Hamburger that focuses on the destruction caused by Hurricane Irene in 2011 in New Jersey, Vermont, and Massachusetts.

In New York, the Brooklyn Museum boasts two stellar shows, Materializing “Six Years”: Lucy R. Lippard and the Emergence of Conceptual Art and Mickalene Thomas: Origin of the Universe, and two commercial galleries are showing the work of Sandra Ramos and Penny Slinger. Out west, the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha is showing prints by numerous women artists in Under Pressure. Across the Atlantic, Kunstverein Hamburg presents Kiki Kogelnik: I Have Seen the Future.

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 or touring.

Image: Susan Hamburger, detail of a cartouche in the installation of Creeping Ornamentalism, 2012, acrylic-painted collage on paper with foam-board molding, dimensions variable (artwork © Susan Hamburger; photograph provided by the Visual Art Center of New Jersey)

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Affiliated Society News for November 2012

posted by November 09, 2012

American Council for Southern Asian Art

The American Council for Southern Asian Art (ACSAA) announces its sixteenth biennial meeting, to be held at the University of California, Los Angeles, from November 7 to 10, 2013. Following the format of previous ACSAA meetings, the council invites proposals for individual papers (with approximately 350-word abstracts) that reflect current directions of scholarship in South and Southeast Asian art. ACSAA is also introducing a second format for submissions, based on discrete panels that will follow the CAA method for organizing sessions. Accordingly, the council invites members to submit proposals for panels they wish to chair based on themed topics, research questions, or theoretical positions. If the panel is selected, the ACSAA membership will be invited to submit their proposals for papers directly to the panel chair, who will be responsible for the final selection of presenters. Proposals for panels are due on December 15, 2012; selected panels announced to the membership in mid-January 2013. All proposals for papers are due, either to a panel or as individual submissions (but NOT both), on March 31, 2013, with the final selections of both individual paper proposals and panel contributions announced at the end of April 2013. Please send all submissions and queries electronically to Alka Patel of the University of California, Irvine.

Art Libraries Society of North America

Art Documentation, the official bulletin of the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) seeks peer reviewers for the journal. The bulletin’s editor, Judy Dyki, welcomes reviewers in all areas of interest and expertise; please note that there is a special need for individuals capable of reviewing articles about cataloging and metadata, digital collections, museum libraries, and new media and technology. Active since 1982, Art Documentation is now published in collaboration with the University of Chicago Press; the inaugural issue under the new partnership came out in spring 2012.

Please mark your calendars for the ARLIS/NA forty-first annual conference, taking place April 25–29, 2013, in Pasadena, California. The program committee is now accepting poster proposals and calling for moderators. The deadline for poster proposals is November 16, 2012; please visit the proposal guidelines for more information. Visit our website to review the panel sessions and workshops of the ARLIS/NA fortieth annual conference, which took place in spring 2012 in Toronto, Ontario.

Historians of Eighteenth-Century Art and Architecture

The Historians of Eighteenth-Century Art and Architecture (HECAA) have chosen a new president, Michael Yonan of the University of Missouri, and a new treasurer, Jennifer Germann of Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York. HECAA’s panel at next year’s American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies conference, taking place April 3–7, 2013, in Cleveland, Ohio, will be chaired by Heather McPherson of the University of Alabama in Birmingham and is entitled “Interiors as Space and Image.” This coming February at CAA’s Annual Conference in New York, HECAA’s panel, “Art in the Age of Philosophy,” will be chaired by Hector Reyes of the University of California, Los Angeles.

Historians of Islamic Art Association

Historians of Islamic Art Association (HIAA) would like to thank participants and attendees at its third biennial symposium, “Looking Widely, Looking Closely,” hosted by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, October 18–20, 2012. HIAA also expresses deep appreciation to leadership donors and other contributors to the Oleg Grabar Memorial Fund in support of a new program of Grabar Grants and Fellowships. Finally, congratulations to the following members on their recent HIAA awards: Ayla Lester for the 2012–13 Grabar Post-Doctoral Fellowship; Hala Auji for the 2012–13 Grabar Travel Grant; and Ünver Rustem for a 2012 Graduate Student Travel Grant. To learn more and/or to apply in the future, please visit HIAA’s grants and fellowship webpage.

Historians of Netherlandish Art

Pieter Bruegel, Children’s Games, 1560, oil on panel, 118 x 161 cm. Kunsthistoriches Museum, Vienna, (artwork in the public domain)

The next formal deadline for submitting manuscripts to the Journal of Historians of Netherlandish Art, the peer-reviewed, open-access electronic journal published by the Historians of Netherlandish Art (HNA), is March 1, 2013. In addition to longer articles, the journal now welcomes shorter notes on archival discoveries, iconographical issues, technical studies, and rediscovered works. Please review the submission guidelines or contact the journal’s editor-in-chief, Alison Kettering, for more information.

