posted by CAA — Aug 14, 2017
See when and where CAA members are exhibiting their art, and view images of their work.
Solo Exhibitions by Artist Members 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.
Lea Kannar-Lichtenberger. Accelerator Gallery, Pyrmont, New South Wales, Australia, May 27–June 10, 2017. Deception.
Diane Burko. Joy Pratt Markham Gallery, Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville, Arkansas, May 4–September 30, 2017. Glacial Shifts, Changing Perspectives: Bearing Witness to Climate Change. Painting and photography.
Rachel Epp Buller. Galeria Zapatista at Mission Grafica, San Francisco, California, May 12–June 16, 2017. A Hidden Garden. Monotype prints.
Ken Gonzales-Day. Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, September 9–October 28, 2017. Bone-Grass Boy: The Secret Banks of the Conejos River. Photographic project.
posted by michaelh — Aug 11, 2017
CAA has been awarded a $25,000 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support the next installment of ARTspace, taking place during the 2018 Annual Conference in Los Angeles. Spearheaded by CAA’s Services to Artists Committee, ARTspace is a forum for programming designed by artists for artists that is among the most vital and exciting aspects of the conference. Held at each Annual Conference since 2001, ARTspace is intended to reflect the current state of the visual arts and arts education. The grant is the NEA’s ninth consecutive award to CAA for this event.
ARTspace offers free program sessions and includes diverse activities such as the annual Distinguished Artist Interviews—most recently with Coco Fusco and Katherine Bradford at the Annual Conference in New York last February—and screenings of film, video, and multimedia works in the Media Lounge. Also hosted in ARTspace are live performances and panel discussions that facilitate a conversational yet professional exchange of ideas and practices designed to engage CAA’s artist members as well as the general public.
ARTspace programming for 2017 included sessions on economic fairness and internet activism, artists who collaborate with their families, alternative career paths for artists outside the studio and academia, and a roundtable on artist-run institutions. CAA’s 106th Annual Conference will take place February 21–24, 2018, at the Los Angeles Convention Center and at schools, museums, and other institutions throughout Southern California.
Jane Chu, chairman of the NEA since 2014, has approved over $84 million to fund nearly 1,200 projects and partnerships in all fifty US states in the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017. The Art Works category focuses on funding the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with art, lifelong learning in the arts, and strengthening of communities through the arts. Through grants to thousands of nonprofits each year, the NEA promotes opportunities for people in communities across America to experience the arts and exercise their creativity.
For the full list of 2017 Art Works grants visit the NEA website.
posted by CAA — Aug 11, 2017
Deanna Pytlinski visits Women of Abstract Expressionism at the Denver Art Museum. “There is much to celebrate about the exhibition,” and “the mood of the show was decidedly exuberant in its design and content.” “Paying overdue attention to the presence of women in a movement long understood to be inherently masculinist,” it makes “the reasons for Abstract Expressionism’s success come alive once again.” Read the full review at caa.reviews.
Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi reviews Twins in African and Diaspora Cultures: Double Trouble, Twice Blessed, edited by Philip M. Peek. The book challenges “existing African arts and culture scholarship’s disproportionate attention on how twin births constitute a problem to parents and communities,” instead taking “a dialectic approach to show how twins embody ambiguity” and “complementary duality.” Read the full review at caa.reviews.
Eric M. Frank discusses the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo in Florence, Italy, which opened in 2015. The “spectacular new” institution is “a modern manifestation” of the “same Enlightenment principles that inspired the creation of the public museum,” as well as “an extensive pedagogical installation focused on historical context and religious belief that intentionally aspires to educate and spiritually transform each visitor.” Read the full review at caa.reviews.
posted by CAA — Aug 09, 2017
Publishing a book is a major milestone for artists and scholars—browse a list of recent titles below.
Books Published by CAA Members appears 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.
David S. Areford. La nave e lo scheletro: Le stampe di Jacopo Rubieri alla Biblioteca Classense di Ravenna (Bologna: Bononia University Press, 2017).
Alexis L. Boylan. Ashcan Art, Whiteness, and the Unspectacular Man (New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2017).
Marilyn R. Brown. The “Gamin de Paris” in Nineteenth-Century Visual Culture: Delacroix, Hugo, and the French Social Imaginary (New York: Routledge, 2017).
