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In this conversation, Jay Buchanan and Holly Gabelmann, co-creators of Idiosynchrony, talk to Caroline Giddis and Clarissa Chevalier, founders and co-editors of Tesserae Press. They discuss “Collaboration, finding purpose, occupying intermediate space and making noise together!”

Jay Buchanan is a theorist, poet, and arts orchestrator. 

Holly Gabelmann is an artist, writer, and asker of questions. They are the co-creators of Idiosynchrony, a podcast and collective sonic artwork. www.idiosynchronypodcast.com

Caroline Giddis is a writer, emerging curator, and art historian of the long nineteenth century focusing on intersectional feminism. 

Clarissa Chevalier is an interdisciplinary researcher, writer, and art historian specializing in modern and contemporary ecological art.They are the founders and co-editors of Tesserae Press, an online arts publication for emerging creative voices. www.TesseraePress.com 

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The CAA Conversations Podcast continues the vibrant discussions initiated at our Annual Conference. Listen in as educators explore arts and pedagogy, tackling everything from the day-to-day grind to the big, universal questions of the field.

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This podcast explores key concepts of decolonization, settler responsibility, and treaty principles. Join Dr. Julie Hollenbach in conversation with Dr. Carla Taunton in a dynamic dialogue that considers key ideas and concepts of decolonization. Hollenbach and Taunton discuss the potential roles and responsibilities of white-settler scholars in decolonizing and unsettling initiatives within museums, academia, and the classroom to include the movement towards decolonial accomplice focused methodologies.

Dr. Carla Taunton, a white-settler scholar, is an Associate Professor in the Division of Art History and Contemporary Culture at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the department of Cultural Studies at Queen’s University. She is the Special Advisor to the VP Academic and Research, Social Justice and Decolonization. Her research contributes to arts-based critiques of settler colonialism, Indigenous arts and methodologies, contemporary Canadian art and activism, museum and curatorial studies, as well as theories of decolonization, anti-colonialism and settler responsibility. Her recent publications include, “Unsettling Canadian Heritage: Decolonial Aesthetics in Canadian Video and Performance Art,” with Sarah E.K Smith in Journal Canadian Studies (2018), “Embodying Sovereignty: Indigenous Women’s Performance Art in Canada,” in Narratives Unfolding (2017), and “Performing Sovereignty: Forces to be Reckoned With” in More Caught in the Act: An Anthology of Performance Art by Canadian Women (2016). She co-edited PUBLIC 54: Indigenous Art, the first special issue on global Indigenous new media and digital arts, and RACAR: Continuities Between Eras: Indigenous Arts (2017). She is an independent curator and was a curatorial team member for Abadakone at the National Gallery of Canada (2019). Taunton’s recent collaborative research projects include: The GLAM Collective, The Pilimmaksarniq/Pijariuqsarniq Project: Inuit Futures in Arts Leadership (2017), and The Archive/Counter-Archive: Activating Canada’s Moving Image Heritage (2017).

Julie Hollenbach is a queer white-settler scholar also at NSCAD University where she is an Assistant Professor of Craft History and Material Culture. Her work addresses craft practices and craft cultures at the intersections of history and location, tradition and ritual, contact and connection, meaning and use. Julie’s curatorial and academic research is influenced by queer, feminist, anti-racist and decolonial methodologies. If you’d like to learn more about her work, check out an article she published online with Studio magazine entitled, “Moving Beyond a Modern Craft: Thoughts on White Entitlement and Cultural Appropriation in Professional Craft in Canada,” or check out her recent curatorial project Unpacking the Living Room at Mount St. Vincent University Art Gallery. A website chronicling and documenting the exhibition can be found at: www.unpackingthelivingroommsvu.ca.

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CWA Picks February-March 2021

posted by March 12, 2021

February and March Picks from the Committee on Women in the Arts celebrate a selection of events, exhibitions, and calls for work and participation featuring feminist and womxn artists and address issues about social justice and ethics in intersectional and transnational perspectives.

