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posted by January 31, 2020

  

Sabra Moore writes about the Harwood Museum’s exhibition Judy Chicago: The Birth Project from New Mexico CollectionsRead the full review at caa.reviews.

Whitney Davis and Justin Underhill review Scale and the Incas by Andrew James Hamilton. Read the full review at caa.reviews.

Malika Maskarinec discusses Art and Form: From Roger Fry to Global Modernism by Sam Rose. Read the full review at caa.reviews.

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Meet the 2020 Travel Grant Recipients

posted by January 29, 2020

CAA offers Annual Conference Travel Grants to graduate students in art history and studio art and to international artists and scholars. Meet this year’s recipients below.

CAA GRADUATE STUDENT CONFERENCE TRAVEL GRANTS

CAA awards Graduate Student Conference Travel Grants to advanced PhD and MFA graduate students as partial reimbursement of travel expenses to the Annual Conference.

Maureen Burdock, University of California, Davis

Josephine Lee, Parsons School of Design

Brantly Hancock Moore, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Nicole Winning, University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth

CAA INTERNATIONAL MEMBER CONFERENCE TRAVEL GRANTS

CAA awards the International Member Conference Travel Grant to artists and scholars from outside the United States as partial reimbursement of travel expenses to the Annual Conference.

Alex Burchmore, Australian National University

Panos Kompatsiaris, National Research University Higher School of Economics,Moscow

Stephen Adéyemí Folárànmí, Rhodes University, South Africa

CAA TRAVEL GRANT IN MEMORY OF ARCHIBALD CASON EDWARDS, SENIOR, AND SARAH STANLEY GORDON EDWARDS

Established by Mary D. Edwards with the help of others, the CAA Travel Grant in Memory of Archibald Cason Edwards, Senior, and Sarah Stanley Gordon Edwards supports women who are emerging scholars at either an advanced stage of pursuing a doctoral degree or who have received their PhD within the two years prior to the submission of the application.

Kristen Nassif, University of Delaware
Paper: Seeing Through Blindness: Disability, Tactile Relief Maps, and Geography
Session: Disability in the Arts: The Active Participation of People with Disabilities in the Arts

Shirlynn Sham, Yale University
Paper: The Eighth Wonder of the World: Design and Danger in Marc and Isambard Brunel’s Thames Tunnel Project
Session: Topographical Drawing

SAMUEL H. KRESS FOUNDATION CAA CONFERENCE TRAVEL FELLOWSHIP FOR INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARS

Recognizing the value of first-hand exchanges of ideas and experience among art historians, the Kress Foundation is offering support for international scholars participating as speakers at the 2020 CAA Annual Conference. The scholarly focus of the papers must be European art before 1830.

Sophie Ong, Rutgers University
Paper: ‘I pray…that I may have sommethyng for my nekke’: Understanding Jewelry and Its Popularity in the Late Middle Ages and Today
Session: Kitsch and Craft in the Middle Ages: Making Medieval Art Popular

Bruno Ligore, Nice University, France
Paper: Embodying the Antique in the Early 19th Century: Ballet Masters’ Drawing Practices
Session: Dancing in the archives: choreographers’ drawings as resources for art historians (19th-20th centuries)

Halyna Kohut, Ivan Franko National University of Liviv, Ukraine
Paper: Is it the Rug or the ‘Other’?
Session: Different Shades of Othering: Orientalism/Occidentalism in the World of Art

Elisa Antonietta Daniele, University of Verona, Italy
Paper: Performing Bodies, Dancing Trifles: Drawing New Worlds in Il Tabacco, Commemorative Album for the Courtly Ballet Staged in Turin (1650)
Session: Early Modern Animation: Mascarades, Ballet, Automata

Estefanía López-Salas, Universidade da Coruña, Spain
Paper: Towards a Web-Based Representation of Spatial Change Over Time at San Julián de Samos
Session: Advanced Topics in Digital Art History: 3D (Geo)Spatial Networks

Elena Granuzzo, Independent Scholar, Italy
Paper: The Cicognara Library and Michelangelo Buonarroti: A Historiographical Reading through the Sources
Session: Historic Libraries and the Historiography of Art (II)

CAA-GETTY INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM

Every year since 2012, the CAA-Getty International Program has brought between fifteen and twenty art historians, museum curators, and artists who teach art history to attend CAA’s Annual Conference. This program is funded on an annual basis by the Getty Foundation. Click here to meet the CAA-Getty International Program participants.

