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posted by March 29, 2018



Amanda Douberley writes about Dwan Gallery: Los Angeles to New York, 1959-1971 by James Meyer. Read the full review at

Laura Cleaver discusses Art of Documentation: Documents and Visual Culture in Medieval England by Jessica Berenbeim. Read the full review at

Julia Peters reviews Fugitive Objects: Sculpture and Literature in the German Nineteenth Century by Catriona MacLeod. Read the full review at

Karin Zitzewitz examines Visions from India by The Pizzuti Collection and Greer Pagano. Read the full review at

Alessandra Raengo looks at the exhibition Mickalene Thomas: Mentors, Muses, and Celebrities at Spelman College Museum of Fine Art. Read the full review at

Lauren Rosenblum discusses the exhibition Between Land and Sea: Artists of the Coenties Slip at the Menil Collection. Read the full review at

Susan Danly reviews Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern by Wanda M. Corn. Read the full review at

Tanja Klemm explores Strange Tools: Art and Human Nature by Alva Noë. Read the full review at

Sandra Zalman writes about the exhibition Sol LeWitt: Glossy and Flat Black Squares at Rice University Art Gallery. Read the full review at

Anya Pantuyeva examines Mi Tierra: Contemporary Artists Explore Place by Rebecca R. Hart. Read the full review at

Charlie F. B. Miller analyzes Form as Revolt: Carl Einstein and the Ground of Modern Art by Sebastian Zeidler. Read the full review at

Harper Montgomery writes about the exhibition Embodied Absence: Chilean Art of the 1970s Now at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University. Read the full review at

Phoebe Wolfskill reviews African-American Art: A Visual and Cultural History by Lisa Farrington. Read the full review at

Mark Hinchman explores The Politics of Furniture: Identity, Diplomacy and Persuasion in Post-War Interiors edited by Fredie Floré and Cammie McAtee. Read the full review at

Ariel Osterweis looks at The Off-Staging of William Forsythe’s Dance in the Museum. Read the full review at

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Paul B. Jaskot, professor of art, art history, and visual studies at Duke University, contributed the following article about upcoming opportunities for CAA members to participate in international art history conferences. Professor Jaskot is a member of the National Committee for the History of Art (NCHA) and a past president of CAA (2008-10).

At the 2018 CAA Annual Conference in Los Angeles, two exciting sessions addressed the theme of international “mobilities” in art history, presenting new research related to Brazil and Italy (and their artistic diasporas). Organized by members of the National Committee for the History of Art (NCHA), each session took up the general topic of mobilities, which will be the organizing concept for the upcoming International Congress for the History of Art. The congress is sponsored by the International Committee of the History of Art (CIHA), of which NCHA is the US affiliate. NCHA acts as representative body to connect the international committee’s work with CAA and its members to sustain the global exchange of art historical work.

In an unusual format, CIHA has approved two official conferences—together comprising the International Congress—developing this theme in order to emphasize the nature of movement and art over time and space. The 2019 meeting will take place in Florence, Italy, and the 2020 meeting will convene in São Paulo, Brazil.

São Paulo, Brazil. Photo: Ana Paula Hirama/Flickr, via Wikimedia Commons

In the same spirit, NCHA decided to sponsor two sessions at the CAA Annual Conference to raise awareness of the upcoming conferences as well as begin to develop US participation. The first session, chaired by Jeanette Favrot Peterson, was entitled “Mobilities: Brazil and Beyond” while the second session, chaired by Elizabeth Cropper focused on “Mobilities: Italy and the New World.” The Brazil session featured Brazilian speakers (including representatives to CIHA) on topics that particularly interpreted mobility as migration in/through Brazil, from the ancient world through contemporary art history and across diverse media. In a complementary but distinct emphasis, the Italian session centered on spatial representations and movements of objects and individuals between Italy and the Americas; like its counterpart, the session had an expansive chronological focus and range of media, from maps to Modernist architecture. In both cases, the sessions emphasized the importance of scholarly exchange between US art historians and the international community, a crucial goal of CIHA, NCHA, and indeed CAA itself, especially through the work of its International Committee and the CAA-Getty International Program.

Florence, Italy. Photo: Felix König, via Wikimedia Commons

Art historians interested in these exchanges can get involved now with the ongoing dialogue. The Call for Chairs for the Florence CIHA 2019 conference has been posted and is open to all (Deadline: April 15, 2018); the Italian Committee has chosen the theme of “Motion: Transformation” as its interpretation of the broader focus on mobilities. The chair selection will be followed by a Call for Papers in Fall 2018. The Brazilian Committee will first issue a Call for Sessions between October and December 2018; the Call for Chairs will be issued in February 2019; the Call for Papers will take place between May and August 2019 with the final program being posted in October 2019. NCHA is developing programming for the CAA 2019 Annual Conference to advertise these conferences and encourage US participation. Stay connected with NCHA and check out the CIHA website for further information! We will continue to post updates in CAA News as well.