Dancer Christ Walker in his portrayal of Laura Anderson Barbata’s Rolling Calf in Intervention: Indigo, part of the exhibition Laura Anderson Barbata: Transcommunality, Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane University. Photo by Rene Cervantes.

Laura Anderson Barbata: Transcommunality

January 16–October 2, 2021

Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

Laura Anderson Barbata’s (b. 1958) socially engaged, activist, and environmentally sustainable practice is on view in a dynamic exhibition curated by Laura Blereau at the Newcomb Art Museum.  Transcommunality enriches bold concepts of global collaboration and cultural exchange, civil and indigenous rights, and human connection and belonging across geographical borders.  Anderson Barbata was born in Mexico City, Mexico, and works between Mexico and the United States.  This exhibition unites five projects and series across the Americas, showcasing a wide swath of media and community-based approaches such as street theater, arts education, printmaking and book making, textiles, wearable sculpture, photographs, and stilt dancing.  Among the works on display are paper making techniques and workshops utilizing Ye’Kuana Amazon wood printing blocks for body printing and printmaking in Venezuela (Amazonian moriche palm fiber); fabric costumes worn by stilt dancers and carnival performers, including Moko Jumbies in Trinidad and Tobago and the Brooklyn Jumbies of New York, West Africa, and the Caribbean, as well as the significant artisan culture of los Zancudos de Zaachila from Oaxaca, Mexico.  Transcommunality also documents Anderson Barbata’s extraordinary intervention and efforts to repatriate the body of Julia Pastrana, a nineteenth-century Mexican woman grotesquely exploited for her physical disabilities.  As Anderson Barbata avers, reciprocity fundamentally underscores her artistic work and approach.

 

 

Mildred Thompson: Throughlines, Assemblages and Works on Paper from the 1960s to the 1990s

February 18–March 27, 2021

Galerie LeLong & Co., New York

A selected survey of Mildred Thompson’s (1936–2003) mature practice into the 1990s, Throughlines explores the African American artist’s dynamic experimentation in found and manipulated wood, free-standing assemblages and sculptures, and dynamic utilisation of abstraction in works on paper and prints.

 

 

Laura Aguilar: Show and Tell

February 6–March 9, 2021

Leslie–Lohman Museum of Art, New York

The first comprehensive retrospective on Chicana artist Laura Aguilar (1959–2018), Show and Tell presents more than 70 photographs and videos spanning three decades.  The development of Aguilar’s performative, feminist, and queer  genres encompass candid portrayals of LGBTQ+ and Latinx communities; nude self-portraits serve as powerful investigations on the complicated colonial histories of racial and sexual injustice and personal expressions on vulnerability and beauty.

 

 

Renée Stout | Ghosts

January 21–May 8, 2021

Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, Kansas

This exhibition explores Renée Stout’s (b. 1958) print portfolio from 2012 titled Ghosts, currently in the collection of the Ulrich Museum of Art, and in dialogue with six Yoruba objects from present-day Nigeria in the Wichita State University’s Lowell D. Homes Museum of Anthropology.  Stout’s seminal artistic research into the histories of African American heritage and the African diaspora are demonstrated in Ghosts, haunting monotypes that touch upon syncretic belief systems and visual narratives of Haitian Voudou and American Voodoo and Hoodoo, especially as these religions are expressed in marginalized Black communities.

 

 

Amelia Toledo: 1958–2007

February 25–April 17, 2021

Nara Roesler, New York

The inaugural solo exhibition in the US of Brazilian multidisciplinary artist Amelia Toledo (1926–2017), the artist is best known for her constructive investigations that traverse the material boundaries of the natural world and landscape, and offer new definitions of ecological concretism through the technical and physical examination of shells, stones, and wood.  Toledo’s later Penetrables, on view, explore inhabitable space through hanging color fields as raw canvas and organic pigments.  Although associated in her career with many of the foremost postwar neo-concrete Brazilian artists, including Mira Schendel, Tomie Ohtake, Hélio Oiticica, and Lygia Pape, Toledo maintained a separate identity.  On her hands-on and observational approach to her practice, Toledo offered: “It’s not even just a question of difference processes; each material constructs itself, proposes itself in the form of certain consequences.”

