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Books Published by CAA Members
posted by CAA — February 15, 2011
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.
Maria Elena Buszek, ed. Extra/ordinary: Craft and Contemporary Art (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2011).
Beatriz Colomina and Craig Buckley, eds. Clip, Stamp, Fold:
The Radical Architecture of Little Magazines 196X–197X (New York: Actar, 2010).
Elina Gertsman. The Dance of Death in the Middle Ages: Image, Text, Performance (Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols, 2010).
David J. Getsy. Rodin: Sex and the Making of Modern Sculpture (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2010).
Douglas Holleley. Studying Photography: A Survival Guide (Rochester, NY: Clarellen, 2010).
Elisabeth Stevens. Sirens’ Song (Baltimore, MD: BrickHouse Books, 2011).
Thanks to Conference Sponsors and the Annual Conference Committee
posted by CAA — February 15, 2011
Support for the 99th Annual Conference and Centennial Kickoff, which took place February 9–12, 2011, in New York, was provided by: American Airlines; the American Folk Art Museum; the Art Institute of Atlanta; ARTstor; Blick Art Materials; Columbia University, Department of Art History and Archaeology; the Courtauld Institute of Art; D.A.P. Distributed Art Publishers; Design Technology and Industry; the Graduate Center, City University of New York; Hunter College, City University of New York; the Samuel H. Kress Foundation; McVicker and Higginbotham; the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the National Endowment for the Arts; the New York Center for Art and Media Studies, Bethel University; Pearson Higher Education; Prestel; the School of Visual Arts; Troy University; and the University of North Texas.
The organization is deeply grateful to Thomas P. Campbell, director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, for hosting the Centennial Reception.
CAA also extends special thanks to the Annual Conference Committee, whose members were responsible for the 2011 program: Sue Gollifer, University of Brighton, chair and vice president for Annual Conference; Sharon Matt Atkins, Brooklyn Museum; Brian Bishop, Framingham State University; Connie Cortez, Texas Tech University; Ken Gonzales-Day, Scripps College and CAA board; Randall Griffin, Southern Methodist University and CAA board; Norie Sato, independent artist, Seattle; Judith Thorpe, University of Connecticut and CAA board; and William Wallace, Washington University in St. Louis and CAA board. Regional representatives for the committee were: Nicola M. Courtright, Amherst College; and Sheila Pepe, Pratt Institute.
CAA also thanks all volunteers and staff members who made the conference possible. Additional acknowledgments for those serving as mentors in Conference Mentoring Sessions, as well as participants in other programs and events, are forthcoming.
Anne-Imelda Radice Joins the Board as Appointed Director
posted by Christopher Howard — February 14, 2011
CAA has named Anne-Imelda Radice, a senior consultant for the Dilenschneider Group, to the Board of Directors as an appointed director. Radice has a strong record of public service, serving in all three federal cultural agencies: the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).
Prior to joining the Dilenschneider Group, Radice was director of the IMLS from 2006 to 2010. Previously acting assistant chairman for programs at the NEH, she served as chief of staff to the secretary of the United States Department of Education. In the early 1990s she was acting NEA chairman and senior deputy chairman. From 1989 to 1991, Radice was chief of the Creative Arts Division of the United States Information Agency and also served as the first director of the National Museum of Women in the Arts (1983–89). Before that she worked as a curator and architectural historian for the Architect of the Capitol and as an assistant curator at the National Gallery of Art.
Radice earned a PhD in art and architectural history from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, an MBA from American University in Washington, DC, and a BA in art history from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts. She also holds an MA from the Villa Schifanoia in Florence, Italy.
About CAA Appointed Directors
In addition to the areas of art, art history, museums, law, and finance that currently are represented on the board, CAA seeks expertise in marketing, technology, and philanthropy, among other areas. In February 2010, CAA members approved an amendment to Article VII, Section IV, of the organizational By-laws to establish a new category of appointed director to serve this function. Read more about the amendment.
