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posted by November 07, 2018

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Vincent van Gogh, The Bedroom, 1889. Helen Birch Bartlett Memorial Collection. Courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago.

The Art Institute of Chicago Is the Latest Museum to Offer Open Access to Thousands of Images in Its Archive

The museum has made 44,313 images available under Creative Commons license. (artnet News)

Remembering an Egyptian Artist Who Was Always Looking East

CAA board member Dahlia Elsayed remembers artist Chant Avedissian, who passed away this week at the age of 67. (Hyperallergic)

Graduate Students’ ‘Fight for $15’

Graduate student assistants across the US are pushing for a minimum living wage. (Inside Higher Ed)

Perspective: Academia Is a Cult

“I escaped a fringe Christian sect when I went to college. Going to grad school felt like joining again.” (Washington Post)

This New Database Aims to Become the World’s Best Resource on the History of Overlooked Women Artists

A Space of Their Own aims to compile the most comprehensive resource to date. (artnet News)

Responding to Misconceptions of Being a Graduate Student

“As a first-generation college student, explaining my day-to-day life as a student was challenging.” (Diverse Education)

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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by October 31, 2018

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Prior to working at Penn Museum in Philadelphia, Hadi Jasim was an Iraqi translator for the US military. Credit: Courtesy of Thomas Stanley, via PRI

Experts: Federal Policy Change Would Harm Transgender Students

As the Trump administration moves to conservatively define gender under Title IX, there are implications for transgender students on college campuses. (Diverse Education)

This Philadelphia Museum Hired Iraqi and Syrian Refugees as Tour Guides for Its Middle East Gallery

“Being close to your heritage is something that makes you feel like okay, now I’m back. You know, I don’t feel like I’m a stranger [any] more.” (PRI)

Archives of American Art Announces Pivotal Gift from the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation

The $5 million gift will be put towards digitizing material on art and artists from historically underrepresented groups. (Art Fix Daily)

Professors Are the Likeliest Mentors for Students, Except Those Who Aren’t White

A recent survey shows just 47% of alumni of color said they’d had a mentor on the faculty, compared with 72% of white graduates. (Chronicle of Higher Education)

The ‘Decolonization’ of the American Museum

Museums are changing how they view themselves. (Washington Post)

A Humanities Degree Is Worth Much More Than You Realize

Enhancing the public’s understanding of how the humanities can help meet the economic, political, and technological challenges of the future is essential. (The Hill)

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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by October 24, 2018

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Taco Dibbits, the Rijksmuseum director, viewing the Night Watch. The work, by Rembrandt, will be restored in what Mr. Dibbits called the museum’s “biggest conservation and research project ever.” Credit: Rijksmuseum/Kelly Schenk via The New York Times

The Met and Brooklyn Museum Opt to Reject Saudi Funds

As the international outcry over the fate of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi grows, ripple effects have reached the art world. (artnet News)

The Lawsuit Against Harvard That Could Change Affirmative Action in College Admissions, Explained

The trial is being closely watched for signs about the future of admissions processes across the country. (Vox)

‘Not Everything Was Looted’: British Museum to Fight Critics

The museum has faced criticism for displaying―and refusing to return―looted treasures, including the Parthenon Marbles, Rosetta Stone, and the Gweagal shield. (The Guardian)

Doctors Can Soon Prescribe Visits to Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

The museum says the one-year pilot project is the first such initiative in the world. (Montreal Gazette)

Rembrandt’s ‘Night Watch’ to Undergo Years of Restoration

The painting will remain on display so the public can observe the process. (New York Times)

How to Be Strategic on the Tenure Track

So how do you resist overworking when, in many instances, that seems the only path to tenure? (Chronicle of Higher Education)

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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by October 17, 2018

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Frédéric Bazille, Young Woman with Peonies, 1870. Courtesy of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, via Artsy

UCLA Study Holds Smithsonian Accountable for Better Institutional Latino Representation

One of the study’s authors, Chon Noriega, discusses the results and why they are indicative of a widespread problem in the art world. (Hyperallergic)

Seizing the Teachable Moment: Kavanaugh Confirmation

“That’s one of the key reasons for a pop-up approach: to capture energy and guide that power to good ends.” (Inside Higher Ed)

San Francisco Decrees 30 Percent of City’s Public Art to Depict Historical Women

San Francisco unanimously passed an ordinance stipulating that at least 30 percent of the city’s public art must depict nonfictional women. (Artforum)

