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posted by November 08, 2017

Barbara Kruger installation as part of Performa 17, November 2017. Photo: Scott Heins/Gothamist

Each week CAA News summarizes articles, published around the web, that CAA members may find interesting and useful in their professional and creative lives.

Latinx Community Activism and Social Art Practices Get A Rare Spotlight in New Exhibit

Talking to Action: Art, Pedagogy, and Activism in the Americas is now on view in Los Angeles. (KCET)

Me and My Pencil: Famous Creatives on their Tools – in Pictures

Alex Hammond and Mike Tinney photographed the pencils of 70 artists, designers, musicians and architects. (The Guardian)

The Angriest Librarian Is Full of Hope

After his profanity-laced tweetstorm went viral, Portland librarian Alex Halpern found himself speaking up for his embattled profession. (CityLab)

The Women Who Built the New York Art World

Between 1929 and 1939, four of New York City’s most iconic museums emerged in Manhattan. (Artsy)

Photos: Barbara Kruger’s Bold Statement Pieces Now Up Around NYC

The artist has taken over several spaces in NYC this month as part of the Performa Biennial. (Gothamist)

Galleries Hit by Cyber Crime Wave

Hackers are using an email scam to intercept payments between galleries, collectors and others. (The Art Newspaper)

How to Frame a $100 Million Painting by Leonardo da Vinci

“When you see it with no barrier between you and the actual piece, it’s stunning.” (Artsy)

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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by November 01, 2017

Linda Nochlin. Photo: Adam Husted

Each week CAA News summarizes articles, published around the web, that CAA members may find interesting and useful in their professional and creative lives.

Linda Nochlin, Trailblazing Feminist Art Historian, Dies at 86

The pioneering art historian and longtime CAA member passed away this week. (ARTnews)

Over 1,800 Artists and Art Workers Sign Letter against Sexual Harassment

The public letter criticizes “an art world that upholds inherited power structures at the cost of ethical behavior.” (Hyperallergic)

“K Is for Kahlo, B Is for Basquiat”: New Children’s Book Teaches Kids about Artists

An inclusive, educational alphabet book by Dr. Tamara Pizzoli. (Afropunk)

Want to Be an Artist-in-Residence at New York City’s Department of Corrections? Now’s Your Chance

NYC has rolled out 3 new artist-in-residency programs in partnership with city agencies. (Artnet News)

The US Cities with the Highest Concentrations of Working Artists

The vast majority of working artists live in urban areas. (Quartz)

How Many “Lost” Masterpieces Are Already Hanging in Museums?

A potential golden age for finding artworks in public collections that have long been overlooked. (Artsy)

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Rejoin CAA This November and Get 25% Off

posted by October 31, 2017

Rejoin CAA during the month of November and get 25% off any Tiered membership level.


We believe in strength in numbers. This past year, CAA fought for the causes of our members and those in the arts and culture field at large.

We released statements against the Trump administration’s Immigration Ban and attempts to defund federal arts and humanities agencies that have a demonstrable public good. We joined an Amicus Brief with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Association of Art Museum Directors, the American Alliance of Museums, and over 100 other cultural institutions raising our voices against the Immigration Ban.

In a public survey, our members shared their nuanced ideas on monuments and statues in this politically charged moment.

We added new benefits, like reduced memberships, discounted legal services, and discounts to leading academic publishers, to support our members in their professional careers and daily lives.

And we launched a new advocacy-focused Monday newsletter, ensuring that our audience is informed about the latest news, jobs, and opportunities in the field. The CAA News Monday also features our new CAA Conversations Podcast series.

Rejoin CAA now and take part in the 106th CAA Annual Conference in Los Angeles, February 21–24, featuring over 300 sessions and special events at The Getty, LACMA, and The Broad.


Now it’s time to join those who fight for you.


Offer valid from November 1–November 30, 2017 to all individual lapsed members. Log in to your CAA account to view the discount code. Code will be visible after log in from November 1–November 30, 2017.