Challenges to membership societies have increased a great deal in the last decade. Even before the recent financial downturn, membership societies became more complex and expensive to operate. Fund raising, strategies to make the organization structure more efficient, and advice on offering member services in new ways, such as through digital technologies, are just some of the areas that are increasingly important to address and could aid our organization in its mission. CAA will benefit enormously from a variety of views and skills, brought by appointed directors, that will contribute to the organization’s growth and stability.
Image: photograph by Dennis Brack
Results of the Board of Directors Election
posted by Christopher Howard — February 11, 2011
The CAA Board of Directors welcomes four newly elected members, who will serve from 2011 to 2015:
- Leslie Bellavance, Dean, School of Art and Design, New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University
- Denise Mullen, President, Oregon College of Art and Craft
- Saul Ostrow, Chair, Visual Arts and Technologies, Cleveland Institute of Art
- Georgia Strange, Director, Lamar Dodd School of Art, University of Georgia
Barbara Nesin, CAA board president, announced the election results at the conclusion of the Annual Members’ Business Meeting, held on Friday, February 11, at the 99th Annual Conference in New York.
The Board of Directors is charged with CAA’s long-term financial stability and strategic direction; it is also the association’s governing body. The board sets policy regarding all aspects of CAA’s activities, including publishing, the Annual Conference, awards and fellowships, advocacy, and committee procedures.
For the annual board election, CAA members vote for no more than four candidates; they also cast votes for write-in candidates (who must be CAA members). The four candidates receiving the most votes are elected to the board.
Americans for the Arts Urges You to Help Support NEA Funding
posted by CAA — February 11, 2011
Americans for the Arts sent the following email on February 10, 2011. CAA urges you to join the fight to save funding for the National Endowment for the Arts.
Americans for the Arts Email
Next week, the U.S. House of Representatives will bring to the House floor, a Continuing Resolution (CR) appropriations package that proposes to cut dozens of federal agencies and programs for the balance of the current 2011 fiscal year (March 5 through September 30). Yesterday, the House Appropriations Committee revealed details of what some of the cuts will be in this CR package and they include cutting the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) budget to $155 million this year. That’s a substantial cut from its currently funded level of $167.5 million.
The battle begins next week when the House CR appropriations package comes to the floor. Each and every one of your Representatives will be voting on possible amendments attempting to make even deeper cuts to the NEA’s budget, beyond the $155 million level. It is quite possible members of the Republican Study Committee will offer amendments to fully eliminate the NEA during floor consideration. We need you to send a message to your Members to vote against any amendments to further cut the NEA.
Because of these threats in the House, we are simultaneously working on the Senate strategy; where there may be a better chance to approve a higher funding level for the NEA and counter the cuts in the House version of this bill. By taking two minutes today to send a customizable message via our E-Advocacy Center, we will automatically send letters on your behalf to both your Senators and your House Representative. This will ensure that your voice will be heard by Members of Congress (especially freshmen members), who are now assessing their constituents’ viewpoints on these budget cuts.
Also be on the lookout for our alert on President Obama’s official FY 2012 budget submission to Congress on Monday, February 14. While that budget is for a different fiscal year than the CR that we’ll be dealing with next week, it will signal to the House and Senate the President’s funding intentions for the very same agencies that Congress is considering cutting.
Help us continue this important work by becoming an official member of the Arts Action Fund. If you are not already a member play your part by joining the Arts Action Fund today—it’s free and simple.
Committee on Women in the Arts Picks for February 2011
posted by CAA — February 10, 2011
Each month, CAA’s Committee on Women in the Arts selects the best in feminist art and scholarship. The following panels and exhibitions should not be missed. Check the archive of CWA Picks at the bottom of the page, as several museum and gallery shows listed in previous months may still be on view or touring.
Lorna Simpson: Gathered
200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11238
January 28–August 14, 2011
Lorna Simpson first received critical recognition in the mid-1980s for a series of large-scale works using photography and text to confront and challenge conventional interpretations of gender, identity, culture, history, and memory. Her most recent museum show, Lorna Simpson: Gathered, continues this approach with a series of photographs and a photographic installation created since her retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2007.