 

 

Les Femmes Folles Presents: Feminists Connect

Launching March 2021

This curated online exhibition includes work by 40 international artists, artist statement and bios received in response to a call inviting participants to reflect on the theme Feminist Connect and the possibilities for the arts and feminist enquiry. Driven by feminist ethics of care, the curators of this online art exhibit, Sally Brown and Leslie C. Sotomayor, became actively invested in selecting artworks that engage through lived experiences and embodiments into conversations on larger social issues such as love, grief or invisibility. The curatorial process was dialogic and centered on co-creation of knowledge with care.

 

 

The Vagina Museum’s ‘Cliterature’ book club – Feminism, Interrupted

Thursday 22nd April 2021, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM UK Time

Zoom

Cliterature, the Vagina Museum’s book club, welcomes everyone to engage in readings and discussions of fiction, non-fiction, essays and poetry. The April event focuses on a non-fiction book Feminism, Interrupted: Disrupting Power by Lola Olufemi, which calls to reclaim feminism from its neoliberal appropriations as a radical tool for fighting back against structural violence and injustices, including, among others, reproductive justice, transmisogyny and gendered Islamophobia.

 

 

Joanna Rajkowska. Rhizopolis

February 1st – June 6th 2021 

Zachęta – National Gallery of Art, Poland

Rhizopolis, a set design and an artistic installation, is not a phantasy. It welcomes us to a world of hypothetical future after an ecological catastrophe that is inevitable in the Antropocene. Imagining an underground city underneath a forest inhabited by refugees from the surface of Earth, Rajkowska calls into question our faith in continuous progress and civilizational development and expansion. In the context of the pandemic, Rhizopolis offers an opportunity to revisit survival scenarios and techniques and invites us to consider radical dependence and interconnectedness in which nature makes our lives possible.

 

 

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The CAA Conversations Podcast continues the vibrant discussions initiated at our Annual Conference. Listen in 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.

Lorne M. Buchman, President of ArtCenter College of Design and host of Change Lab podcast, speaks with Beyond the Studio co-hosts Nicole Mueller and Amanda Adams about the shifts happening in higher education, how art and design colleges are responding to the financial challenges of the pandemic, rethinking the model in order to increase sustainability, access, and affordability, what organizations can learn from adopting a mindset similar to that of individual artists, and key questions we should all be asking within the arts at large.

About Beyond the Studio: Beyond the Studio is a podcast that focuses on the behind the scenes work of visual artists— how they’re supporting and sustaining themselves and their creative work. Co-hosted by artists Nicole Mueller (San Francisco, CA) and Amanda Adams (Baltimore, MD), Beyond the Studio features candid conversations with contemporary artists, makers, and art world professionals about their business practices, time management, financial planning, and how they’re navigating the unique challenges of making a living, creatively. Artists are inherently resourceful, resilient, and ambitious, with a unique and diverse set of skills. Beyond the Studio wants to know how they’re connecting the dots in their own life, and demystify the process. It’s founded on the belief that by sharing these stories openly and honestly, artists will feel more empowered and become better equipped to live out their own creative life’s work. The podcast can be found on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and on their website www.beyondthe.studio

About Lorne M. Buchman: Lorne M. Buchman is the fifth president of ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, California, an international leader in art and design education. During Buchman’s presidency, the College increased the undergraduate and graduate degree programs and realized record enrollments. Buchman previously served as president of both Saybrook University and California College of the Arts (CCA). Buchman holds a PhD from Stanford University and a BA from the University of Toronto. He founded Buchman Associates, a consulting firm focused on facility development projects for nonprofit organizations. A trained theater director and scholar, Buchman is the author of Still in Movement: Shakespeare on Screen and has taught and served as an administrative leader at the University of California, Berkeley.

