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posted by CAA — Sep 08, 2017

Alessandra Raengo discusses Travel and See: Black Diaspora Art Practices since the 1980s by Kobena Mercer. Read the full review at

Lisa Newman reviews It’s All Allowed: The Performances of Adrian Howells edited by Deirdre Heddon and Dominic Johnson. Read the full review at

Maria Stavrinaki reads Revolutionary Beauty: The Radical Photomontages of John Heartfield by Sabine T. Kriebel. Read the full review at

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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by CAA — Sep 06, 2017

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

With the 2016 opening of The National Museum of African American History and Culture at the Smithsonian Institution, consider a similar effort from another national museum dedicated to the African diaspora.

Here is a short introduction to the Caribbean Centre for the Expressions and Memory of African Slave Trade & Slavery which opened in 2015. (Read more from A Gathering of the Tribes.)

What is the everyday practical value of an education in design?

Institutions providing fine art education have formulated a detailed response to the question of practical value, in part to justify financial support of art education programs. This brief essay wonders about the role of design in general education. Design as a Third Area of General Education.
(Read more from Design Observer.)

Major news outlets now find agitprop an art practice their readership relates to with ease.

At this point, agitprop is so celebrated that mainstream publications run features based on its appeal. Whether one agrees with the practice or opinions carried by the work, it is a tactic as ubiquitous as the civic demonstrations that have proliferated recently. 5 Artists Respond to Charlottesville.
(Read more from The New York Times.)

Do you speak International Art English? Do you converse in Globish?

Hear what Berlin-based writer and critic Jennifer Allen would like us to know about one of the largest current discussions in art criticism and writing – how the ability to be an expert communicator comes from an inclusiveness built on the way the language is used by nonnative speakers.
Jennifer Allen: How do we talk about art?
(Read more from Art & Education.)

Public art occupies more national debate at this moment than it has in years.

As the practice of removing Confederate memorials occupies headlines nearly every week, important
long-overlooked questions about ways to treat controversial material are confronting the public. Twelve authorities from the field discuss the conflict. Tear Down the Confederate Monuments—But What Next? 12 Art Historians and Scholars on the Way Forward.
(Read more from Artnet.)

Utopia or spoof?

Can the ideal of getting a free MFA education survive the attempt to make it a reality? A brief history of the Bruce High Quality Foundation University. MFA Quality.
(Read more from Art in America.)

What does independent arts advocacy really look like?

A high-paid lobbyist schmoozing a senator over a three-martini lunch? Let’s take a look at one person’s everyday efforts at art advocacy to get a feel for how individual, practical efforts at an organized advocacy shape up the daily routine. Advocating for the Everyday Advocate.
(Read more from the Americans for the Arts.)

If you find yourself needing medical care, you might want to know if the doctor had ever studied art.

For their medical students, major institutions rely on art education to develop the essential professional traits of a critical consciousness and empathy . Coursework in art has been required by many medical curriculums since the late 1990’s. Find out why. Why Med Schools Are Requiring Art Classes. (Read more from Artsy.)

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CAA Statement on Rescinding DACA

posted by CAA — Sep 05, 2017


Members of the University Leadership Initiative hold a press conference at the Capitol on Wednesday, February 18, 2015, concerning the recent DACA ruling. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

The College Art Association believes students of all backgrounds have a right to the benefits of higher education and a place in society. President Trump’s recent decision to wind down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) is a denial of the foundational beliefs of the United States of America. Congress must now act in the best interest of the entire country, rather than in response to a political base, in forming new immigration policies.

Last fall, 646 college and university presidents signed a letter encouraging colleagues and other leaders across the business, civic, religious, and nonprofit sectors to uphold DACA. We stand with those higher education leaders today and stress how important it is for our members and all advocates to stand up for basic human rights in this country.  Learn more about the DACA Program.

Sign the United We Dream petition to keep DACA.

Defend DACA on social media using the hashtags #heretostay, #DACA, and #dreamers.

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ARTexchange Submissions for CAA2018 are Now Open

posted by CAA — Sep 05, 2017

The Services to Artists Committee invites artist members to participate in ARTexchange, CAA’s pop-up exhibition and annual meet-up for artists and curators. This social event provides an opportunity for artists to share their work and build affinities with other artists, historians, curators, and cultural producers. ARTexchange will take place at the 106th Annual Conference in Los Angeles on Friday evening, February 23, 2018, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.

Each artist is given the space on, above, and beneath a six-foot table to exhibit their work: prints, paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, and small installations; performance, process-based, interactive, and participatory works are especially encouraged. CAA encourages creative use of the space and in the past this set up has sparked many unique displays. Please note that artwork cannot be hung on walls, and it is not possible to run power cords from laptops or other electronic devices to outlets.

To participate as an exhibiting artist in 2018, email, with “ARTexchange” and your last name in the subject line, by December 12, 2017, with the following information: (1) a short description of what you will exhibit and how you will use the six-foot table space (provide details regarding performance, sound, spoken word, or technology-based work, including laptop presentations); (2) your CAA member number (memberships must be active through February 24, 2018); and (3) your website or a link to a digital portfolio.

Because ARTexchange is a popular venue and participation is based on available space, early applicants are given preference. Participants are responsible for their work; CAA is not liable for losses or damages. Sales of work are not permitted.

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posted by CAA — Sep 01, 2017


Patrick Hajovsky reads Ancient Origins of the Mexican Plaza: From Primordial Sea to Public Space by Logan Wagner, Hal Box, and Susan Kline Morehead. Read the full review at

Fredo Rivera reviews Constitutional Modernism: Architecture and Civil Society in Cuba, 1933–1959 by Timothy Hyde. Read the full review at

Marnin Young discusses Modernism and Authority: Picasso and His Milieu around 1900 by Charles Palermo. Read the full review at

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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by CAA — Aug 30, 2017

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

Writing a PhD Thesis? What Does It take?

