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Intellectual Property and the Arts
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The Committee on Intellectual Property (CIP) is pleased to announce the posting of the revised and expanded Intellectual Property and the Arts pages on CAA's website. CIP monitors and interprets copyright legislation for the benefit of CAA's various constituencies. In so doing, it seeks to offer educational programs and opportunities for discussion and debate in response to copyright legislation affecting educators, scholars, museum professionals, and artists. More

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Survey Results on Contingent Faculty in Higher Education
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The results of a 2010 survey of contingent faculty members and instructors in American higher education, published by the Coalition on the Academic Workforce, have confirmed much of what has been reported anecdotally: part-time faculty members demonstrate a dedicated level of commitment to teaching and to the institutions that employ them, but this commitment is not reciprocated by those institutions through compensation or other professional support. More

Friday Registration Still Open for San Diego Workshop for Artists
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CAA is still accepting registration for the Friday evening portion of its first National Professional-Development Workshop for Artists of this year. The two-day event will take place this weekend: June 29–30, 2012, in San Diego, California. 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

Recent CAA Advocacy
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CAA's advocacy efforts this year addressed a wide range of issues of critical importance to the visual arts, from the necessity of artists to have affordable health-insurance options, to the ethical treatment of animals in works of art, to the ins and outs of copyright law and museum practices. CAA's executive director, Linda Downs, has summarized eleven issues to which CAA has been committed during the past twelve months. 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. More

Directories of Graduate Programs in the Arts
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The latest editions of Graduate Programs in Art History and Graduate Programs in the Visual Arts are available for purchase as perfect-bound, softcover books, as ebooks, or as PDF files. These comprehensive publications provide vital information to prospective graduate students and also serve as key professional references for career-services representatives, department chairs, graduate and undergraduate advisors, librarians, and professional-practices educators. More

Nominate Colleagues for the 2013 Awards for Distinction
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CAA seeks your nominations of colleagues for the twelve Awards for Distinction for 2013, 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. More

Chair a Session at the 2014 Annual Conference in Chicago
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CAA has begun accepting proposals from CAA members who wish to chair a session for 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 process via the CAA website. Deadline: September 3, 2012. More

Apply to the CAA International Travel Grant Program
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CAA is accepting applications for the second year of its International Travel Grant Program, generously supported by the Getty Foundation, which will provide funding to twenty art historians, museum curators, and artists who teach art history to attend the 2013 Annual Conference in New York. Applicants must live and work outside the United States; professionals from developing countries or from nations underrepresented in CAA's membership are especially encouraged to apply. More

Download Abstracts 2012
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Registrants for the 2012 Annual Conference in Los Angeles can download Abstracts 2012 through July 31, 2012. This publication, available as a PDF, summarizes the contents of hundreds of papers and talks that were presented in program sessions this year. More

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Sponsored by: Texas Tech University publishes critical reviews of books, exhibitions, and projects in all areas and periods of art history and visual studies.

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Andrew Blauvelt, ed. Worlds Away: New Suburban Landscapes (Minneapolis: Walker Art Center, 2008). Reviewed by Matthew Gordon Lasner.

Greg Castillo, Cold War on the Home Front: The Soft Power of Midcentury Design (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2010). Reviewed by Paul B. Jaskot. OPEN ACCESS

Whitney Davis, A General Theory of Visual Culture (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2011). Reviewed by James Elkins.

Exhibition Reviews    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Richard Serra Drawing: A Retrospective (October 15, 2011–January 16, 2012). Reviewed by Genevieve Quick.

Musée Jacquemart-André, Dans l'intimité des frères Caillebotte: Peintre et Photographe (March 25–July 11, 2011). Reviewed by Katherine Bourguignon.

Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative: Interim Report
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What are the key challenges museums face with moving collection catalogues online? What can they learn from institutions already engaged in this process? And how should they approach this shift toward digital publishing? Moving Museum Catalogues Online is an interim report for the Getty Foundation's Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative that provides answers to these questions. More

Arts Graduates Find Their Way to Jobs and Satisfying Lives
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Findings from a recently released national study, A Diverse Palette: What Arts Graduates Say about Their Education and Careers, show that Americans with arts degrees are generally satisfied with their educational and career experiences. For example, 87 percent of arts graduates responding to the survey who are currently employed are satisfied with the job in which they spend the majority of their work time. Of those employed alumni, 82 percent were satisfied with their ability to be creative in their current work, whether working in the arts or in other fields. More

Non-Tenure-Track Economics
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A much-awaited survey on adjunct working conditions, published by the Coalition on the Academic Workforce, finds what many have long suspected: adjuncts don't make much money, they receive little support in terms of professional development from the institutions where they teach, and most would accept a full-time tenure-track position if it were offered to them. But even though the findings may sound familiar, experts said the crowd-sourced survey, which received ten thousand responses from part-time faculty members, provided detailed knowledge of adjunct work conditions. They hoped that as a result of the study, college administrators would pay more attention to part-time faculty, the largest group of postsecondary teachers in the country. More

Underpaid and Restless: Study Presents a "Dismal Picture" of Life as a Part-Time Professor
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Part-time faculty members work for low pay and scant benefits relative to their level of education and training, according to a long-awaited study released by the Coalition on the Academic Workforce, of this fast-growing sector of the academic work force. The median pay, $2,700 per course, and limited access to health insurance "stand in stark contradiction to higher education's claims about the value—including the economic value"—of higher education, write the authors of "A Portrait of Part-Time Faculty Members." More

Museum: Fast Action May Help Save Picasso Painting
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Within minutes of a vandal spray-painting a Pablo Picasso painting, Houston museum officials had rushed the valuable artwork into their onsite conservation lab as if it was an injured patient in need of emergency surgery. "I think that's a dramatic analogy, but I think that's apt," said Vance Muse, a spokesman for the Menil Collection, which owns the more than eighty-year-old painting. The fast action increased the odds of saving the painting, Muse said. The museum's chief conservator has been working on it tirelessly since it was damaged on June 13, and the restoration is going very well, he added. More

Top US Universities Put Their Reputations Online
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This autumn more than a million students are going to take part in an experiment that could reinvent the landscape of higher education. Some of the biggest powerhouses in American higher education are offering online courses—testing how their expertise and scholarship can be brought to a global audience. Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have formed a $60 million alliance to launch edX, a platform to deliver courses online—with the modest ambition of "revolutionizing education around the world." More

In Art, Freedom of Expression Doesn't Extend to "Is It Real?"
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John Elderfield, former chief curator of painting and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, remembers the days when scholars spoke freely about whether a particular work was genuine. They were connoisseurs, this was their field of expertise, and a curator like Kirk Varnedoe, Elderfield's predecessor at the Modern, would think nothing of offering his view of a drawing attributed to Rodin, his specialty. Elderfield is hardly alone in feeling that art's celebrated freedom of expression no longer extends to expert opinions on authenticity. As spectacular sums flow through the art market and an expert verdict can make or destroy a fortune, several high-profile legal cases have pushed scholars to censor themselves for fear of becoming entangled in lawsuits. More

Revived Fight on Grad Unions
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The National Labor Relations Board announced that it will reconsider a 2004 ruling by the board that took away the right of graduate students at private universities to unionize. The 3-to-1 vote to reconsider the 2004 ruling was brought about by efforts to unionize graduate teaching assistants at New York University and graduate research assistants at the Polytechnic Institute of NYU. In both cases, regional NLRB officials ruled that the graduate students could not unionize because of the 2004 ruling, in which the board found that teaching assistants at Brown University were primarily students, not employees, and thus lacked the right to collective bargaining. More

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