TFAP@CAA Day of Panels
Feminist Art Project
Museum of Arts and Design, 2 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019
February 12, 2011
For the sixth year in a row, the Feminist Art Project has organized a series of special events in conjunction with CAA’s Annual Conference. Free and open to the public, the TFAP@CAA Day of Panels will bring together artists, art historians, curators, and critics for dialogues on four topics: “The Problem of Feminist Form,” “Institutions and their Feminist Discontents,” “The Erotics of Feminism,” and “Feminism, Art, and War.” Also on the agenda are two conversations: the artist Zoe Leonard talks to Huey Copeland of Northwestern University; and Ayreen Anastas of Pratt Institute will converse with Jaleh Mansoor of Ohio University.
“Sonic Art and Activism: Exploring the Ties between Feminist Art and Popular Music”
Feminist Art Project
Soho20 Chelsea Gallery, 547 West 27th Street, Suite 301, New York, NY 10001
February 13, 2011
Taking place on Sunday afternoon, 1:00–3:00 PM, this Feminist Art Project–sponsored panel comprises artists and musicians who will discuss the myriad connections between contemporary feminist art and popular music. Organized and moderated by Kat Griefen and Maria Elena Buszek, member of CAA’ Committee on Women in the Arts, the panel features Damali Abrams, Kathleen Hanna, Lorraine O’Grady, and Shizu Saldamando.
Joan Snyder/Intimate Works
Mabel Smith Douglass Library Galleries
Rutgers University, 8 Chapel Drive, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
January 17, 2011–June 5, 2011
As the 2010–11 Estelle Lebowitz Visiting Artist in Residence, Joan Snyder has spent the last few months at Rutgers University giving classes and public lectures. The forty-five small paintings in this exhibition, mounted in the Rutgers University Library, show how her work has developed over the past four decades. The New Jersey State Council on the Arts has selected Joan Snyder/Intimate Works as part of the American Masterpieces Series in New Jersey. The exhibition also runs concurrently with Dancing with the Dark: Joan Snyder Prints 1963–2010 (January 29–May 29, 2011) at the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers.
Off the Beaten Path: Violence, Women, and Art
Chicago Cultural Center
78 East Washington Street, Chicago, IL 60602
January 22–April 13, 2011
Organized by Art Works for Change and curated by Randy Jayne Rosenberg, Off the Beaten Path contains works by thirty-two artists—including Marina Abramović, Laylah Ali, and Yoko Ono—that address violence against women and the right of girls and women to have safe and secure lives. The exhibition was first shown in 2009 in Oslo, Norway, and will travel internationally through 2014
Art Journal Unveils Website
posted by Joe Hannan — February 09, 2011
CAA has introduced a new website for Art Journal, its quarterly publication of modern and contemporary art. The launch coincides with the start of CAA’s Centennial year.
Katy Siegel, editor-in-chief of Art Journal, writes that the website “both acknowledges current material conditions of art and publishing, and honors the journal’s unique nature…. Rather than attempting to be another rapidly changing aggregator of information, the site will make visible and maintain the dense artistic and scholarly content of Art Journal in print, hopefully serving a need in the international arts community.”
The debut site features free selections from the print journal as well as content created specifically for the site. An essay by the painter David Reed, “Soul-Beating,” relates his first encounters with his mentor and friend Philip Guston and explores their shared fascination with the work of Piero della Francesca. Also from the print edition, a review by the writer and critic Lauren O’Neill-Butler examines the recently published notebooks of the artist Lee Lozano.
The initial web-only offerings are an essay by Howard Singerman, the journal’s reviews editor, on the history and shifting identity of Art Journal, and selected features from its extensive archive, each with a short introduction by a member of the journal’s editorial board. In coming months, the Art Journal site will grow to include time-based art discussed in articles, online artists’ projects, and more conversational modes of scholarship and discourse.
