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posted by November 20, 2019

Flooding in Venice caused the mayor of the city to declare a state of emergency. Photo: Stefano Mazzola/Awakening/Getty Images, via Artsy

Venice’s Worst Floods in 50 Years Force Biennale to Close

The mayor has declared a state of emergency and said that the extreme flooding is due to climate change. (Artsy)

Interactive: Gendered Language in Teaching Evaluations

Developed by Ben Schmidt, clinical associate professor of history and director of digital humanities at New York University, this chart explores the words used to describe male and female teachers on Rate My Professors. (via Chronicle of Higher Ed)

Why Libraries Have a Public Spirit That Most Museums Lack

“A true public space is constantly negotiating knowledge or the lack of it, rather than presenting a position of expertise.” (Hyperallergic)

Baltimore Museum of Art Will Only Acquire Works from Women Next Year: ‘You Have to Do Something Radical’

Museum director Christopher Bedford announced last week that every artwork the BMA obtains for its permanent collection next year—whether through a purchase or donation—will have been created by a woman. (The Baltimore Sun)

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posted by November 13, 2019

Lin-Manuel Miranda at the Art Museum of Puerto Rico in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in 2018. Photo: Carlos Giusti/AP/Shutterstock, via ARTnews

Lin-Manuel Miranda Teams Up with Google for Major Art Digitization Project in Puerto Rico

The collaboration was formed after Miranda’s recent visit to the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña in San Juan, which currently lacks a permanent space for exhibitions. (ARTnews)

What’s Next for Nonprofit Museums after the Closing of the Marciano Art Foundation?

The museum abruptly closed last week after laying off dozens of employees attempting to unionize, and now faces a charge from the National Labor Relations Board. (Los Angeles Times)

Here’s How to Make Your Teaching More Inclusive

Incorporate these practical steps into your teaching to minimize inequities and help more students succeed. (Chronicle of Higher Ed)

MoMA’s Revisionism Is Piecemeal and Problem-Filled: Feminist Art Historian Maura Reilly on the Museum’s Rehang

“Does Ringgold need to be linked with Picasso to validate her genius?” (ARTnews)
 
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posted by November 06, 2019

A major brush fire broke out in the early morning hours of October 28, 2019, and consumed over 600 acres to the north and west of the Getty Center. Photo courtesy the Getty Blog.

Why the Getty Center Is the Safest Place for Art During a Fire

Opened in 1997, the Getty Center is a marvel of anti-fire engineering. (Getty Blog)

Bristol University Appoints History of Slavery Professor

Professor Olivette Otele—who in 2018 became the UK’s first black female history professor—will take up the new role in January. (BBC)

Are You an Aspiring Arts Critic? The New York Times Is Launching a Paid Fellowship Program

The paper has launched a one-year fellowship “to help train the next generation of fine arts critics.” (artnet News)

Hampshire College Scraps Majors, Sets Sights on ‘Pressing Issues of Our Time’

The liberal arts college has announced a new curriculum model centered on issues like climate change, artificial intelligence, and social inequity. (Education Dive)

 

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posted by October 30, 2019

Rendering of Lava Thomas’s proposed Maya Angelou monument, “Portrait of a Phenomenal Women.” Image courtesy Eren Hebert/Hyperallergic.

In San Francisco, a Design for Maya Angelou Monument Is Approved, Then Suddenly Scrapped

Artist Lava Thomas’s work was selected, and subsequently rejected, for a monument outside the main branch of the San Francisco Public Library. (Hyperallergic)

Definitive Proof Nobody Did Costume Parties like the Bauhaus

Some Halloween inspiration from the Bauhaus, where costume party competition was fierce. (Curbed)

House Democrats Unveil Plan to Make College More Affordable

The new legislation would update the Higher Education Act of 1965 for the first time in more than a decade, at an estimated cost of $400 billion over 10 years. (New York Times)

Displaying, Not Hiding, the Reality of Slave Labor in Art

Museums are working to incorporate the impact of slavery in exhibitions and permanent collections in a way not commonly done a decade ago. (New York Times)

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posted by October 23, 2019

Photo: Courtesy of White House

Four Art Experts Analyze That Historic Nancy Pelosi vs. Donald Trump Photo

CAA member Nika Elder, assistant professor of American art at American University; Angela Mack, executive director and chief curator at the Gibbes Museum of Art; and Chloe Esslemont and Mayanne Soret, coeditors of Tabloid Art History, weigh in. (Vogue)

UC Berkeley Art Museum Inherits Grand Trove of Nearly 3,000 African American Quilts

The gift will, “in one fell swoop, add 15% to the museum’s permanent collection” at the Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Formal Analysis Cannot Occlude the Real Issues’: How Curators Are Addressing Gauguin’s Dark Side

Curators are grappling with the artist’s sexually predatory behavior more openly than ever in a major exhibition at the National Gallery in London. (artnet News)

How Artists Are Weathering the Student Debt Crisis

“It’s important for people to talk about their debt, create a community around it, and crush the misconception that people in debt ‘have behaved irresponsibly, and that their debt is their fault alone.'” (Artsy)

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posted by October 16, 2019

Screenshot from Native Land, a mapping resource for teaching and acknowledgement at public events.

