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Deadline Extended for Submitting a Session Proposal for the 2014 Conference
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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 extended: September 14, 2012. More

Clark Fellowships 2012-2013

The Clark offers fellowships for scholars, critics, and curators working in the theory, history, and interpretation of the visual arts. Application deadline: November 1
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CAA National Professional-Development Workshop for Artists in Portland, Oregon
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Registration is now open for CAA's next Professional-Development Workshop for Artists, taking place on Saturday, October 6, 2012, at Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland. The event will focus on the four steps of the creative endeavor: Seeking, Solving, Making, and Reflecting. More

Nominations for CAA Awards Accepted through August 31
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CAA seeks your nominations of colleagues for the 2013 Awards for Distinction, to be presented next February at the 101st Annual Conference in New York. The different perspectives and anecdotes from multiple personal letters of recommendation provide the award juries with a clearer picture of the qualities and attributes of the nominees. Deadline: August 31, 2012. More

Fellowships for MFA and PhD Students
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CAA is accepting applications from MFA and PhD students for the 2013 Professional-Development Fellowships in Visual Arts and Art History. Applicants must be CAA members and graduating in calendar year 2013. Deadline: October 1, 2012. More

Recent Deaths in the Arts
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In its monthly roundup of obituaries, CAA recognizes the lives and achievements of men and women whose work has had a significant impact on the visual arts. This month was marked by the loss of the French filmmaker Chris Marker, the New York–based painter and professor Denyse Thomasos, the Austrian sculptor Franz West, and the larger-than-life art critic Robert Hughes. More


CASVA Fellowships 2013-2014


CASVA fellowships support research in the history, theory, and criticism of the visual arts of any period or culture. Application deadlines: September 21 and October 15. MORE


Join a CAA Committee
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CAA invites members to apply for service on one of its nine innovative, productive Professional Interests, Practices, and Standards Committees, which address crucial issues in the visual arts and propose solutions that advance CAA's goals and the profession as a whole. Deadline: October 12, 2012. More

Advertise in the Art Bulletin's December 2012 Issue
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Reach an estimated 30,000 readers of The Art Bulletin, the preeminent journal of scholarship in art history and visual studies, with an advertisement in the December 2012 issue. Deadline: September 7, 2012. More



New Call for Alternative Formats and Invitational Sessions for the 2014 Chicago Annual Conference
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Many CAA members might not be aware that the Annual Conference Committee has approved the ability for artists and art historians to propose a wide variety of sessions in alternative formats for this year and subsequent conferences. Through its "Open Forms" category, members may submit, for example, themed panels that feature alternative formats such as panel discussions or interviews, or even sessions that provide alternate speaking lengths, rather than the usual five speakers in twenty-minute presentations. Deadline extended: September 14, 2012. More

Exhibitor and Advertiser Prospectus for the New York Conference
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The Exhibitor and Advertiser Prospectus for the 2013 Annual Conference in New York is now available for download. Featuring essential details for participation in the Book and Trade Fair, the booklet also contains options for sponsorship opportunities and advertisements in conference publications and on the conference website. The priority deadline is October 31, 2012. More

The Department of Art History at Virginia Commonwealth University presents:

“Traditions--IV," the 20th Symposium on Architectural History and the Decorative Arts, on Friday, November 16, 2012. For a brochure or information about registration, please visit traditions.art.vcu.edu.


Graduate Student Conference Travel Grant
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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
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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
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Your contribution to CAA's fund for Annual Conference Travel Grants allows MFA and PhD students, as well as 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



caa.reviews publishes critical reviews of books, exhibitions, and projects in all areas and periods of art history and visual studies.

Book Reviews
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Nina L. Dubin, Futures and Ruins: Eighteenth-Century Paris and the Art of Hubert Robert (Los Angeles: Getty Research Institute, 2010). Reviewed by Frédérique Baumgartner.

Franziska Gottwald, Das Tronie. Muster—Studie—Meisterwerk: Die Genese einer Gattung der Malerei vom 15. Jahrhundert bis zu Rembrand (Kunstwissenschaftliche Studien, Band 164 Berlin: Deutscher Kunstverlag, 2011). Reviewed by Caroline O. Fowler.

Stephen Markel, ed. India's Fabled City: The Art of Courtly Lucknow (Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 2010). Reviewed by Yuthika Sharma.


Exhibition Reviews
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Oakland Museum of California, Reinstallation of the Permanent Collection (ongoing). Reviewed by Meredith Tromble.

Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970–1990 (September 24, 2011–January 15, 2012). Reviewed by Tom Snow. OPEN CONTENT




The Adjunct Scramble
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Most adjuncts at universities receive their course assignments two to three weeks before an academic term begins. As a result, they have little time to prepare to teach the courses. That finding is part of a survey of adjuncts being released today, focusing on start-of-the-semester issues. The report, by the Campaign for the Future of Higher Education, is based on a survey by the foundation of the New Faculty Majority, which seeks to educate the public about adjunct issues. It paints a bleak picture, and the above scenario is one example of less-than-ideal support for such faculty members. More

The Closing of American Academia
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It is 2011 and I'm sitting in the Palais des Congres in Montreal, watching anthropologists talk about structural inequality. The American Anthropological Association meeting is held annually to showcase research from around the world, and like thousands of other anthropologists, I am paying to play: $650 for airfare, $400 for three nights in a "student" hotel, $70 for membership, and $94 for admission. According to the explanation on the American Anthropological Association website, we live in a time when "the meaning and location of differences, both intellectually and morally, have been rearranged." As the conference progresses, I begin to see what they mean. I am listening to the speaker bemoan the exploitative practices of the neoliberal model when a friend of mine taps me on the shoulder. "I spent almost my entire salary to be here," she says. More

The Long, Slow, Constant, Mindful Writing Life
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The frenetic pace of academic writing these days has costs. The adage "quality over quantity" has been cast aside. As a result, we devalue the person who might take many years to make her own contribution to a field, as compared with someone who churns out an argument a week. This devaluing is intellectually unhealthy. Even if we recognize that universities function as marketplaces, vying for prized "producers," we should eschew that model when it comes to evaluating our peers as thinkers. A single article has the potential to transform a discipline, to function as a watershed—but only if we are willing to read it without market-based prejudices about who "matters" and why. More

Botched Art is an Online Sensation
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The Spanish pensioner who has achieved worldwide notoriety for her botched attempts to spruce up a 19th-century fresco of Christ is herself in need of some restoration. So unrelenting has been the attention focused on her less-than-professional brushstrokes that Cecilia Giménez, an 81-year-old grandmother, has reportedly suffered an anxiety attack and taken to her bed. Pastiches of her handiwork have become an online craze. Versions of the Mona Lisa, The Last Supper and The Scream bearing the same vacant face that Mrs Giménez painted on Ecce Homo (Behold the Man), are now being gleefully exchanged. And her work is not without its appreciators. More than 10,000 people have subscribed to a petition calling for the fresco to be left as it is. More

Denver Art Museum Turns its Space Over to the People
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Democracy is a great idea for government, but dangerous territory for museums. We want our art temples to be elevated and full of extraordinary things, for curators to sort out the common and show us elite ideas and objects that are worth the price of admission. For the people? That's the point. But by the people? One hopes not. In that way, the Denver Art Museum has stuck out its neck in unexpected ways this summer, turning over a sizable chunk of space to the people of Denver. More

How is Crowdfunding Changing Culture?
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Crowdfunding has developed from a digital quirk to a powerful tool. But there is something even deeper going on with this new model, one that's less predictable than civic participation and far more disruptive. Kickstarter itself is changing under the influence of digital culture. At first it was about making established forms of art. Film was big—documentaries about organic community vegetable gardens were not uncommon. Now that is changing. It is becoming a land of gadget makers and gamers. More

Kunvay: Making Copyright Transfers Easier
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Some times, the hardest thing to do with a copyright is give it to someone else. Work for hire makes it so that whatever you create as an employee is owned by your employer. However, while work for hire can apply to cases of freelancing or contracting it most often doesn't. Because of this, freelancers and contractors often "sell" works to clients without really transferring ownership. This means that, while the client can use the work, as per the implied license, the freelancer is often free to resell the work elsewhere or, in extreme cases, demand additional compensation later. However, one startup is hoping to help fix that. Kunvay (pronounced "convey") is a new company that is working to simplify and streamline copyright transfers and help both buyers and sellers sleep a bit better at night. More

Theatrical Sound: Q & A with Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller
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In the vast, dark Park Avenue Armory drill hall, Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller have arranged ninety eight speakers, each with its own soundtrack, for The Murder of Crows, an exhibition on view until September 9, 2012. Cardiff's voice recounts her dreams from an old-fashioned speaker horn, which rests on a table in the center of the room. As the sound varies in source and echoes, it takes on a strange physicality. Art in America spoke with the British Columbia- and Berlin-based artists by telephone last week. More


 



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