ARTexchange2020

Workshops • Performances • Exhibition

at Columbia College Chicago, Hokin Gallery, 623 South Wabash
February 12–February 24, 2020
Gallery Hours: Monday–Friday 9:00am–10:00pm; Saturday, 9:00am–5:00pm

Take part in workshops and performances facilitated by artists: Noah Breuer, Wendy DesChene + Jeff Schmuki, Jennifer Natalya Fink & Julie Laffin, Carol Flueckiger, Visda Goudarzi & Artemi-Maria Gioti, MiHyun Kim, Jill Odegaard, Lydia See, Christine Stiver.

View dynamic installations co-created with the public. Visitors can interact with many of the installations even when facilitating artists are not present. Come by every day to see how the space changes. Workshops and events are “drop-in” friendly. You can come and go for any time during facilitated workshops.

CAA’s Services to Artists Committee (SAC), in collaboration with the “Hokin Project,” a gallery management practicum course at Columbia College Chicago, presents ARTexchange 2020 as an opportunity for artists to share their work and build affinities with other artists, historians, curators, cultural producers, and the public.

The exhibition will remain on view through February 24, 2020.

For a full listing of all SAC programming at the 108th CAA conference, see here.

And don’t forget the ARTexchange Reception, Friday, February 14, 7:00pm–8:30pm.

Black Lunch Table — Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

Join us for a Wikipedia edit-a-thon hosted by the Black Lunch Table. Their initiative creates and improves articles about Black visual artists. Celebrating artists of color, women artists, and artists with disabilities, this program supports inclusion and recognition of intersectionality. No prior experience necessary. Bring a computer and a friend!

This programming is partially funded by the Office of Academic Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Columbia College Chicago.

Workshop times: Thursday, 10:30am–1:30pm; Friday, 10:30am–1:30pm in the Media Lounge

Noah Breuer – CB&S Rubbings and Print Project

Noah Breuer leads a printmaking workshop, utilizing engraved designs inspired by CB&S, his great-great-grandfather’s textile factory that was seized along with all Jewish-owned property in German-occupied areas during WWII. Participants leave with their own book and contribute one copy for visual materials to be built upon by the next participants.

Workshop times: Wednesday, 4:00pm–6:00pm; Thursday, 4:00pm–6:00pm; Friday, 12:00pm–2:00pm

Wendy DesChene + Jeff Schmuki – Ostraka

Join DesChene and Schmuki in celebration of our fundamental right to vote through Ostraka, a collaborative installation that mirrors a 5th-century BC Athenian tradition, where citizens would inscribe the name of a person they wanted to politically neutralize on a shard of broken pottery called an ostrakon.

Workshop times: Wednesday, 2:00pm–4:00pm; Friday, 12:00pm–2:00pm

Jennifer Natalya Fink & Julie Laffin – UNDERBELLY

Join artists Fink and Laffin in a performance and “modern suffragette” march, retracing the steps of historical suffrage parades. Airing some dirty laundry to expose the underbelly of the movement, participants will wear two-sided sashes imprinted with both positive and negative statements related to the suffragette movement and voting rights.

Performance time: Thursday, 4:00pm–6:00pm

If you want to be a modern suffragette and participate in the march, sign up here to be contacted by the artists. Meet at the Hokin Gallery at 3:40 pm. Don’t forget to dress weather appropriate.

Carol Flueckiger – Solitude of Selfie

Flueckiger’s project explores Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s 19th century women’s suffrage address “Solitude of Self”. Participants will be prompted to engage with Stanton’s speech and make response drawings. Works will be pinned to the wall and later scanned and integrated into a book honoring the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment.

Workshop times: Wednesday, 9:00am–11:00am; Friday, 9:00am–11:00am

Visda Goudarzi & Artemi-Maria Gioti – Soundsourcing

Soundsourcing is a participatory performance orchestrated by artists Goudarzi and Gioti. In this collaborative sound performance, audience members contribute vocal sounds (words, phonemes and noises) which are picked up by two condenser microphones and processed by laptop performers in real-time. The artists invite participation in this unique sound creation process.

Performance time: Friday, 7:00pm–8:00pm

MiHyun Kim – Stories Become Data

Stories Become Data is an interactive digital environment that invites participants to add their own stories to a collective narrative. MiHyun Kim will lead a workshop utilizing iPads and projection to create a space for participants to share and to visualize their stories collectively and simultaneously through real time.

