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As 2012 comes to a close, CAA would like to wish its members, subscribers, partners, and other visual-arts professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the field, we would like to provide CAA News readers a look at the most accessed articles from the year. We would also like to present an opportunity to donate a year-end, tax-deductible gift to CAA's Annual Fund, Publications Fund, or Travel Grants Fund. Regular publication of the newsletter will resume next Wednesday, January 2.

Make a Year-End Donation to CAA's Annual Fund
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CAA extends thanks for your ongoing membership and support. Members, like you and me, are the engine and purpose for the organization, and it is through our help that CAA provides the myriad programs and services that so many artists, art historians, and other professionals in the visual arts depend upon. This fall, please consider making a generous contribution to CAA's Annual Fund. More

Animalibus: Of Animals and Cultures

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Support CAA's Journals through the Publications Fund
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As CAA looks toward the year to come, it is time for us to consider the future of our publications. The organization's long-standing, highly regarded print journals, The Art Bulletin and Art Journal, deliver much of the world's leading scholarship in art history and visual studies. CAA member support of the Publications Fund helps maintain each publication's preeminent position. I encourage you to join our growing list of donors this year. More

Help Fund CAA Travel Grants through Indiegogo
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Through the crowd-funding website Indiegogo, CAA seeks to raise $4,000 for sixteen additional travel grants for graduate students to attend the 2013 Annual Conference in New York. Please donate now and share this link with your friends and colleagues! More

What Exactly Is Critical Thinking?
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October 17, 2012 issue: Everyone applauds the idea of critical thinking, and liberal-arts colleges often make their ability to teach critical thinking a key selling point. But no one seems to define what is meant by that term. As I prepared for the start of classes this fall, I tried to pinpoint the critical-thinking skills I really want my students to learn. And as I listened to public debates on everything from tax policy to Obamacare, five essential thinking skills seemed to be missing, again and again. So, based on our dysfunctional national dialogue, here are the "core competencies" I hope to instill in my students. More

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Radical but Not Tenured: Reflections from an Unemployed ABD
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March 7, 2012 issue: I am crawling to the finish line of graduate school with six publications, one mostly-finished dissertation, two major teaching awards, and no job. As I wait to go on the market again next year, I'm doing my best to embrace what Jack Halberstam calls the new ways of being opened up by failure. These benefits include the time and space to figure out what I've been doing for the past six years. In this spirit, I offer you four versions of this story: Superhero Sam, Naked Sam, Terrorist Sam, and CV Sam. More

Time Magazine Breast-Feeding Cover: Its Art-Historical Origins, and What Makes the Image So Sensational
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May 16, 2012 issue: Time magazine's sensational cover may have made a few subscribers squirm—and it's ignited a fervent discussion about attachment parenting and breast-feeding. Beyond that, the photographer Martin Schoeller's image of twenty-six-year-old mom Jamie Lynne Grumet breast-feeding her three-year-old son has inspired conversations about what makes a good cover, and what pushes the boundaries of taste. Schoeller said in Time's "Behind the Cover" article that he looked to religious imagery of the Madonna and Child for inspiration in creating this provocative contemporary image. More

Bring Your Art to Russia

For nine summers past, a group of artists has assembled in St. Petersburg, Russia for an academic and artistic experience of vast scope and immense intensity. From morning till night, they explore local artistic sites, learn from local specialists and artists, and view, absorb, and produce art. Join us this summer!

Tenure's Dirty Little Secret
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January 4, 2012 issue: It seems that tenure is always in the news. Long an article of faith for most faculty members, tenure is being put on the defensive almost everywhere, including within the academy itself. During the past decade, the numbers of tenured and tenure-track professors have sharply declined from nearly one-half of the faculty to about one-third. Most courses in four-year colleges and universities as well as community colleges are now taught by contingent faculty, including part-time adjuncts, graduate students, and holders of full-time nontenure-track positions. Does anyone care? More

Calling All Art-History Survey Teachers
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February 15, 2012 issue: Although I'd taught in the galleries at the Guggenheim before returning to school, when I began my academic program I also began my pedagogical baptism by fire, aka my teaching fellowship. I began where all other newbies start: with that strange, polymorphous beast, the art-history survey. After my first semester, I realized that reinventing the wheel by writing each lecture from scratch was both time consuming and demoralizing, but also that there was no standard, centralized pool of resources at the City University of New York that I could turn to as I learned the ropes. More

