CAA News
April 13, 2011

New Centennial Section of the Website
CAA News
CAA has introduced a new Centennial section of its website, which describes activities related to the organization's one-hundredth anniversary, collects the online anthologies of The Art Bulletin, Art Journal, and, and more.More

Centennial Book Interview with Ellen K. Levy
CAA News
In the first in a series of interviews with contributors to the new book on CAA's history, CAA News talks to Ellen K. Levy, an artist and former board president, about her chapter in The Eye, the Hand, the Mind on the organization's exhibitions program.More

Support CAA with a Donation to the Centennial Campaign
CAA News
The year 2011 marks CAA's one-hundredth anniversary, a celebratory occasion for any organization but particularly so given CAA's dynamic influence in shaping the study and practice of the visual arts over the past century. Without dedicated members like you, CAA would not be where it is today. Show your support with a donation to the 2011 Centennial Campaign.More

CAA Letter Regarding the Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei
CAA News
CAA sent a letter to the editor of the New York Times regarding the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, who was detained last week by his country's government, and joins the growing list of protesting individuals and institutions.More

Ask Your Congressional Representatives to Sign a Dear Colleague Letter Supporting the NEH
CAA News
Please help support the humanities by taking a few minutes to write to your congressional representatives, asking them to sign a Dear Colleague letter regarding fiscal year 2012 funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities.More

Spring Deaths in the Arts
CAA News
In its monthly obituaries listing, CAA recognizes the lives and achievements of the men and women whose work has had a significant impact on the visual arts. Leo Steinberg, Donny George, Hedda Sterne, and John McCracken are included.More

Friday Deadline for Applications for the Art Bulletin, Art Journal, and Editorial Boards
CAA News
CAA invites nominations and self-nominations for service on the editorial boards for its three scholarly journals—The Art Bulletin, Art Journal, and—for four-year terms. Deadline: April 15, 2011.More

Friday Deadline for Service on Awards for Distinction Juries
CAA News
CAA invites nominations and self-nominations for individuals to serve on ten of the twelve juries for the annual Awards for Distinction for three years (2011–14). Terms begin in May 2011; award years are 2012–14. Deadline: April 15, 2011.More

Millard Meiss Jury Seeks Specialist in Non-Western Art
CAA News
CAA seeks nominations and self-nominations from scholars with a specialization in non-Western subject matter to serve on the jury for the Millard Meiss Publication Fund for a four-year term, July 1, 2011–June 30, 2015. Deadline: April 22, 2011.More

Join the Wyeth Publication Grant Jury
CAA News
CAA seeks nominations and self-nominations for two individuals with expertise in any branch of American art history, visual studies, or a related field to serve on the jury for the Wyeth Foundation for American Art Publication Grant for a three-year term, July 1, 2011–June 30, 2014. Deadline: May 13, 2011.More

CAA Publishes the 2012 Call for Participation
Annual Conference Update
CAA has published the 2012 Call for Participation, which invites members to propose a paper or presentation for the 100th Annual Conference, taking place February 22–25, 2012, in Los Angeles, California. The deadline for proposals is May 2, 2011.More

Propose a Poster Session for the 2012 Annual Conference
Annual Conference Update
CAA invites individual members to submit abstracts for Poster Sessions at the 2012 Annual Conference in Los Angeles. Poster Sessions—presentations displayed on bulletin boards by an individual for small groups—usually include a brief narrative paper mixed with illustrations, tables, graphs, and similar presentation formats. Deadline: May 2, 2011.More

Association of Academic Museums and Galleries
Affiliated Society News
The Association of Academic Museums and Galleries will hold its next annual conference, "Who's Muse? Challenges to the Curatorial Profession in Academic Museums," on May 21, 2011, at the University of Houston's Blaffer Art Museum in Texas.More

Italian Art Society
Affiliated Society News
The Italian Art Society has selected Alison Luchs, curator of early European sculpture at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, to present the 2011 Italian Art Society—Kress Foundation Lecture in Florence, taking place on June 8, 2011.More