Clarence C. Cook. A Description of the New York Central Park, intro. Maureen Meister (New York: New York University Press, 2017).
Diana Gisolfi. Paolo Veronese and the Practice of Painting in Late Renaissance Venice (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017).
D. Gustafson and A. M. Zervigón. Subjective Objective: A Century of Social Photography (Munich: Hirmer Verlag, 2017).
Rebecca Peabody. Consuming Stories: Kara Walker and the Imagining of American Race (Oakland: University of California Press, 2016).
Corine Schleif and Volker Schier, eds. Manuscripts Changing Hands (Wiesbaden, Germany: Harrassowitz, 2016).
Rachel Stern. The Expressionist Fritz Ascher: To Live Is to Blaze with Passion / Der Expressionist Fritz Ascher: Leben ist Glühn, ed. Ori Z. Soltes (Cologne: Wienand, 2016).
Athena Tacha. Visualizing the Universe: Athena Tacha’s Proposals for Public Art Commissions 1972–2012, ed. Richard E. Spear (Washington, DC: Grayson, 2017).
Nancy Um. Shipped but Not Sold: Material Culture and the Social Protocols of Trade during Yemen’s Age of Coffee (Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2017).
Phoebe Wolfskill. Archibald Motley Jr. and Racial Reinvention: The Old Negro in New Negro Art (Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2017).
posted by Christopher Howard — Aug 09, 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.
Professors as Targets of Internet Outrage
Many professors who have expressed their views about race and politics this year have found themselves targets of both the left and right. Nothing is too abstrusely academic, it seems, to seed an attack campaign fueled by websites that surveil social media to find gotcha-worthy gems. (Read more from the New York Times.)
Demands to Cancel Dana Schutz’s ICA Exhibit Don’t Help the Cause for Social Justice
A small group of Boston activists demand as much in their passionate opposition to the current Dana Schutz exhibition at ICA Boston. Should an artist be blacklisted and blocked from showing their work at museums around the nation because one of their recent paintings tackled the painful topic of the history of racial violence? (Read more from the National Coalition against Censorship.)
Upstart Co-Lab Wants Businesses to Hire More Artists
We’re used to the common narrative of the artist as someone so inspired that they simply can’t stomach a drab office job, preferring to ditch the cubicle for the white cube. And yet research has found that employers almost universally report creativity is of increasing importance in the “traditional” workplace. (Read more from Artsy.)
The Letters of Picasso’s Dealer and a Century’s Worth of Impressionist Archives Are Going Online
Art historians and dealers researching works of art will soon have a new trove of materials to work with, courtesy of the Wildenstein Plattner Institute. A century’s worth of documentation—stock books from galleries, artists’ correspondence, annotated sale catalogues—will be digitized to develop online catalogues raisonnés for Manet, Morisot, Monet, and more. (Read more from Artnet News.)
The Multifarious Book
A few years ago the director of a university press told me that her goal was “to save the monograph.” “Which one?” I responded. It was an impolitic remark, but it helped to make the point that books perform all kinds of tasks, and when we say we want to “save” the book, it is reasonable to ask if some of those tasks could usefully be performed in better, faster, and cheaper ways. (Read more from the Scholarly Kitchen.)
Cindy Sherman Takes Selfies (as Only She Could) on Instagram
For the most part artists use Instagram like the rest of us: as a document of everyday fascinations, a bit scrubbed up for public consumption. But Cindy Sherman—who knows more than most about the deceptions of selfies—has quietly been exploring Instagram’s potential for something more than self-promotion. (Read more from the New York Times.)
Performance Piece Featuring Witches Raises Questions at Seattle Art Fair
On Thursday evening, at the end of the first day of the Seattle Art Fair, I went on a witch hunt. Ten women wearing black hooded cloaks were wandering the aisles. Amid booths housing galleries from around the world, the dark figures walked, carrying battle axes, reading poetry, playing music, and taking pictures on their phones. (Read more from the Observer.)
