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posted by May 15, 2019

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Artist NEVE performs at “I wanna be with you everywhere (IWBWYE),” a three-day festival “of, by, and for” disabled artists and writers, via Hyperallergic.

A Georgetown Student Defends the Reparations Referendum

“I have no interest in seeing Georgetown co-opt this referendum as its own contribution.” Last month, Georgetown University undergraduates voted overwhelmingly to tax themselves to create a reparations fund. (The Atlantic)

University of Texas Graduate Students Hold “Grade-In” at UT Tower

Student workers at UT Austin rallied this week to demand better pay and tuition coverage. (KXAN Austin)

Parenting and Labor in the Art World: A Call to Arms

Last month, MoMA PS1 agreed to settle curator and editor Nikki Columbus’s claim of gender, pregnancy, and caregiver discrimination. But what is the larger context of this landmark case? (Hyperallergic)

A Performance Festival by and for Disabled Artists

A look at how arts organizers can move beyond compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and instead embrace “access intimacy.” (Hyperallergic)

This Dealer Fought for African-American Artists for Decades—Now the Market Is Paying Attention

“When I called realtors to try and find a space on 57th Street, most of the realtors hung up. They said, ‘Well, what kind of gallery are you going to have?’ And I said, ‘I have a gallery that shows the work of black artists’—clink.” – Linda Goode Bryant (Artsy)

Three Changes Higher Ed Leaders Should Be Ready to Make

Higher education leaders met with journalists last week at the Education Writers Association’s National Seminar. Here are their top three takeaways. (Education Dive)

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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by May 08, 2019

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Works by Swedish painter Hilma af Klint (1862-1944) in the Guggenheim Museum’s Paintings for the Future exhibition. Photo: Johannes Schmitt-Tegge/picture-alliance/dpa/AP

What Can the Museum World Learn From Hilma af Klint?

“I think this shows us that we have narrowed the field of ‘blockbuster’ artists to a very small number of men. But there are other great artists that capture the imagination of the public.” – Helen Molesworth (Slate)

Experts Warn Macron Against Rushing to Rebuild Notre-Dame

More than 1,150 artists, curators, academics, and leading conservators have publicly called on the French president not to rush into reconstruction. (France 24)

US Museum Asks Far-Right German Party to Stop Using Its Painting for an Election Ad

The Clark Art Institute condemned the use of a Jean-Léon Gérôme painting in its collection, but the work is in the public domain. (Hyperallergic)

One of World’s Wealthiest Educational Institutions May Close Its Renowned Press

“The fragile truce surrounding Stanford University Press remains cause for concern, but the scale and rapidity of the mobilization that rose up to defend the press is reason for guarded optimism.” (The Nation)

Leonard A. Lauder Research Center for Modern Art Launches Digital Archives

The Digital Archives Initiative (DAI) was made possible through partnerships with institutions and artists’ estates worldwide. (Artforum)

Making Monographs Open

A project that aims to slash the cost of producing monographs could help make more of them available to the public for free. But will scholars participate? (Inside Higher Ed)

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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by May 01, 2019

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A master conservator demonstrating a technique for removing contaminants from a Botticelli fresco in the Sistine Chapel. Photo by Robert Polidori for WSJ Magazine, via artnet News

Proposed Cut of Stanford University Press’s Subsidy Sparks Outrage

The proposal has prompted discussion on the value of a university press to its parent institution as well as an open letter from the larger academic community. (Chronicle of Higher Ed)

Preserving the Sistine Chapel Is a Never-Ending Task. See Behind-the-Scenes Photos of What It Takes

The name of the game? Constant vigilance. (artnet News)

Rediscovering the Confederate Flag of Truce

Sonya Clark, a professor of art and art history at Amherst College, is presenting the flag as a counterweight to the familiar battle flag of the Confederacy. (New York Times)

This Open Source Software Could Make Museum Websites More Accessible

The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago has created a tool that seamlessly integrates image descriptions into its online platform. (Artsy)

Mónica Ramírez Talks The Bandana Project, Her Latinidad, And Her Career In Farmworkers Advocacy

Explore an art-activism project from the organizer who helped create the #TimesUp movement. (Forbes)

A Widely Cited Statistic That Supposedly Proved Student Debt Was a Rich Person Problem Was the Result of a Coding Error

The statistic popped up frequently in conversation about Elizabeth Warren’s education plan. (Slate)

