CAA News
Aug. 8, 2012

August 15 Deadline for the International Travel Grant Program
CAA News
CAA is accepting applications through Wednesday, August 15, for the second year of its International Travel Grant Program, generously supported by the Getty Foundation, which will provide funding to twenty art historians, museum curators, and artists who teach art history to attend the 2013 Annual Conference in New York. Applicants must live and work outside the United States; professionals from developing countries or from nations underrepresented in CAA's membership are especially encouraged to apply.More

Kirk Ambrose, Incoming Art Bulletin Editor-in-Chief
CAA News
Read more about Kirk Ambrose, associate professor of medieval art history at the University of Colorado in Boulder, who was recently appointed editor-in-chief of The Art Bulletin. His three-year term will begin in July 2013, preceded by one year as editor designate.More

The Digital World Meets Art History at Princeton University
CAA News
Last month, the Index of Christian Art at Princeton University sponsored a one-day conference that covered topics of digital archiving, research, and technical innovation in art history. Doralynn Pines, an independent scholar and consultant based in New York and a member of the CAA Board of Directors, provides a summary of the event.More

CAA Members Receive Discounts with Zipcar
CAA News
CAA has partnered with Zipcar to bring car sharing to members at a greatly reduced rate. CAA members can join for a $25 annual fee—as opposed to the regular rate of $60 per year. Zipcar will also waive the $25 application fee.More

August Picks from CAA's Committee on Women in the Arts
CAA News
The August picks from CAA's Committee on Women in the Arts include solo exhibitions of work by Rineke Dijkstra, Sharon Hayes, and Ulrike Müller, as well as outdoor sculpture by Niki de Saint Phalle, all happening in New York.More

Join the Millard Meiss Publication Fund Jury
CAA News
CAA seeks nominations and self-nominations from individuals with a specialization in a historic period in Asian, Southeast Asian, American, or Precolumbian art to serve on the Millard Meiss Publication Fund Jury for a four-year term, ending on June 30, 2016. Applicants must be CAA members. Deadline: August 10, 2012.More

Graduate Student Conference Travel Grant
Annual Conference Update
CAA will award a limited number of $250 grants to advanced PhD and MFA graduate students who are CAA members as partial reimbursement of travel expenses to attend the 2013 Annual Conference in New York. Successful applicants will also receive complimentary conference registration. Deadline: September 14, 2012.More

International Member Conference Travel Grant
Annual Conference Update
CAA will award a limited number of $500 grants to artists or scholars from outside the United States who are CAA members as partial reimbursement of travel expenses to attend the 2013 Annual Conference in New York. Successful applicants will also receive complimentary conference registration. Deadline: September 14, 2012.More

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

Chair a Session at the 2014 Annual Conference in Chicago
Annual Conference Update
CAA is accepting proposals from individuals who wish to chair a session at the 102nd Annual Conference, to be held February 12–15, 2014, in Chicago, Illinois. Please review the detailed instructions so that you are ready to begin the online process. Prospective chairs must be CAA members. Deadline: September 3, 2012.More

American Society of Hispanic Art Historical Studies
Affiliated Society News
This year's Eleanor Tufts Award, which ASHAH gives annually to recognize an outstanding English-language publication in the area of Spanish or Portuguese art history, went to Contested Visions in the Spanish Colonial World, edited by Ilona Katzew.More

Association of Historians of American Art
Affiliated Society News
The second AHAA symposium, "American Art: The Academy, Museums, and the Market," will feature Holland Cotter, art critic for the New York Times, as the keynote speaker. The symposium will take place at the Boston Athenaeum in Massachusetts on October 11–13, 2012.More

Historians of Islamic Art Association
Affiliated Society News
Registration is open for "Looking Widely, Looking Closely," the third HIAA biennial symposium, hosted by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and taking place October 18–20, 2012.More

Leonardo Education and Art Forum
Affiliated Society News
Patricia Olynyk, an artist and LEAF chair, will moderate a panel, "Eco-Art + the Evolving Landscape of Social and Situated Practices," at the eighteenth International Symposium on Electronic Art, to be held September 19–24, 2012, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.More