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Introducing CAA News Monday

posted by October 26, 2017

Protest wall at CAA 105th Annual Conference New York, 2017. Photo: Ben Fractenberg

We’re excited to introduce you to CAA News Monday, a new weekly newsletter that takes a different approach to the start of your week. The Monday newsletter will embrace advocacy as its raison d’être, with a lead story each week and a round up of advocacy-related stories and news. Along with hot topics from the art, higher education, and advocacy worlds, we’ll be highlighting noteworthy jobs and opportunities from CAA’s network, and spotlighting a new weekly podcast as part of the CAA Conversations series. The weekly CAA Conversations Podcast seeks to continue the vibrant discussions initiated at our Annual Conference. Listen in each week as educators explore arts and pedagogy, tackling everything from the day-to-day grind to the big, universal questions of the field. The CAA Conversations Podcast will also be posted each Monday to the CAA website.

If you already receive CAA News on Wednesday you will automatically receive CAA News Monday. You don’t need to do a thing.

If you don’t get our Wednesday newsletter, sign up below for both.


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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by October 25, 2017

Judy Chicago in front of The Dinner Party. Photograph: Donald Woodman

Each week CAA News summarizes articles, published around the web, that CAA members may find interesting and useful in their professional and creative lives.

Judy Chicago: ‘In the 1960s, I was the only visible woman artist’

An interview with the trailblazing artist as the Brooklyn Museum explores the process behind The Dinner Party. (The Guardian)

Artist Omer Fast’s Take on Chinatown Angers Community Organizations

Omer Fast’s exhibition at the Chinatown branch of James Cohan Gallery has drawn ire from local groups. (Hyperallergic)

The Professor Is In: 4 Steps to a Strong Tenure File

Helpful advice from Karen Kelsky, former tenured professor at two universities, and founder and president of consulting service The Professor Is In. (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

Artist and Art Materials Artist Survey 2018

Take NAMTA’s 2018 survey and help artist associations, websites and art supply businesses serve practicing artists better. (International Art Materials Association)

Disaster Preparedness & Response Resources

Invaluable resources for organizations, museums and collections facing the threat of natural disasters. (American Alliance of Museums)

Artsy and the Rise of the Matchmaker Market

The online art market has been transforming how art is sold at auction. (The Art Newspaper)

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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by October 18, 2017


Catherine Opie, Cathy (London), 2017. ©Catherine Opie, Courtesy of Regen Projects, Los Angeles and Thomas Dane Gallery, London.

Each week CAA News summarizes articles, published around the web, that CAA members may find interesting and useful in their professional and creative lives.

An Interview with Catherine Opie

In this interview, artist Catherine Opie discusses her new portrait series, portrait aesthetics, misogyny in the current political climate and the art world, and more. (Read more from Artnet).

Ai Weiwei’s Sculptures Now on View Throughout New York City

Ai Weiwei’s Good Fences Make Good Neighbors brings new sculptures by the artist to many public spaces throughout the five boroughs of New York City. (Read more from The New York Times).

Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald’s Presidential Portraits

Former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have selected artists Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald to paint their official portraits. (Read more from Vanity Fair).

Frankenstein’s Monster and Queer Art

Charlie Fox looks at Frankenstein’s Monster in relationship to queer art, including artist Alex Da Corte’s 2017 film, Slow Graffiti. (Read more from  The New York Times).

Yayoi Kusama Book for Kids

Yayoi Kusama: From Here to Infinity by Sarah Suzuki, with illustrations by Ellen Weinstein, is a new children’s book about the life and artwork of artist Yayoi Kusama. (Read more from Artsy).

The Art of Violet Oakley

Carrie Rickey takes a close look at muralist Violet Oakley (1874–1961), who is the focus of the exhibition A Grand Vision: Violet Oakley and the American Renaissance, currently on view at the Woodmere Museum in Philadelphia. (Read more from Hyperallergic).

