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Recipients of the 2015 Awards for Distinction
CAA News
CAA has announced the recipients of the 2015 Awards for Distinction, which honor the outstanding achievements and accomplishments of individuals whose efforts transcend their individual disciplines. Among the recipients are the artists Keith Sonnier and Charles Gaines, the critic Lucy R. Lippard, and the art historian Amelia Jones.
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  Picturing Dogs, Seeing Ourselves

“Ann-Janine Morey's book is a treasure trove of photographs created by ordinary people. Together these document what Morey calls the ‘romance’ of dogs and humans—a story of love, domination, primitivism, and ‘Edenic longings’—embodied in the presence of the dog among humans.” —Teresa Mangum, University of Iowa
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Museums Advocacy Day 2015
CAA News
Now in its seventh year, Museums Advocacy Day is the cornerstone of the museum field's year-round advocacy efforts. It enables all museum professionals to send a unified message to Congress about the value of museums and how federal policy affects their ability to serve the public. The event takes place February 23–24, 2015, in Washington, DC.
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2015 Humanities Advocacy Day and NHA Annual Meeting
CAA News
The National Humanities Alliance will hold its 2015 annual meeting and lead Humanities Advocacy Day on March 16–17 in Washington, DC. These two events provide opportunities for participants to connect with a growing network of humanities leaders and to communicate the value of humanities research, education, programming, and preservation to members of Congress.
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FINE ARTS DOCTORAL PROGRAM

Texas Tech’s curriculum combines studies in music, theatre, and philosophy with a specialization emphasizing Critical Studies & Artistic Practice that examines diverse discourses in visual arts, explores transdisciplinary margins and disciplinary strengths, and supports a variety of professional goals. Doctoral students holding assistantships receive substantial reductions in tuition and fees. MORE:
 


Arts Advocacy Day 2015
CAA News
Americans for the Arts invites you to join arts advocates in Washington, DC, on March 23–24, 2015, for Arts Advocacy Day. This annual event brings together a broad cross-section of America's cultural and civic organizations, along with more than five hundred grassroots advocates from across the country, to underscore the importance of developing strong public policies and appropriating increased public funding for the arts.
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Join the 2015-2016 Nominating Committee
CAA News
CAA invites you to help shape the future of the organization by serving on the 2015–2016 Nominating Committee. Each year, this committee nominates and interviews potential candidates for the CAA Board of Directors and selects the final slate for the membership's vote. Deadline: December 19, 2014.
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  Moving Sculptures - the latest volume in Studies in Netherlandish Art and Cultural History

In this volume the author explores the little-known phenomenon of serial production of small-scale alabaster sculpture in the Southern Netherlands of the 16th and 17th centuries from the perspective of its recipients in Central and Northern Europe.

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Support CAA's Journals through the Publications Fund
CAA News
Because you share CAA's mission of advancing the highest standards of intellectual engagement in the arts, please considering making a tax-deductible gift to the organization's Publications Fund today.
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Digital Millennium Copyright Act Reform
CAA News
CAA has signed a petition that aims to reform the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act for the use of audiovisual media by college and university students or faculty in an educational setting. CAA also suggests that you relay your classroom experiences to a group of student lawyers at American University. Deadline: December 30, 2014.
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  See what's happening at RAP

Please visit the Research and Academic Program’s website to find out about upcoming scholarly events and activities, access archives of past activities, and get information about the fellowship program at the Clark.
 


