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CAA has signed on to the statement released by the Middle East Studies Association on February 3, 2022. Addressed to President Biden, Secretary of State Blinken, and Secretary of Homeland Security Mayorkas, it seeks immediate action in enabling the safe and speedy relocation of Afghanistan’s students and scholars to the United States. Due to shortcomings in existing visa requirements, it calls on the government to create a dedicated visa category for Afghan scholars and students to allow for travel. To read the statement in full, visit the Middle East Studies Associations website.

Filed under: Advocacy

Black History Month and

posted by February 03, 2022

Each week this Black History Month, we highlight the rich scholarship and programs produced at CAA that celebrate, recognize, and interrogate Black art, history, and experience.  This week, we are sharing a bibliography of publications and exhibitions reviewed on our online, open-access journal from this past year that addresses these topics. also houses rosters of dissertation titles in progress and completed since 2002 and many long-form essays that intersect with these themes as well, such as current Editor-in-Chief of Art Journal, Eddie Chambers, essay Reflections on African and African Diaspora Art from 2016.


Childs, Adienne L. Riffs and Relations: African American Artists and the European Modernist Tradition. Washington, DC and New York: Phillips Collection in association with Rizzoli Electa, 2020.

Sanford Biggers, Negerplastik, 2016, repurposed antique quilt, cotton fabric fragments, tar, and glitter, 81 × 76 3/4 in. (205.7 x 195 cm) (photograph by Todd-White Art Photography, provided by Massimo De Carlo, Milan/London/Hong Kong)





Choi, Connie H., Thelma Golden, and Kellie Jones. Black Refractions: Highlights from the Studio Museum in Harlem. New York: Rizzoli Electa, 2019.

Jordan Casteel, Kevin the Kiteman, 2016, oil on canvas, 78 x 78 in. (198.1 x 198.1 cm). The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, Museum purchase with funds provided by the Acquisition Committee 2016.37 (artwork © Jordan Casteel; photograph by Adam Reich, provided by American Federation of Arts)





Cohen, Joshua I. The “Black Art” Renaissance: African Sculpture and Modernism across Continents. Oakland: University of California Press, 2020.








David Driskell: Icons of Nature and History. Atlanta and New York: High Museum of Art and Rizzoli Electa, 2021.

David Driskell, Young Pines Growing, 1959, oil on canvas. Clark Atlanta University Art Museum, John Hope Franklin Purchase Award (artwork © Estate of David C. Driskell; photograph provided by High Museum of Art)





Diouf, Mamadou and Maureen Murphy, editors. Déborder la négritude: Arts, politique et société à Dakar. Dijon. France: Les presses du réel, 2020.






Fleetwood, Nicole R. Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2020.







Gonzalez, Aston. Visualizing Equality: African American Rights and Visual Culture in the Nineteenth Century. John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2020.







Hank Willis Thomas: All Things Being Equal . . . New York and Portland, OR: Aperture Foundation in association with Portland Art Museum, 2018.







Harris, Shawnya L.,editor. Emma Amos: Color Odyssey. Athens: Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia, 2021.

Emma Amos, All I Know of Wonder, 2008, oil on linen, African fabric, 70 1/2 x 55 1/2 in. (179.1 x 141 cm), installation view, Emma Amos: Color Odyssey, Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia, Athens, 2021 (photograph by the author)




Jarrell, Wadsworth A. AFRICOBRA: Experimental Art toward a School of Thought. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2020.









Monahan, Anne. Horace Pippin, American Modern. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2020.








Mühling, Matthias and Stephanie Weber, editors. Senga Nengudi: Topologies. Munich: Hirmer, 2021.

Senga Nengudi, Warp Trance, 2007, multi-channel audio/video installation in collaboration with the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, with a sound composition by Butch Morris, installation view, Senga Nengudi: Topologies, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2021 (photograph © Aaron Igler, provided by the artist and The Fabric Workshop and Museum)




No Wrong Holes: Thirty Years of Nayland Blake. Los Angeles and Cambridge, MA: Institute of Contemporary Art and MIT List Visual Arts Center (online), 2020.

No Wrong Holes: Thirty Years of Nayland Blake, installation view, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA, 2020–21 (photograph © Charles Mayer, provided by MIT List Visual Arts Center)




Oliver, Valerie Cassel. The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse. Richmond, VA and Durham, NC: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in association with Duke University Press, 2021.