New - MA in Art History

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The Closing of American Academia
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August 29, 2012 issue: It is 2011 and I'm sitting in the Palais des Congres in Montreal, watching anthropologists talk about structural inequality. The American Anthropological Association meeting is held annually to showcase research from around the world, and like thousands of other anthropologists, I am paying to play: $650 for airfare, $400 for three nights in a "student" hotel, $70 for membership, and $94 for admission. According to the explanation on the American Anthropological Association website, we live in a time when "the meaning and location of differences, both intellectually and morally, have been rearranged." As the conference progresses, I begin to see what they mean. I am listening to the speaker bemoan the exploitative practices of the neoliberal model when a friend of mine taps me on the shoulder. "I spent almost my entire salary to be here," she says. More

Knoedler Forgery Scandal Grows
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February 1, 2012 issue: Just as the number of fakes connected to the German forger Wolfgang Beltracchi keeps growing, the scandal that has engulfed the Knoedler Gallery, and the doubts being cast over works by American Abstract Expressionists such as Jackson Pollock and Robert Motherwell, goes from bad to worse. More

Society of Architectural Historians Conference

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Negotiating a Faculty Job Offer
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April 25, 2012 issue: The cover letters, CVs, and writing samples are behind you. You've survived Skype interviews, campus visits, and teaching demonstrations. Your academic job search has gone especially well, and you have a really good feeling you are about to get an official offer to teach at a college or university. You are on the threshold of what most of us find to be the most socially awkward part of the job search process—the part that most mentors don't discuss: negotiating with people who have what you desperately want. More

How Art-History Majors Power the US Economy
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January 11, 2012 issue: In a recent column for Real Clear Markets, Bill Frezza of the Competitive Enterprise Institute lauded the Chinese government's policy of cutting financing for any educational program for which 60 percent of graduates can't find work within two years. His assumption is that, because of government education subsidies, the United States is full of liberal-arts programs that couldn't meet that test. There are many problems with this simplistic prescription, but the most basic is that it ignores what American college students actually study. More

PhD for Working Art Professionals

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Whatever Happened to Postmodernism?
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October 17, 2012 issue: Once upon a time a hopelessly hopeful (but not utopian) new kind of inclusive and hybrid (but not universal) belief system magically appeared, dedicated to saving architecture and art from the doctrinaire constraints of modernism. It was called postmodernism, and was everything that the modernists found taboo: it included such impurities as theatricality, illusionism, and ornamentality. The sterile forms of modernism were suddenly seen as dogmatic, brutal, and exhausted. Now, some twenty years later, the ghost of postmodernism has returned. What once was a radical concept in Western culture that dominated avant-garde discourse—and signaled a shift from analysis to synthesis, from grids to maps, from the shock of the new to the retrieval of the old—has resurfaced as nothing more than a decorative style that is basically an update of Art Deco. More

Twenty Top Artist Grants and Fellowships You Might Actually Be Able to Get
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April 25, 2012 issue: Making art is expensive business, and working artists look for any financial help they can get. To supplement the costs of fabrication, art materials, studio space, and travel, they often turn to fellowships and grants. For its ongoing series on resources for artists in these tough times, Artinfo has researched the many funding options available in the United States and compiled a handy guide of those within reach of the average artist. More

Appraising Art: The Definitive Guide

A comprehensive handbook covering appraisal methodology, legal guidelines, and fifty areas of the fine and decorative arts. Appraisers Association of America. Pre-publication $75.

The Real Loser in Deitch v. Schimmel Is Us
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July 4, 2012 issue: I understand why MOCA's firing of Paul Schimmel may be reduced to a five-word headline: "Jeffrey Deitch fires Paul Schimmel." It's mano-a-mano, the sexy white-hat-versus-black-hat stuff that generates web traffic and retweets. It's also easy to understand how the Deitch v. Schimmel meme perpetuated: with the news out, no one from the museum—not the board, not the director, and not even a spokesperson—would discuss or explain MOCA's decision to fire America's most admired and most respected curator of contemporary art. Amateur hour at MOCA, again. More

Professors Seek to Reframe Salary Debate
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April 11, 2012 issue: When a parent asked Vice President Joseph Biden this year why college costs keep rising, he cited faculty pay as one culprit. "Salaries for college professors have escalated significantly," Biden said in January during a town-hall meeting in Pennsylvania. The vice president's rhetoric is part of a broader story about faculty pay and productivity that the American Association of University Professors wants to rewrite. The group is seeking to use the results of its latest annual report on faculty salaries as a myth buster for the politicians, activists, and others who have argued that professors are earning too much while working too little. More