Rodin in New Jersey

Auguste Rodin’s bust of Napoléon Bonaparte, which had been lost since the 1920s, has been found in a borough in suburban New Jersey. (Read more from The Art Newspaper).

A New Podcast from Paddy Johnson and Willam Powhida

Art F City’s founding editor Paddy Johnson and artist William Powhida have started a new contemporary art podcast called “Explain Me.” (Read more from Art F City).


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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by October 11, 2017


Each week CAA News summarizes articles, published around the web, that CAA members may find interesting and useful in their professional and creative lives.

In the art world, is sex more controversial than race?

There has been a lot of discussion recently about particular pieces of art that have caused agita for museum administrators, curators, artists and the general public.  But what are the real touch points? (Read more from Nylon).

Changing sex and gender?

Artist Nayland Blake’s Gnomen at the New Museum changes sex and gender. (Read more from Hyperallergic).

Hmmm.  Can anyone reshape art history?

The sculptor, Ruth Asawa challenges traditional notions of art history. (Read more from The New Yorker).

Engage the humanities faculty for greater career outcome

Figuring out how an education in the humanities can make a career impact. (Read more from Inside Higher Ed).

Building a new rubric for artists

The Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation is looking to build a better rubric for successful artists.  And they need our help. (Read more from Artists Thrive).

Art history with your eyes closed

Podcasts to download that will fill your brain with rich images. (Read more from Salon).



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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by October 04, 2017

A T-shirt depicting the face of Eric Garner designed by Ocean Gao, now in the collection of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.CreditJustin T. Gellerson for The New York Times

Each week CAA News summarizes articles, published around the web, that CAA members may find interesting and useful in their professional and creative lives.


Museums Collecting Contemporary History

As history unfolds in the present, curators at institutions such as the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC, are committed to collecting and preserving materials from protests, marches, and other important cultural movements immediately. (Read more from The New York Times).


Bilingual Art Spaces in Los Angeles

Museums and galleries in Los Angeles work to become inclusive, bilingual environments, through creating programming, tours, wall text, and more in both Spanish and English. (Read more from The Guardian).


Be a Medici in 2017 (Virtually!)

ARTé: Mecenas is a new video game from Triseum where you play as a member of the Medici family in Renaissance Florence. This educational game was created to address the needs of the Texas A&M University’s art history department as a creative way to teach students about Renaissance art and patronage. (Read more from Hyperallergic).


Proposed Tax Plan and the Art World

Art world experts weigh in on what President Trump’s proposed tax reform plan would mean for the art market and museums if it is passed in Congress. (Read more from artnet).


Crowdfunding a Museum’s New Gallery

Horniman Museum and Gardens in London looks to crowdsourcing to fund the creation of the World Gallery, which will create space to display 3,000 anthropological objects that are currently in the museum’s storage. (Read more from The Art Newspaper).


A Close Look at the Archives

James Somers visits the New York Public Library’s archives, speaking with the archivists who work there. (Read more from The Village Voice).


A New Saint Laurent Museum

Fondation Pierre Bergé–Yves Saint Laurent opens in Paris:  a new museum dedicated to the work of the influential fashion designer, Yves Saint Laurent, where visitors can visit a recreation of Saint Laurent’s studio. (Read more from Blouin Artinfo). 


Art History Podcasts

Searching for something new to listen to? Salon recommends fourteen podcasts that cover art and art history. (Read more from Salon).

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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by September 27, 2017

Scott Winterrowd
Greetings from Marfa, 2015
Ro2 Art

Each week CAA News summarizes articles, published around the web, that CAA members may find interesting and useful in their professional and creative lives.

Corrective curatorial practice? Sensationalizing sexuality to boost attendance figures? Can the most transgressive feminist art practices really be exhibited for reasons founded on the intrinsic value of the work alone?

Featuring feminist content previously held to be too graphic may raise more questions than anticipated. “Frieze Frame: Graphic Sex and Female Sexuality under Spotlight at Art Fair.” (Read more from The Guardian).