Workshop time: Friday, 2:00pm–4:00pm

Jill Odegaard – Woven Welcome

Woven Welcome is a community-based art project that utilizes the form of a woven rug as a statement of the interconnectedness of individuals. Join artist Jill Odegaard in creating this artistic metaphor, and engage in a dialogue with other conference attendees and community members.

Workshop times: Wednesday, 6:00pm–10:00pm; Friday, 9:00am–12:00pm

Lydia See – BMC Playbook

Lydia See’s BMC Playbook encourages the examination and manipulation of materials, space, and the collective spirit. This collaborative project, resulting in an installation in the Hokin Gallery, includes a series of chance operations based on a generative BMC card game, inspired by material study workshops at Black Mountain College.

Workshop time: Thursday, 4:00pm–6:00pm

Materials and instructions are available outside facilitated workshop times for the entire exhibition.

Christine Stiver – Banquet Art

Stiver’s participatory performance Banquet Art is modeled after one of Caroline Shawk Brooks’ own sculpting demonstrations in which she sculpted one face after another on the same bust of butter. Participants will sculpt a series of portraits, starting with Napoleon and George Washington, a litany of “great leaders” will follow.

Workshop time: Friday, 4:00pm–8:00pm

Ongoing

Graduate Student Screenings

A curated selection of current MA/MFA videos/digital artworks, premieres at the Media Lounge Wednesday. Participating artists: ANDiLAND, Jorge Bañales, Andrea Bagdon, Jacklyn Brickman/Heather Taylor, Christian Casas, Danielle Damico, Jesse Egner, Caleb Engstrom, Mary Gring, Selena Ingram, Bibiana Medkova, Carolina Montejo, Strange Lens, Maria V, F. C. Zuke

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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by January 29, 2020

Much of the collection of the Museum of Chinese in America may have been ruined after a fire broke out at a building in Chinatown where its acquisitions were stored. Photo: Lloyd Mitchell, via New York Times

85,000 Pieces From Beloved Chinatown Museum Likely Destroyed in Fire

Our thoughts are with the staff and supporters of the Museum of Chinese in America after a devastating fire destroyed much of their collection last week. Donate to the recovery fund here. (New York Times)

German Museum Experiments With Novel Approach to Charging Its Visitors

The Weserburg Museum of Modern Art recently tried an experimental approach in museum admission pricing – €1 for every 10 minutes. (MuseumNext)

Images of 100,000 Artworks From Paris Museum Collections Now Freely Available to the Public

Paris Musées is offering digital downloads of artworks by Rembrandt, Gustave Courbet, Eugène Delacroix, and many others. (Hyperallergic)

Yale Art History Department to Scrap Survey Course

“Introduction to Art History: Renaissance to the Present” was once touted as one of Yale College’s quintessential classes. This spring, the final rendition of the course will question the idea of Western art itself. (Yale News)

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Meet the 2020 Student Scholarship Winners

posted by January 28, 2020

CAA Student Scholarships
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For the fourth year in a row, CAA is proud to partner with our sponsors, multinational publisher, Routledge, Taylor & Francis, and art materials specialist, Blick Art Materials, on student scholarships to assist CAA student members with conference costs.

Routledge, Taylor & Francis Student Scholarship

CAA Annual Conference Premier Sponsor, Routledge, Taylor & Francis supports four CAA student members with a $250 scholarship. The 2020 winners are:

Samara Johnson

Samara Johnson holds a BFA in Painting and Drawing, BA in French from Sonoma State University, and in May 2020 will complete her MFA in Painting and Drawing from University of Colorado at Boulder. She was born and raised in Moose Pass, Alaska. Her upbringing has inspired her to create artworks that involve use of organic materials and synthetic skins, which brings backwoods aesthetic into a contemporary setting through abstracted dimensional wall works. The artist also volunteers as a horse handler for equine assisted psychotherapy in Boulder, Colorado, which has allowed her to explore, in her work, how systems and relationships of the non-human can help humans better understand their nervous systems and emotions.

Jordan Reznick

Jordan Reznick is an artist and PhD candidate in Visual Studies at University of California Santa Cruz. Their dissertation, “Settler Modernism: Alfred Stieglitz’s The Steerage and the Vicissitudes of American Whiteness, 1890-1930″ traces how one iconic photograph came to be known as the first modernist American photograph and how, at each stage of its trajectory into the modernist canon, it was interpreted through narratives that served to modernize settler colonial myths. Reznick’s Gallery of Illustrious Queers explores transgender identity and life experiences through portrait photography. Their work has been widely exhibited in the United States, including at Aperture Gallery in New York and the Portland Museum of Art in Oregon. Reznick teaches Photography and Art History at San Francisco Art Institute and California College of the Arts. They earned an MFA in Photography and an MA in Visual & Critical Studies from California College of the Arts, and a BFA in Photography from New York University.