Rodney McMillian, Asterisks in Dockery (Blues for Smoke), 2021, vinyl, thread, wood, paint, lightbulb, installation view, The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 2021 (photograph © Sandra Sellars, provided by Virginia Museum of Fine Arts)



Powell, Richard J. Going There: Black Visual Satire. Cambridge, MA and New Haven, CT: Hutchins Center for African & African American Research in association with Yale University Press, 2020.







Thomas, Sarah. Witnessing Slavery: Art and Travel in the Age of Abolition. London and New Haven: Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art in association with Yale University Press, 2019.








Tuite, Diana, editor. Bob Thompson: This House Is Mine. Waterville, ME and New Haven, CT: Colby College Museum of Art in association with Yale University Press, 2021.

Bob Thompson, The Snook (The Sack), 1961, oil on canvas, 23 1/2 x 36 in. (59.7 x 91.4 cm). Collection of Andrew Nelson (© Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York)




VanDiver, Rebecca. Designing a New Tradition: Loïs Mailou Jones and the Aesthetics of Blackness. University Park, PA: Penn State University Press, 2020.








Digital Humanities at the 110th Annual Conference

posted by February 03, 2022

The upcoming Annual Conference this winter and spring will feature a number of sessions that discuss issues related to the digital humanities and art. See below for links to explore sessions that relate to these topics in the conference schedule.

See the rest of this year’s conference schedule online! Register for CAA’s upcoming conference and learn more at our registration page. After you register, sign into the app and create your own custom schedule using the tools and filtering options on the side (switch time zones in the upper left of the app: CST for in-person and your own time zone for virtual).


Sessions on Digital Humanities


Critical Cataloging Conversations in Teaching, Research, and Practice
Friday, February 18, 2022
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CST (12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. EST)
Bridget Madden, University of Chicago

Dismantling the Patriarchal Canon: Foregrounding Women Artists and Patrons through Digital Art History
Friday, March 4, 2022
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CST (12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. EST)
Tracy Chapman Hamilton
Dana Hogan, Duke University
Mariah Proctor-Tiffany, California State University, Long Beach

Archival Imaginaries and Futurities in Contemporary Art from SWANA
Saturday, February 19, 2022
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. CST (5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. EST)
Lara Fresko Madra, Cornell University
Kareem Estefan, Brown University

New frontiers: creating, collecting, preserving and displaying digital based art of Russia and Eastern Europe
Saturday, February 19, 2022
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. CST (5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. EST)
Natalia Kolodzei, Kolodzei Art Foundation

The Living Catalogue Raisonné
Saturday, February 19, 2022
9:00 a.m.– 10:30 a.m. CST (10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. EST)
Joan Pachner
Marin R Sullivan, Sculptural Things


Sessions on Digital Media


Digital Realms in Practice
Thursday, February 17, 2022
4:30 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. CST (5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. EST)

Diverse Resources for New Media
Thursday, February 17, 2022
4:30 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. CST (5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. EST)
Nadav Assor, Connecticut College

New frontiers: creating, collecting, preserving and displaying digital based art of Russia and Eastern Europe
Saturday, February 19, 2022
4:30 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. CST (5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. EST)
Natalia Kolodzei
Kolodzei Art Foundation

Making Media Social: An Examination of Video and Television in the History of Political Activism of the 1970s
Thursday, February 17, 2022
9:00 a.m.– 10:30 a.m. CST (10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. EST)
Corinna Kirsch, Stony Brook University
Brock Lownes, Stony Brook University

The Problem of Mapping Social Justice On The Social (Creative) Body In an Era Of NFT’s
Saturday, March 5, 2022
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CST (12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. EST)
Gale Elston, CUNY

(inappropriate) digital intimacies
Saturday, March 5, 2022
2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. CST (3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. EST)
Francesca Balboni, University of Texas at Austin

Filed under: Annual Conference

CAA offers Annual Conference support grants to graduate students in art history and to international artists and scholars. Meet this year’s recipients of our named support grants and find information about their presentations at the conference and their corresponding session below. Dozens of other support grants were given to CAA members through the Presidents Council of CAA and the “Pay it Forward” initiative.


The CAA Support Grant in Memory of Archibald Cason Edwards, Senior, and Sarah Stanley Gordon Edwards was made possible by Mary D. Edwards. The grant 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.