The New Age self-help movement meets art.

Proving again that our culture regards creativity as a path to the authentic self and a means to counteract the lack of inspiration provided by our daily life. Scott Indrisek, “Find Your Inner Donald Judd at Marfa’s New Art Camp for Adults.” (Read more from Artsy).

Civil Identity and Art

The exercise of cultural policy on a massive urban scale is being implemented and explored in cities besides Los Angeles with its mega-multi-exhibition Pacific Standard Time program. Consider the interviews conducted by Sophia Olivia Sanan in “A Tale of Cultural Policy in Four African Cities.” (Read more from This Is Africa).

Making art accessible to as many publics as possible.

The seeds of social practice and cultural policy in art education, related to the legacy of Jane Addams’s Hull House, are discussed by Lisa Lee, Director of the School of Art and Art History at the University of Illinois at Chicago, with the hosts of the Bad at Sports podcast. Episode 600: Lisa Lee. (Read more from Bad at Sports).

The world’s first painted feature film.

Receiving standing ovations at film festivals and with assistance from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Loving Vincent incorporates almost 1,000 separate canvases to consider the artist’s last days. Eileen Kinsella, “How Two Directors, 125 Artists, and Some ‘Crazy-Rich’ Van Gogh Fans Made ‘Loving Vincent’ the World’s First Painted Feature Film.” (Read more from Artnet).

Pacific Standard Time Sampler.

The latest edition of Southern California’s multivenue exhibition project has debuted with plenty of press coverage. Here is an assessment of just one of the exhibitions comprising Pacific Standard Time LA/LA. Julian Kreimer, “Drastic Times.” (Read more from Art in America).

Why does art make you feel so much?

The answer resides in your brain as much as what is unfolding before your senses. The inquiry is increasingly a focus of neuroaestheticians now discovering answers about the fundamental attractions of creativity. Sarah L. Kaufman et al., “This Is Your Brain On Art.” (Read more from The Washington Post).

The birth of the art market. 

An exhibition tracing the origins of the art market details how artists, dealers, and the buying public established the mechanisms that still characterize the contemporary system. “Exhibition Devoted to the Birth of the Art Market in the Dutch Golden Age Opens.”  (Read more from artdaily).

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Last week, I had a chance to participate in a conference call with Jon Parrish Peede, the new acting chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). He assumes the role after the resignation of William D. Adams in May of 2017, who stepped down concurrent with the release of the White House FY2018 budget that called for eliminating the NEH. The call with Peede was organized by the National Humanities Alliance (NHA), and included leaders of other humanities organizations.

Peede, who was appointed by President Trump in late July, is the brother of a senior member of Vice President Mike Pence’s staff.

During the call, Peede talked about his closeness to Dana Gioia, the George W. Bush-appointed head of the NEA, and proudly referred to himself “a product of rural America,” stressing the need for having people from all 50 states on NEH panels.

When asked about his vision for the NEH, he mentioned that humanities could be funded and supported by other organizations, such as colleges, foundations, and individuals. He offered support for grant selection being “grounded in rigor” and wanted grantees to talk about “outcomes and not activities.”

Peede was asked why the public should care about the NEH and stated that the agency’s role is to preserve records and to place them in context, an important position for a federal agency, but one which does not necessarily address the larger idea of the impact of humanities in society. He did state, “a life in the humanities is a life well lived.” In response to a question about what he would do if the NEH received an increase in funds, Peede was not sure, but opined that he might not offer more grants as it may “dilute the value” of other grants.

Unfortunately, he was not asked how he felt about the President’s desire to zero out funding for the NEH or NEA, and what he was planning to do about it. For many in the arts and humanities, this is the pressing issue. Currently, the NEH is approved by the House Appropriations Committee for $145 million in funding for FY 2018, a $4.8 million drop from FY 2017. But the funding is not secure and certain. Hopefully on our next call, Peede will be able to address this important question.

Hunter O’Hanian
Executive Director

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