CAA News
Jul. 8, 2015

Survey about an Online Journal of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Art History
CAA News
Art History Teaching Resources recently received a grant from the Kress Foundation to conduct preliminary research for an online journal of scholarship of teaching and learning in art history that will launch in 2016. The founders of the website ask for your help with this initiative by completing a ten-minute survey before July 17.More

Bookshelf: A New Series on Art Journal Open
CAA News
Art Journal Open has launched Bookshelf, a new series that asks a simple question: "What are you reading?" Each answer provides a glimpse into the contributor's personal reading list, from academic publications and artist monographs to novels, memoirs, and travel guides.More

Rebecca M. Brown Is the Next Editor-in-Chief of Art Journal
CAA News
On July 1, Rebecca M. Brown becomes the new editor-in-chief of Art Journal, CAA's quarterly journal of modern and contemporary art. A scholar of colonial and post-1947 South Asian art and visual culture, Brown is associate professor of history of art at Johns Hopkins University.More

Immemorial: The Poetics of AIDS; A Conversation with Rudy Lemcke
CAA News
In a new interview published by Art Journal Online, Tina Takemoto talks to the artist Rudy Lemcke about his artistic practice and the poetics and politics of AIDS.More

July Picks from CAA's Committee on Women in the Arts
CAA News
Picks from CAA's Committee on Women in the Arts for July 2015 include solo exhibitions of work by Marilyn Minter in Houston, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye in London, and Zanele Muholi in Brooklyn, as well as a lecture by Agnes Gund in Five Points Gallery in Torrington, Connecticut.More

2015 Professional-Development Fellowships for Graduate Students
CAA News
For the current cycle, CAA will award grants of $10,000 each to outstanding students who will receive their terminal degrees in the calendar year 2016. One award will be presented to a practitioner—an artist, designer, and/or craftsperson—and one award will be presented to an art, architecture, and/or design historian, curator, or critic.More

CAA Seeks Nominations for 2016 Awards
CAA News
CAA has begun accepting nominations for the 2016 Awards for Distinction. Please review the guidelines below to become familiarized with the nomination process and to download, complete, and submit the requested materials. Deadline: July 31 and August 31, 2015.More

Place Your Job Ad in the Online Career Center
CAA News
Does your school or department have a last-minute job opening for the fall semester? Place an advertisement in CAA's Online Career Center to attract the best candidates locally and nationwide. More

Applications for Fall Meiss Grants
CAA News
CAA is accepting applications for fall 2015 grants through the Millard Meiss Publication Fund, which supports book-length scholarly manuscripts in the history of art and related subjects that have been accepted by a publisher on their merits but cannot be published in the most desirable form without a subsidy. Deadline: September 15, 2015.More

Wyeth Publication Grants for Books on American Art
CAA News
Thanks to generous funding from the Wyeth Foundation for American Art, CAA awards publication grants to support book-length scholarly manuscripts in the history of American art and related subjects. For purposes of this program, "American art" is defined as art created in the United States, Canada, and Mexico prior to 1970. Deadline: September 15, 2015.More

Apply for the CAA-Getty International Program
Annual Conference Update
Applicants for the CAA-Getty International Program, which provides funding to fifteen people to attend the 2016 Annual Conference in Washington, DC, must be practicing art historians who teach at a university or work as a curator in a museum, or artists who teach art history. Deadline: August 17, 2015.More

Changes Coming to the Annual Meeting!
Annual Conference Update
Suzanne Preston Blier, CAA's vice president for Annual Conference, is heading a Task Force on the Annual Conference. Along with other members of this group, she seeks suggestions from CAA members on the kinds of changes you would like to see.More

Support the Annual Conference Travel Grants
Annual Conference Update
Your contribution to CAA's fund for the Annual Conference Travel Grants allows MFA and PhD students, as well as international artists and scholars, to cover expenses for attending the Washington, DC, meeting in February 2016. Travel grants are funded solely by donations from members—please contribute today!More

Book Reviews
David Levi Strauss, Words Not Spent Today Buy Smaller Images Tomorrow: Essays on the Present and Future of Photography (New York: Aperture, 2014). Reviewed by Ileana L. Selejan.

Eleanor Heartney, Helaine Posner, Nancy Princenthal, and Sue Scott, The Reckoning: Women Artists of the New Millennium (New York: Prestel, 2013). Reviewed by Caitlin Julia Rubin.