Philippe de Montebello on How the Metropolitan Museum Can Reclaim Its Glory
Philippe de Montebello is an institution in his own right—as venerable and encyclopedic as would befit the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which he led for three decades. Recently, Artnet News’s editor-in-chief sat down with de Montebello to discuss the changes and opportunities at the Met, and his new role in the gallery world. (Read more from Artnet News.)
posted by CAA — Aug 04, 2017
In July CAA announced a restructuring of the organization and the departure of several staff members who took advantage of a buyout program. As part of the restructure we find ourselves with the opportunity to hire new staff at CAA. Below are six positions we are hiring for immediately. Please feel free to share these postings with colleagues and friends who might be a good fit. Click on the linked title of the position to learn more about the role and for application submission details.
posted by CAA — Aug 04, 2017
Amy Buono reads Peruvian Featherworks: Art of the Precolumbian Era, edited by Heidi King. The volume is “an important contribution to a profoundly complex yet largely overlooked artistic genre: Andean featherwork.” It “highlights both the difficulties of interpreting ancient Andean featherworking and its rich scholarly potential” and “is a superb resource for understanding how featherwork fits into the larger arena of Andean artistic practices.” Read the full review at caa.reviews.
Rhonda L. Reymond reviews Civil Rights and the Promise of Equality and African American Women, both edited by Laura Coyle and Michèle Gates Moresi, which are part of a series published by the National Museum of African American History and Culture. “These volumes deserve a place on library bookshelves enriching the photographic section in general and adding to the significant number of books examining or reproducing images of African Americans.” Read the full review at caa.reviews.
Anne Leonard discusses Interiors and Interiority, edited by Ewa Lajer-Burcharth and Beate Söntgen. Featuring “twenty-two essays, mostly by German and U.S. scholars,” the book argues that “the relationship between interiors and interiority is not limited to private spaces and individual psychology but engages just as ineluctably with complex dynamics of performativity, cultural mobility, technology, and material agency.” Read the full review at caa.reviews.
Jenny Lin examines Van Gogh on Demand: China and the Readymade by Winnie Won Yin Wong. The author “not only overturns accounts of Dafen as a factory full of exploited assembly-line painters, which she successfully reveals as strategically crafted fictions, but also unsettles contemporary art’s unspoken hierarchies and topples modernist and postmodernist assumptions about originality, authenticity, and authorship.” Read the full review at caa.reviews.
posted by CAA — Aug 03, 2017
Dear CAA members,
For the past year we have watched conversations grow in discussion groups on CAA Connect, our online social community for members. We see how our members want to stay in touch and develop ideas around the visual arts and their work outside of our Annual Conference. Our CAA-Getty International Program Scholars, for example, have a discussion group with 280 posts and twenty library items. Our Resources for Academic Art Museum Professionals (RAAMP) group has over 100 resources posted.
Now it’s time to expand the network. CAA is joining forces with the Modern Language Association (MLA) to become part of their Humanities Commons platform, and CAA will also have its own CAA Commons network as part of the partnership. The two networks (Humanities Commons and CAA Commons) will serve different purposes for our members, but we believe each will be of value. Humanities Commons is an open-access network where one can create a professional profile, discuss common interests in groups, develop new publications, and share work. The Humanities Commons network is open to anyone. CAA Commons will be the CAA member portal on the same network, where CAA members only can start discussion groups, contribute to discussion groups, and post resources for professionals in the visual arts.
CAA is not alone in joining Humanities Commons. Other members include The Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES), Association for Jewish Studies (AJS), and the Modern Language Association (MLA), of course. Going forward we expect many more associations and organizations to join the network, creating a dynamic, interdisciplinary forum that CAA members can explore and use to expand the reach of their professional work.
Features of CAA Commons and Humanities Commons
- Join discussion groups or create your own on CAA Commons or on Humanities Commons
- Browse the Core Repository or deposit your own work: A collection of papers, images, and materials with open-access
- Create your own WordPress Website
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If you do not have a Humanities Commons or CAA Commons account, you must create one. The CAA Support page can guide you through creating an account. Please note when creating an account, you must use your primary CAA member email address. If you do not remember this email address please log in to your CAA account to check.
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posted by Christopher Howard — Aug 02, 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.
How Do Artists Get Gallery Representation?
While it’s possible to go it alone, it’s hard to understate the importance of a supportive, dedicated gallery to your career. The right gallerist doubles as a sounding board while you develop your work, a public platform for your practice, and a source of income. (Read more from Artsy.)
Seven Residencies That Can Help Emerging Artists
For young artists fresh from art school or an MFA program, studio space may be prohibitively expensive, and leaving the nurturing bubble of school is daunting. Residencies can fill that gap—if these up-and-coming artists know which ones to apply for. (Read more from Artnet News.)