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Why the Google Art Project Is Important
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June 13, 2012 issue: Our schools and libraries are being radically reimagined for the digital age. Museums, on the other hand, have remained largely insular and focused on their institutional identity. So perhaps it's no surprise that the most recent digital innovation comes not from the museums themselves but from Google, which launched the second iteration of the Google Art Project in April. Google faces numerous challenges among academics; nevertheless, we should recognize that the project has done something extraordinary for both museums and for education. A small team based in London persuaded more than 150 museums from around the world to share more than 32,400 high-resolution images beyond their own institutional boundaries. This is a really big deal. More

Pinterest, Tumblr, and the Trouble With "Curation"
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July 25, 2012 issue: Years ago, in my penurious and somewhat traumatic twenties, I got into the habit of collecting interior-design magazines. My parents were splitting, and my family was scattering, and one day I picked up a copy of Elle Decor at an airport and suddenly felt as though I were teleported to Narnia. I didn't have a house or even the disposable income to purchase nonessentials that cost much more than magazines. But my family moved often when I was growing up, and my mother tried to mitigate this upheaval by reproducing our last house in each new house, while rigorously maintaining a standard of perpetual "magazine readiness." I guess it had a lingering effect. More

Top 10 Reasons NOT to Write about the Art Market—Because It's Porn, Number One
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October 31, 2012 issue: In 2008, the sociologist Sarah Thornton came out with the book Seven Days in the Art World, which was a softball look at segments of the art world. Now she's done something quite different, something like a manifesto, for the curator Francesco Bonami's magazine TAR. She's written a piece called "Top 10 Reasons NOT to Write about the Art Market." More

The High Cost of Networking: Some Thoughts on the Academic Conference
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February 15, 2012 issue: As I sipped a coffee and prepared for my own presentation, it became clear that cost concerns or job pressures forced many to attend the recent MLA conference simply for the day of their talk. It was also clear that some convention attendees were more interested in sightseeing than there were in listening to the latest scholarship in the field. More

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Learning from Things

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Younger, Happier Mona Lisa Painted Ten Years Earlier, Experts Believe
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October 3, 2012 issue: Leonardo da Vinci painted a younger and happier Mona Lisa some ten years before creating the famous work, art experts are claiming. Slightly larger in size than the Louvre portrait,‭ ‬the "new" painting features‭ ‬a darker tonality and ‬a different, unfinished background framed by two columns; it also ‬shows a younger lady with a less enigmatic smile. Known as the Isleworth Mona Lisa,‭ ‬the artwork has been unveiled in Geneva by the Mona Lisa Foundation,‭ ‬a Zurich‭-based consortium that has‭ ‬kept the painting in a Swiss bank vault for‭ ‬forty‭ ‬years.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ More

In Conversation: Rosalind Krauss with Yve-Alain Bois
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February 8, 2012 issue: On the occasion of her recent publication Under Blue Cup (MIT Press), Yve-Alain Bois visited Rosalind Krauss's SoHo loft/home to talk about the genesis that led to this particular volume and more. Krauss is CAA's Distinguished Scholar for 2012, with a session being held in her honor, chaired by Bois, at the 100th Annual Conference in Los Angeles on Thursday, February 23. More

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.

Russian Museum Hires "Guard Cats" to Protect the Artwork
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July 4, 2012 issue: A museum in Saint Petersburg hires guard cats to keep rodents away. The State Hermitage Museum has used cats to protect artwork since it was founded in 1764, the Voice of Russia reports. The cats aren't seen by guests because they dwell in attics and basements, the source of most rodents. More

Transitioning to a Digital World: Art History, Its Research Centers, and Digital Scholarship
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June 13, 2012 issue: In order to help scholars better understand the current state of digital art history and how it relates to traditional art-history research centers, the Kress Foundation has published a study of the subject, completed by Diane Zorich, a cultural-heritage consultant with extensive experience in the digital humanities and art history. The final report, Transitioning to a Digital World: Art History, Its Research Centers, and Digital Scholarship, was produced in partnership with the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University—a key node in the emerging network of the digital humanities under the inspired leadership of Daniel Cohen. More


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