CIHA is the oldest continuously held art history conference in the world. In addition to its congresses held every four years, it also sponsors colloquia: more focused gatherings around particular art historical themes that are sponsored by its national committees. On November 27-30, 2018, India will be holding its first colloquium on the topic of “Art, Design, and Society.” Note that the Call for Papers closes May 7, 2018, so there is still time to participate in this conference. Following this, Japan will be organizing another colloquium in 2019 titled “Towards the Future: Museums and Art History in East Asia.” More information will be available as details are finalized. As the colloquia and the congress indicate, there are many opportunities for US art historians to get involved with these international exchanges of ideas.

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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by March 28, 2018

Poster by De’Janae Gilliam for March for Our Lives. Courtesy Amplifier.

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

Duty to Protect

California Supreme Court has determined public colleges in the state must warn and shield their students from potential violent acts. Experts say the ruling could have nationwide implications. (Inside Higher Ed)

London Arts and Textiles Educator Named ‘World’s Best Teacher’

Andria Zafirakou, who teaches at a northwest London community school in one of the poorest areas in the country, is the first British winner of the annual Global Teacher Prize. (The Guardian)

Centuries Later, People Still Don’t Know What to Make of Las Meninas

Scholars have been analyzing Diego Velázquez’s 1656 painting for over three centuries, and still haven’t settled on its meaning. (Artsy)

Cy Twombly’s Extravagant Synesthesia

“Rosalind Krauss misreads Twombly in more ways than I can enumerate.” Read John Yau’s take. (Hyperallergic)

These Are the Posters Students Carried at the March for Our Lives

The art and activism organization Amplifier gave away more than 40,000 posters nationwide. (CNN)

ACLU Files Art Censorship Lawsuit against the City of New Orleans

The ACLU alleges the city’s onerous process for getting approval for murals violates the right to free expression. (The Art Newspaper)

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Jolene Powell and Richard Danford

posted by March 26, 2018

The weekly CAA Conversations Podcast continues 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.

This week, Jolene Powell and Richard Danford discuss teaching study abroad.

Jolene Powell is McCoy Professor of Art and Director of Gallery 310 at Marietta College teaching courses in all levels studio art in drawing, painting, printmaking, and occasional special topics classes. Her favorite learning opportunities happen when she can take students to actual artwork and add an experiential components to her classes.

Richard Danford is Vice-President for Student Life at Marietta College, where he previously served as associate professor of Spanish and Portuguese. He spent two years living in Madrid, where he taught English and pursued doctoral coursework in Spanish linguistics. He has led multiple short-term study abroad courses to both Spain and Brazil, focusing on everything from language to civilization and culture to human geography to the Masters of Spanish Painting.

Filed under: CAA Conversations, Podcast

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posted by March 23, 2018


Susanna Temkin reviews Adiós Utopia: Art in Cuba Since 1950 edited by Ana Clara Silva and Eugenio Valdés Figueroa. Read the full review at

Namiko Kunimoto writes about Bachelor Japanists: Japanese Aesthetics and Western Masculinities by Christopher Reed. Read the full review at

Anne Helmreich explores The Complete Writings and Pictures of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, freely distributed by IATH and the NINES consortium under a Creative Commons License,, edited by Jerome J. McGann. Read the full review at

Cecelia Feldman examines About Antiquities: Politics of Archaeology in the Ottoman Empire by Zeynep Ҫelik. Read the full review at 

David Karmon writes about Drawing and the Senses: An Early Modern History by Caroline O. Fowler. Read the full review at

Nina Dubin discusses Classicisms edited by Larry F. Norman and Anne Leonard. Read the full review at

Manuel Aguilar-Moreno reviews the exhibition catalogue Golden Kingdoms: Luxury Arts in the Ancient Americas edited by Joanne Pillsbury, Timothy F. Potts, and Kim N. Richter. Read the full review at

John Muse writes about the exhibition Yoonmi Nam: Still at The Print Center in Philadelphia. Read the full review at

Meghan Tierney reviews Art and Vision in the Inca Empire: Andeans and Europeans at Cajamarca by Adam Herring. Read the full review at

Naraelle Hohensee explores the Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History, a digital resource of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Read the full review at

Emily Neumeier discusses The Transnational Mosque: Architecture and Historical Memory in the Contemporary Middle East by Kishwar Rizvi. Read the full review at

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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by March 21, 2018

Image: Free Cooper Union, via Wikimedia Commons

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 a Historic Vote, Renowned Art School Cooper Union Commits to Bringing Back Free Tuition For All

The school may be tuition-free again as early as 2029. (artnet News)

How Do You Know If You’ve Hung a Painting Upside Down?