International Sculpture Center

The International Sculpture Center (ISC), publisher of Sculpture magazine, will hold its next International Sculpture Symposium in Auckland, New Zealand, from February 11 to 15, 2013. Highlights of this exciting event include an opening party hosted by Auckland Art Gallery, with a traditional Powhiri welcome, keynote addresses by world-renowned sculptors, and art professionals in panel discussions. Optional activities and tours will include trips to Connell’s Bay Sculpture Park on Waiheke Island, a private tour of Alan Gibbs’s The Farm, an afternoon at Sculpture on the Gulf, Brick Bay Sculpture Trail and Vineyard, Zealandia, the Pah Homestead private home collections, and more! Please visit the conference website for more information and updates and to join the mailing list. You may contact ISC by email or call 609-689-1051, ext. 302, with any questions about this or other events.

Italian Art Society

The Italian Art Society (IAS) seeks proposals for papers for the annual IAS-Kress Lecture Series in Italy, to take place in Rome in late May or early June 2013. The deadline for submission is January 4, 2013. The distinguished senior scholar selected to present will speak on a topic related to the host city and will receive an honorarium and supplementary lecture allowance. This annual lecture series is intended to promote intellectual exchange among art historians of North America and the international community of scholars living or working in Italy. IAS also welcomes contributions to its winter newsletter. Please email your exhibition reviews, short articles, and announcements related to Italian art and architecture by January 15, 2013. The society urges those interested in the study of Italian art and architecture to join; visit the website. Also, visit IAS on Facebook.

Japan Art History Forum

The Japan Art History Forum (JAHF) is pleased to announce the publication of The Concept of Danzō:“Sandalwood Images” in Japanese Buddhist Sculpture of the Eighth to Fourteenth Centuries, by Christian Boehm, as part of the Saffron Asian Art and Society Series. In other book-related news, JAHF has announced that MIT’s Visualizing Cultures, a pioneering online center for image-driven scholarship, has dedicated its two latest chapters to contemporary Japanese paintings and photographs excavated from museum vaults and private artists’ collections. “The Forgotten Reportage Painters” chapter focuses on four painters who transformed a forgotten history of resistance in the 1950s into daringly original works of art. “Hamaya Hiroshi’s Photos” recontextualizes the Magnum photographer Hiroshi’s iconic images of the massive anti-Security-Treaty protests in Tokyo in 1960. Hiroshi’s book, Days of Rage and Grief, has long been out of print, and the vintage prints were buried in his personal archive for fifty years. Now, for the first time, these buried masterworks have been permanently archived in an online gallery. JAHF would also like to alert its members to a documentary film by Linda Hoaglund, called ANPO:Art X War (2010), which tells the untold story of resistance to United States military bases in Japan after the passing of the 1960 Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security between the US and Japan.

National Council of Arts Administrators

The National Council of Arts Administrators (NCAA) is looking forward to seeing old and new friends at CAA’s 2013 Annual Conference in New York. The NCAA annual reception will be held on Thursday, February 14, from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at the New York Hilton. A joint CAA/NCAA session, “Hot Problems/Cool Solutions in Arts Leadership,” will be presented on Wednesday, February 13, from 12:30 to 2:00 PM. Also, NCAA is pleased to announce its new website. Those with up-to-date memberships will receive an email message to assist in creating a new log-in ID and password. This gives you access to the members area, where one can post positions, email the membership, link to arts administrators’ resources, and use a discussion forum. Please note: this area will be accessible for current members only, so register today to join NCAA!

National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts

Registration is now open for “Earth/Energy,” the forty-seventh annual conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA), taking place March 20–23, 2013, in Houston, Texas. Programming includes a keynote lecture by the artist Janine Antoni, panel discussions, gallery presentations, and more than seventy exhibitions of ceramic art throughout the greater Houston region. The conference will take place at the George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas, Houston, Texas 77010.

Society for Photographic Education

Registration is now open for the Society for Photographic Education’s (SPE) fiftieth annual conference, “Conferring Significance: Celebrating Photography’s Continuum,” taking place in Chicago, Illinois, March 7–10, 2013. Join 1,500 artists, educators, and photographic professionals for programming and dialogue that will fuel your creativity—presentations, industry seminars, and critiques to stimulate and engage you! Explore our exhibits fair featuring over seventy exhibitors showing the latest equipment, processes, publications, and schools with photo-related programs. Participate in one-on-one portfolio critiques and informal portfolio sharing, and take advantage of student volunteer opportunities for reduced admission. Other conference highlights include a print raffle, a silent auction, film screenings, exhibitions, tours, receptions, a dance party, and more! Keynote speakers include Richard Misrach, Martin Parr, and Zwelethu Mthethwa. You can preview the conference schedule and register online at the conference website.

