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posted by June 28, 2019


Marta Zboralska explores the Cooper Hewitt exhibition Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color. Read the full review at

Dario Donetti discusses Peter Fane-Saunders’s Pliny the Elder and the Emergence of Renaissance Architecture. Read the full review at

Elena Tiribilli reviews Pocket Museum: Ancient Egypt by Campbell Price. Read the full review at

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posted by June 26, 2019

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Installation view of 60 Years at Tate Britain. Photo: Naomi Polonsky for Hyperallergic

POWarts Releases the Results of Its Art-World Salary Survey

the nonprofit POWarts recently released the results of its salary survey comparing compensation levels in the visual arts field at for-profit and nonprofit organizations. (POWarts)

Association of Art Museum Directors Calls for End of Unpaid Internships

While the AAMD resolution may be a small measure in the full context of museum operations, it could lead to helpful consequences for workers getting their start. (ARTnews)

Tate Britain Hangs a Diverse Display of Women Artists Out of Its Permanent Collection

The collection of sixty women artists from the museum’s permanent collection tackles the tricky terrain of museum representation. (Hyperallergic)

Survey: The Impact of Negative Supervisory Behaviors on the Graduate Student Experience

Are you a former graduate student who had negative encounters with supervisors during your studies? Share your experience in this anonymous survey about advisor-graduate student relationships. (via Twitter)

Artists Reflect on How Stonewall Changed Art

On Stonewall’s 50th anniversary, artists, writers, and activists share how that moment affected queer life in New York City, and their own creative practices. (Artsy)

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Shervone Neckles-Ortiz presents as part of “The Artist’s Vision—The Lasting Legacy” with Sharon Louden, Squeak Carnwath, and Jan Wurm at the 2019 CAA Annual Conference. Photo: Ben Fractenberg

The 2020 Call for Participation for accepted sessions soliciting contributors for the CAA Annual Conference, February 12-15 in Chicago, is now open.

From medieval art to the legacies of contemporary figures like Okwui Enwezor and Carolee Schneemann, the 2020 Annual Conference offers an enormous range of topics to explore.


A word to the wise! Submissions for this CFP are to be emailed directly to the session chair(s), listed under each session description along with their email(s). If there is more than one session chair, send materials to both chairs.

Deadline: July 23, 2019

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posted by June 21, 2019


Emilie Boone reviews the catalogue I Too Sing America: The Harlem Renaissance at 100, by Wil Haygood, Carole Genshaft, Nannette V. Maciejunes, Anastasia Kinigopoulo, and Drew Sawyer. Read the full review at

Aneta Georgievska-Shine covers the exhibition Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and RivalryRead the full review at

Farshid Emami discusses the book Persian Art: Collecting the Arts of Iran for the V&A by Moya Carey. Read the full review at

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posted by June 19, 2019

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Andrea Bowers’s artwork Open Secret at Art Basel. Photo: FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images

Artist Andrea Bowers Apologizes Over Tone-Deaf #MeToo Piece at Art Basel

“While I believe Bowers’s work is well-intentioned, to use women’s names and stories—and in Helen [Donahue]’s case, photographs of her face—without their consent in a work about consent strikes me as irresponsible at best.” – Deirdre Coyle (The Cut)

Hong Kong Pavilion at Venice Biennale Closes Amid Extradition Bill Protests

Artists and cultural workers have been among the most vocal critics of the draft law. (South China Morning Post)

Petition Filed to Create First Union for Guggenheim Museum Staff

The pay scales of workers at prestigious museums are gaining increasing attention. (New York Times)

Fifteen Young LGBTQ Artists Driving Contemporary Art Forward

Fifteen artists share the ideas behind their work and their most recent artistic endeavors. (Artsy)

Tate Britain Hangs a Diverse Display of Women Artists Out of Its Permanent Collection

The collection of sixty women artists from the museum’s permanent collection tackles the tricky terrain of museum representation. (Hyperallergic)

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2018 CAA Annual Conference. Photo: Rafael Cardenas

In fall 2018, we announced CAA had received an anonymous gift of $1 million to fund travel for art history faculty and their students to special exhibitions related to their classwork. The generous gift established the Art History Fund for Travel to Special Exhibitions.

