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posted by August 31, 2018

      

Joseph Leo Koerner writes about The Nazarenes: Romantic Avant-Garde and the Art of the Concept by Cordula Grewe. Read the full review at caa.reviews.

Patricia Blessing reviews the exhibition Outcasts: Prejudice & Persecution in the Medieval World. Read the full review at caa.reviews.

Adrienne L. Childs examines Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, edited by Mark Godfrey and Zoe Whitley. Read the full review at caa.reviews.

Helena Szépe explores The Painted Book in Renaissance Italy: 1450–1600 by Jonathan J. G. Alexander. Read the full review at caa.reviews.

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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by August 29, 2018

Alison Saar’s statue of Harriet Tubman, Sing Low, 2007, at Harriet Tubman Plaza in Manhattan. Photo: John Back, via Artforum

New York City Launches Public Art Initiative to Honor Women’s History

The city is calling for interested artists to submit responses to the project’s RFP by September 30. The budget for the first work will be up to $1 million. (Artforum)

Why Is the Case of Jailed Photographer Shahidul Alam So Important? Martin Parr, Dayanita Singh, and Others Explain His Significance

Outrage continues to radiate internationally over the detention of photographer Shahidul Alam in Bangladesh. (artnet News)

Getting to the Other Side: Surviving the PhD

Straightforward, helpful advice from Dr. Asia Ferrin at American University for students just starting PhD programs. (Diverse Education)

What Can Art Do That Journalism Can’t?

The Walker Art Center asked four artists with close links to the immigrant experience. (Walker Art Center)

Libraries and Archives: A Humanities Take on Discovery

“Knowledge production — including search engines and search engine optimization — is a culturally informed act. And as such, we ought to be thinking hard about knowledge production at every stage.” (Scholarly Kitchen)

On Understanding What an Education Can and Can’t Do for You

Visual artist Ebony G. Patterson on her break from academia, embracing a nomadic studio practice, and why you should be realistic about what you hope to gain from art school. (The Creative Independent)

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Thursday, September 27, 2018
6 PM – 8:30 PM
Kickstarter, 58 Kent St, Brooklyn, NY 11221

RSVP HERE

In the age of the gig economy, free exposure, and unpaid internships, finding a path to success and stability in the arts is increasingly unreliable. In this conversation, listen to artists, curators, arts workers and scholars discuss their own personal narratives on how, and where, they found support and resources. Panelists will discuss grants, fundraising, the importance of a digital presence for both academics and artists, and recent artist and art world salary surveys.

Panelists include:

  • Andisheh Avini, Multimedia Artist
  • Connie Choi, Associate Curator, Permanent Collection, Studio Museum in Harlem
  • Patton Hindle, Director of Arts, Kickstarter
  • Harper Montgomery, Assistant Professor, Hunter College

The conversation will be moderated by Hunter O’Hanian, executive director of CAA. Seating is first come, first served. It will be hosted by Kickstarter and CAA at Kickstarter HQ, and refreshments will follow. The building is wheelchair accessible. Registration is required for entry – click here to RSVP.

Brooklyn-based artist Andisheh Avini’s (b. 1974) practice includes painting, drawing, and sculpture, and often incorporates the traditional craft of marquetry. Avini explores the duality of his own identity by combining Iranian icons and motifs, from the decorative to the political, with Occidental traditions of minimalism and abstraction. In juxtaposing the sacred geometries of Islamic crafts with the irregularities and chaotic forms of nature, Avini reveals the distances between heritage, expectation, and the rhythms of everyday life. Avini’s approach speaks to a disparate, globalized society of nomads, and reflects a contemporary multicultural experience, marked by both collective and individual memory.

Connie H. Choi is the Associate Curator, Permanent Collection at The Studio Museum in Harlem, where she has worked on the exhibitions FictionsRegarding the Figure, and Their Own Harlems. She is currently organizing a major traveling exhibition drawn from the museum’s permanent collection. Prior to joining the museum in February 2017, Choi was the assistant curator of American art at the Brooklyn Museum. Choi is a Ph.D. candidate in art history at Columbia University. She received a B.A. in the history of art from Yale University and an Ed.M. from Harvard University.

Patton Hindle is the Director of Arts at Kickstarter where she oversees the Arts team which helps visual and performing artists, arts organizations, and cultural institutions realize ambitious projects. Hindle was previously the Director of Gallery and Institutional Partnerships at Artspace and is a founder and current partner at Lower East Side gallery, yours mine & ours. She is a co-author of the forthcoming second edition of How to Start and Run a Commercial Art Gallery. Hindle was raised in London and attended university in Boston.

Harper Montgomery teaches in the Art and Art History Department at Hunter College in New York City. She has written for The Art BulletinArt Journal, and the Brooklyn Rail; and has organized exhibitions on art of the nineteenth-century, the twentieth-century, and the present for the galleries of Hunter College. Her book The Mobility of Modernism: Art and Criticism in 1920s Latin America was published last year by University of Texas Press and won the Arvey Foundation Book Award for distinguished scholarship on Latin American Art. Her current research concerns the ascent of artesaníawithin contemporary art spaces in Latin America during the 1970s.

Top image credit: Andisheh Avini, Untitled (wood, marquetry, assorted minerals), 2015. Photo credit Emily Hodes, courtesy Marianne Boesky Gallery.

New in caa.reviews

posted by August 24, 2018

           

Annabeth Headrick reviews Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire edited by Matthew H. Robb. Read the full review at caa.reviews.

Mahir Șaul discusses Curating Africa in the Age of Film Festivals by Lindiwe Dovey. Read the full review at caa.reviews.