New Editions of the Directories
CAA News
CAA has published 2014 editions of Graduate Programs in the Visual Arts and Graduate Programs in Art History. Together the four-subject volumes provide detailed information about graduate programs in fine art and design, art and architectural history, curatorial studies, arts administration, and more.
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December Picks from CAA's Committee on Women in the Arts
CAA News
Picks from CAA's Committee on Women in the Arts for December 2014 include solo exhibitions of work by Suzanne Lacy in Milan as well as by Elaine Sturtevant, Birgit Jurgenssen, and Michelle Stuart in New York.
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Online Book Fair Offers Discounts on Art Books to CAA Members
CAA News
A new collaboration with Designers & Books will bring special discounts for an array of books and journals on art, architecture, design, and photography to CAA members. This ongoing program, called the Online Book Fair, features new and backlisted books as well as rare and out-of-print titles.
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JPASS Access for CAA Members
CAA News
CAA offers members a special, deeply discounted fee for JPASS, a new JSTOR access plan for individuals. JPASS is especially valuable for individuals without institutional access, faculty members at institutions with limited access to JSTOR, and adjuncts with irregular access to libraryresources.
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  New Latin American Art History

The University of Texas Press is proud to announce the forthcoming release of two new books: The Casa del Deán: New World Imagery in a Sixteenth-Century Mexican Mural Cycle, by Penny C. Morrill and The Murals of Cacaxtla: The Power of Painting in Ancient Central Mexico, by Claudia Brittenham.
 




Advance Registration Open through January 9
Annual Conference Update
Advance registration for the Annual Conference in New York is open through Friday, January 9, 2015. The costs are: $250 for CAA's premium, donor circle, and part-time faculty/independent members; $195 for retired members; $160 for student members; $440 for basic members; and $550 for nonmembers.
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Tickets for the Opening Reception at MoMA
Annual Conference Update
Tickets for the 2015 conference's Opening Reception—taking place at the Museum of Modern Art on Wednesday evening, February 11 following Convocation—are $40 for members and $55 for nonmembers. Deadline: January 9, 2015.
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  Bard Graduate Center
Teaching. Research. Exhibitions

Our Gallery exhibitions, MA and PhD programs, and research initiatives explore new ways of thinking about decorative arts, design history, and material culture. MORE
 


Professional Development Workshops
Annual Conference Update
CAA offers workshops on job hunting, portfolio and résumé preparation, and other professional-development topics at the 2015 Annual Conference. Workshop enrollment is by preregistration only. You do not need to register for the conference to enroll in a workshop. Deadline: January 9, 2015.
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Conference Travel Discounts
Annual Conference Update
CAA has partnered with several companies to offer special rates for Annual Conference attendees. Delta and United Airlines both offer up to 10 percent savings on their tickets, and American Airlines also has discounts. On the ground, Amtrak extends a 10 percent discount for rail travel.
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Hotel Reservations in New York
Annual Conference Update
The three official conference hotels—the New York Hilton Midtown, the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, and the Manhattan at Times Square Hotel—are accepting discounted room reservations for CAA attendees. The Hilton is the headquarters hotel, and the Manhattan has special rates for students.
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Full Listing of 2015 Sessions
Annual Conference Update
CAA has published complete session information for the 2015 meeting in New York on the conference website. Read the titles of sessions, papers, and presentations, as well as the names of panel chairs, participants, and their institutional affiliations, for the four-day event.
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  MA History of Art

The Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, is a world-leading centre for the study of art history, conservation and curating.  We offer over 20 specialist MA options, including a new course MA ‘Flesh and Fabric: The Victorian and Edwardian Interior’.

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caa.reviews publishes critical reviews of books, exhibitions, and projects in all areas and periods of art history and visual studies. In 2014, the journal became open access.

Book Reviews
caa.reviews
Stephanie Smith, ed., Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art (Chicago: Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, 2013). Reviewed by Jennifer Breckner.

Catherine Zuromskis, Snapshot Photography: The Lives of Images (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2013). Reviewed by Nancy West.

Stephen Bann, Distinguished Images: Prints in the Visual Economy of Nineteenth-Century France (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2013). Reviewed by Richard Taws.

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  Getty Leadership Institute 2015 Applications Open

Apply now for GLI and NextGen 2015 executive education programs in museum leadership. Courses address current topics in the museum field. Applications due January 2015.
 


Exhibition Reviews
caa.reviews
Grey Art Gallery, New York University, (September 10–December 7, 2013); and Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (November 14, 2013–March 9, 2014), Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art. Reviewed by Deborah Cullen.

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Interwoven Globe: The Worldwide Textile Trade, 1500–1800 (September 16, 2013–January 5, 2014). Reviewed by Patricia Rocco.

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  Celebrating 30 Years of Philanthropy

This year the Getty Foundation celebrates three decades of grants that increase the understanding and preservation of the visual arts in Los Angeles and around the world. We've supported 7,000 projects in more than 180 countries on all 7 continents. See highlights of our work.
 




Smithsonian's Asian Art Collection Goes Online
Art Newspaper
The Smithsonian Institution's museums of Asian art are due to release their entire collections online on January 1, 2015. More than forty thousand works, from ancient Chinese jades to thirteenth-century Syrian metalwork and nineteenth-century Korans, will be accessible through high-resolution images without copyright restrictions for noncommercial use. The Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery are the first Smithsonian museums—and the only Asian art museums—to complete the labor-intensive process of digitizing and releasing their entire collections online.
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Balling off Painting: MoMA Opens The Forever Now
ArtNews
At the Museum of Modern Art's opening for The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World, most people had a hard time remembering when the last group show of young painters had happened at the museum. (Technically, the last full-on contemporary painting survey was in 1984.) With that in mind, no matter what anyone thinks about the show—or even the current state of painting in general—it could be argued that an exhibition of this nature was somewhat overdue.
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  New! Low-Res MFA program at PAFA

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts’ new Low-Residency MFA offers the community, support and rigor of a traditional MFA with a more flexible structure. The core of the program is three eight-week summer terms on campus. During fall and spring terms off campus, a vital online community further supports students’ development.
 


New Art Now
ArtReview
At first glance, the three words "new," "art," and "now" might be considered synonyms. In order to be counted as art, an object or expression must be new, and its newness is strictly defined by the temporal limits of the present moment, now. But this is where the synonymy of the three terms starts to look like a contradiction. If contemporary art is art always happening "now," can we ever really make sense of the present?
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Unsustainable Postdocs
Inside Higher Ed
Postdoctoral fellowships make sense in theory: they offer recent PhDs, especially those aspiring to careers in academic research, a place to develop professionally and build a research profile before or while hitting the job market. But too often, these fellowships are underpaid, undermentored positions in which young academics languish during what are potentially their most creative, productive years. That's the upshot of a new report that is highly critical of the structural factors driving the growth of postdoctoral ranks.
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The State of Professional Development in Higher Education
Academic Impressions
Earlier this year, Academic Impressions surveyed higher-education professionals to learn if institutions, on the whole, regard professional development as mission-critical, if investments in professional development is proactive or reactive, and if professional development is tied to performance appraisal. This report shares the findings.
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Storming the Ivory Tower
Washington Post
All manner of treasure accumulates in the Ivory Tower, but too often that's where valuable scholarship stays locked up, obscure and inaccessible. "Free the knowledge!" might be the rallying cry behind a creative new plan from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The federal agency, which bills itself as one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the country recently announced the Public Scholar program. Its goal is to motivate scholars to publish nonfiction books for general readers rather than for each other.
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  Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey

Northwestern University’s Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art proudly presents the work of internationally renowned, multidisciplinary artist Wangechi Mutu. September 19-December 7. LEARN MORE
 


Is a Museum a Database? Institutional Conditions in Net Utopia
e-flux journal
The museum is pressured into adapting to the logic of the database from all sides, and we begin to entertain questions of absurd technological determinism. Is a museum a database? While this may be a ridiculous provocation on its face, we have seen that anxious cultural institutions are among the first to uncritically adopt the metabolism of database, to transform the institution into an indexed site of transmission.
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Can We Create a Culture That Values Good Teaching?
Art History Teaching Resources
How might we create a culture that esteems effective teaching? The value of such a thing ought to be clear, if only because it would blunt some of the frequent public criticisms of universities for a too-narrow focus on research. But creating a teaching culture hasn't proved so easy. It's not that campuses don't harbor great teachers—even the most research-intensive universities do. But those professors usually tend their personal classroom gardens on their own.
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