About ArtCenter: Founded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, California, ArtCenter College of Design is a global leader in art and design education. ArtCenter offers 11 undergraduate and seven graduate degrees in a wide variety of industrial design disciplines as well as visual and applied arts. In addition to its top-ranked academic programs, the College also serves members of the Greater Los Angeles region through a highly regarded series of year-round continuing education programs for all ages and levels of experience. Renowned for both its ties to industry and its social impact initiatives, ArtCenter is the first design school to receive the United Nations’ Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status. Throughout the College’s long and storied history, ArtCenter alumni have had a profound impact on popular culture, the way we live and important issues in our society.

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Amy Raffel

We are pleased to announce that Amy Raffel will be joining CAA as Head of Content. This newly created role is responsible for leading the development of a unifying digital-first content strategy for CAA and digital platforms. The role will define the overarching content mission, vision, and voice for CAA and ensure that the content strategy aligns with CAA membership needs. She will oversee CAA’s content and programs, intellectual property, professional training and skills, digital archiving, and publications.  She will begin on March 1.

Amy Raffel has broad expertise in art history with a PhD degree from the CUNY Graduate Center and a Master’s degree from the Institute of Fine Arts (NYU). Her research focuses on 1980s downtown New York City, with a concentration on Keith Haring. She recently published her first academic book, Art and Merchandise in Keith Haring’s Pop Shop, as an independent scholar with Routledge. Prior to CAA, Raffel worked at the Queens Museum, developing and leading interpretation initiatives to increase audience engagement. She produced digital content, including audio guides, art talks, and tours, and created onsite resources, including visitor guides, didactics, and a number of interactive spaces – all based on audience research and assessment. She has also written and edited for several educational and art-related digital platforms, and taught art history to undergraduates at Lehman College.

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CAA joins 22 other organizations in signing on to a statement by the American Historical Association registering concern about a new policy issued by India’s Ministry of Higher Education/Department of Higher Education that “requires Indian scholars and administrators to obtain prior approval from the Ministry of External Affairs if they want to convene online or virtual international conferences, seminars, or trainings.” The AHA states that this policy is likely to “affect a wide range of scholarly exchanges that are critical to the free international expression of ideas” and “strongly maintains that government agencies should not intervene in the content of scholarly exchange.” 

 

AHA Opposes New Policy on Virtual Scholarly Exchanges in India (February 2021) | AHA (historians.org) 

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Meet CAA’s New Board Members

posted by February 22, 2021

From left to right: Lara Evans, Roland Betancourt, Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz, Kelly Walters, and Kelvin Parnell

The results of the 2021 CAA Board of Directors Election were presented at the CAA Annual Business Meeting on Friday, February 12 at 2:00 PM as part of the 109th CAA Annual Conference.

We are grateful to all the candidates who put forward their names for consideration this year. The 2020-21 Nominating Committee selected six candidates for election for four-year terms and two Emerging Professional candidates, who were eligible for a two-year term.⁠ Voters were asked to select four of the six candidates for four-year terms, and one candidate in the Emerging Professional category.

CAA BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTION

We congratulate Lara Evans, Roland Betancourt, Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz, and Kelly Walters on their election by CAA membership for four-year terms and Kelvin Parnell on his election for a two-year term as an Emerging Professional board member.

Learn more about the new members:

 

Lara Evans

Interim Director, Research Center for Contemporary Native Arts, Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM

 

Roland Betancourt

Professor of Art History, University of California Irvine, Irvine, CA

 

 

Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz

Associate Professor, Studio Art, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL

 

Kelly Walters

Associate Director, BFA Communication Design Program, Parsons School of Design, The New School, New York, NY

 

EMERGING PROFESSIONALS BOARD OF DIRECTOR CANDIDATES (TWO-YEAR TERM, 2021-2023)

 

Kelvin Parnell

Ph.D. Candidate, Art and Architectural History, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

 

 

 

The CAA Board of Directors is comprised of professionals in the visual arts who are elected annually by the membership to serve four-year terms (or, in the case of the Emerging Professional Board members, two-year terms). The Board 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 more information, please read the CAA By-laws on Nominations, Elections, and Appointments.

