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posted by April 03, 2019

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Marie-Guillemine Benoist’s “Portrait of a Negress” (1800) has been retitled “Portrait of Madeleine” for a new exhibition at the Musée d’Orsay. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Musée d’Orsay Puts Focus on Overlooked and Anonymous Black Models in French Masterpieces

The exhibition temporarily retitles works featuring historically anonymous Black models to honor their sitters. (Hyperallergic)

Adjunct Professors at Miami Dade College, America’s Largest Undergrad College, Are Unionizing

The new bargaining unit will include as many as 2,800 workers. (Miami New Times)

Poland’s Right-Wing Government Accused of Hijacking Prize-Winning Museum

One of Poland’s most prominent museums has strongly opposed an attempt by the country’s culture ministry to change its structure. (The Art Newspaper)

Though More Women Are on College Campuses, Climbing the Professor Ladder Remains a Challenge

A look at the numbers from Women in the Academy, a longitudinal study conducted from 2003 to 2012. (Brookings)

This Library Takes an Indigenous Approach to Categorizing Books

Xwi7xwa library in British Columbia is decolonizing the way information is sorted, cataloged, and shared. (Yes Magazine)

To Survive, Small Colleges Are Rethinking the Liberal Arts

As higher ed consolidates, these institutions are restructuring curriculum, campuses, and even tuition. (Education Dive)

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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by March 27, 2019

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Protesters at the Guggenheim Museum last month dropped white slips of paper symbolizing OxyContin prescriptions. Last week the museum said it would no longer accept money from members of the Sackler family behind the drug. Image: New York Times

The scrutiny of the Sacklers comes amid a broader reckoning in the museum world about who sits on their boards and bankrolls their programs. (New York Times)

University of Tennessee Will Be Free for Low-Income Students Starting in Fall 2020

The school joins a small—but growing—list of US colleges and universities seeking to make higher education more accessible. (Think Progress)

Study: 40% of Community College Students Take Humanities Classes

Community colleges have seen massive growth in their humanities programs over the past few decades. (Education Dive)

Museums Need to Move with the Times – That’s Why Deaccessioning Isn’t Always Bad News

“Some may view this as pandering to the politically correct. But American art museums have a moral responsibility and historical mandate inscribed in their charters to reach the broadest possible public.” (Apollo Magazine)

$2.8 Million in Met Museum Admission Revenues Will Go to 175 Cultural Nonprofits

NYC officials announced last week that funds from the Met’s change in admissions policy will be redistributed. (Hyperallergic)

Opinion: A Bigger Scandal at Colleges — Underpaid Professors

“What these folks did is not the worst thing happening in our educational system.” (Boston Globe)

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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by March 20, 2019

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Okwui Enwezor at the Venice Biennale, 2015. Courtesy: La Biennale di Venezia, photo: Giorgio Zuchhiatti via Frieze

Culture Ministers from 16 German States Agree to Repatriate Artifacts Looted in Colonial Era

The ministers agreed to work with museums and institutions to develop repatriation procedures with “the necessary urgency and sensitivity.” (The Art Newspaper)

How Curator Okwui Enwezor (1963-2019) Changed the Course of Art

A tribute to the Nigeria-born poet, critic and curator, who passed away last week at the age of 55. (Frieze)

‘What Does It Take?’: Admissions Scandal Is a Harsh Lesson in Racial Disparities

“This scandal exposed the fact that there is a misplaced emphasis on so-called affirmative action inequities, rather than privilege.” (New York Times)

The Rapid Closure of Art Institutes Across America

Dream Center, a Christian nonprofit with no experience in higher education, has imploded, taking thousands of students—and millions in student loans—down with them. (Hyperallergic)

The Undiscussed Sexual Exploitation Buried in Matisse’s Odalisque Paintings

“So ingrained is exploitation in our understanding of female sexuality within (and outside of) art history that these incredibly basic readings recede into the background and are deemed somehow radical.” (Hyperallergic)

Curator Cuts at Leicester Museums Criticized as Disastrous

Museum leaders in the UK have condemned a cost-cutting proposal to replace curators with an “engagement team.” (The Guardian)

