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Special forums at the 2017 Annual Conference in New York—taking place during the lunch hour on Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday—will provide an opportunity for attendees to hear from colleagues, address critical issues, and continue the conversation outside the session grid. With these forums CAA hopes to provide open access to the conference to the public.

The Noon Forum Programs offer two formats. Hot Topics will address critical, time-sensitive issues in the field. The New York conference has slated sessions on “Advocating for Your Department” and “Art Criticism.”

Key Conversations feature scholars, artists, and arts professionals discussing key issues in their fields. Already scheduled for the February meeting are “Navigating Public Opposition to Museum Exhibitions,” “Learning from Experience: Fair Use in Practice,” “Hrag Vartanian with Amin Husain and Nitasha Dhillon,” and “Memorial Session.”

These programs will begin at 12:15 PM and end at 1:15 PM; they are free and open to the public. Please feel free to bring your lunch!

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2017 CAA Annual Conference in the News

posted by December 12, 2016

Coco Fusco in costume as Dr. Zira from the Planet of the Apes. Photo Gene Pittman, courtesy Walker Art Center.

Word has spread about some of the sessions and our keynote speaker at the 2017 CAA Annual Conference and Artnet News and Artnews have taken notice.

Diversity has long been a part of CAA’s history and this year’s conference is no different. Artnet News notes how race and politics are “at the forefront” of our programming this year. Our effort to find more ways to involve artists and makers in the conference has not gone overlooked either. Brian Boucher, author of the Artnet piece, cites the CAA collaboration with NYFA to offer professional development programming.

At Artnews, writer Maximilíano Durón covers our session on the impact of socially engaged art and our line up of speakers, including keynote Mary Miller, Sterling Professor of History of Art at Yale University, and artists Coco Fusco, Katherine Bradford, and Judith Bernstein.

Annual Conference Committee Seeks Members

posted by December 12, 2016

CAA invites nominations and self-nominations for at-large members of the Annual Conference Committee to serve a three-year term, beginning February 2017, immediately following the 105th Annual Conference. We welcome all members to participation in the nomination process.  Working with the Programs Department staff, this committee selects the sessions and shapes the program of the Annual Conference. The committee ensures that the program will reflect the goals of the association and of the Annual Conference, namely, to make the conference an effective place for intellectual, aesthetic, and professional learning and exchange, and to provide opportunities for participation that are fair, equal, and balanced.

The Annual Conference Committee meets at least two times a year via conference call and once during the Annual Conference at the call of the vice president for Annual Conference and the committee’s chair. Members must be available throughout May and June to review a significant amount of material and select 2018 conference content from the submitted proposals.

Please send a 150-word letter of interest and a CV to Katie Apsey, CAA manager of programs. Deadline: January 31, 2017.

Notice of 105th Annual Business Meeting

posted by December 12, 2016

College Art Association
Notice of 105th Annual Business Meeting
Annual Conference Convocation
February 15, 2017

  

The 105th Annual Business Meeting of the members of the College Art Association will be called to order at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 15th, at the Convocation of the 2017 Annual Conference, in West/East Ballroom, 3rd Floor, New York Hilton Midtown Hotel, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, NY, NY 10019.

CAA President, Suzanne Preston Blier, will preside. The Annual Business Meeting will be held in two parts.

AGENDA

The Agenda for the first part of the Annual Business Meeting is as follows:

  1. Call to Order and President’s Report – Suzanne Preston Blier
  2. Report by Annual Conference Chair and VP for Annual Conference – Judith Rodenbeck and N. Elizabeth Schlatter
  3. Report by Executive Director – Hunter O’Hanian
  4. Presentation of Annual Awards for Distinction – Suzanne Preston Blier
  5. Keynote Address – Mary Miller

After the Keynote Address, the Meeting will be recessed and will reconvene on Friday, February 17, 2017 from 12:15 – 1:15 p.m. in the East Ballroom, 3rd Floor at the New York Hilton Midtown Hotel, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, NY, NY 10019. The Agenda for the second part of the Annual Business Meeting is as follows:

  1. Approval of Minutes of 104th Annual Business Meeting, February 3, 2016 [ACTION ITEM] – see http://www.collegeart.org/pdf/2016-annual-business-meeting-minutes.pdf
  2. Financial Report: Teresa Lopez, Chief Financial Officer
  3. Old Business
  4. New Business
  5. Results of Election of New Directors: Suzanne Preston Blier
  6. MY CAA – Open discussion with members, board and staff regarding future growth of the Association.