Thank you to all those who voted!

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This time of year, members have the opportunity to provide an important contribution to CAA’s four journals—either by serving as a volunteer member of an editorial board or by applying to be an editor-in-chief or reviews editor.

Below are 14 opportunities to help shape the editorial vision of CAA’s publications.

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. You may apply for more than one position. The deadline for all applications is April 15, 2021. Terms of service vary, but they all begin July 1, 2021.

The Art Bulletin: 2 Editorial Board members

The Art Bulletin: Editor(s)-in-Chief

Art Journal/AJO: 1 Editorial Board member

Art Journal: Reviews Editor

caa.reviews: 2 Editorial Board members

caa.reviews Council of Field Editors: 7 openings
Early Modern European Art (North)
Latin American Art
Medieval Art
Precolumbian Art
Exhibitions New York
Exhibitions Northwest US
Exhibitions Southeast US

The CAA Conversations Podcast continues the vibrant discussions initiated at our Annual Conference. Listen in 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.

Join us for a live CAA podcast recording made for the CAA 2021 Conference! Rachel Beth Egenhoefer and Peter Dean discuss Sustainable Design: Beyond the Stuff, Towards the System

Rachel Beth Egenhoefer, Professor, Design, University of San Francisco
Peter Dean, Senior Critic, Department of Furniture Design, Nature-Culture-Sustainability Studies Concentration, Rhode Island School of Design

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CAA offers Annual Conference grants supporting international members, students, emerging scholars, practitioners, and artists. This year, we offered support grants to attend the 109th Annual Conference, February 10-13, 2021, virtually.

ANNUAL CONFERENCE CAA MEMBER SUPPORT GRANTS

CAA has awarded a limited number of grants to international members, students, emerging scholars, practitioners, and artists who are CAA members participating in the conference to support their ability to take part in the Annual Conference.

2021 Annual Conference Support Grantees

  • Kristina Davis
  • Silas E. Fischer
  • Maria Garth
  • Keith D. Lee
  • Mai Yamaguchi
  • Xiaojing Yan

SUPPORT GRANTS FOR ANNUAL CONFERENCE REGISTRATION 

CAA has awarded a limited number of grants to cover Annual Conference Registration for CAA 2021 to members in need. Annual Conference registration grants are supported by funds raised by the Presidents Council of CAA and the “Pay it Forward” initiative.

2021 Annual Conference Registration Support CAA Student Member Grantees:

  • Nicole Cochrane
  • Sophia Maxine Farmer
  • Alexa McCarthy
  • Andrea Morgan
  • Lauren Rosenblum
  • Sheri Michelle Schrader
  • Christine Suzanne Slobogin
  • Mariya Tsaneva

 

2021 Annual Conference Registration Support CAA Member Grantees:

  • Chava Krivchenia
  • Claudia Marion Stemberger
  • Daniela Naomi Molnar
  • Dell Marie Hamilton
  • Hong Zeng
  • Jasmine Graf
  • Roma Madan Soni
  • Silvia Massa
  • Tania Gutierrez-Monroy

 

ROYAL TALENS NORTH AMERICA – CAA CONFERENCE REGISTRATION GRANTS

For more than 100 years, Royal Talens has been stimulating creative expression by developing high-quality brands and products that inspire artists throughout the world. We seek to initiate and support efforts to increase cultural equity and inclusion in the arts community. We would like to announce the newly created Royal Talens CAA Cultural Equity Grant to provide support for studio art educators of color residing in the US or Canada to attend the national conference in 2021.

2021 Royal Talens North America –  CAA Annual Conference Registration Grantees:

  • Massa Lemu, Assistant Prof at Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Lizzy Martinez, Instructor at University of Missouri St. Louis
  • Kirk Maynard, Adjunct Instructor at Drew University, Madison NJ

 

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