Genevieve Habert was the only one to realize something was amiss at the Museum of Modern Art’s Henri Matisse exhibition. (Artsy)

‘I Need a College Degree to Make This?’ Asks Arizona Teacher Who Posted Salary Online

Arizona teachers are mobilizing after the West Virginia teachers’ strike. (Star Telegram)

Clashing Visions, Simmering Tensions: How a Confluence of Forces Led to MOCA’s Firing of Helen Molesworth

The news that Helen Molesworth, one of the most prominent curators in the United States, had been fired from her job at MOCA last week sent shockwaves through the art world. (artnet News)

Long Before MRIs, Santiago Ramón y Cajal Revealed the Inner Workings of the Brain

American viewers are getting a chance to see Santiago Ramón y Cajal’s drawings for the first time. (Artsy)

How Much of Conservators’ Work Should Be Visible and How Much Should Be Hidden?

The release of a pre-conservation image of Salvator Mundi reignites debate over the transparency of conservators’ interventions. (The Art Newspaper)

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Manager of the Annual Conference

posted by March 20, 2018

Please note: This position has been filled. Thank you.

CAA – Advancing Art & Design
50 Broadway, Fl 21
New York, NY 10004
Date posted: March 20, 2018

Position Title: Manager of Annual Conference
Supervisor: Director of Programs and Publications
Full-time, salaried with benefits

Founded in 1911, CAA is the preeminent international leadership organization in the visual arts, promoting the field through intellectual engagement, advocacy, programs and a commitment to the diversity of practices and practitioners.  Each year, CAA offers an Annual Conference, publishes two scholarly journals and offers a variety of other programs. Visit for a complete description of programs and offerings.

CAA has more than 9,000 members worldwide. The majority of members are curators, art historians, scholars, visual artists and designers. Each year, members renew their membership to CAA.

Responsibilities include:

  • Answers inquiries and provides information related to the CAA conference. Maintain all conference-related records.
  • Manages and maintains all proposal submissions for the CAA conference through the proposal submission database. Manages related correspondence.
  • Assists Director with meetings of the Annual Conference Committee and with the scheduling of Annual Conference program including conference sessions, meetings, workshops, events, etc.
  • Manages all aspects of applications to poster sessions and ARTexchange.
  • Develops and maintains a pool of volunteers and mentors to serve CAA’s professional development program needs. Selects and assigns mentors and mentees. Manages mentoring workshops at the CAA conference.
  • Assists Student and Emerging Professionals Committee and Services to Artists Committee with program planning and scheduling of activities and events.
  • Assists Director with the planning of and correspondence related to special panels.
  • Manages conference registration, reimbursements, and/or payments for special guest scholars, artists, and workshop leaders.
  • Coordinates the CAA conference Awards for Distinction ceremony including: making arrangements for awardees; assisting with Convocation production.
  • Assists with the development and drafting of all conference publications. Coordinates with designer. Maintains session information on website.
  • Provides Communications department with content for CAA conference communications and presentations.
  • Creates CAA staff schedule for the conference.
  • Manages complimentary hotel reservations, including staff rooms, and acts as point person with service provider.
  • Coordinates all aspects of on-site temporary conference staff including hiring, scheduling, training, supervising, and following up on invoicing and payments.
  • Facilitates conference sessions and activities on-site. Oversees all AV needs for sessions. Acts as primary contact with AV service provider during the conference.
  • Administers various travel grant programs. Maintains records and coordinates applications for travel grant applicants and recipients. Manages reimbursements.
  • Works collaboratively to ensure smooth planning, operation, and close out of the annual conference.
  • Assists with other program management as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • Minimum B.A., preferably in the visual arts, art history or related field.
  • A minimum of three years experience planning large events and/or supporting academic conferences is required.
  • Ability to work independently, organize work, and follow through on details.
  • Experience with spreadsheets, systems and database management, and generally accepted programs and office equipment required.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills and oral communication.
  • Excellent customer services skills. Pleasant demeanor. Ability to remain poised under pressure.
  • Flexibility, creativity, and initiative.
  • Should possess tact, discretion, and the ability to work confidentially.
  • Ability to work independently and in collaboration with others.
  • The ability and willingness to work evening and weekend hours as needed.

Interested individuals should submit a cover letter and resume to Tiffany Dugan, Director of Programs and Publications via email at Applications accepted until all positions are filled. Please include the names and contact information for three references who can speak to your ability to perform the tasks requested.

