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Cast Your Vote for the 2011-15 Board of Directors
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The election of members to the CAA Board of Directors for the 2011-15 term begins today. The six candidates are: Leslie Bellavance, Brian Bishop, dele jegede, Denise Mullen, Saul L. Ostrow, and Georgia K. Strange. Please read their statements and biographies—and watch their video presentations—before casting your vote. More

Fellowship Opportunity: Deadline Extended

Applications for the Kress Summer Fellowship in Museum Education will be accepted until December 16, 2010. For more information, see our website.

Join the Nominating Committee
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CAA invites you to help shape the future of the organization by serving on the 2011 Nominating Committee. Each year, this committee chooses and interviews potential candidates for the Board of Directors and selects the final slate for the membership's vote. More

Attend the Annual Members' Business Meeting
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The Annual Members' Business Meeting will be held at the upcoming Annual Conference in New York on Friday, February 11, 2011. The agenda has been published, and CAA encourages you to attend the discussion, which will be followed by a toast to CAA's Centennial. More

Award-Winning Graphic Design

Literary/arts journal Ninth Letter features new work by international and U.S. writers and artists. Winner of over 30 awards for design and typography.

Sale on CAA's Directories of Graduate Programs in the Arts
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CAA's two Directories of Graduate Programs in the Arts, covering MA, MFA, and PhD programs in art and art history in North America and worldwide, will go on sale later this week: $16 for CAA members and $20 for nonmembers. More

Centennial Booklet Offers Space for Salutatory Announcements
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CAA encourages institutional members to take out a salutatory advertisement in the Centennial Booklet, which will be distributed at Convocation during the 2011 Annual Conference in February. More

Painting? Sculpture? Digital/Hybrid Media? Photography?

You have enough to worry about in grad school without having to worry about time and money, too. Ask us how the MFA in Art offered by the Meadows School of the Arts at SMU can provide you with the time, the creative resources and the intellectual and financial support you need to make art

Jonathan Brown Is CAA's 2011 Distinguished Scholar
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CAA has selected Jonathan Brown of the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University as the 2011 Distinguished Scholar. Edward Sullivan, chair of the session honoring Brown at the upcoming Annual Conference, has written a special article on the achievements of this eminent historian of Spanish art. More

Shortlists for CAA's Two Annual Book Prizes
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The juries for the Charles Rufus Morey Book Award and the Alfred H. Barr, Jr., Award present the finalists for their annual book prizes. Winners will be announced, along with all recipients of the 2011 Awards for Distinction, in January. More

Committee on Intellectual Property Hosts Two Back-to-Back Conference Sessions
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In the first session, members of the Committee on Intellectual Property will answer questions about copyright to get a sense of what issues CAA might pay closer attention to. The second session is historical, with a focus on "Intellectual Property in the Visual Arts, Antiquity through Early Modern." More

Employers: Place Your Job Classifieds and Reserve Your Interview Booth
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Through the Online Career Center, CAA encourages schools, institutions, and organizations that will be interviewing job candidates at the New York conference to begin establishing their plans now. More


This paid fellowship is designed to provide graduate students with an intensive scholarly, professional and international experience through the curatorial department of the Meadows Museum at SMU and includes travel and research to Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid. More information at

[IMAGE: Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez (1599-1660), Sibyl with Tabula Rasa, ca. 1648, oil on canvas, Algur H. Meadows Collection, 74.01]

Full Details on Conference Sessions Published
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CAA has published the names of all speakers, their institutional affiliations, and the titles of their papers and presentations on the 2011 Annual Conference website. You may browse by day or read the full list; room names and locations for all sessions are also posted. More

Discounts on Airfare and Train Travel
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Registered for the Annual Conference and coming by plane or train? American Airlines gives a 5 percent discount to those traveling to the event in February, and Amtrack offers 10 percent off the lowest available rail fare to New York between February 5 and 16, 2011. More publishes critical reviews of books, exhibitions, and projects in all areas and periods of art history and visual studies.

Dishes. Deleuze. Laundry. Lacan.

VCFA’s innovative low-residency MFA in Visual Art offers the opportunity to contextualize and merge your professional studio practice and your personal commitments.

Books Reviews
Elissa Auther, String, Felt, Thread: The Hierarchy of Art and Craft in American Art. Reviewed by Jenny Anger. OPEN CONTENT

Cordula Grewe, Painting the Sacred in the Age of Romanticism. Reviewed by Virginia Raguin.

Alissa LaGamma and Christine Giuntini, The Essential Art of African Textiles: Design without End; and Lynn Gumpert, ed., The Poetics of Cloth: African Textiles/Recent Art. Reviewed by Lisa Aronson.

Martha Langford, Suspended Conversations: The Afterlife of Memory in Photographic Albums. Reviewed by Patrizia Di Bello.

Exhibition Reviews
Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, The Art of Devotion: Panel Painting in Early Renaissance Italy; and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Modeling Devotion: Terracotta Sculpture of the Italian Renaissance. Reviewed by Ellen Longsworth.

Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art Deems Mural Inappropriate
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Street art — graffiti, uncommissioned public art, call it what you will — has found greater acceptance in the gallery and museum world over the last several years, but the fit hasn't always been comfortable. Anyone looking for evidence of the tensions now has a marquee example. The Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, run by the former New York gallery owner Jeffrey Deitch — a longtime champion of street art — ordered a wall mural it had commissioned by Blu, an Italian graffiti artist, to be whitewashed because it found the artwork inappropriate. More

National Portrait Gallery Commissioner Resigns in Protest
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James T. Bartlett has resigned as National Portrait Gallery commissioner, in protest of the Smithsonian's removal of David Wojnarowicz's A Fire in My Belly from the Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture exhibition. Since its decision to withdraw the Wojnarowicz piece in deference to complaints from William Donohue, president of the Catholic League, who dubbed it "hate speech," and to pressure from certain members of Congress, the Smithsonian has been bombarded with criticism from other members of Congress, supporters of free speech and the arts, friends and supporters of the artist, and many of its own members, including Bartlett. More

Religion vs Freedom vs Art: Can't They All Just Get Along?
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The thing about religious zealots is, you cannot reason with them. You cannot tell them they are being utterly irrational, because if they could think rationally at all, they wouldn't be religious zealots in the first place. So when Muslim extremists threaten to kill cartoonists because they find their caricatures "insulting," it serves little purpose to explain to them that a drawing of Mohammed is not an insult to their faith, and that an insult to their faith does not demand murdering the artist. More

Defining Academic Freedom
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In debates over academic freedom, one point of contention has been the inclusion of controversial material that may not be directly related to the subject matter of a given course — or at least that may not be related in a way that would be flagged on the syllabus. Faculty leaders at Pennsylvania State University — one of the largest institutions in the country — are moving to bolster the latitude of professors to engage in discussion of such material. The Faculty Senate last week adopted a policy that would remove unusually strict limits on such discussions. More

Summer Institute in Art Museum Studies

Held at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, SIAMS is an intensive, co-educational, six-week exploration of art museums and museum work for undergraduates and recent graduates.

The Wildest Faculty Webpages
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Faculty members who rigidly enforce policies on grading and deadlines are sometimes accused of being heartless. Christof Koch is one professor who can prove that isn't true. Just go to his webpage at the California Institute of Technology, where Koch is a professor of biology and engineering. Click on the link that says, "my heart," and there you'll see it: a sped-up magnetic resonance image of his torso, complete with his beating heart, lungs, and liver. More

Broad Museum Gets A Director: Ex-Rose Head Lands A Job
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There's life after the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis: Michael Rush, the former head of the beleagured museum at the beleagured university, has landed a job as director of the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University. More

Mona Lisa's Eyes May Reveal Model's Identity, Expert Claims
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An Italian researcher has sparked new controversy over the world's most famous painting by claiming Leonardo da Vinci painted tiny letters into the eyes of the Mona Lisa which may finally reveal the disputed identity of his model. To arrive at a theory worthy of The Da Vinci Code, researcher Silvano Vinceti gazed deep into her eyes with the help of high-resolution images. "Invisible to the naked eye and painted in black on green-brown are the letters LV in her right pupil, obviously Leonardo's initials, but it is what is in her left pupil that is far more interesting." More

Met Museum Accused of Harboring Lenin-Looted Cézanne Painting    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A lawsuit filed by French engineer Pierre Konowaloff in a Manhattan federal court alleges that he is the rightful owner of an 1891 Cézanne painting included in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The plaintiff claims that the work, titled Madame Cézanne in the Conservatory, was stolen from his great-grandfather, Ivan Morozov, a wealthy Russian textile merchant whose art collection was looted by Lenin's Bolshevik army in 1918 — his home seized and converted into a state museum displaying the artworks that had been stolen from him. More
Art and Globalization

Art and Globalization is the first book in the Stone Art Theory Institutes Series. The five volumes build on conversations held in intensive, weeklong closed meetings. Art and Globalization brings political and cultural theorists together with writers and historians concerned specifically with the visual arts in order to test the limits of the conceptualization of the global in art.

Dartmouth College Seeks New Director Hood Museum of Art
We seek a dynamic Director with a passion for college and university museum culture to maintain and develop an exciting scholarly exhibition and publications program, and to oversee acquisitions for the collection with the museum’s well-established endowments. Interested applicants please email a letter of interest and curriculum vitae to Director of the Hood Museum of Art Search Committee
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The Flying Trapeze Press presents:

Lloyd C. Engelbrecht’s comprehensive, two-volume biography of Moholy-Nagy, 866 pages plus DVD (ISBN: 978-0-615-32366-4)

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Research fellowships on Buddhist art, Avalokiteshvara and visual culture. Application deadline: 15 January 2011.

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