Stephen Houston, The Life Within: Classic Maya and the Matter of Permanence (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2014). Reviewed by Matthew Looper.More

Exhibition Reviews
New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, Here and Elsewhere (July 16–September 28, 2014). Reviewed by Sascha Crasnow.

Cincinnati Art Museum, Ohio, Cincinnati Silver: 1788–1940 (June 14–September 7, 2014). Reviewed by Monica Obniski.

Denver Art Museum, Colorado, Thomas Moran's Yellowstone: A Project for the Nation (October 6, 2013–January 19, 2014). Reviewed by Jeffrey Schrader.More

I'm Paid Less Than My Colleagues. Help!
I'm in the biological sciences at an R1 school and am a relatively new full professor. Recently, I was shown the mean salary for all faculty at this rank within my department. To my surprise, my salary was about 20 percent less than this number. Meanwhile the mean salary for full professors in my department is approximately 6 percent lower than the average provided by the Chronicle's latest salary report for my university.More

Havana's Vital Biennial Was Trumped by a Stifled Voice
New York Times
The Havana Biennial raised the right questions in a society that continues to define itself, despite a creeping capitalist economy, as seriously socialist. How can a vital art be made for sharing rather than for private ownership? Who is allowed to decide what is art and what is not? And how, in a period that almost everyone acknowledges to be one of transition, do you create an art in progress, an art that can exist in the public realm and reflect the present, without being prematurely monumental?More

Against Students
New Inquiry
What do I mean by "against students"? By using this expression I am trying to describe a series of speech acts that consistently position students, or at least specific kinds of students, as a threat to education, free speech, civilization, even life itself. In speaking against students, these speech acts also speak for more or less explicitly articulated sets of values: freedom, reason, education, democracy. Students are failing to reproduce the required norms of conduct.More

Heartbroken: Seventy-Two USC Alumni Write in Support of Withdrawn MFA Students
Los Angeles Times
More than six-dozen alumni of the Roski School of Art and Design at USC published an open letter supporting the class of MFA students that withdrew from the university in May to protest changes in curriculum, faculty, and funding. "As alumni of the University of Southern California Roski School of Art and Design's Master of Fine Arts Program," reads the letter, "we are dismayed to hear that Dean Erica Muhl's actions and lack of support for the Program have caused the entire graduating class of 2016 to withdraw."More

Art Teachers "Paid the Same as McDonald's Workers"
Art Newspaper
As President Obama announced plans to extend overtime pay to more US workers, many artists and nonprofit organizations are pushing for wage increases, including Andrea Bowers, an artist and senior lecturer at the Otis College of Art and Design. "Faculty are making the same amount as McDonald's workers," she says. Instructors are paid per course with a semester-long fee, but this hovers around minimum wage, if the number of hours spent on the course is taken into consideration.More

What Startups Can Learn from the Art Market
Fast Company
Although the denizens of Art Basel and the participants in Y Combinator may protest, the process of making art today is essentially identical to the process of making startups. Both the gallery and the incubator are singular spaces specifically designed to do the same thing: maximize volatility and promote creativity within a network of makers, gatekeepers, investors, marketers, and ultimately consumers. Guiding the players at the center is the Curator-Patron—the art dealer or the angel investor/venture capitalist. More

The Fine Art of Forgery
The Atlantic
In the radiant blue chamber of the ZPrinter 850, a skull is born. An inkjet arm moves across a bed of gypsum powder, depositing a layer of liquid that binds the powder together in the shape of a cranial cross-section. Then the arm sweeps across again, brushing on another thin layer of powder, followed by another layer of liquid, indistinguishable from the first, its imprint as abstract as a coffee stain on a napkin. Watching this process is akin to watching a movie with a slide projector—it's slow. But after twelve hours and 1,500 layers, a technician will reach into the dust and pull out an impeccably structured replica of a hominid skull.More

Older and on the Market
Searching for employment tends to make people anxious about the ways in which they are different from the typical candidate. One such factor is age, especially if you are older than average on the market. I heard from two readers who had such concerns. One wrote: "A growing number of us earn PhDs post-40, post-50. I'm 58. I've been told pointblank not to even think of applying for conventional teaching positions."More