Society for the Study of Early Modern Women

The Society for the Study of Early Modern Women (SSEMW) has recently updated its website. Members may now directly upload their news, announcements of publications, and upcoming conferences. New officers for 2012–13 are Abby Zanger as vice president and Deborah Uman as treasurer. SSEMW is closely associated with the Attending to Early Modern Women Conference, which took place earlier this year at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. The society’s annual meeting took place in late October at the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio. This year’s plenary speaker was Lisa Vollendorf of San José State University, who presented, “Towards a History of Gender Violence: Methodologies and Challenges.” Her talk was followed by the SSEMW business meeting and reception. SSEMW sponsored seven sessions at the conference.

Society of Architectural Historians

The Society of Architectural Historians (SAH), in partnership with the University of Virginia Press, has launched SAH Archipedia and SAH Archipedia Classic Buildings: two editions of an interactive, media-rich online encyclopedia of American architecture. SAH Archipedia is the full edition that links to scholarly resources and is available through Rotunda, the digital imprint of the University of Virginia Press; it is accessible through institutional or individual subscriptions. SAH Archipedia Classic Buildings is a free edition that will contain one hundred of each state’s most representative buildings as well as teacher guides for using the information in the classroom. SAH has also launched its new streamlined website, which features members-only access areas. The majority of the website is open to the public and includes the ability to create a website account to post comments on the SAH blog and to post opportunities/calls for papers/sessions, awards, fellowships, grants, exhibitions, conferences, and events.

Society of North American Goldsmiths

The Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) has updated their website; new features include an elegant new look, updated content, improved navigation, and a higher level of functionality. As a part of this new site, SNAG has created Maker Profiles, a location for the online portfolios of artist members. This is a great destination for anyone looking for wonderful and interesting new work. Come check out why the artists, designers, jewelers, and metalsmiths of SNAG are the best in the field! SNAG recently published its annual special exhibition in print issue of Metalsmith. Guest edited by Valerie Steele, director and chief curator of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, the issue takes a look at the sinister pleasures of Gothic-influenced jewelry and metal art. This darkly beautiful issue is available online at Qmags.com and in print. In addition, SNAG has coordinated an exhibition of the featured work, taking place December 7, 2012–March 10, 2013, at the National Ornamental Metal Museum in Memphis, Tennessee.

Visual Resources Association

The Visual Resources Association (VRA) has produced a guidelines document of particular importance to educational image users. VRA’s Statement on the Fair Use of Images for Teaching, Research, and Study complements the highly regarded Code of Best Practices for Academic and Research Libraries facilitated by the Center for Social Media and the Washington College of Law’s Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property. Written by the attorney Gretchen Wagner, with the guidance of an advisory committee of prominent copyright scholars and legal experts, the VRA guidelines describes six uses of still images that the association believes fall within the United States doctrine of fair use: (1) preservation; (2) use of images for teaching purposes; (3) use of images on course websites and in other online study materials; (4) adaptations of images for teaching and classroom work by students; (5) sharing images among educational and cultural institutions to facilitate teaching and study; and (6) reproduction of images in theses and dissertations. The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has characterized the VRA guidelines as “a clear and concise statement of best practices around a medium that can seem especially intimidating for educational users. It is a reliable guide, written by professionals who work with images every day and vetted by well-known experts in the field of copyright law.” On February 26, 2012, CAA’s Board of Directors voted unanimously to endorse both VRA’s and ARL’s fair-use guidelines.

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Wednesday afternoon update: CAA staffers will return to the office on Thursday, November 8.

As of Tuesday morning, November 6, CAA’s building at 50 Broadway in lower Manhattan has electric power, but the telephones, internet, and heat are not operable. The office will remain closed until further notice. The situation, however, is being reviewed several times a day.

The full CAA staff, which lives throughout the New York, New Jersey, and Long Island regions, is safe.

The senior staff held a conference call on Sunday to discuss options for working. Email is being supported offsite on an emergency and temporary basis. Consequently, there are delays in the transmission of emails—some messages may not be delivered. It will take time to repair telephone service. The building superintendent’s office at 50 Broadway cannot yet determine  when heat will be restored.

CAA’s website and conference site are functioning normally. People may continue registering for the conference, workshops, opening reception, and tours; they may also renew their membership or join the organization.

If you are an artist, scholar, or other professional in the visual arts who has been affected by Superstorm Sandy, please consult the list of disaster resources posted by the New York Foundation for the Arts.

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