Collector Peggy Cooper Cafritz Bequeaths More Than 600 Works to the Studio Museum and Duke Ellington School of the Arts

The bequest has been called the largest-ever donation of contemporary artworks by artists of African descent. (artnet News)

I Attended an Academic Conference and Didn’t Go to Any Sessions

We definitely recommend going to sessions. But don’t forget to take advantage of all the resources a conference can offer. (University Affairs)

Rediscovering the Black Muses Erased from Art History

Art historian Denise Murrell’s investigations into the understudied black muses of art history are the subject of her thesis, and now an exhibition. (Artsy)

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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by October 10, 2018

Tsimshian artist, Headdress frontlet (c. 1820–40). Photo courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Charles and Valerie Diker Collection of Native American Art, promised gift of Charles and Valerie Diker, via artnet News

JPMorgan Chase Gives $300,000 to Theaster Gates’s Rebuild Foundation in Chicago

The foundation will put the funds toward the final phase of renovation for its Arts and Innovation Incubator. (ARTnews)

‘Conventional Narratives of History Are Being Expanded’: Native Art Is Now Appearing in the Met’s American Wing

A new exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art marks the first time the museum has held a show of Native American art in its American wing. (artnet News)

Tania Bruguera on Transforming Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall

“We live in a time when we need to defend complexity and the right to be complex.” (Apollo Magazine)

Tackling Harassment and its Roots in Scholarly Communication: Practical Steps for Organizations and Individuals

How can we move to the practical level of making real change as individuals? (Scholarly Kitchen)

The Morality Wars: Should Art be a Battleground for Social Justice?

“The defining objective of the civil rights movement and the women’s movement and the gay rights movement was equality, sure, but also motion—forward, upward, outward. The country has never looked both more and less like what these movements aspired to achieve.” (New York Times Magazine)

Diversity Fatigue Is Real

It is the very people who are the most committed to doing diversity work who are experiencing “diversity fatigue.” (Chronicle of Higher Education)

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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by October 03, 2018

Courtesy Guerrilla Girls

Spelman College Awarded $5.4 Million Grant to Increase Diversity in Museum Field

The grant will establish the Atlanta University Center Collective for the Study of Art History and Curatorial Studies. (Press release)

The Guerrilla Girls Are Helping Museums Contend With #MeToo. Read Their Proposed Chuck Close Wall Labels Here

The feminist collective shows how to call out—or gloss over—accusations against artists accused of sexual misconduct. (artnet News)

Research Study: Impact of Art Museum Programs on K–12 Students

This study builds on and amplifies previously limited research on the impact of art museum programming. (NAEA)

Guggenheim Museum Announces Free Admission for Students, Faculty, and Staff at Five CUNY Schools

The museum’s new program will provide over 100,000 New York City college students with free admission. (Press release)

The Getty to Start a Research Center for African-American Art

The Getty’s initial partners include the Studio Museum in Harlem, the California African American Museum, Art+Practice, and Spelman College. Dr. Kellie Jones, 2018 CAA awardee for Excellence in Diversity, will be a senior consultant for the project. (New York Times)

Seven Tips for Greater Accessibility at Events

“In 2018 accessibility means more than a ramp or an elevator. It means giving everyone a chance to experience your presentations, events, exhibits, and collections.” (American Alliance of Museums)

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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by September 26, 2018

Installation view of Howardena Pindell: What Remains To Be Seen at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Photo: David Stover © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, via artnet News

African American Artists Are More Visible Than Ever. So Why Are Museums Giving Them Short Shrift?

Since 2008, just 2.4% of all acquisitions and gifts and 7.6% of all exhibitions at thirty prominent American museums have been the work of African American artists, according to new research published by artnet News and In Other Words. (artnet News)

Creativity From the Chaos of Hurricane Maria

One year later, artists in Puerto Rico talk about how the devastation and its aftermath influenced their work. (New York Times)

The Underrepresentation of Latinx Faculty and the Future of Higher Education

Latinx faculty from around the country share how underrepresentation has impacted their work. What will it take to chart a different future in higher education? (Latinx Talk)

Mission Accomplished?: As Mainstream Art Museums Rush to Diversify, What Is the Role of Culturally Specific Museums Working for a Cause?

Culturally specific museums are uniquely positioned in current discussions of equity in the art world. (ARTnews)

How Can You Make Big Classes Feel Smaller?

Emails sent at key moments during the semester are one strategy to help personalize large lectures. (Chronicle of Higher Education)

Why Your Doctor May Be Prescribing Art Classes in the Future

A recent UK study found that 66% of doctors believe the arts have a positive role to play in the prevention of illness. (Artsy)

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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by September 19, 2018

A collection of #FirstDayFirstImage posts, via Exposure

The Pervasive Power of Male Privilege at America’s Elite Universities

Institutions have hired men with predatory reputations and retained them, despite complaints from women students and faculty. (Hyperallergic)

How to Create a Syllabus

And get your students to actually read it. (Chronicle of Higher Education)

Souls Grown Deep Foundation Launches a New Paid Internship Program for Students of Color

New Orleans Museum of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Virginia Museum of Fine Arts will also participate. (artnet News)

Colleges Face Pressure to Answer a Basic Question: What Are Students Learning?

Measuring learning in college, and reporting the results, is surprisingly hard to do. (PBS News Hour)

Nothing Changes If Nothing Changes: #FirstDayFirstImage

“What if we set the tone on the very first day of class, with the very first image we show our students, by discussing one work from a historically underrepresented artist? And so #firstdayfirstimage was born.” (Exposure)

Eight Ways to Tackle Diversity and Inclusion in Peer Review

Practical suggestions from recent studies on diversity and bias in peer review. (Scholarly Kitchen)

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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by September 12, 2018

Codex Forster II , Leonardo da Vinci, late 15th – early 16th century, Italy. Museum no. Forster MS.141. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London, via Colossal

Here’s How You Can Help Document Rio’s National Museum Collections after the Catastrophic Fire

Museum officials are asking the public for help. (Forbes)

Can You Train Your PhDs for Diverse Careers When You Don’t Have One?

“Being a professor is the only job I ever tried to get. How can I teach my students about something I don’t know?” (Chronicle Vitae)

How to Teach Ancient Art in the Age of #MeToo

Misogynist imagery in ancient art raises questions that demand addressing today. (Hyperallergic)

These Cultural Treasures Are Made of Plastic. Now They’re Falling Apart.

Museum conservators are racing to figure out how to preserve these artworks. (New York Times)

More High School Grads Than Ever Are Going to College, but One in Five Will Quit

New data re-emphasizes the importance of student retention efforts. (The Hechinger Report)

Recently Digitized Journals Grant Visitors Access to Leonardo da Vinci’s Detailed Engineering Schematics and Musings

The Victoria and Albert Museum in London has made in-depth scans of da Vinci’s notebooks available online. (Colossal)


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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by September 05, 2018

After completing murals for the Los Angeles Public Library, Oaxacan collective Tlacolulokos members Cosijoesa Cernas and Dario Canul were subsequently barred from re-entry to the United States. Photo: Jeff McClane/LAPL via LA Taco

Brazil Museum Fire: ‘Incalculable’ Loss as 200-Year-Old Rio Institution Gutted

Brazil’s oldest and most important historical and scientific museum was consumed by fire, and much of its archive of 20 million items is believed to have been destroyed. (The Guardian)

Is This the Future of Catalogues Raisonnés?

A new online database of Sol LeWitt’s wall drawings offers a template for a more up-to-date—and perhaps richer—resource. (The Art Newspaper)

A Symbol for ‘Nobody’ That’s Really for Everybody

Read CAA Committee on Design member Elizabeth Guffey’s tribute to the International Access Symbol on its 50th birthday. (New York Times)

These Oaxacan Muralists Brought Indigenous Flavor to The Central Library; Now They Are Deported

After completing a monumental mural project on indigenous empowerment at the Los Angeles Public Library, Oaxacan collective Tlacolulokos were subsequently barred from re-entry to the United States. (LA Taco)

Why I Did Not See the Picasso Show at the Tate Modern

“It was with a certain incredibility that I discovered the museum was hosting a major Picasso exhibition titled Love, Fame, Tragedy. Nevertheless, I wanted to see the show for myself.” (Hyperallergic)

It Takes a Village: Are You Getting These Six Perspectives for Your Exhibition?

Rarely are the folks on the front line heavily involved in the decisions they’re going to have to live with. (American Alliance of Museums)

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