Kristan Hanson, Dumbarton Oaks
Presentation at the Annual Conference: “Nurturing Growth: Eva Gonzalès’s La Plante favorite and Berthe Morisot’s Fillette aux jacinthes”
Session: Enchanted by Nature: Picturing Gendered Plants and Female Agency in Europe and China (17th – 19th Century)

Kristan M. Hanson is an art historian and plant humanist. Her research examines the historical significance of individual plants and botanical forms in art to deepen understandings of human/plant interactions and anthropogenic environmental change. She currently holds a consultancy as Managing Digital Editor for the Plant Humanities Initiative at Dumbarton Oaks, prior to which she was a 2020–2021 academic year fellow. Hanson has also received fellowships and awards to support her research from the Oak Spring Garden Foundation, HASTAC Scholars program, Hall Center for the Humanities, and Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities.


Cynthia Kok, Yale University
Presentation at the Annual Conference: “’Een bloempoth van parlemoer’: Painting Life in Dirck van Rijswijck’s Mother-of-Pearl Floral Panels”
Session: Analogous Matter: Skeuomorphism as Method

Cynthia Kok is a Ph.D. candidate at Yale University. Her dissertation focuses on sensorial engagement in making and craft experiments with mother-of-pearl in the early modern Dutch world. Cynthia received her MA from Bard Graduate Center and her BA from the University of California, Berkeley. She has held curatorial internships at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, the Frick Collection, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum and she is the 2021-2023 Kress History of Art Institutional Fellow at the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society (LUCAS).


Honorable Mention:

Shoghig Halajian, University of California San Diego
Presentation at the Annual Conference: “Destroying the Form: On the Spatial Politics of Rafa Esparza’s bust: A Mediation on Freedom”
Session: Monumentality in Art: Memory, History, and Impermanence in Diaspora

Shoghig Halajian is a curator and art historian, who serves on the Board of Directors at Human Resources LA and was previously Assistant Director at LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions). She is co-editor of the online journal Georgia, in collaboration with Anthony Carfello and Suzy Halajian, which is supported by a Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant. She has presented projects at the Hammer Museum and the ONE Archives at USC Libraries in Los Angeles; Le Magasin–National Center for Contemporary Art in Grenoble; Al Ma’mal Foundation for Art in Jerusalem, UKS in Oslo, among others. She was a 2021 Research Fellow at Ocean Space–TBA 21 in Venice. She is a Ph.D. candidate in Art History, Theory and Criticism with a Critical Gender Studies emphasis at University of California, San Diego, where her research explores contemporary queer aesthetics and performance through a critical race lens, focusing on artistic experiments with collaboration.


Recognizing the value of the international exchange of ideas and experience among art historians, the Kress Foundation is offering support for international scholars participating as speakers at the 2022 CAA Annual Conference. The scholarly focus of the papers must be European art before 1830.


Lorenzo Vigotti, Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz
Presentation at the Annual Conference: “Diplomatic Exchanges and Architectural Inventions along the Silk Road: The Case of Soltaniyeh and Santa Maria del Fiore”
Session:  Beyond the Silk Road

Lorenzo is a trained architect with a M. Arch. from the University of Florence, Italy, and a Ph.D. in architectural history from Columbia University with a dissertation on the origin of the Renaissance palace. He is currently a post-doc at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence, where he studies the shift in spatial organization in domestic residences between the 14th and the 15th century, with an emphasis on early collecting practices and the birth of the studiolo as a manifestation of power by the urban oligarchy. Together with Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran, Iran, Lorenzo is exploring the circulation of architectural knowledge between medieval Persia and Italy, specifically the materiality and the problems of preservation of brick dome structures. Finally, he oversees the virtual reconstruction of the now lost Florentine ghetto at the Medici Archive Project.