The Distracted Classroom: Transparency, Autonomy, and Pedagogy
If we want to make a dent in the problem of digital distractions in class, we must begin by clarifying the policies we have created and the reasons behind them. Those reasons might look different from teacher to teacher. (Read more from the Chronicle of Higher Education.)
Another Year on the Academic Job Market
Perhaps the summer months can provide you some time for concentrated focus on your next—and hopefully last—round on the market. Here is one person’s perspective on what you might do between now and the next academic hiring season. (Read more from Inside Higher Ed.)
Your Syllabus Doesn’t Have to Look Like a Contract
Zac Wendler was tired of the same routine at the beginning of every semester. He would hand out his syllabus—five or so pages of text—and students would glance at it and wait for him to walk them through it. Then for the rest of the semester, they would ask him questions that could be easily answered if they had read the syllabus. (Read more from Vitae.)
Protesters Call on ICA Boston to Cancel Dana Schutz Show
An exhibition of Dana Schutz’s recent work opened at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, and it won’t be without controversy. Protestors released an open letter expressing their disappointment that the museum is honoring an artist they believe should instead be held accountable for her portrait of Emmett Till, Open Casket. (Read more from Hyperallergic.)
Why We Shouldn’t Punish Small Museums for Deaccessioning
AAM and AAMD contend that their member institutions should only deaccession artworks in their holdings for the express purpose of either acquiring new works or, in the AAM’s case, caring for existing works. It’s an ideologically pure, dependably crowd-pleasing position to take. (Read more from Artnet News.)
Look Up, See a Masterpiece
You’re strolling around an art museum, and one painting catches your eye. Intrigued and mesmerized, you think to yourself, “Now that’s a masterpiece!” Many intangibles go into that judgment, but new research suggests it is partially inspired by one easily measured variable: the painting’s placement on the wall. (Read more from Pacific Standard.)
posted by CAA — Aug 01, 2017
Hương Ngô: To Name It is to See It
Firelei Báez: Vessels of Genealogies
DePaul Art Museum
935 W Fullerton, Chicago, IL
April 27–August 6, 2017
In concurrent exhibitions, the DePaul Art Museum presents Firelei Báez, Vessels of Genealogies, and Hương Ngô, To Name It is to See It. Báez, a Miami-based Dominican-American artist, is known for her use of textiles, patterns, and bright colors. She often depicts identity through the use of hairstyles and tattoos in her large-scale paintings, evoking both beauty and political implications “for those whose cultural identities have remained traditionally absent from dominant culture.” While Báez migrated to the United States, her work also addresses identity formation experienced by those who grew up in Latin, Caribbean, and African regions. She “challenges the basic idea of how race is experienced in the US—a condition defined as binary and black or white. In her work, one can appreciate that she is many cultures. She expresses the consciousness of a new generation eager to embrace their cultural prowess in terms of hybridity.”
In To Name It is to See It, Ngô, focuses on Vietnamese anticolonial organizer Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai. Ngô draws connections between language and seeing. The artist said, “‘To Name It Is To See It’ evokes the promise of a discursive practice, identifying an injustice by name is the first step to understanding it and working towards change. At the same time, there is deception to the title because identification was a preoccupation of the colonial authorities….” The exhibition by Ngô features more than twenty-five individual pieces of art ranging from photos to video and fabrics.
SaveArtSpace: The Future is Female
Through Summer 2017
Various locations throughout New York City
In this all-woman gallery and public art exhibition, The Future Is Female by SaveArtSpact features female artists on advertising spaces and billboards throughout the New York City area during summer 2017. The exhibit aims to expand upon the mainstream definition of “the female gaze” through works that reflect the multifaceted reality of womanhood in the twenty-first century and that expand upon society’s traditional ideals of femininity.
“One such woman is artist Elise Peterson,” writes Priscilla Frank in a HuffPost review, “whose piece Grace Meets Matisse injects a photographic image of Grace Jones into Henri Matisse’s 1910 Dance, placing her in the center of a ring of naked dancers. The image puts Jones’ black body into an image previously filled with white bodies, juxtaposing the flesh of the painted figures with the three-dimensional glow of Jones’ self-actualized body, mid-performance.” (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/feminist-art-new-york-billboards_us_594abba7e4b0312cfb60fb92)
The work was curated by Meryl Meisler, Marie Tomanova, Alyse Archer-Coité, Sandra Hong, and Brittany Natale. In addition to Peterson, artists include Allie Kelley, Beth Brown, Fanny Allié, Jess Whittam, Julie Orlick, Lissa Rivera, Mónica Félix, Nina Summer, and Sara Meadows. Peterson’s work can be viewed in various locations throughout New York City, including Grand Street and Ludlow Street (343 Grand Street).
