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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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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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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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posted by August 08, 2018

Artists removed their works from the Design Museum as a protest. Photo by Kristian Buus, via artnet News.

Artists Dramatically Remove Their Work From London’s Design Museum to Protest Its Decision to Host an Arms Dealer

Artists are criticizing the museum’s response to its decision to host an event for a defense company. (artnet News)

Walker Art Center Announces Formation of New Indigenous Public Art Selection Committee

The news comes in light of a healing process following the installation and subsequent removal of Sam Durant’s sculpture Scaffold. (Star Tribune)

Art Schools Aren’t Doing So Badly While Other Colleges Struggle

While art and design schools aren’t immune, they aren’t coming under as much pressure as other colleges. (Bloomberg)

How a Little-Known Nonprofit Is Bringing Social Practice Art to New York’s Most Elite Museums—and Beyond

The Kenan Trust has given $6 million to promote art that furthers social justice, from the Met and the Guggenheim to the Laundromat Project. (artnet News)

The New BBC TV Series and What We Mean When We Say “Civilization”

PBS has now finished airing its series Civilizations, a nine-part look at the global history of art. (Hyperallergic)

The Art of Learning: Why Art History Might Be the Most Important Subject You Could Study Today

“I cannot think of any discipline more inherently interdisciplinary than art history.” (Salon)

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posted by August 01, 2018

Josephine Meckseper, Untitled (Flag 2), 2017. Photo by Guillaume Ziccarelli. Courtesy of Creative Time via Artsy.

The Rise of Artistic Censorship on College Campuses Should Worry the American Public

Sarah McLaughlin from Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) writes on the recent controversy surrounding artist Josephine Meckseper’s artwork at University of Kansas, and the trend of censorship on college campuses at large. (Artsy)

‘The Reaction Has Been Overwhelming’: Susan Unterberg Comes Forward as a Major Anonymous Patron of Female Artists

Since 1996 the Anonymous Was a Woman award has provided $5.5 million in grants to female artists aged over 40. (artnet News)

Archiving While Black

“In more than one instance, I have looked up from my research to see paintings of white men famous for committing heinous acts against indigenous communities, or racist artifacts displayed proudly as if devoid of the context in which they were produced.” (Chronicle of Higher Ed)

Debt-Ridden Students Claim For-Profit Art Institutes Defrauded Them With Predatory Lending Practices

As the Art Institutes closes 18 campuses, students claim to have been defrauded by high tuition costs, interest rates, and few career prospects. (artnet News)

In Rihanna Photoshoot for Vogue Paris, Juergen Teller Cribs Imagery from Mickalene Thomas

The two artists are both represented by Lehmann Maupin and listed side-by-side on the gallery’s website. (Hyperallergic)

Visiting the Museum: Learning Resources

Helpful tools to help students think more critically about art museums and their relation to the study and practice of art history. (Art History Teaching Resources)

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posted by July 25, 2018

Kerry James Marshall with A Monumental Journey. Photo courtesy of the Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation, via artnet News.

The House Overwhelmingly Rejects a Republican Proposal to Slash Funding for the NEA and NEH

A last-minute amendment to cut each agency’s funding by 15% was soundly defeated last week. (artnet News)

Why Are Some Colleges and Universities Dropping the SAT/ACT?

The University of Chicago announced that it will no longer require SAT or ACT scores from its undergraduate applicants, beginning in 2023. (MLA Action Network)

It Was a Monumental Journey’: Kerry James Marshall Unveils a Memorial to the Country’s Groundbreaking Black Lawyers

The monument in Des Moines, Iowa, took 12 years to bring to fruition. (artnet News)

Chicano Artists Challenge How We Remember the Alamo

The Other Side of the Alamo: Art Against the Myth is on view through October at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center in San Antonio. (Artsy)

MoMA’s Union Employees Have Been Working Without a Contract for Nearly Two Months—and Negotiations Have Stalled

Union members are concerned about wage increases, medical costs, job security, and the increasing demands of executing the museum’s expansion. (artnet News)

How to Make Time for Research and Writing

Twelve scholars share their tips for getting it done. (Chronicle of Higher Education)


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posted by July 18, 2018

Nicoletta Fontani and Elizabeth Wicks restore masterwork by Violante Siries. Courtesy Advancing Women Artists, via artnet News.

How a Female-Led Art Restoration Movement in Florence Is Reshaping the Canon

Visiting Florence 12 years go, American philanthropist Jane Fortune asked: “Where are the women?” (artnet News)

Where Historians Work: An Interactive Database of History PhD Career Outcomes

Where Historians Work is an interactive, online database that catalogues the career outcomes of the 8,515 historians who earned PhDs at US universities from 2004 and 2013. (American Historical Association)

Rate My Professors Ditches Its Chili Pepper “Hotness” Rating

“Life is hard enough for female professors. Your ‘chili pepper’ rating of our ‘hotness’ is obnoxious and utterly irrelevant to our teaching. Please remove it because #TimesUp and you need to do better.” (Inside Higher Ed)

What College Presidents Make

A look at the latest data on compensation for more than 1,400 chief executives at private colleges and public universities. (Chronicle of Higher Education)

The Symbols of Prejudice Hidden in Medieval Art

An exhibition at the Morgan Library & Museum suggests that our view of monsters was never black-and-white. (Artsy)

Explore Humanities Projects Across the US

Using the National Humanities Alliance’s new resource, you can search and filter over 1,400 publicly engaged humanities projects in universities and colleges nationwide. (National Humanities Alliance)


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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by July 11, 2018

Unknown artist, Victorious Youth, 300–100 BC. Image via the Getty Open Content Program/Hyperallergic.

Trump Officials Reverse Obama’s Policy on Affirmative Action in Schools

The Trump administration said last week that it was abandoning Obama administration policies that called on universities to consider race as a factor in diversifying their campuses. (New York Times)

Should the Getty Return Its Famed “Victorious Youth” Statue?

The case demonstrates that the ownership of cultural objects found in international waters remains a murky area of law. (Hyperallergic)

Advice for Artists on How to Make a Living—When Selling Art Doesn’t Pay the Bills

Teaching: A boon or a trojan horse? (Artsy)

Adrian Piper’s Show at MoMA is the Largest Ever for a Living Artist. Why Hasn’t She Seen It?

The conceptual artist’s life and work push against the boundaries of race and identity in America. (New York Times)

Opinion: Why the Supreme Court Ruling on Unions Could Be Good for Adjuncts

Do unions need to shed their historic approach? (Chronicle of Higher Education)

Martha Rosler’s Powerful Collages Are a Wake-Up Call to America

Rosler was ahead of her time when she reconceived the printed matter distributed at marches and protests. (Artsy)

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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by July 04, 2018

Amy Sherald’s Planes, rockets, and the spaces in between, 2018, was recently acquired by the Baltimore Museum of Art. Courtesy BMA via artnet News.

The Baltimore Museum Sold Art to Acquire Work by Underrepresented Artists. Here’s What It Bought—and Why It’s Only the Beginning

The museum sold works by Warhol and other white male artists to fund major acquisitions by Jack Whitten, Isaac Julien, and Amy Sherald. (artnet News)

Why Do Colleges Have So Much Art?

Campus museums are home to prodigious exhibits and installations that blur the line between academics and civics. (The Atlantic)

People Across the Globe Want Their Cultural Heritage Back. Canada May Offer a Blueprint for How to Get There

A proposed law could help Indigenous communities reclaim cultural heritage objects at home and abroad. (artnet News)

Colleges Grapple With Where — or Whether — to Draw the Line on Free Speech

Higher education is struggling to balance the demand by some students to be protected from offensive speech while guaranteeing freedom of speech to others. (New York Times)

Sir Anish Kapoor’s Clenched Fist of Copyright, the Battle Over Fair Use, and the NRA

Does an artist have the right to withhold their work when they don’t agree with the political message? (Hyperallergic)

How to Run a Conference Panel That Isn’t Horrible

Brass tacks pointers for making your next panel discussion a success. (LinkedIn)

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posted by June 27, 2018

Andrea del Verrocchio and Leonardo da Vinci, The Virgin and Child with Two Angels, c. 1468–70. Courtesy National Gallery, London, via Apollo Magazine.

‘Mounting an Exhibition about Leonardo Da Vinci Is an Act of Hubris’

Chief curator Laurence Kanter reflects on Yale University Art Gallery’s upcoming exhibition. (Apollo Magazine)

The Histories of Ten Colors Through Multiple Lenses

A new book considers color across multiple disciplines, including film and literature. (Hyperallergic)

20 Curators Taking a Cutting-Edge Approach to Art History

Artsy shares their top twenty curators who are working through a 21st-century lens. (Artsy)

How to Spot a Perfect Fake: The World’s Top Art Forgery Detective

Forgeries have got so good that Sotheby’s has brought in its own in-house expert. (The Guardian)

Backpack-Sized Archiving Kit Empowers Community Historians to Record Local Narratives

A new project from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill equips community partners with tools to start material and oral history archives. (Hyperallergic)

‘There Is So Much You Go Through Just Trying to Make It’: Amy Sherald on How She Went From Obscurity to a Museum Survey (and the White House)

The 44-year-old artist reflects on her breakout year, and the years of hard work leading up to it. (artnet News)

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