Proxies

If you are unable to attend the Annual Business Meeting, please complete a proxy online to appoint the individuals named thereon to (i) vote, as directed by you, for directors, and, at their discretion, on such other matters as may properly come before the Annual Business Meeting; and (ii) to vote in any and all adjournments thereof. CAA Members will be notified when the proxy for casting votes becomes available online in early January 2017. A proxy, with your vote for directors, must be received no later than 6:00 p.m. EST Thursday, February 16, 2017.

Next Meeting

The 106th Annual Business Meeting of the College Art Association will take place on February 21, 2018, in Los Angeles.

Roberto Tejada, Secretary
College Art Association

December 12, 2016

CAA Seeks Part-Time Program Assistant

posted by December 06, 2016

Job Title: Program Assistant Date: February 25, 2016
Department: Programs
Supervisor: Manager of Programs

Part-time position with approximately 20 hours per week, schedule may vary with flexible hours.

COLLEGE ART ASSOCATION ANNUAL CONFERENCE:

The College Art Association Annual Conference is the largest international gathering of professionals in the visual arts. The conference brings together 4,000 of its members to participate in over 250 presentations, panel discussions, workshops, and special events on a wide range of topics on art scholarship and practice; to engage in in-depth discussions on new scholarship, innovative art, and issues in the arts today; and to connect with colleagues from across the country and around the world. The 105th annual conference will be held in New York, February 15- 18, 2017.

FUNCTION:

Reporting to the director of programs, the program assistant provides assistance to both the assistant director for annual conference and manager of programs with all daily operations of the department.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assists with data entry support (e.g. NetFORUM membership database), detailed record keeping, database document production, and producing reports.
  • Assists with the coordination of the scheduling of the CAA conference sessions and events. This includes, but is not limited to, data entry, preparing spreadsheets, proof reading, and creating reports. Communicates with CAA departments on conference details as requested.
  • Corresponds with conference participants, service providers, book and trade fair exhibitors, and general membership on conference-related matters.
  • Provides internet research to source prospects for the CAA conference book and trade fair.
  • Prepare mailings sent to conference participants, exhibitors, advertisers, jurors, committee members, and volunteers. Document production and photo-copying.
  • Assist with the development of all conference publications.
  • Assists with the coordination of temporary conference staff including, scheduling, correspondence, and training.
  • Provides on-site conference support, including but not limited to assisting with all aspects of conference logistics, checking set-up arrangements, posting signs, and providing hospitality as needed.
  • Staffs Speaker Ready Room during the conference providing assistance to conference presenters and chairs as needed.
  • Provides post-conference support including compiling and summarizing event statistics.
  • Assists with financial recording keeping, including but not limited to, processing purchase orders and transactions, creating invoices, tracking expenses, and preparing ledgers and reconciliation reports.
  • Provides research and creates reports as requested.
  • Performs various administrative and clerical duties for the director of programs. Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree in art history or MFA preferred.
  • Ability to work independently, organize multiple concurrent tasks, work efficiently, and follow through on details.
  • Experience with spreadsheets, systems and database management, and generally accepted programs and office equipment required.
  • Excellent customer services skills, and writing and editing skills, and oral communication.
  • Should possess tact, discretion, and the ability to work confidentially.
  • The capacity to remain poised under pressure.
  • The ability and willingness to work on-site at annual conference as well as hours outside typical business day, as needed.

Send resume and cover letter to tdugan@collegeart.org

This job description is intended as a summary of the primary responsibilities of and qualifications for this position. The job description is not intended as inclusive of all duties an individual in this position might be asked to perform or of all qualifications that may be required either now or in the future.