The jury for the Art History Fund for Travel to Special Exhibitions met in May 2019 to select the first group of recipients as part of the gift.

The awardees are:

Catherine Girard, Eastern Washington University
Class: Topics in Art History: Manet Inside Out
Exhibition: Manet and Modern Beauty at The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Luis Gordo Peláez, California State University Fresno
Class: Arts of the Colonial Andes
Exhibition: Art & Empire: The Golden Age of Spain at The San Diego Museum of Art

Alison Miller, University of the South
Class: Japanese Print Culture
Exhibition: Yoshitoshi: Spirit and Spectacle at the Minneapolis Institute of Art

Rachel Stephens, University of Alabama
Class: American Portraiture
Exhibition: Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now at the Birmingham Museum of Art

“We’re delighted to announce the inaugural recipients of the Art History Fund for Travel to Special Exhibitions, a groundbreaking CAA program designed specifically to enhance students’ first-hand knowledge of works of art,” said Hunter O’Hanian, CAA’s executive director. “The new Fund places a spotlight on the critical work art history scholars are doing to grow the field, with CAA as the go-to organization supporting and advancing their work.”

The Art History Fund for Travel to Special Exhibitions supports travel, lodging, and research efforts by art history students and faculty in conjunction with special museum exhibitions in the United States and throughout the world. Awards are made exclusively to support travel to exhibitions that directly correspond to the class content, and exhibitions on all artists, periods, and areas of art history are eligible.

Applications for the second round of grants will be accepted by CAA beginning in fall 2019. Deadlines and details can be found on the Travel Grants page.

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posted by June 14, 2019


Emily Orr covers two publications on Norman Bel Geddes, The Man Who Designed the Future by B. Alexandra Szerlip, and Nicolas P. Maffei’s Norman Bel Geddes: American Design Visionary. Read the full review at

Sonya S. Lee discusses the exhibition The Jeweled Isle: Art from Sri Lanka, currently on view at Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Read the full review at

James King, FRSC, reviews Higher States: Lawren Harris and His American Contemporaries by Roald Nasgaard and Gwendolyn Owens. Read the full review at

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The Millard Meiss Publication Fund is made possible by a generous bequest of the late Prof. Millard Meiss. Two times each year, CAA awards grants to publishers in art history and visual culture to support presses in the publication of projects of the highest scholarly and intellectual merit that may not generate adequate financial return.

The Meiss grantees for spring 2019 are:

Bajorek, Jennifer, Unfixed: Photography and Decolonial Imagination in West Africa, Duke University Press, 2019.

Busbea, Larry, The Responsive Environment: Design, Aesthetics, and the Human in the 1970s, University of Minnesota Press, 2019.

Fozi, Shirin, Romanesque Tomb Effigies: Death and Redemption in Medieval Europe, 1000-1200, Penn State University Press, 2020.

Guinness, Katherine, Schizogenesis: The Art of Rosemarie Trockel, University of Minnesota Press, 2019.

Naoi, Nozomi, Beyond the Modern Beauty: Takehisa Yumeji and the New Mediascape of Early Twentieth-Century Japan, University of Washington Press, 2019.

Newbury, Susanna, Speculations: Art, Real Estate, and the Making of Global Los Angeles, University of Minnesota Press, 2020.

Overton, Keelan, Iran and the Deccan: Persianate Art, Culture, and Talent in Circulation, 1400-1700, Indiana University Press, 2020.

Schwartz, Vanessa R., Jet Age Aesthetic: The Glamour of Media in Motion, Yale University Press, 2020.

Sichel, Kim, Making Strange: The Modernist Photobook in France, Yale University Press, 2020.

Silberstein, Rachel, Embroidered Figures: Fashion and Commerce in Nineteenth-Century China, University of Washington Press, 2020.