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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by April 24, 2019

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Credit: Andrew Tallon/Vassar College

Art Historian’s Laser Mapping Project Could Help Save Notre Dame

A professor at Vassar College painstakingly scanned the cathedral in 2015. His work may now help architects and engineers rebuild it. (CNN)

Elizabeth Warren’s Higher Education Plan: Cancel Student Debt and Eliminate Tuition

Announced Monday, Warren’s $1.25 trillion policy proposal aims to reshape higher education. (New York Times)

TED-Style Art History Platform Aims to Promote Arts Education Online

Explore short films about art history from artists, curators, and academics, available for free online at HENI Talks. (The Art Newspaper)

The Death of an Adjunct

“Thea Hunter was a promising, brilliant scholar.” (The Atlantic)

This App Can Tell You the Indigenous History of the Land You Live On

A free online tool that seeks to map Indigenous languages, treaties, and territories. (Native Land)

An Illustrated Database for Women Artists Spans the 15th to 19th Centuries

A Space of Their Own aims to compile the most comprehensive resource to date. (Hyperallergic)

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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by April 10, 2019

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The congressional leaders who are spearheading the charge for a Smithsonian Women’s History Museum. Courtesy American Museum of Women’s History Congressional Commission, via artnet News.

Will the United States Finally Get a National Women’s History Museum? Congress Just Introduced Two Bipartisan Bills to Build One

Susan Collins and Diane Feinstein have teamed up on the Senate bill, while Carolyn Maloney has introduced companion legislation in the House. (artnet News)

The Implicit Punishment of Daring to Go to College When Poor

Only nine percent of people from the lowest income quartile receive a bachelor’s degree by the age of 24, compared to 77 percent for the top income quartile. (New York Times)

Will Artificial Intelligence Make the College Classroom More Accessible?

New tools designed to help institutions meet accessibility requirements could possibly personalize learning for all students. (Education Dive)

Audience Engagement Is Not Community Engagement

An important distinction on two widely used terms. (Americans for the Arts)

Art Institute Postpones Major Native American Pottery Exhibit over Cultural Insensitivity Concerns

The postponement occurs against a backdrop of museums’ increasing sensitivity to the cultures they present. (Chicago Tribune)

This Is How You Kill a Profession

“College faculty were not defeated after great struggle, after a battle with a winner and a loser. College has simply been redefined, over and over, in ways that make faculty irrelevant.” (Chronicle of Higher Ed)

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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by April 03, 2019

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Marie-Guillemine Benoist’s “Portrait of a Negress” (1800) has been retitled “Portrait of Madeleine” for a new exhibition at the Musée d’Orsay. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Musée d’Orsay Puts Focus on Overlooked and Anonymous Black Models in French Masterpieces

The exhibition temporarily retitles works featuring historically anonymous Black models to honor their sitters. (Hyperallergic)

Adjunct Professors at Miami Dade College, America’s Largest Undergrad College, Are Unionizing

The new bargaining unit will include as many as 2,800 workers. (Miami New Times)

Poland’s Right-Wing Government Accused of Hijacking Prize-Winning Museum

One of Poland’s most prominent museums has strongly opposed an attempt by the country’s culture ministry to change its structure. (The Art Newspaper)

Though More Women Are on College Campuses, Climbing the Professor Ladder Remains a Challenge

A look at the numbers from Women in the Academy, a longitudinal study conducted from 2003 to 2012. (Brookings)

This Library Takes an Indigenous Approach to Categorizing Books

Xwi7xwa library in British Columbia is decolonizing the way information is sorted, cataloged, and shared. (Yes Magazine)

To Survive, Small Colleges Are Rethinking the Liberal Arts

As higher ed consolidates, these institutions are restructuring curriculum, campuses, and even tuition. (Education Dive)

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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by March 27, 2019

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Protesters at the Guggenheim Museum last month dropped white slips of paper symbolizing OxyContin prescriptions. Last week the museum said it would no longer accept money from members of the Sackler family behind the drug. Image: New York Times

The scrutiny of the Sacklers comes amid a broader reckoning in the museum world about who sits on their boards and bankrolls their programs. (New York Times)

University of Tennessee Will Be Free for Low-Income Students Starting in Fall 2020

The school joins a small—but growing—list of US colleges and universities seeking to make higher education more accessible. (Think Progress)