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posted by March 13, 2019

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New York City First Lady Chirlane McCray announced the new She Built NYC monuments this week in Brooklyn. Photo: Ed Reed

She Built NYC Announces Statues Honoring Four More Trailblazing Women

In addition to a previously announced monument for Rep. Shirley Chisholm, New York City will honor these four trailblazers. (She Built NYC)

Trump Sets Workforce Training, Student Loan Overhaul as Budget Priorities

Trump’s fiscal year 2020 budget proposal was released this week. Here are the implications for higher ed. (Education Dive)

Finding the Right Training and Career Development Opportunities for Your Organization

Where to begin? Start by identifying the goals you want to achieve. (Scholarly Kitchen)

Governor Dunleavy’s Budget Plan Would ‘Gut’ University of Alaska System

CAA has signed a letter along with 27 other professional societies urging reconsideration of this plan. The university stands to lose 40% of its total budget. (Anchorage Daily News)

The Power of a Paid Internship: Creating Pathways to Careers in Museums

A helpful case study from The Phillips Collection. (AAM)

Why Is Work by Female Artists Still Valued Less Than Work by Male Artists?

A look at the numbers with sociologist Taylor Whitten Brown. (Artsy)

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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by March 06, 2019

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Decolonize This Place poster, via Hyperallergic

Artists and Activists Prepare Political Responses to Whitney Biennial

On February 25, the Whitney Museum announced the artists who will be participating in the 2019 biennial. In the days following, artists and activists responded. (Hyperallergic)

A Totally Inclusive Museum

“At the conclusion of a long and productive workshop about inclusion, a museum employee asked: ‘How will we know when we have reached our goal of being fully inclusive?’ It was a great question, but I’m not sure anyone liked the answer.” (AAM)

Listen: Adjuncts Weigh Costs of $7,000 or Strike!

The union of the faculty and staff at CUNY is currently bargaining a flagship demand of $7,000 per course for adjunct faculty. (Interference Archive Podcast)

SFMoMA to Sell 1960 Rothko to Help Diversify its Holdings

The museum has announced plans to sell the artwork to “address art historical gaps.” (New York Times)

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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by February 27, 2019

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The Met announced it will return a recent acquisition—a golden-sheathed coffin from the 1st century BC—to Egypt. Photo: Met Museum

Met Museum to Return Prize Artifact Because It Was Stolen

The museum has stated it will “review and revise” its acquisitions process. (New York Times)

Five First Steps for Making Your Events More Accessible

Evergreen resources to make your events more accessible. (NYFA)

It Keeps You Nice and Disposable’: The Plight of Adjunct Professors

Part-time adjunct instructors represent two-fifths of all faculty at US colleges and universities. (Washington Post)

On What It Takes to Sustain a Creative Life Financially

“I knew plenty of others had figured out how to do it before me, but regrettably, I had no window into their process. This essay is an attempt to share what it took.” (The Creative Independent)

Dear Faculty: You Matter More Than You Know

True mentorship is about more than making students feel cared about and supported. It involves making them work hard, too. (Inside Higher Ed)

Art Museums Need to Address Colonialist Theft—Not Diversity

MoMA announced it will close this summer to include more works from artists of color, but activists say this does little to reconcile centuries of exploitation. (Broadly)

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posted by February 06, 2019

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Native American Grave Protection and Repatriation Act label from Denver Museum of Nature and Science (via Erin L. Thompson), featured in “Exhibiting Absence.”

Study Finds Art Museums Are Slowly Becoming More Diverse, but Progress Is ‘Uneven’

There has been little change in diversity among senior leadership. (Smithsonian Magazine)

Ten Creative Courses You Can Take for Free Online

Ten classes—tackling topics from biohacking the brain to the importance of play—to help enhance your creativity. (Artsy)

Colleges Grapple with Racist Histories after Governor Northam Controversy

“The bigger issue is systemic. At some point soon we will be forced into a real conversation about what education reparations look like.” (Inside Higher Ed)

States Increase Higher Education Funding by 3.7%

While the overall figure comes as good news, there is considerable variation in support for higher education across the states. (Forbes)

Exhibiting Absence

“Calling attention to absence is a good thing. It can show the way that the history of collecting and subsequent museum use shapes the history we can or can’t tell.” (Medium)

Three Ways Art History Needs to Change in 2019

As an interdisciplinary subject, art history is full of opportunities. (Artsy)

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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by January 30, 2019

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Hide Shirt, c. 1890, Native North American, Central Plains, Lakota Sioux—one of thousands of public domain artworks now available online from the Cleveland Museum of Art.