A Team of Curators Designs a System for Indigenous Artists to Thrive In

The term ‘decolonization’ has been used frequently to describe the exhibition yəhaw̓. But you won’t hear its curators call it a decolonial project. (Hyperallergic)

This App Can Tell You the Indigenous History of the Land You Live On

Part of a growing movement to honor native land, this app provides a resource for teaching and acknowledgement at public events. (Native Land)

International Review: Community-Led Engagement with Contemporary Craft, Design, and Architecture in Aotearoa

In the late 1990s, a group of craft practitioners spearheaded an initiative to develop the Objectspace gallery for Aotearoa (the Māori name for New Zealand). (CAA News)

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)

Decolonizing and Diversifying Are Two Different Things: A Workshop Case Study

A helpful explainer focused on decolonial pedagogical tools, adapted from a CAA 2019 workshop. (AHTR)

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posted by October 09, 2019

Anni Albers’s work is the subject of a new exhibition at David Zwirner in New York. Image: David Zwirner, via Vanity Fair

Listening to Threads With Anni Albers

“Circumstances held me to threads and they won me over,” Anni Albers said on a 1982 College Art Association panel. “I learned to listen to them and to speak their language. I learned the process of handling them.” (Vanity Fair)

Art Classes Instead of Court Dates? In Low-Level Cases, Brooklyn DA Says Yes

People arrested on low-level misdemeanors in Brooklyn will now have the option to complete a one-day arts course at the Brooklyn Museum. (Brooklyn Eagle)

New Scrutiny of Museum Boards Takes Aim at World of Wealth and Status

For board members not invited because of artistic or academic accomplishments, the price of entry remains steep. (New York Times)

What the Hell Was Modernism?

“Much of modernism and its concerns now feel long ago, forged in a time of rapid industrial change when white European males assumed they ruled the world. The demands of our times call for something else.” Jerry Saltz considers the new MoMA. (New York Magazine)

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posted by October 02, 2019

Adam Sings In The Timbers, Indigenizing Colonized Spaces with Starla Thompson, Potawatomi/Chumash, 2019, photo on Kodak Metallic Paper (installation photo by mel carter), via Hyperallergic

A Team of Curators Designs a System for Indigenous Artists to Thrive In

The term ‘decolonization’ has been used frequently to describe the exhibition yəhaw̓. But you won’t hear its curators call it a decolonial project. (Hyperallergic)

Why the Amsterdam Museum Will No Longer Use the Term ‘Dutch Golden Age’

The museum plans to remove all references to “Golden Age” in its galleries over the coming months. (Smithsonian Magazine)

How Ethical Can Museums Afford to Be? We Ask Five Major UK Art Institutions about Funding Challenges

Quite a headline. A look into the financials at five prominent UK museums. (The Art Newspaper)

Artist Adrian Piper Responds to artnet News‘s Special ‘Women’s Place in the Art World’ Report

“It is remarkable that your report neglects to examine what is arguably the most significant factor of all in perpetuating the invisibility of art made by women. It says nothing about artnet News’s own role in protecting the status quo.” (artnet News)

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posted by September 25, 2019

Installation view of Women Take the Floor at the MFA Boston, an effort to dedicate more space to women’s artworks. Only 4 percent of the art acquired by the museum between 2008 to 2018 was by women—3,788 of 90,215 works. Image: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, via New York Times

Female Artists Made Little Progress in Museums Since 2008, Survey Finds

New data shows that in the last ten years, only 11% of all work acquired by top US museums was by women. (New York Times)

The Getty Trust Will Spend $100 Million to Protect Archaeological Sites Around the World From Climate Change and Sectarian Violence

The organization’s ambitious new initiative includes conservation efforts, scholarship programs, publications, and exhibitions. (artnet News)

‘It’s About Time!’ Betye Saar’s Long Climb to the Summit

The artist’s solo exhibition at MoMA will debut with the reopening of the newly expanded museum on October 21. (New York Times)

How Much Does an Adjunct Actually Make?

“What if everyone just told their students how much they got paid?” According to a 2015 study, one in five part-time faculty members live below the federal poverty line. (Hyperallergic)

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posted by September 18, 2019

Wangechi Mutu’s The Seated III (2019) in its niche at the Met. Photo: Zachary Small via Hyperallergic

Wangechi Mutu Adorns the Met Museum’s Façade With Images of African Queendom

For the first time in 117 years, the empty niches on the museum’s exterior are occupied. (Hyperallergic)

Minneapolis Team Is Changing Museums from the Inside Out

A project at Minneapolis Institute of Art has spread nationwide—and beyond—as museums confront their colonial past. (Star Tribune)

Congress Promised Student Borrowers A Break. Education Department Rejected 99% Of Them

A new report shows revised efforts to forgive public servants’ student loan debt are still remarkably unforgiving. (NPR)

We’re Getting These Murals All Wrong

Robin D.G. Kelley takes an in-depth look at the Victor Arnautoff mural controversy in San Francisco. Let us know what you think in our online survey. (The Nation)

 

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