Jerry Philogene examines Listening to Images by Tina M. Campt. Read the full review at caa.reviews.

Fred Rush writes about Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings by Sarah Greenough and Sarah Kennel. Read the full review at caa.reviews.

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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by August 22, 2018

Martin Puryear’s sculpture, Big Bling, in Madison Square Park in 2016. Photo: Philip Greenberg for The New York Times, courtesy the artist and Matthew Marks Gallery

Artist Martin Puryear Chosen for US Pavilion at Venice Biennale

For the second year in a row, an African-American artist will represent the United States. (New York Times)

As Criminalization of the Arts Intensifies in Cuba, Activists Organize

Tania Bruguera and Coco Fusco are among the artists opposing the new legislation. (Hyperallergic)

Public Libraries are Reinventing Access to Higher Education

Bard College and the Brooklyn Public Library will soon launch their “microcollege,” the first ever accredited two-year associate’s degree program in a public library. (Mellon Foundation)

Casanova as Case Study: How Should Art Museums Present Problematic Aspects of the Past?

The Casanova exhibition provided a timely platform to grapple with an important issue. (ARTnews)

Don’t Even Think of Publishing in This Journal

What does it mean when a top journal is too swamped to take on more papers? A major higher education research journal is suspending submissions to clear out a two-year backlog. (Inside Higher Ed)

Uffizi Gallery’s Vast Sculpture Collection Goes Online in Interactive 3D Scans

Thanks to collaboration between the Italian gallery and Indiana University, hundreds of artworks are available as interactive 3D scans. (Hyperallergic)

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New in caa.reviews

posted by August 17, 2018

    

Shana Cooperstein reviews Observing by Hand: Sketching the Nebulae in the Nineteenth Century by Omar W. Nasim. Read the full review at caa.reviews.

Itay Sapir writes about Georges de La Tour and the Enigma of the Visible by Dalia Judovitz. Read the full review at caa.reviews.

Andrew Turner discusses Dressing the Part: Power, Dress, Gender, and Representation in the Pre-Columbian Archives, edited by Sarahh E. M. Shcer and Billie J. A. Follensbee. Read the full review at caa.reviews.

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A museum visit during the CAA 2018 Annual Conference. Photo: Rafael Cardenas

RAAMP (Resources for Academic Art Museum Professionals) aims to strengthen the educational mission of academic art museums by providing a publicly accessible repository of resources, online forums, and relevant news and information.

With new resources added daily, we welcome contributions to our online archive. Resources can include but are not limited to: museum strategic plans; campaigns for outreach to campus communities; news and announcements about new programs, exhibitions, or staff appointments; and strategies for diversity and inclusion in the academic art museum. You may also provide tips on funding opportunities, exhibition design guidelines, advocacy, and more.

Visit RAAMP to discover our newest resources, and click here to contribute.

RAAMP is a project of CAA with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by August 15, 2018

From left, Rujeko Hockley, Marcela Guerrero, Adrienne Edwards, and Christopher Y. Lew of the Whitney Museum of American Art. Photo: Bryan Derballa for The New York Times

With New Urgency, Museums Aim to Cultivate Curators of Color

“For many marginalized young people interested in art, museums still represent authority, whiteness and power — places where we do not belong.” (New York Times)

A To-Do List for MOCA’s New Director, Klaus Biesenbach

LA Times art critic Christopher Knight has some advice for the incoming director. (Los Angeles Times)

Following ACT UP Protest, the Whitney Draws Attention to the Ongoing AIDS Epidemic With a New David Wojnarowicz Wall Text

ACT UP has staged two demonstrations at the museum, drawing attention to the fact that the AIDS crisis is ongoing, not a historical event. (artnet News)

Project Documenting the Deaths of Over 34,000 Refugees Mysteriously Removed at Liverpool Biennial

The arts festival is investigating who took artist Banu Cennetoğlu’s installation without authorization. (Hyperallergic)

Panicked Universities in Search of Students Are Adding Thousands of New Majors

Critics warn that many of these programs are being added hastily. (Washington Post)

Ten Art History Classes You Can Take Online for Free

These 10 online courses—which primarily focus on the Western world—range from foundational to niche. (Artsy)

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New in caa.reviews

posted by August 10, 2018

Harper Montgomery reviews Collective Situations: Readings in Contemporary Latin American Art, 1995–2010, edited by Bill Kelley Jr. and Grant H. Kester. (caa.reviews)

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Explore the Latest Issue of Art Journal

posted by August 09, 2018

Print copies of the Summer 2018 issue of Art Journal will arrive in mailboxes this week.

In This Issue
Rebecca M. Brown
Ghostly Presences

Artist’s Project
Indira Allegra
The Pull of Unseen Forces: Stages of BODYWARP

Features
Jenni Lauwrens
More than Meets the Eye: Embodied Engagement with After the Last Supper

Russell Stephens
Extinct?—An Art Intervention by Ravi Agarwal in Delhi

Iliana Cepero
Reading Tatlin’s Tower in Socialist Cuba

Krista Thompson ●
“I WAS HERE BUT I DISAPEAR”: Ivanhoe “Rhygin” Martin and Photographic Disappearance in Jamaica

Reviews
Bridget R. Cooks on Kellie Jones, South of Pico: African American Artists in Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s; Dominic Johnson on Karen Gonzalez Rice, Long Suffering: American Endurance Art as Prophetic Witness; Dina A. Ramadan on Sam Bardaouil, Surrealism in Egypt: Modernism and the Art and Liberty Group; Ella Maria Diaz on Karen Mary Davalos, Chicana/o Remix: Art and Errata since the Sixties

Zachary Kaiser
Advanced Analytics for a Better University

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