The College Art Association is an equal opportunity employer and considers all candidates for employment regardless of race, color, sex, age, national origin, creed, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender expression or political affiliation.

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Mary Miller, Sterling Professor of History of Art at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, will deliver the keynote address during Convocation at the 2017 Annual Conference, to be held at the New York Hilton Midtown in Manhattan. Free and open to the public, Convocation takes place on Wednesday, February 15, 5:30–7:00 PM. The event will include the presentation of the annual Awards for Distinction and be followed by the conference’s Opening Reception.

Miller earned an AB in 1975 at Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey. Six years later she completed her PhD at Yale, joined the faculty there, and has remained at the school ever since. Miller was recently appointed as senior director of the Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage at Yale. She also served as dean of Yale College from 2008 to 2014 and has taken many other professorial and administrative roles over the years.

Miller is the author of The Murals of Bonampak (1986), The Art of Mesoamerica: From Olmec to Aztec (1986), and Maya Art and Architecture (1999). A frequent collaborator, she wrote The Gods and Symbols of Ancient Mexico and the Maya (1993) with Karl Taube and edited A Pre-Columbian World (2006) with Jeffrey Quilter and The Aztec Calendar Stone (2010) with Khristaan D. Villela. In recent years Miller edited Painting a Map of Sixteenth-Century Mexico City (2012), a study of a rare indigenous map in Yale’s Beinecke Library, with Barbara Mundy and completed The Spectacle of the Late Maya Court: Reflections on the Murals of Bonampak (2013) with Claudia Brittenham.

Miller has written essays for both of CAA’s scholarly print publications. In “A Re-examination of the Mesoamerican Chacmool,” published in The Art Bulletin in 1985, Miller proposed Maya sources for “the form, location, variety, and iconography” of the chacmool, the Mesoamerican stone sculptures of reclining male figures associated with war and sacrifice; previous scholarship had assumed they were of Central American origin and introduced to the Maya during the Toltec era.[1] In “Shaped Time,” published in Art Journal in 2009, Miller considered George Kubler’s 1962 landmark study The Shape of Time, “so rich in its textured treatment of the ways that streams of history and art-making intersect.”[2] She drew on her deep knowledge of ancient Mesoamerica to contextualize the book in relation to both Kubler’s research and other postwar scholarship in the field.

In 1988 Miller and Linda Schele accepted CAA’s Alfred H. Barr Award for museum scholarship for The Blood of Kings: Dynasty and Ritual in Maya Art (1986). The book, with photographs by Justin Kerr, was the catalogue for a traveling exhibition organized by Schele and Miller for the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas.

Among Miller’s many accolades are a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship and membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2010 she gave the fifty-ninth A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC—one of the highest honors in American art history.

CAA communicated with Miller via email last month. Here’s what she had to say.

How has teaching art history changed over the last twenty years?

Well, that takes us back to 1996, and just about then I volunteered to be the departmental pioneer (or guinea pig, take your pick) for digital images. I had to wrestle with the visual resources department to be allowed to build my own PowerPoints in that first iteration! And before I knew it, the slide cabinets had departed for remote storage. But that is the technical change. There are other changes that come along, especially in terms of what it is students bring to the class, and how the visual image is beginning to be the center for most of them.

What were the most important lessons you learned while serving as a dean?

You don’t want to know most of them! But, seriously, I gave a lot of thought to grading while dean. I also paid attention to learning outcomes, especially the importance of short assignments and detailed feedback early in the term. And I committed to developing opportunities for public speaking for students in class—a critical part of education but rarely intentionally instructed these days.

What does your current research concern?