CAA is an equal opportunity employer and considers all candidates for employment regardless of race, color, sex, age, national origin, creed, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender expression or political affiliation.

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The National Museum Institute (NMI) in New Delhi, India. Image: Wikimedia Commons

New Delhi, India, November 27 – 30, 2018
Deadline: May 7, 2018

Comité International d’Histoire de l’Art (CIHA) India Colloquium 2018

Art and design are intrinsic to all forms with aesthetic value. In the modern world, the dichotomy between art and design was created by the socio-political and economic changes that were brought about by the industrial revolution and colonization. This has led to the paradoxical paradigm wherein the utilitarian designs of the past are perceived as art in the present and are displayed in museum spaces.

In countries like India, art institutions are products of colonialism which aimed at instilling western values leading to the collapse of traditional structures of art creation, dissemination and consumption. The living traditions of indigenous, popular and ritual art which formed the major corpus of artistic production in societies worldwide went unnoticed in the grand narratives. This led to the exclusion of a vast array of tangibles and intangibles that engendered incomplete perceptions of the past across the world.

This colloquium aims at bringing together the smaller narratives that have often been overlooked but which are nonetheless important parts of the tapestry of humanity. It has also become imperative that we re-examine the notions of art and design to understand the essence of the creative process across various cultures and encourage discussion and discourse on their interface and intersection with society. The colloquium particularly intends to probe the role of categorization and enquire into the very frameworks within which art & design operate.

Against this background, the colloquium would like to call for papers under the following topics:

  • Design of the Past: Art of the Present
  • Synthesizing the Sacred and the Secular
  • Art & Design: Expressions of Conflict and Synthesis in Society
  • Utility to Frivolity
  • Space, Design & Art
  • Power, Politics & Propaganda
  • Sustainability: Practice and Production
  • Vision, Perception and Interpretation
  • Signs & Symbolism in Art & Design
  • Prevailing Over Prejudice: Untold Stories
  • Interpreting the Intangible Through the Tangible
  • Impacting Society: Social & Digital Media
  • Harmonizing the Individual and the Collective
  • Art History: The Melting Pot

We invite paper presentations of 20 minutes. Please send a title of your proposed paper, an abstract of between 300 and 350 words. Please write the word “Abstract” in the subject line of your e-mail. Submissions must be sent to

Closing date for the first call for papers: Monday, May 7, 2018

Kindly note that participation in the colloquium will only be confirmed after receipt of payment of registration fee. Click here to register.


Prof. (Dr.) Anupa Pande
Professor & Head, Department of History of Art
Director & Pro-Vice-Chancellor, National Museum Institute

Dr. Savita Kumari
Assistant Professor, Department of History of Art
National Museum Institute


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Elizabeth Moran and Erica Molesworth

posted by March 19, 2018

The weekly CAA Conversations Podcast continues 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.

This week, Elizabeth Moran and Erica Molesworth discuss teaching dark room to digital natives.

Elizabeth Moran is an artist and lecturer in the Art, Media, and Technology program at Parsons School of Design. Her work investigates how varying belief systems that inform our understanding of recorded evidence.

Erica Molesworth is an artist and lecturer in photography at California College of the Arts and at San Francisco Art Institute; she is interested in the expanded field of photography and its intersection with moving images and digital media.

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posted by March 16, 2018


Lisa Lee reviews Something to Take My Place: The Art of Lonnie Holley by Bernard Herman. Read the full review at

Frédérique Baumgartner examines Delacroix and His Forgotten World: The Origins of Romantic Painting by Margaret MacNamidhe. Read the full review at 

Scott Volz writes about Art in the Anthropocene: Encounters Among Aesthetics, Politics, Environments and Epistemologies edited by Heather Davis and Etienne Turpin, as well as Against the Anthropocene: Visual Culture and Environment Today by T. J. Demos. Read the full review at

Alison Syme discusses Otherwise: Imagining Queer Feminist Art Histories by Amelia Jones and Erin Silver. Read the full review at

James A. Doyle considers Art and Myth of the Ancient Maya by Oswaldo Chinchilla Mazariegos. Read the full review at

Ryan Donovan Purcell explores The Urbanism of Frank Lloyd Wright by Neil Levine. Read the full review at

Chelsea Weathers writes about Working Conditions: The Writings of Hans Haacke edited by Alexander Alberro. Read the full review at

Seung Yeon Sang reviews Public Properties: Museums in Imperial Japan by Noriko Aso. Read the full review at

Louise Mayhew examines O’Keeffe, Preston, Cossington Smith: Making Modernism edited by Lesley Harding and Denise Mimmocchi. Read the full review at

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