The Art Journal site was generously funded by a grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Katherine Behar, an artist and assistant professor of new media at Baruch College, will oversee the site. Lauren Cornell of Rhizome advised the organizers, and Brendan Dugan of Supervision Art Service designed the site.
Speak Your Mind about CAA’s Future
posted by Christopher Howard — February 09, 2011
With its Centennial in mind, CAA invites members to discuss the future of the organization in three conference forums. The Board of Directors is hosting two Strategic Plan Focus Group Discussions on Thursday and Friday mornings on topics in communication and career enhancement. A third opportunity, the Annual Members’ Business Meeting, takes place on late Friday afternoon.
Strategic Plan Focus Group Discussion Part I: Communication
This first Strategic Plan Focus Group Discussion, led by Sue Gollifer, CAA vice president for Annual Conference, will explore new forms of communication using innovative and improved technology. The session will take place on Thursday, February 10, 7:30 AM–9:00 AM in the Madison Suite, 2nd Floor, Hilton New York.
After presentations by invited participants, who will talk about new forms of CAA communication. The informal panel will be straightforward, quick moving, and guided in the spirit of conversation and sharing. Next, the floor will open to discussion, enabling CAA members to give their input and to raise concerns of their own. The ideas from this session will then feed the Annual Members’ Business Meeting (see below).
CAA’s Nia Page and Christopher Howard will talk about the organization’s traditional and digital communications, and Randall Griffin of Southern Methodist University and Paul Jaskot of DePaul University will discuss e-publishing. Two speakers on social media, Bonnie Mitchell of Bowling Green State University and Cora Lynn Deibler of the University of Connecticut, will close the introductory presentations. Andrea Kirsh, CAA vice president for external affairs, and Judith Thorpe of the University of Connecticut will also be present.
Strategic Plan Focus Group Discussion Part II: Career Enhancement
Jean Miller of the University of North Texas and a CAA board member will lead a conversation about how CAA can improve its advocacy efforts, career-development activities, and workforce issues in order to assist professional growth. The focus group takes place on Friday morning, February 11, 7:30–9:00 AM in Beekman Parlor, 2nd Floor, Hilton New York.
Participants include these leaders from leading nonprofits and arts organizations: Steve Bliss, a former board member of the Society for Photographic Education; Sally Block, executive director of the Association of Art Museum Curators; Michael Fahlund, CAA deputy director; Jim Hopfensperger, 2011 president of the National Council of Art Administrators; and Richard Grefé, AIGA executive director. Randall Griffin of CAA’s board will also be present.
Annual Members’ Business Meeting
CAA invites all members to attend the Annual Members’ Business Meeting, taking place on Friday, February 11, 2011, 5:30–7:00 PM in the Rendezvous Trianon Ballroom, Third Floor, Hilton New York. Barbara Nesin, CAA board president will lead the meeting and welcome discussion on new organizational business and projects in progress.
In addition, the meeting’s agenda will include summaries of ideas presented in the two Strategic Plan Focus Groups, a financial report from Teresa Lopez, CAA’s chief financial officer, and an update on the 2012 Annual Conference in Los Angeles from Ruth Weisberg. At the end of the meeting, Nesin will announce the results of the current board election. To celebrate CAA’s Centennial, a reception will follow the business meeting.
Centennial Projects for The Art Bulletin, Art Journal, and caa.reviews
posted by Christopher Howard — February 08, 2011
The CAA three journals have launched special projects to coincide with the yearlong celebration of CAA’s Centennial. Each publication—The Art Bulletin, Art Journal, and caa.reviews—has created an online anthology of articles from its back archive. The editorial boards of the journals determined the shape, structure, and content of the anthologies, and the three projects are fascinating in their distinct approaches. All are available to the wider web-browsing public.