Tamara Toledo

Tamara Toledo is a PhD Art History and Visual Culture candidate at York University. Toledo is a Chilean-born Toronto-based scholar, curator and artist, graduate of OCAD University and holds an MFA from York University. Toledo is co-founder of the Allende Arts Festival and of Latin American Canadian Art Projects – LACAP. For over a decade, she has curated numerous exhibitions offering spaces and opportunities to artists of Latin American descent to showcase their work. She designed and has been curating the Latin American Speakers Series for which she has invited internationally renowned contemporary artists and curators to Toronto such as Gerardo Mosquera, Luis Camnitzer, Tania Bruguera, Alfredo Jaar, among many others to articulate and discuss issues of identity and intercultural dynamics in contemporary art. Toledo has presented her work at various conferences in Montreal, New York, Vancouver and Toronto. Her writing has appeared in ARM Journal, C Magazine, Fuse and Canadian Art. Her practice often follows an interdisciplinary approach and touches on notions of memory, identity, Latin American diasporas, transnationalism, issues of power, representation and international artistic-cultural interaction. Toledo is presently the Curator of Sur Gallery, the only space dedicated to contemporary Latin American art in Canada.

Jessica Zeglin

Jessica Zeglin uses sound, drawing, textiles, and installation to engage skills of attentiveness, listening, and care for ourselves, our human, and our other-than-human kin. Her work is field and research-based, combining perspectives from ecology, biology, fine art, craft art, and decolonial critique of these fields, with emphasis on the nuances of everyday life. She has shown work at the Weisman Art Museum, the Tamarind Institute, the University of New Mexico Art Museum, and in parks, plazas, city, and country, to audiences of many and audiences of one. Originally from rural and small-town Wisconsin, she is currently a candidate for the MFA in Art and Ecology at the University of New Mexico. You can see more of her work at www.jessicazeglin.com.

Blick Art Materials Student Scholarship

CAA Annual Conference Advocate Sponsor, Blick Art Materials supports four CAA student members with a $250 scholarship. The 2020 winners are:

Noah Cox

Noah Cox is a third year, Art History student studying at New College of Florida. He has recently begun research for his baccalaureate thesis focusing on the art, architecture, and landscape of Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, Florida. His undergraduate research in the past has focused on public art around the New College campus with a focus on student mural work. He currently works as an intern at the Sarasota Art Museum and is planning on furthering his career in the museum field.

Amanda Kendrick 

Amanda Kendrick is from Michigan where she received her BFA in Studio Art from Albion College in 2017. She is currently a second year Painting MFA student at Purdue University, where she teaches Foundations Drawing. Her work is rooted in familial relationships and childhood memories. She lives with her fiancé in Lafayette, Indiana.  

Defne Kırmızı 

Defne Kırmızı is a PhD candidate Boston University in the History of Art & Architecture Department. Her dissertation focuses on the conceptual art practices and exhibition histories in Turkey between the years 1974-1994.

Anna Paluch

Anna (Ania) Paluch is a Polish-Canadian PhD student in Cultural Mediations at Carleton University, situated on unceded Algonquin territory in Ottawa, Canada. Her research focus is on Indigenous and Slavic Futurism, spaces of cultural hybridity, and post-memory in the diaspora, specifically around diasporic and mixed identity. She is a curator, mixed-media artist and co-director of the Indigenous+Diasporic Friendship Festival in Ottawa, connecting diasporic/immigrant communities with local Indigenous communities through art, academia and culture.

Criteria for the Scholarship

Awardees were chosen at random and fulfilled the following criteria:

  • Individuals were registered for the Annual Conference by the Early Registration deadline
  • Individuals are current CAA members with proof of student status
  • Individuals did not receive conference registration or travel reimbursement from their institution or employer

We look forward to seeing you in Chicago next month! The 108th Annual Conference is February 12-15, 2020. Click here to explore the conference program.

Attendees at the 2020 Annual Conference in Chicago. Photo: Stacey Rupolo

Each spring, members have the opportunity to provide crucial service to the field and gain an inside view by volunteering to work on a CAA committee or editorial board.

Any member may self-nominate for the following positions or (after ascertaining interest) nominate another member. For more information, please click on the links below.

CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES

Art Journal—Editor-In-Chief
Deadline (extended): June 1, 2020

caa.reviews—Field Editor for East Asian Art
Deadline (extended): June 1, 2020

Publications Committee—Two Members
Deadline (extended): June 1, 2020

PAST OPPORTUNITIES

Art Journal / Art Journal Open (AJO) Editorial Board—Three Members
Deadline: April 15, 2020

The Art Bulletin Editorial Board—One Member
Deadline: April 15, 2020

The Art Bulletin—One Reviews Editor or Coeditor Team
Deadline: April 15, 2020

caa.reviews Editorial Board—Three Members (One an Emerging Professional)
Deadline: April 15, 2020

caa.reviews—Eight Field Editors
African Art, African Diaspora/African American Art, Architecture and Urban Planning, Asian Art, Contemporary Art, Exhibitions: East Coast, Exhibitions: Midwest, Exhibitions: West Coast
Deadline: April 15, 2020

Beth Balliro and Lyssa Palu-ay

posted by January 27, 2020

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.

CAA podcasts are on iTunes. Click here to subscribe.

This week, Beth Balliro and Lyssa Palu-ay, both at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, discuss the challenges and triumphs in their institution’s efforts to diversify its student body.

Beth Balliro, Ph.D is an artist and scholar whose work is grounded in over twenty years of teaching in urban public schools, community settings, and museums. Her studio practice investigates the poetics and materialism of social debris while her video work seeks to uncover the many ways that social exchange is mired in concerns of race, class, gender and power. Her scholarship draws from critical pedagogy to investigate public schooling and its import for artists. She is an Associate Professor of Art Education at the Massachusetts College of Art & Design.

Lyssa Palu-ay is the Dean of the Office of Justice, Equity and Transformation (JET). JET is focused on achieving systemic equity related to access, opportunity and dignity at MassArt through the areas of transformative learning and teaching, pathways to art and design education, and retention and mentoring. Lyssa is an alumna of MassArt and a well-established member of the campus community. She is a full Professor and has served on the Studio Foundation faculty since 2001, and in 2001 assumed leadership of the Boston Public Schools mentoring program, which later became the Academic Compass Mentoring Program. Her scholarship and research interests include the history of institutes of art and design, critical race theory, and experiences of students of color in art and design education.

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posted by January 24, 2020

   

Delia Cosentino reviews The Codex Mexicanus: A Guide to Life in Late Sixteenth-Century New Spain by Lori Boornazian Diel. Read the full review at caa.reviews.

Natalie Dupêcher discusses Susan Laxton’s Surrealism at Play. Read the full review at caa.reviews

Jessi DiTillio writes about the exhibition catalog Art and Race Matters: The Career of Robert Colescott, edited by Raphaela Platow and Lowery Stokes Sims. Read the full review at caa.reviews.

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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by January 22, 2020

Museum Tour Toolkit: Developing an Inclusive Tour

A free resource from the Minneapolis Institute of Art, this toolkit for developing an inclusive museum tour was compiled through discussions with more than 150 docents and guides over a two-year period. (MIA)

History Shows What’s Wrong With the Idea That War Is ‘Normal’ in the Middle East

“This trope is frequently turned to by those who would have the world believe that war in the Middle East is somehow innate and inevitable.” (Time)

Germany Opens an Official ‘Help Desk’ for Those Seeking to Reclaim Nazi-Looted Art, Simplifying a Long-Opaque Process

The office in Berlin, led by art historian Susanne Meyer-Abich, aims to guide people around the bureaucratic hurdles for claiming back their cultural assets. (artnet News)

Philadelphia Mayor: Museum Should ‘Strengthen’ Sexual Harassment Policy

The mayor’s remarks come after former Philadelphia Museum of Art employee Joshua Helmer was forced to resign from his Erie Art Museum post. (New York Times)

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Meera Sethi and Arti Sandhu

posted by January 20, 2020

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.

CAA podcasts are on iTunes. Click here to subscribe.

On this week’s podcast, Canadian contemporary visual artist Meera Sethi and Arti Sandhu, Associate Professor of Fashion Design at the University of Cincinnati, engage in a rich conversation around a 2019 ad campaign by well-known Indian fashion label Raw Mango.

Raw Mango featured a Kashmiri bride to promote their winter festive collection, while at the same time the state of Kashmir was under political lockdown. Meera and Arti speak about issues around politics, privilege, and the use of craft within Indian high-fashion.

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