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Winners of the 2012 Awards for Distinction
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CAA has announced the recipients of the 2012 Awards for Distinction, which honor the outstanding achievements and accomplishments of individual artists, art historians, authors, conservators, curators, and critics whose efforts transcend their individual disciplines and contribute to the profession as a whole and to the world at large. More

Penn State Press Art Book Sale

Save 50–75% on select titles, including Slideshow, Jane Hammond, Katerina's Windows, Painted Prints, Staging Empire, and many more. Click here for a complete list. Available through February 3, or while supplies last.

Art Journal Explores the Visual Culture of Occupy Wall Street
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In an essay exclusive to the Art Journal website, Gregory Sholette explores the visual culture of Occupy Wall Street—in particular the handwritten, cardboard protest signs and the collection of donated books in the People's Library—and relates it to past and current social movements. More

Cast Your Vote in the Board of Directors Election
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The annual election of CAA members to serve on the Board of Directors has begun. Visit the main board election page to read the statements, biographies, and endorsements from the six canditates—and to watch their video presentations—before casting your vote. More

Create Art at the Hermitage

Daily classes in the Hermitage's studio space and around the city focus on developing sketchbooks based on St. Petersburg's superb artistic and architectural artifacts. Learn traditional print techniques and practice traditional folk wood-painting. The studio course culminates with a final showing of the works created at the Hermitage Youth Center.

Print and Ebook Directories of Graduate Programs Now Available
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The complete versions of Graduate Programs in Art History and Graduate Programs in the Visual Arts are now available for purchase. Each full volume costs $41 for CAA members and $51 for nonmembers, plus shipping and handling. In addition, all entries within six of eight program types are sold as discrete, perfect-bound, soft-cover books. Alternatively, you can order all entries within each program type as an ebook. More

January Picks from CAA's Committee on Women in the Arts
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The CWA Picks for January 2012 include museum and gallery exhibitions of work by Zoe Strauss, Jenny Saville, Nancy Holt, and Cathy Wilkes, among others. The committee also recommends a survey of Surrealist art by women artists in Mexico and the United States, presented by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. More

Join CAA on Facebook
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CAA's Facebook presence is migrating from a group to a page. Please "like" the new page and then participate in the organization's social network. More

Fabriano Printmaking Paper - Free Sample

Fabriano is the oldest paper mill in Europe, producing beautiful cotton papers in Italy since 1264. Fabriano was the paper of Michelangelo, Raphael, Durer and Goya. Try the sumptuous soft feel of Rosaspina paper, ideal for etching and drawing. Experience Tiepolo, a versatile paper for printmaking, digital printing, drawing, and watercolor.

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Advance Registration Ends on Friday, January 20
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Advance registration for the 100th Annual Conference ends on Friday, January 20, 2012. Rates are $235 for CAA members, $135 for student and retired members, and $365 for nonmembers. If you miss the deadline, onsite registration will be available at the Los Angeles Convention Center starting on Tuesday evening, February 21. More

The Crisis in Art History

Find out more about this themed issue of Visual Resources. CAA members can subscribe to the journal at a heavily discounted rate. MORE

Reserve a Room at the Conference Hotels
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Reserve a room at one of three hotels offering special discounts to Annual Conference attendees: the Westin Bonaventure, the Millennium Biltmore, and the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live. In addition, the Figueroa Hotel has openings in the student block. More

Practice Your Interviewing Technique
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Students and emerging professionals have the opportunity to sign up for a free twenty-minute practice interview at the Los Angeles conference. Organized by the Student and Emerging Professionals Committee, the Mock Interview Sessions give participants the chance to practice their interview skills one on one with a seasoned professional, improve their effectiveness during interviews, and hone their elevator speech. Deadline extended: Wednesday, February 1, 2012. More