The Art Bulletin
The Art Bulletin Editorial Board chose to feature thirty-eight essays and reviews from the journal, which has been in print since 1913, for its Centennial anthology. As Natalie Kampen notes in her introduction to the project, the articles are “the ones that made a difference to us as art historians and as people.” The articles are listed chronologically, with author, title, and a link to a PDF of the full text. Among the authors are Meyer Schapiro, Ananda K. Coomaraswamy, Linda Nochlin, James S. Ackerman, and Griselda Pollock.
Art Journal’s project is in two parts. The first is an extended essay by Howard Singerman that traces the history and shifting identities of the journal and its predecessor titles, Parnassus and College Art Journal. The author of Art Subjects: Making Artists in the American University, Singerman is current reviews editor of Art Journal. To complement the essay, members of the editorial board selected texts and artists’ projects from past issues and wrote brief introductory texts to them. As editor-in-chief Katy Siegel writes, “Some feature familiar names attached to much-cited touchstones, while others, we hope, will come as a surprise.” Both projects can be seen at the journal’s new website.
The editorial board of caa.reviews took a different tack, one that reflects the journal’s born-digital nature. Current and past editors of the journal penned texts to introduce statistically relevant reviews. For each of the dozen years of publication, the Centennial anthology includes the one review that was read the most over a three-year period. Though statistics were not available for the journal’s infancy, some early reviews had the largest overall readership. The topics of the reviews in the anthology vary from installation art to Islamic architecture and reflect the diverse range of expertise of the journal’s numerous commissioning editors.
2011 Regional BFA Exhibition at NYCAMS
posted by Christopher Howard — February 08, 2011
Hosted by the New York Center for Art and Media Studies (NYCAMS) in Manhattan, the College Art Association Regional BFA Exhibition celebrates current perspectives from seventeen undergraduate student artists enrolled in seven area BFA programs. Curated by John Silvis and Brent Everett Dickinson, both professors of art at NYCAMS, the exhibition demonstrates the distinctiveness of each artist’s work and cultivates an engaging conversation among the participating programs. It will be on view for three weeks: February 7–25, 2011.
The seven schools in the College Art Association Regional BFA Exhibition are: Brooklyn College, City University of New York; the Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York; Long Island University, C. W. Post Campus; Pratt Institute, School of Art and Design; Purchase College, State University of New York; the School of Visual Arts; and St. John’s University.
The seventeen exhibiting artists are: Marcel Bornstein (FIT), Christina Carlsson (Brooklyn), Matthew Chavez (FIT), Theresa Daddezio (Purchase), Alexander Derwick (Purchase), Alex Gavryushenko (Pratt), Su Yeon Ihm (SVA), Saskia Kahn (Brooklyn), Elizabeth Maroney (LIU), Katherine Mias (St. John’s), Anna Niedermeyer (Pratt), Zoey B. Scheler (Pratt), Olivia Taylor (FIT), Matthew Uebbing (Pratt), Allison M. Walters (St. John’s), Samantha Wolf (SVA), and Phillip Wong (Purchase).
The opening reception for the artists, their professors, and CAA conference attendees is Friday, February 11, 6:00–9:00 PM. NYCAMS is located twenty-five blocks south of the Hilton New York, at 44 West 28th Street, 7th Floor, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. (Take the F or M train to the 34th or 23rd Street stops.) The NYCAMS gallery is open Monday–Friday, 10:00 AM–4:00 PM or by appointment. For more information, please call Janna Dyk at 212-213-8052. CAA is also sponsoring the College Art Association New York Area MFA Exhibition, which opens on the same evening at the Hunter College/Times Square Gallery.
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Affiliated with Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota, NYCAMS offers a semester-long, sixteen-credit residency in art and writing for its undergraduate students. The program provides a concentrated educational experience to prepare students for an effective career in the arts. The core of its mission is to pursue excellence in all academic and artistic endeavors, and to provide a stimulating and nurturing environment that encourages the creative process. NYCAMS is committed to exploring issues in contemporary culture in a rigorous academic environment, enabling students to become astute contributors to the current cultural discourse.
Image: Alexander Derwick, Temporary Tattoos, 2011, etching, 17½ x 24 in. (artwork © Alexander Derwick)