Society for Photographic Education
Affiliated Society News
This fall SPE will host regional conferences in Rochester, New York; Jersey City, New Jersey; Daytona Beach, Florida; Starkville, Mississippi; Cincinnati, Ohio; Fort Collins, Colorado; and Eugene, Oregon.More

Conservators Also Oppose Plan to Sideline Berlin's Old Masters
Art Newspaper
Conservators in Germany have joined the protest over plans to relocate the world-famous collection of old masters in Berlin's Gemäldegalerie. Under the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation's plan, about three thousand works will move into the much smaller Bode Museum to make way for modern art, including the collection of Ulla and Heiner Pietzsch. Any old master that cannot be displayed in the smaller space will go into storage for an estimated six years until a new space is found for the collection on Berlin's Museum Island. More

Ruling on Artistic Authenticity: The Market vs. the Law
New York Times
Federal District Court Judge Paul G. Gardephe's résumé includes many impressive accomplishments but not an art-history degree. Nonetheless he has been asked to answer a question on which even preeminent art experts cannot agree: are three reputed masterworks of modernism genuine or fake? Judge Gardephe's situation is not unique. Although there are no statistics on whether such cases are increasing, lawyers agree that as art prices rise, so does the temptation to turn to the courts to settle disputes over authenticity. More

MOCA Director Jeffrey Deitch Defends "Seriousness" of Shows
Los Angeles Times
Jeffrey Deitch has seen the future of American museum audiences. And, he says, they will look a lot different from the old guard at Los Angeles’ Museum of Contemporary Art. "They're not the people who make a living as artists, art critics, or professional art collectors, which is the traditional MOCA audience," says Deitch, the museum's colorful and controversial director. "These are people who hear about a great new film they want to go to. They hear that there's a terrific new fashion store that's very cool—they want to go there. They don't differentiate between these cultural forms."More

The Disgruntled Associate Prof
Inside Higher Ed
A new study by the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education at Harvard University reaches the rather startling conclusion that associate professors are some of the unhappiest people in academia. As I read about the findings, I was glad to finally learn that I am not alone in my second thoughts about my life in academe.More

Where There's a Mill, There's a Way
Wall Street Journal
In recent months Graham Beal has been working all but nonstop, speaking at community breakfasts and Rotary Club lunches, appearing at city council meetings, county hearings, and fund-raising events, doing media interviews, conferring with political strategists. Far from being a candidate for office, Beal is the director of the Detroit Institute of Arts, which, given the Motor City's reduced circumstances, is these days considered to be the hardest job in the museum world. He has successfully steered the museum through troubled economic waters since 1999; now he is aiming to save the museum with a tiny tax on property in the three Michigan counties whose residents make up nearly 80 percent of its visitors.More

New Poll Finds 69 Percent of Voters Back Millage for Detroit Institute of Arts
Detroit Free Press
A property-tax millage that could raise as much as $23 million each year in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties for the Detroit Institute of Arts has the support of seven out of ten likely voters in this week's primary, according to a poll released exclusively to the Free Press. The poll, which surveyed 237 adults in the three counties, found that 69 percent plan to vote for the millage and 2 percent are leaning toward voting yes, while 25 percent plan to vote no and 4 percent are undecided.More

Paintings, Poems: You See Forest, I See Trees
Pacific Standard
Are you apprehensive about abstract art? Are you frequently vexed by free verse? New research suggests this difficulty may reflect the way in which you process information—specifically, whether you zero in on the details or the big picture. It finds that, when it comes to comprehending "ambiguous, complex, and abstract stimuli," forest-focused folks are better than their treecentric counterparts.More

At Great Colleges, Respect Is a Crucial Benefit
Chronicle of Higher Education
Open channels of communication, along with concrete ways of appreciating employees and helping them balance work and home, are hallmarks of great academic workplaces. At colleges, such policies have become more important as a slow national economy delays or shrinks raises, according to the Chronicle's 2012 "Great Colleges to Work For" survey, which identifies 103 outstanding institutions across the country.More