My current research is focused on the gold disks of the Sacred Cenote at Chichén Itzá. The only serious study of the full set of them was published in 1952, although everyone knows them. Or thinks they know them. They’ve turned out to be even more fascinating than I though they’d be: the material—gold—was entirely new to the Maya of the ninth century, the technique of executing imagery on it entirely new as well. And then the imagery itself quite distinct. All but one of the disks were burned, ripped into pieces, crumpled, stomped upon, and then hurled into the Cenote (and the “one” is distinct only in not having been torn apart). There is meaning embedded in that dramatic ending! But three other projects have been developing along the edges. I keep all the files and notes for one of them—a history of the dealers, collectors, and materials that are critical to the formation of pre-Hispanic art as a field in the United States, 1940 onward—in a folder I call “The Rabbit Hole,” which tells you it is a wild and winding journey.

What was your first CAA Annual Conference experience like?

Oh, gosh. I think I was the driver of a group of Yale graduate students to DC [in 1979] and I am almost certain that George Shackelford was in the car. I’d had the bad fortune to have my wallet relieved of folding bills while I snoozed in the Yale Art and Architecture Library, so I scrounged together $40 to make the trip. I slept in the basement of a house some of my college friends shared near the Washington Cathedral, and then I hiked down Mass Ave to the Hilton—a good distance, I can assure you. I attended a session chaired by Joel Snyder that thrilled me. I watched a grad-school colleague give a presentation on African time, among other talks, and I had a lot of fun.

What are two or three pressing issues that both artists and academics share?

We all share the problem of the Google search: no matter what I am looking for, once I start searching for images, by page three the algorithm is offering me pictures of Van Gogh’s Sunflowers. If I am looking for a work of art, then surely I must want Sunflowers!

Seriously, I think the most pressing issue we share is that of conservation and preservation. How can the past—or the present—be preserved for the future?

Can you give us a teaser of what you will discuss at Convocation?

Well, last year I gave a talk at the Clark Art Institute in which I said art history can play a different role in twenty-first-century humanities than it did in twentieth-century humanities. I’ve developed these ideas more fully—and I hope I have some interesting things to say to the community of art historians, and the community of artists!

Notes

[1] See Mary Ellen Miller, “A Re-examination of the Mesoamerican Chacmool,” The Art Bulletin 67, no. 1 (March 1985): 7–17.

[2] See Mary Miller, “Shaped Time,” Art Journal 68, no. 4 (Winter 2009): 71–77.

saggesePhoto Credit Maxwell Leung, Ph.D., CCA

The 2017 Annual Conference in New York, taking place February 15­–18, boasts a number of presentations addressing the intersections of race and contemporary art, colonialism in art history, and the Black Lives Matter movement. Here are a few highlights:

Deborah Willis of New York University and Cheryl Finley from Cornell University will provide a historical overview through a session titled “Picturing Social Movements from Emancipation to Black Lives Matter.” Kellie Jones, an art historian at Columbia University and winner of a 2016 MacArthur fellowship, is among the speakers. Public Art Dialogue, one of CAA’s many affiliated societies, will host a discussion on “Public Art in the Era of Black Lives Matter.” The first presenter will be Evie Terrono from Randolph-Macon College in Virginia, who has researched “Symbolic Interventions, New Narratives: Challenging the Authority of the Confederate Flag.”

The session “Race and Labor in the Art Worldwill be chaired by Hayes Peter Mauro of Queensborough Community College, City University of New York. The scheduled speakers—Sarah Cervenak, John Ott, and LaTanya Autry—teach in North Carolina, Virginia, and Connecticut, respectively. Elsewhere, four panelists will offer case studies of race and representation in nineteenth-century art, and another collection of scholars will examine “Blackness, Violence, Representation.” The Arts Council of the African Studies Association, also a CAA affiliated society, has given the tantalizing title of “Flesh” to its session, while another panel will give form to “Post-Black and Liquid Blackness” in contemporary African American art.

Richard Hylton from University for the Creative Arts in England will lead a panel that sheds light on British perspectives regarding “Contemporary Art, Ethnography, and the Western Museum,” while scholars from Italy and South Africa will lead a session called “Writing Art History in the Margins: Rethinking Centers and Peripheries in ‘Non-Western’ Art Historiography.” Finally, the Association for Critical Race Art History, another CAA affiliate, will present “Riff: Black Artists and the European Canon.” Among the artists to be examined are Robert Colescott, Carrie Mae Weems, and Moe Brooker.