National Council of Arts Administrators
Affiliated Society News
The National Council of Arts Administrators seeks proposals for presentations, sessions, and/or panels for the annual Arts Administrators Workshops for its next annual meeting, "Push: The Artistic Engine of Innovation," to be held November 2–5, 2011, in Savannah, Georgia.More

Society for Photographic Education
Affiliated Society News
The Society for Photographic Education seeks proposals for its forty-ninth national conference, called "Intimacy and Voyeurism: The Public/Private Divide in Photography." The event will be held March 22–25, 2012, in San Francisco, California.More

Southeastern College Art Conference
Affiliated Society News
The Southeastern College Art Conference seeks proposals for papers for its sixty-seventh annual meeting, called "Text + Texture: an intersection of academics and the arts" and taking place at the Savannah College of Art and Design later this fall.More

A Provocateur Finds Out Just How Far He Can Go
A few years ago, when the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei was invited to show at the German festival called Documenta, his "piece" consisted of the most generous of gestures: he arranged for a visit from 1,001 of his compatriots who might not otherwise have traveled. So it's poignant and ironic that on April 3, on his own way out of his homeland, the artist was detained by authorities. Days later they announced that Ai was a suspect in unspecified "economic crimes"—code for "we hate you, and we're taking you down." They also published an editorial that accused Ai of being a "maverick of Chinese society" who likes "surprising speech" and "surprising behavior."More

Six Reasons Google Books Failed
New York Review of Books
Judge Denny Chin's opinion in rejecting the settlement between Google and the authors and publishers who sued it for infringement of their copyrights can be read as both as a map of wrong turns taken in the past and as an invitation to design a better route into the digital future. Extrapolating from the dense, forty-eight-page text that accompanied the judge's March 23 decision, it is possible to locate six crucial points where things went awry.More

Smithsonian Revises Design for Black History Museum
The Washington Examiner
The Smithsonian Institution revised its design plan for the new National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall, tweaking the way it plans to light the building during the day and at night. The revision unveiled last week to the National Capital Planning Commission paves the way for approval of the building in the fall.More

Losing Ground on Salaries
Inside Higher Ed
For most faculty members, this academic year will be one of eroding purchasing power, according to the annual study of salaries from the American Association of University Professors. The average salary for continuing faculty members increased by 1.4 percent in 2010-11, just under the rate of inflation, the study finds—making this year the second in a row in which faculty members will on average lose ground economically.More

The Enduring Gender Gap in Pay
Inside Higher Ed
The gender gap in faculty pay cannot be explained completely by the long careers of male faculty members, the relative productivity of faculty members, or where male and female faculty members tend to work—even if those and other factors are part of the picture, according to new research released at the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association. When all such factors are accounted for, women earn on average 6.9 percent less than do men in similar situations in higher education. More

Artists Reflect Egypt's Revolutionary Spirit
Artists have been quick to reflect their experience of Egypt's revolution and its new political landscape in their work. The Egyptian artist Khaled Hafez completely changed one of his paintings in response to the prodemocracy demonstrations in Cairo's Tahrir Square, in time to be exhibited at the Art Dubai fair last month.More

British Art Schools: Class Dismissed
The Guardian
It's just after eight on a wet Wednesday evening, and a police van is hovering outside Sotheby's in London. Several dozen protesters are staging a mock auction beside the entrance. "Who wants our education system?" shouts a man dressed as a slick auctioneer. "Sold to the highest bidder!" This protest—mounted recently by art students, artists, and anticuts activists—raised burning questions about the future of art education in the UK.More

European Treatment Harms African Works?
The Art Newspaper
African art specialists are questioning the recent conservation of Ife sculptures in Madrid in preparation for an international touring exhibition. They are concerned that Spanish conservators applied an inappropriate coating intended to protect the sculptures during the tour and after they are returned to Nigeria, and might even have removed ancient surface patina.More