Commonwealth & Council
3006 W 7th St. Suite 220, Los Angeles, CA
July 8–August 19, 2017
The amplification of sound and image is at the center of Jeanine Oleson’s powerful exhibition at Commonwealth & Council. Using natural materials such as shell and glass within a performance-based lexicon, Oleson examines the effects of production under late capitalism, the meanings of community, and bodily experience. Three-dimensional imaging technology is employed to render visible what we already see but which we might not value; and elsewhere a transducer speaker made of shell expertly turns an object of childlike wonder into a proxy for political speech. Although not specifically positioned as a pendant to Oleson’s Hammer exhibition, concurrently on view, many of the interests in the two shows are similar, and benefit from a close read. At issue in both is how one might become a conductor—realizing the longing for a political elsewhere—using materials of the body and the world?
Venus Over Los Angeles
601 S Anderson St, Los Angeles, CA
July 15–September 2
Although more iconographic than strictly historical, this group exhibition brings together six feminist artists who address the visuality of female bodies and their attendant sexualities. Betty Thompkins, Carolee Schneemann, VALIE EXPORT, Judith Bernstein, Dorothy Iannone, and Marilyn Minter may each depict the vulvic, but their similarities end there. Iannone’s confessional work, I Was Thinking of You (1975/2006), displays a video of artist’s face while she masturbates, housed in a lovingly decorated cabinet which recounts an old story of love and abuse (the text on the cabinet’s exterior begins: “You walk into my quarters 2000 years ago which are outside the city gates….”) The exhibition features new work by some of the artists—most notably a large black-light mural by Bernstein, in which a giant limp phallus covered in swastikas comes to stand for the “Trumpery” of America’s current political hierarchy. Nearby, a vagina dentata seems to be growing out of the official seal of the United States. It is a caustic and damning work—one filled with heaps of rage and anger—revealing why explicitness in our lives, politics, and art are as necessary as ever.
As in Nature: Helen Frankenthaler Paintings
225 South Street
Williamstown, MA 01267
July 1–October 9, 2017
As in Nature: Helen Frankenthaler Paintings presents twelve of this major Abstract Expressionist artist’s large-scale paintings. Made over the course of her long career, these works explore the tension between abstraction and representation and demonstrate her engagement with the landscape painting tradition. In particular, she found inspiration in the idyllic, wooded landscapes of the northeastern United States, home of the Clark Art Institute. Spanning the full range of styles, techniques, and formal preoccupations that Frankenthaler explored over five decades of work, these paintings are primarily abstract, yet reveal recognizable elements from the landscape that function, paradoxically, to reinforce their abstraction: as in nature, but not as in nature. As she said of one of her most iconic paintings, Mountain and Sea (1952), “The landscapes were in my arms as I did it. I didn’t realize all that I was doing. I was trying to get at something—I didn’t know what until it was manifest.”
A publication, authored by guest curator Alexandra Schwartz, with contributions by Christina Kee, accompanies this exhibition.
Marina Abramović: The Cleaner
Gammel Strandvej 13
DK 3050 Humlebaek, Denmark, Copenhagen
June 17–October 22, 2017
This summer, the Louisiana Museum of Art presents Marina Abramović: The Cleaner, the first major European retrospective presentation of this pioneering body and performance artist. The exhibition at Louisiana comprises more than one hundred works and spans more than five decades—from early concept sketches, paintings, and sound works to presentations of the artist’s performances—including her collaboration with former partner Ulay. Reperformances of an early work form part of the exhibition as well. The exhibition is structured chronologically, beginning with her Sound Corridor (War) of 1971, where the spectator is inundated with the sounds of gunfire, and ending with her quieter and more transformative works.
Marina Abramović: The Cleaner has been developed in a dialogue with the artist and is organized by Moderna Museet, Stockholm, in collaboration with the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, and Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn.