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Symposium Report on "Hide/Seek: Museums, Ethics, and the Press"
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Svetlana Mintcheva of the National Coalition Against Censorship reports on a recent meeting on the Hide/Seek controversy that was held at Rutgers University earlier this month. More

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New Members and Officers at the May Board Meeting
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Newly elected members and officers of the CAA Board of Directors will gather at the governing body's spring meeting this Sunday. More

Centennial Book Interview with Matthew Israel
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For the second in a series of interviews with contributors to the new book on CAA's history, CAA News talks to Matthew Israel about his chapter in The Eye, the Hand, the Mind on the organization's role in art pedagogy. More

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Support CAA with a Donation to the Centennial Campaign
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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

May Workshop on "Achieving Success as a Visual Artist" in New Jersey
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CAA will present its next National Professional-Development Workshop for Artists in Trenton, New Jersey, on Saturday, May 14, 2011. The one-day event, called "Achieving Success as a Visual Artist: Your Art Practice Made Real," will address important career issues for visual artists and provide them with valuable skills, resources, best practices, and networking techniques to help meet their professional goals. More

Announcing Art History Publishing Initiative

University of Washington Press, Duke University Press, Penn State Press, and University of Pennsylvania Press to publish first books by art history scholars in grant funded by Mellon Foundation.
MORE Seeks Field Editors for Books and Exhibitions
CAA News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article seeks five individuals to join its Council of Field Editors, which commissions reviews of books, exhibitions, and related media within an area of expertise or geographic region, for a three-year term beginning July 1. Specialists in Chinese and Korean art, early modern and southern European art, and nineteenth-century art, and professionals in the Northeastern and Southwestern United States, are encouraged to apply. Deadline: May 18, 2011. More

Join the Wyeth Publication Grant Jury
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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

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Nominations for the 2012 Awards for Distinction
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CAA encourages you to nominate colleagues for the twelve Awards for Distinction for 2012, to be awarded next February at the Annual Conference in Los Angeles. The different perspectives and anecdotes from multiple personal letters of recommendation provide award juries with a clearer picture of the qualities and attributes of the nominees. More

Monday Deadline to Propose a Paper for the Los Angeles Conference
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The deadline to propose a paper or presentation for the 100th Annual Conference, taking place February 22–25, 2012, in Los Angeles, is Monday, May 2, 2011. Download the 2012 Call for Participation to review the list of program sessions. More

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Propose a Poster Sessions for 2012 by May 2
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CAA invites members to propose a Poster Session for the 2012 Annual Conference in Los Angeles by Monday, May 2, 2011. 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. More

Low-Residency Summer Program at Wesleyan

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Session Audio from the New York Conference
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The 2011 Annual Conference in New York boasted an incredibly diverse array of program sessions. Audio recordings for sixty-three panels—including "Health and Safety in the Artist Studio," "Beyond the 'Other': New Paradigms for a Global Art History," and "Bio-Art, Boundaries, and Borders"—are available for sale. More

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Ox-Bow Fall Residency
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New Methods/Nuevos Metodos/Novos Metodos
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Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami
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New England Medieval Conference
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Bates College Art Department
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Time, Sequence, and Technology: Book Art in the Twenty-First Century
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College Book Art Association
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Exhibit Proposals: Solo, Two-Person, Group, and Concept Submissions
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Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center
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Tagging outside a Street-Art Exhibition Fuels Debate
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The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles expected to make some waves when it launched Art in the Streets, billed as the first major US museum survey exhibition on graffiti and street art. But the LAPD said the show has also become a target of taggers who want to leave a mark of their own outside the Little Tokyo exhibition space. In a city considered one of the birthplaces of street art, the exhibition has intensified an already fierce debate about whether something that is illegal can also have artistic value. More

Removal of Mural Was Legal, Judge Says
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A federal judge ruled that Governor Paul LePage did not violate the free-speech clause of the First Amendment when he ordered a mural removed from the headquarters of the Maine Department of Labor. In a forty-five-page decision, Justice John Woodcock Jr. said that state-owned works of art are "government speech," and that political leaders are entitled to select the art that is displayed in state offices. The judge denied the request of six plaintiffs for a temporary restraining order that would have compelled the administration to return the mural to the Labor Department's lobby. More

Public Art Dialogue - Free Access

The long-awaited first issue of Public Art Dialogue is now available with the theme of 'Reinterpreting the Canon'. Read the issue free online throughout 2011!

Another Painting Attacked: Is Controversial Art an Endangered Species?
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An angry gash and broken glass now accompany Andres Serrano's long-controversial Piss Christ, twenty-four years after the New York artist completed the photograph and two weeks after a woman's attack on a Paul Gauguin painting made national news. Reuters reported that the piece was damaged by three vandals aided by "a hammer and an object like a screwdriver or pickaxe," according to a statement by the Collection Lambert, the French museum where the photograph was on display. More

US Museums' Budget Woes Continue Despite Increased Attendance
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After the Great Recession swept through, the Delaware Art Museum had laid off half its staff, cut salaries, and lost crucial support from corporations. Yet attendance was up last year, reflecting the same trend museums have seen across the country because of declining funding and increased demand from schools and "staycationers." A report released by the American Association of Museums shows more than 70 percent of the nation's museums were under financial distress last year. At the same time, half of the nearly four hundred museums in the survey reported increased attendance and educational programs. More

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Treasures Pose Ethics Issues for Smithsonian
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Amid mounting calls by scientists for the Smithsonian Institution to cancel a planned exhibition of Chinese artifacts salvaged from a shipwreck, the institution will hold a meeting to hear from critics. The contents of the exhibition, Shipwrecked: Tang Treasures and Monsoon Winds, were mined by a commercial treasure hunter and not according to academic methods, a practice that many archaeologists deplore, equating it with modern-day piracy. More

Thousands March in Hong Kong to Demand Release of China's Ai Weiwei
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Over one thousand protesters in Hong Kong took to the streets to demand the release of detained Chinese artist and human-rights activist Ai Weiwei, scuffling briefly with police. The rally—the largest in a string of protests across the city in recent weeks—has underscored Hong Kong's growing role as a hotbed of support for Ai with local prodemocracy activists and artists ratcheting up pressure on Beijing over its heavy crackdown on dissidents, human-rights lawyers, and protesters challenging Communist Party controls and censorship. More

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It's Oil Money That Fuels Our Museums
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The Medici of Florence, with their great wealth and power, helped to create the most magnificent art known to mankind. That this was done in their own interests is in no doubt: they used artistic patronage to cleanse the image of their money, which was perceived as ill gotten through usury. The Getty family—oil tycoons of the 1900s—wanted to convey a positive message of themselves in the context of growing public resentment against the monopoly of the upper classes. The acquisition and display of antiquities and fine paintings was one method, which led to the glorious J. Paul Getty Museum in California, and many other collections around the world. More

The Flawed Middle
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I have been on the job market for three years and have also served on a search committee as a student representative, and I have come to believe that some typical practices are not optimal. The parts that seem to me to be optimal are basically the beginning and the end—a concise cover letter with CV is a great way to kick off an application, and the process of an on-campus interview seems well suited to generate the kind of meaningful information that search committees need at that late phase. Where things seem to fall apart is in the middle stages, namely the application materials required and the various kinds of short interviews. More


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