VanDiver, Rebecca, Negotiating Traditions: Loïs Mailou Jones and the Composite Aesthetics of Blackness, Penn State University Press, 2020.

Zinman, Gregory Austen, Making Images Move: Handmade Cinema and the Other Arts, University of California Press, 2020.

Learn more about the Millard Meiss Publication Fund.

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and in celebration of Pride Month, we’ve made a collection of articles from Art Journal and The Art Bulletin focused on LGBTQ+ histories and perspectives free to read and explore online.

These articles will remain open access on Taylor & Francis through August 31, 2019.

We wish to thank Edward Rossa, CAA Summer 2018 intern, for his research on this archive. 

Title Author Volume /Issue/Year
Things are Queer Jonathan Weinberg Volume 55/Issue 4/1996
Making Trouble for Art History: The Queer Case of Girodet James Smalls Volume 55/Issue 4/1996
Imminent Domain: Queer Space in the Built Environment Christopher Reed Volume 55/Issue 4/1996
Goodbye Lesbian/Gay History Hello Queer Sensibility Robert Atkins Volume 55/Issue 4/1996
Unmasking Pablo’s Gertrude: Queer Desire and the Subject of Portraiture Robert S. Lubar Volume 79/Issue 1/1997
Biblical Gender Bending in Harlem: The Queer Performance of Nugent’s Salome Ellen McBreen Volume 57/Issue 3/1998
The Melancholia of AIDS: Interview with Douglas Crimp Tina Takemoto Volume 62/Issue 4/2003
Love Among the Ruins: David Cannon Dashiell’s Queer Mysteries Alison Mairi Syme Volume 63/Issue 4/2004
Robert Rauschenberg’s Queer Modernism: The Early Combines and Decoration Tom Folland Volume 92/Issue 4/2010
Conversations on Queer Affect and Queer Archives Tirza True Latimer Volume 72/Issue 2/2013
Imaginary Archives: A Dialogue Julia Bryan-Wilson & Cheryl Dunye Volume 72/Issue 2/2013
Queer Pier: 40 Years Thomas J. Lax, Jeannine Tang, A. Naomi Jackson, Parallel Lines, Ginger Brooks Takahashi & Marvin J. Taylor Volume 72/Issue 2/2013
Queer Formalisms: Jennifer Doyle and David Getsy in Conversation Jennifer Doyle & David J. Getsy Volume 72/Issue 4/2013
Why I Hate Diversity Jonathan D. Katz Volume 76/Issue 3-4/2017
Reading Jack Smith’s The Beautiful Book Reparatively Paisid Aramphongphan Volume 78/Issue 1/2019

Learn more about Art Journal and The Art Bulletin.

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posted by June 12, 2019

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Photo Credit: Fay Fox

Facebook to Meet #WeTheNipple Campaigners Amid Nudity Censorship Row

The company’s announcement comes after a protest outside its New York headquarters, co-organized by the National Coalition Against Censorship and artist Spencer Tunick. CAA is one of over 250 signatories on the NCAC’s open letter to Facebook. (CNN)

‘It’s Helpful to Know All Scales’: Online Spreadsheet Discloses Museum Workers’ Salaries

In a sign of increasing demand for transparency at art institutions, hundreds of arts workers have anonymously shared their salary and employment information in an online spreadsheet. (ARTnews)

Protests at Oberlin Labeled a Bakery Racist. Now, the College Has Been Ordered to Pay $11 Million for Libel.

The verdict comes at a time of heightened scrutiny of free speech on college campuses. (Washington Post)

Stonewall: When Resistance Became Too Loud to Ignore

A look at the exhibitions marking the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, in conjunction with LGBTQ Pride Month. (New York Times)

Artists in 18 Major US Museums Are 85% White and 87% Male, Study Says

Researchers surveyed the collections of 18 major US museums to quantify the gender, ethnic, and racial composition of the artists represented in their collections. (Hyperallergic)

Biggest Offender in Outsize Debt: Graduate Schools

New data shows that the market for master’s degrees behaves in strange and erratic ways. (New York Times)

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