Ana Cristina Howie, University of Cambridge
Presentation at the Annual Conference: “’Favoured Black Attendants’ in ‘Splendid State Portraits’? Genoese merchants, Flemish painters, and the Spanish Atlantic Slave Trade”
Session:  Archive, Object, Image: Reading Against the Grain in the Dutch and Spanish “Golden Ages”

Ana is originally from New Zealand and completed her bachelor’s degree in the History of Art and French at the University of Auckland. She continued her studies at the Université Paris-Sorbonne, then earned her MA in the History of Art at the Courtauld Institute in London, specializing in early modern Netherlandish artistic production. She began her PhD under the supervision of Professor Ulinka Rublack at the University of Cambridge in 2019, funded by the Prince of Wales International Scholarship. Her doctoral research investigates the relationships between women, dress, and portraiture in seventeenth-century Genoa, with a focus on the oeuvres of Flemish painters Peter Paul Rubens and Antony van Dyck. She is the recipient of the inaugural Society for Renaissance Studies/British School in Rome Residential Doctoral Research Scholarship for 2021/22. Her work and projects have been supported by the Royal Historical Society, Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, Magdalene College, Cambridge, and the Cambridge Trust.


Iro Katsaridou, Museum of Byzantine Culture, Thessaloniki, Greece
Presentation at the Annual Conference: “Through Foreign Eyes: Curating the 1821 Greek War of Independence”
Session: Instrumentalizing Memory and the Politics of Commemoration

Iro Katsaridou was recently (2021) appointed Director of the Thessaloniki Museum of Photography, Greece. Previously, she has worked as curator of modern and contemporary art at the Museum of Byzantine Culture in Thessaloniki. She studied art history at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the Université Paris I-Sorbonne, and also pursued museum studies at the City University of New York. Her doctoral dissertation (Aristotle University, 2010) focused on contemporary Greek photography. Iro has researched photography and art in wartime (World War I and II), curated exhibitions and edited related catalogues in this particular field. More recently (2021) she has curated an exhibition at the Museum of Byzantine Culture on the aspects of Philhellenic movements in art and the Greek War of Independence. She has taught as adjunct faculty at several Greek universities. She has co-edited two books on photography during the Nazi Occupation of Greece (1941-1944), one on the art of World War I in Greece, and written articles and book chapters on photography, museum policies, as well as the relationship between contemporary Greek art and politics. She has presented her research in international conferences, while in 2019 and 2020 she participated in the CAA-Getty International Program.


Jana Kantoříková, Sorbonne University/CNRS
Presentation at the Annual Conference: “Crucified Women: The Way of the Cross in the Symbolist Movement”
Session: Women in Art in the second part of the 19th century-early part of the 20th

Jana Kantoříková is an associated researcher at the Center of Interdisciplinary Research on Central, Eastern and Balkanic Europe at Sorbonne University/CNRS. She received her PhD in Slavic Philology, History of Czech Literature and Literary Theory at the Charles University in Prague and the University of Regensburg (2018). She taught at the University of Passau (Germany) and the Sorbonne University. Her research focuses on European modernisms and cultural transfers between France, Germany and the Czech lands, for example “Horror Fragmenti in Czech Symbolism” in Angst, Anxiety, Anguish in Fin de Siècle Art and Literature (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2020) or “Le Cycle de la volupté et de la mort : ‘livre empoisonné’ et ornementation du péché” in L’art (décoratif) du livre fin-de-siècle: éloge du parergon (Éditions Otrante, 2021). She is currently working on projects related to the reception of Friedrich Nietzsche in Central Europe and the blackness imagery in the Czech lands in the 19th century.


Judith Noorman, University of Amsterdam
Presentation: “The Invisibility Myth. Women, Art and Household Consumption in the Dutch Republic”
Session at the Annual Conference: Archive, Object, Image: Reading Against the Grain in the Dutch and Spanish “Golden Ages”

Judith Noorman is Assistant Professor of Art History in the Early Modern Period and Director of the Amsterdam Centre for Studies in Early Modernity (both at the University of Amsterdam). As of September 2021, she is leading a governmentally funded NWO VIDI project: The Female Impact. Women, Art and Household Consumption in the Dutch Republic, 1580-1720. She earned her PhD at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University and has conducted postdoctoral research at the Drawing Institute, Morgan Library & Museum. At the 110th CAA Annual Conference, she is presenting a paper on The Invisibility Myth. Women, Art and Household Consumption in the Dutch Republic, as part of the HNA-sponsored session Archive, Object, Image: Reading Against the Grain in the Dutch and Spanish “Golden Ages”, which is chaired by Carrie J. Anderson and Marsely Kehoe.


Every year since 2012, the CAA-Getty International Program has enabled 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. Meet the CAA-Getty International Program participants here.