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CAA is excited to present talks by the following special guests at the 105th Annual Conference, taking place February 15–18, 2017, in New York.

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This year Mary Miller, a scholar of art of the ancient New World, Sterling Professor of History of Art, and senior director of the Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage at Yale University, will deliver the keynote address during Convocation.

This special event, to be held on the first evening of the Annual Conference, includes a welcome from Suzanne Preston Blier, CAA president, and Hunter O’Hanian, CAA executive director, as well as the presentation of annual Awards for Distinction.

Convocation is free and open to the public.

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Distinguished Artist Interviews

Organized by CAA’s Services to Artists Committee, the Distinguished Artist Interviews feature esteemed artists who discuss their work with a respected colleague. The interviews are held as part of ARTspace, a program partially funded by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

First, the artist and activist Coco Fusco will be in conversation with the art historian Steven Nelson of the University of California, Los Angeles. Next, the painter Katherine Bradford will speak with a fellow artist, Judith Bernstein.

The Distinguished Artist Interviews are free and open to the public.

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Kaja Silverman, a historian of art and film, critical theorist, and Katherine and Keith L. Sachs Professor of Art History at the University of Pennsylvania, will be recognized as CAA’s Distinguished Scholar for 2017 in this special session.

In addition to remarks from Silverman, the panel will feature talks from Richard Meyer, Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor in Art History at Stanford University, and Homay King, Professor of History of Art at Bryn Mawr College.

Please join the speakers for a reception immediately following the session in the Third Floor East Promenade. A cash bar will be available.

Conference registration is required to attend the Distinguished Scholar Session.

Film Screening: Eva Hesse

posted by November 28, 2016

Zeitgeist Films offers a free screening of the acclaimed documentary Eva Hesse (2016) to attendees of CAA’s 2017 Annual Conference. Directed by Marcie Begleiter and produced by Karen Shapiro, the film is the first feature-length appreciation of this important artist’s life and work.

Eva Hesse makes superb use of the artist’s voluminous journals, her correspondence with her close friend and mentor Sol LeWitt, and archival and contemporary interviews with fellow artists—among them Richard Serra, Robert Mangold, and Dan Graham—who recall her passionate, ambitious, and tenacious personality.

The screening will talk place on Wednesday, February 15, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM in the Time Warner Screening Room, Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Center, Museum of Modern Art, 4 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019. The museum is half a block from the New York Hilton Midtown, the headquarters hotel.

The audience is limited to fifty people. Please send your RSVP (required) to emily@zeitgeistfilms.com.

CAA Student Scholarships
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Registration is in full swing for the 2017 Annual Conference in New York, February 15-18.

We are always listening to what our members want and seeking out the benefits to fit your needs. That is why we have partnered up our sponsors, multinational publisher, Routledge, Taylor & Francis, and art materials specialist, Blick Art Materials, to create a student scholarship fund to assist CAA Student Members with conference costs.

Routledge, Taylor & Francis Student Scholarship

CAA’s Annual Conference Partner Sponsor, Routledge, Taylor & Francis will award four (4) CAA Student Members with complimentary registration and an additional $250 in scholarship money to help with conference expenses such as travel, housing, or meals. Receipts will be required for reimbursement.   

Blick Art Materials Student Scholarship

CAA’s Annual Conference Presenter Sponsor, Blick Art Materials will also fund conference registration fees for four (4) CAA Student Members. No travel expenses are available.

Criteria for the Scholarship

Awardee will be chosen by lottery on the following criteria:

  • Individuals must be registered for the Annual Conference by the Early Registration deadline
  • Individuals must be current CAA student members (proof of student status will be required by the 8 winners chosen)
  • Individuals cannot receive conference registration or travel reimbursement from their institution or employer

What does this mean for you? It means register today for the 2017 Annual Conference before the Early Registration deadline for a chance to be one of the lucky 8 CAA Student Members to receive one of these scholarships. Recipients will be randomly selected by CAA and announced in mid January.

We look forward to seeing you in New York!

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