Study: 40% of Community College Students Take Humanities Classes

Community colleges have seen massive growth in their humanities programs over the past few decades. (Education Dive)

Museums Need to Move with the Times – That’s Why Deaccessioning Isn’t Always Bad News

“Some may view this as pandering to the politically correct. But American art museums have a moral responsibility and historical mandate inscribed in their charters to reach the broadest possible public.” (Apollo Magazine)

$2.8 Million in Met Museum Admission Revenues Will Go to 175 Cultural Nonprofits

NYC officials announced last week that funds from the Met’s change in admissions policy will be redistributed. (Hyperallergic)

Opinion: A Bigger Scandal at Colleges — Underpaid Professors

“What these folks did is not the worst thing happening in our educational system.” (Boston Globe)

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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by March 20, 2019

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Okwui Enwezor at the Venice Biennale, 2015. Courtesy: La Biennale di Venezia, photo: Giorgio Zuchhiatti via Frieze

Culture Ministers from 16 German States Agree to Repatriate Artifacts Looted in Colonial Era

The ministers agreed to work with museums and institutions to develop repatriation procedures with “the necessary urgency and sensitivity.” (The Art Newspaper)

How Curator Okwui Enwezor (1963-2019) Changed the Course of Art

A tribute to the Nigeria-born poet, critic and curator, who passed away last week at the age of 55. (Frieze)

‘What Does It Take?’: Admissions Scandal Is a Harsh Lesson in Racial Disparities

“This scandal exposed the fact that there is a misplaced emphasis on so-called affirmative action inequities, rather than privilege.” (New York Times)

The Rapid Closure of Art Institutes Across America

Dream Center, a Christian nonprofit with no experience in higher education, has imploded, taking thousands of students—and millions in student loans—down with them. (Hyperallergic)

The Undiscussed Sexual Exploitation Buried in Matisse’s Odalisque Paintings

“So ingrained is exploitation in our understanding of female sexuality within (and outside of) art history that these incredibly basic readings recede into the background and are deemed somehow radical.” (Hyperallergic)

Curator Cuts at Leicester Museums Criticized as Disastrous

Museum leaders in the UK have condemned a cost-cutting proposal to replace curators with an “engagement team.” (The Guardian)

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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by March 13, 2019

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New York City First Lady Chirlane McCray announced the new She Built NYC monuments this week in Brooklyn. Photo: Ed Reed

She Built NYC Announces Statues Honoring Four More Trailblazing Women

In addition to a previously announced monument for Rep. Shirley Chisholm, New York City will honor these four trailblazers. (She Built NYC)

Trump Sets Workforce Training, Student Loan Overhaul as Budget Priorities

Trump’s fiscal year 2020 budget proposal was released this week. Here are the implications for higher ed. (Education Dive)

Finding the Right Training and Career Development Opportunities for Your Organization

Where to begin? Start by identifying the goals you want to achieve. (Scholarly Kitchen)

Governor Dunleavy’s Budget Plan Would ‘Gut’ University of Alaska System

CAA has signed a letter along with 27 other professional societies urging reconsideration of this plan. The university stands to lose 40% of its total budget. (Anchorage Daily News)

The Power of a Paid Internship: Creating Pathways to Careers in Museums

A helpful case study from The Phillips Collection. (AAM)

Why Is Work by Female Artists Still Valued Less Than Work by Male Artists?

A look at the numbers with sociologist Taylor Whitten Brown. (Artsy)

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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by March 06, 2019

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Decolonize This Place poster, via Hyperallergic

Artists and Activists Prepare Political Responses to Whitney Biennial

On February 25, the Whitney Museum announced the artists who will be participating in the 2019 biennial. In the days following, artists and activists responded. (Hyperallergic)

A Totally Inclusive Museum

“At the conclusion of a long and productive workshop about inclusion, a museum employee asked: ‘How will we know when we have reached our goal of being fully inclusive?’ It was a great question, but I’m not sure anyone liked the answer.” (AAM)

Listen: Adjuncts Weigh Costs of $7,000 or Strike!

The union of the faculty and staff at CUNY is currently bargaining a flagship demand of $7,000 per course for adjunct faculty. (Interference Archive Podcast)

SFMoMA to Sell 1960 Rothko to Help Diversify its Holdings

The museum has announced plans to sell the artwork to “address art historical gaps.” (New York Times)

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