Art and Science

Knowledge ǀ Replication: Early Modern Sciences in Print, an international symposium January 20, 2012, at Northwestern University's Block Museum, explores the role of artists in scientific investigation. With scholars from Northwestern, University of Chicago, Harvard, USC, and more. MORE

Interviewers Sought for the Mock Interview Sessions
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The Student and Emerging Professionals Committee seeks established professionals in the visual arts to volunteer as practice interviewers at the 2012 Annual Conference. In the Mock Interview Sessions, interviewers pose as a prospective employer, speaking with individuals in a scenario similar to the Interview Hall at the conference. Deadline: Wednesday, January 18, 2012. More

PhD for Working Art Professionals

IDSVA offers a PhD in philosophy and theory for artists and creative scholars. Study includes residencies at the Venice Biennale, Paris, and NYC, plus distance-learning.

Register for a Professional Development Workshop
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CAA offers several helpful, low-cost workshops on job hunting, portfolio and résumé preparation, and other important career-oriented topics at the Los Angeles conference. Enroll now to reserve your place in one or more of them. Deadline: Friday, January 20, 2012. More

Interview Hall Booths and Tables
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CAA encourages schools and institutions that will be interviewing job candidates in Los Angeles to reserve a booth or table in the Interview Hall. Deadline: Friday, January 20, 2012. More

The MFA in Art offered by the Meadows School of the Arts/SMU gives graduate students the time, resources and support necessary to make great art. MORE

Deadline Extended for the Artists' Portfolio Review and Career Development Mentoring
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As a CAA member, you have free access to a diverse range of mentors during Career Services at the Annual Conference. All emerging, midcareer, and even advanced professionals in the visual arts may benefit from one-on-one discussions with dedicated mentors about artists' portfolios, career-management skills, and job-hunting strategies. Deadline extended: Monday, January 30, 2012. More publishes critical reviews of books, exhibitions, and projects in all areas and periods of art history and visual studies.

Book Reviews    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
John P. Bowles, Adrian Piper: Race, Gender, and Embodiment (Durham: Duke University Press, 2011); and Cherise Smith, Enacting Others: Politics of Identity in Eleanor Antin, Nikki S. Lee, Adrian Piper, and Anna Deavere Smith (Durham: Duke University Press, 2011). Reviewed by Jordana Moore Saggese. OPEN CONTENT

Denise Amy Baxter and Meredith Martin, eds., Architectural Space in Eighteenth-Century Europe: Constructing Identities and Interiors (Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2010). Reviewed by Heather Hyde Minor.

Lisa Pon, Raphael, Dürer, and Marcantonio Raimondi: Copying and the Italian Renaissance Print (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2004); Henk Tromp, A Real Van Gogh: How the Art World Struggles with Truth (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2010); and Paul Craddock, Scientific Investigation of Copies, Fakes, and Forgeries (Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann, 2009). Reviewed by Noah Charney.

Peter Stewart, The Social History of Roman Art (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2008). Reviewed by Brenda Longfellow.

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New Museum of Contemporary Art, Lynda Benglis (February 9–June 19, 2011). Reviewed by Kirsten Swenson.

Lecture Series at Michigan State University
The Department of Art, Art History, and Design at Michigan State University is pleased to announce our 2011 – 2012 Guest Lecture Series participants. Held annually, the series invites twenty artists, scholars, and critics to campus. Associated programming includes: panel discussions, workshops, exhibitions, and studio visits with graduate & undergraduate students.  more

After OWS: Social Practice Art, Abstraction, and the Limits of the Social
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Anyone who teaches visual art is familiar with the following problem. Two seemingly opposite pedagogical poles appear to be collapsing. On one side is the singularity of artistic vision expressed as a commitment to a particular material or medium. On the other is an ever-increasing pressure on students to work collaboratively through social and participatory formats, often in a public context outside the white cube. One of the most common catchall terms for the latter tendency is social practice art. Currently, there are about half a dozen college-level programs promoting its study. However, if you include the many instructors who regularly engage their students in political, interventionist, or participatory art projects, the tilt toward socially engaged art begins to look more like a full-blown pedagogical shift, at least in the United States. 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.