In a Landslide Decision, Employees at the New Museum Vote to Unionize

The staffers hope the union will help to address grievances such as low pay and long hours. (artnet News)

With the LA Teachers’ Strike Over, Here’s What’s Next

For the most part, the teachers won. So what happens now? (Fortune)

Unpacking Medieval African Art’s Profound Global Legacy

A new exhibition at Northwestern University centers medieval Africa’s influence. (Artsy)

WAGE Asks Artists to Demand Payment and Withhold Content from 2019 Whitney Biennial

The activist organization is asking artists invited to participate in the 2019 Whitney Biennial to withhold their work in solidarity with staffers at the museum. (Hyperallergic)

Looking to Improve Students’ Mental Health? Ask What They Need

One in three students has at least one mental-health disorder, according to a 2017 report. (Chronicle of Higher Ed)

Introducing Open Access at the Cleveland Museum of Art

The CMA has just made 30,000 public domain artworks available online. (Medium)

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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by January 23, 2019

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Artist Zilia Sánchez pictured with her work Lunar blanco (1964). Soy Isla, Sánchez’s first museum retrospective in the US, will be on view at The Phillips Collection from February 16 – May 19, 2019. See more via Remezcla.

‘We’re All in Freefall’: Museum Workers Scramble for Cash Amid the Longest US Government Shutdown in History

As the shutdown enters its fourth week, all federal museums, including the National Gallery of Art and 19 Smithsonian museums, remain closed. (artnet News)

$4 Million Grant Will Promote Board Diversity at Museums

The Ford, Andrew W. Mellon, and Alice L. Walton foundations are hoping to change the statistic that 46% of American museums have all-white boards of directors. (Chronicle of Philanthropy)

Students in Rural America Ask, ‘What Is a University Without a History Major?’

Critics warn that administrators are risking the essence of a four-year college experience. (New York Times)

The Most Exciting Latino Art & Culture Exhibitions Happening in the First Half of 2019

Explore highly-anticipated art exhibitions that will honor the work of Latinx and Latin American artists. (Remezcla)

Why the New Museum’s Union Reckoning Reflects a Much Bigger Problem

Staffers at the New Museum have taken steps to unionize—and management has taken steps to impede them. (artnet News)

How to Teach a Good First Day of Class

“We do not teach brains on sticks. We teach human beings who are inspired by wonder, driven toward community, beset by fears and anxieties, and influenced in countless other ways by aspects of their lives beyond the purely cognitive.” (Chronicle of Higher Ed)

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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by January 16, 2019

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Teachers on strike marched through Los Angeles on January 14, 2019. Photo: Jenna Schoenefeld, via New York Times

El Museo del Barrio Rescinds Philanthropy Award for Rightwing German Princess

The museum walked back its plan after Latinx scholars voiced their disturbance. (Hyperallergic)

Los Angeles Teachers Strike, Disrupting Classes for 500,000 Students

More than 30,000 Los Angeles public-school teachers are on strike in an effort to receive higher pay, smaller classes, and more support staff. (New York Times)

Creativity-Integrated Art History: A Pedagogical Framework

“At a time when the field of Art History is beginning to ask itself what it really wants students to gain from their classes, creativity should be one of those skills.” (Art History Pedagogy & Practice)

Equity and Inclusion for All? Curator Anuradha Vikram Chronicles Her Path Through LA’s Diversifying Art Scene

CAA board member Anuradha Vikram writes on what achieving real equity in the art world could look like. (ARTnews)

Andy Warhol Foundation Lifts Eight-Year Ban on the Smithsonian

The initial sanctions followed the censorship of a work by David Wojnarowicz in 2010. (Artforum)

Kehinde Wiley: ‘When I First Started Painting Black Women, It Was a Return Home’

“I think the starting point of my work is decidedly empathy.” (The Guardian)

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