Take a look at advice for writing a PhD thesis. Is this what you would tell your students?  What else would you tell them? (Via Times Higher Education). 

Check the Sofa for Loose Change!

It’s time to plan your fall travels.  Here are 30 of the most important exhibitions for the fall.  Near and far, old and new, there is something for everyone.  Check back in December and let us know how many you made it to. Go! (Via Artnet News).

Making Art in a Hurricane

Within a week after Katrina hit New Orleans, artist Lori Gordon starting making work from the wreckage. Opportunities abound in Texas. (Via NPR).

What to Wear in Korea

The Asian Art Museum in San Francisco is the only US venue for an exhibition of Korean couture which spans over 600 years. Fall 2018. (Via Asian American Press).

Are You Surprised?

For-profit colleges find few reasons to lobby the new secretary of education, Betsy DeVos. (Via Chronicle).

How Much Did You Pay for That?

The National Gallery in London paid 11.6 million pounds ($15 million) for a painting by Bernardo Bellotto. Who says landscapes don’t matter anymore? (Via Art History News).

Wait! That’s My Phone!

Depicting the founding of Springfield, MA, this 1937 painting shows a Native American holding what can be seen as nothing other than an iPhone. What could it be? (Via Daily Mail).

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Photography by Daniel Seth Kraus, 2016 Professional-Development Fellowship Awardee

October 2 (PhD candidates) and November 10 (MFA candidates) are the deadlines for the CAA Professional-Development Fellowships. The program supports promising artists, designers, craftspeople, historians, curators, and critics who are enrolled in MFA, PhD, and other terminal-degree programs nationwide.

Fellows are honored with $10,000 grants to support their work, whether it be for job-search expenses or purchasing materials for the studio.

“I remember sitting in my graduate school studio applying for the award. I was day-dreaming about how it could help me be a self-sustaining artist and maybe start my career in teaching. A few months later I received notification of the award and I’m happy to say the grant has helped me enormously with both of my day-dreams, artistic and academic. CAA’s Professional-Development Fellowship for Visual Artists has stabilized a shaky phase of my career and life, continuing an artistic practice after graduate school. The award funds helped me to kick-start my studio space, travel for photography research, and secure teaching positions right out of graduate school. CAA’s support of developing visual artists is certainly outstanding and to an even greater extent, appreciated. I’m happy to now be a CAA member and encourage others to apply for the fellowship without hesitation.” —Daniel Kraus, 2016 Professional-Development Fellowship Recipient

One award will be presented to a practitioner—an artist, designer, and/or craftsperson—and one award will be presented to an art, architecture, and/or design historian, curator, or critic. Fellows also receive a free one-year CAA membership and complimentary registration to the 2018 Annual Conference in Los Angeles, February 21-24. Honorable mentions, given at the discretion of the jury, also earn a free one-year CAA membership and complimentary conference registration.

CAA initiated its fellowship program in 1993 to help student artists and art historians bridge the gap between their graduate studies and professional careers.

Learn more about eligibility and the application process for CAA’s Professional-Development Fellowship.


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posted by CAA — Aug 25, 2017


Pascale Rihouet discusses A Feast for the Eyes: Art, Performance, and the Late Medieval Banquet by Christina Normore. Read the full review at

Morgan Thomas visits Everywhen: The Eternal Present in Indigenous Art from Australia, which was on view at the Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA, from February 5–September 18, 2016. Read the full review at Image credit: Tommy Watson, Wipu Rockhole, 2004. Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney. © Tommy Watson/Courtesy of Yanda Aboriginal Art.

Heather Madar reviews Daughter of Venice: Caterina Corner, Queen of Cyprus and Woman of the Renaissance by Holly S Hurlburt. Read the full review at

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Public art, statues, and monuments have seldom been in the news more than in the past few weeks. Figures from Christopher Columbus to Robert E. Lee, from Peter Stuyvesant to Stonewall Jackson have been topics for debate. Regardless of one’s political or cultural point of view, nearly everyone seems to have an opinion.

Read an article by CAA-Getty alumni, Portia Malatjie, about the removal of a statue of Cecil Rhodes in South Africa. 

We want to know what CAA members think about preserving or removing public works of art. How closely tied are a historical figure’s actions to a depiction of the person? How important are these pieces of public art to preserve? Should they be removed? Should they be destroyed? We want to know what you think and why.

We will compile the results of this form and report back CAA members’ thoughts and feelings on these monuments at this moment in history.


Institutional News

posted by CAA — Aug 22, 2017

Read about the latest news from CAA’s institutional members.

Institutional News is published every two months: in February, April, June, August, October, and December. To learn more about submitting a listing, please follow the instructions on the main Member News page.

August 2017

The Archives of American Art, part of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, has launched a new online guide to archival collections in the Chicago area that are related to American art. A $413,000 grant from the Terra Foundation for American Art supported a comprehensive survey of art-related archives in more than seventy-five Chicago-area institutions.

Storm King Art Center in New Windsor, New York, has received a 2017 Artistic Production Grant from the VIA Art Fund for Heather Hart’s The Oracle of Lacuna.

The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, has received a 2017 Artistic Production Grant from the VIA Art Fund for Daniel Buren’s Viole/Toile – Toile/Viole.

The Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, Connecticut, and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art have won a gold-level MUSE Award from the American Alliance of Museums for their jointly published, open-access digital journal. Part of the MUSE Open Culture category, the award recognizes British Art Studies for its high standards of excellence in the use of media and technology for Gallery, Library, Archive, and Museum programs.

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