New Prize for Art That Creates Social Change
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The Serpentine Gallery hosted an awards show last week for a new art prize, Visible 2011. Chosen by Matteo Luchetti and Judith Wielander, the prize was conceived by the Italian artist and art activist Michelangelo Pistoletto, in collaboration with the Fondazione Zegna. Set firmly against the idea of art for art's sake, Visible 2011 is dedicated to artists and collectives who aim to bring about responsible social change through their artistic practices. This idea is rooted in the mission behind Pistoletto's foundation, that art should not be self-referential. More

JSTOR Gets Personal
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In 2009 JSTOR opened its Alumni Access pilot, a program that allows subscribing institutions to pay an extra fee to buy lifetime access to the archive for its alumni. Then, last September, the nonprofit announced its Early Journal Content program, which allows anybody in the world to download hundreds of thousands of the older articles for free, no matter where they went to college. Now JSTOR is going one step further, by cutting a small window in its pay wall for visitors who are not affiliated with any subscribing institution. The new program, called Register & Read, will soon let anybody read articles in the JSTOR archives at no cost. More

Re-envisioning Asian American Art!

Join the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University for the NEH Summer Institute "Re-envisioning American Art History: Asian American Art, Research, and Teaching"
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Guggenheim Launches Museum Exhibition Catalogue in Digital Format and Expands Online Publications Resources
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The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum has expanded its digital publications resources, offering greater access to a range of content from Guggenheim publications, including the first exhibition catalogue to be published by a museum in an ebook format. A newly digitized selection of essays and historical materials dating back to the 1937 founding of the museum are also now available. More

A Year at Art College
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From freshman orientation in August to commencement in May, the author Larry Witham was there. He wrote about details that reflect well on the Maryland Institute College of Art—and others that might make an administrator squirm. Witham watched students win prime exhibition space, fall in love with painting, and land graphic design jobs. He also wrote about a woman suffering hypothermia after sitting in a tub of icy water as a kind of performance art. Art Schooled: A Year among Prodigies, Rebels, and Visionaries at a World-Class Art College, published last month by the University Press of New England, provides a sympathetic look at a group of supremely talented but often misunderstood young people training to be artists. More

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Learning from Things

Our MA and PhD students learn from things—from those of the most exquisite aesthetic value to the ordinary objects of everyday life. MORE

Are Collectors More Important Than Museums? One Curator's Take
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The Collector's Show: Chimera opened at the Singapore Art Museum earlier this month, during Art Stage Singapore. It is a group show of works from private collections around the world, with Takashi Murakami, Yayoi Kusama, and other well-known artists represented. Siu Li Tan, the museum's assistant director and curator, talks about the idea behind the exhibition, the role of the collector, and what piece was the hardest to get. More

Look into the Eyes of a Rare Ancient African Sculpture
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If they exist at all, most unglazed clay objects from ancient times are now rubble, mere fragments of their former glory. This terra-cotta head, about two thousand years old, is a rare exception. Excavated from a village in Nigeria, the work is one of the best-preserved examples of its kind ever discovered. It is a product of the Nok culture that flourished from about 1000 BC to AD 500, when it mysteriously died out, and provides an example of the earliest figurative art in sub-Saharan Africa. More

New - MA in Art History

The School of Art also offers the following degree programs: MAE, MFA in Art, and PhD in Fine Arts with field of specialization in Art.  MORE

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Offers First Look at Major Expansion
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The canaries are bathed, the flat-screen televisions wired up, and the leaves of the rubber plants washed. This is life at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum as dozens of workers make the final preparations for what is sure to be a busy week. On January 11, the Gardner unveiled its $118 million expansion and renovation project to the media. From there, a series of events, many of them star-studded affairs for private donors, will take place, leading up to the Gardner's public opening on January 19. More

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