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Terror, Connoisseurship and Theory at CAA2013

4 April 2012 | CAA2013, Conferences, Contemporary, Theory

CAA has announced the sessions for the 2013 conference. The three I’m most looking forward to: Art and “The War on Terror”: Ten Years On August Jordan Davis, Winchester School of Art, March 2013 marks the tenth anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq. The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq (collectively identified by the [...]


Curating CAA

20 March 2012 | CAA2012, Conferences, Modern, Photography

As I headed out to Los Angeles from New York last month, a remark by Mary Anne Staniszewski kept coming back to me. I spent a stimulating evening last winter at a small alternative art space on Ludlow Street listening to her, Martin Beck, and Ken Saylor talk about the practice of putting together exhibitions [...]


Tourism and Culture at CAA

4 March 2012 | CAA2012, Conferences

So, this missive is a bit late, I know, but this was by far the busiest CAA I have been to in years. It was also the friendliest. Perhaps everyone was feeling the celebratory spirit of the CAA Centennial. Nowhere did I see the heckling or browbeating of scholars or artists by those who consider [...]


The Past Has A Future in 19th Century Studies

2 March 2012 | CAA2012, Conferences, Modern

The CAA panel “Future Directions in Nineteenth-Century Art History,” chaired by Getty curator Scott Allan, raised very interesting and thought-provoking questions about the relation of the nineteenth-century to the art of the past. Typically, nineteenth-century artistic production – especially in the second half of the century – is discussed in terms of the “future” and [...]


‘Concerning the Spiritual in Art’

1 March 2012 | CAA2012, Conferences, Modern

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the College Art Association’s yearly conference. It also marks, by a rather happy coincidence, the 100th anniversary of the publication of Kandinsky’s influential text, Concerning the Spiritual in Art—a perfect opportunity for not only celebrating Kandinsky’s work, but also reconsidering it.  To that end Susan J. Baker, University [...]


Flying Solo: The Opportunities and Challenges Presented to the Solitary Art Historian in a Small College

1 March 2012 | CAA2012, Career, Conferences, Teaching

This stimulating panel was presented at CAA and chaired by Laura J. Crary of Presbyterian College and William Ganis of Wells College. Three well-crafted papers addressed aspects of teaching art history at a college with no art history department per se, but in which art history is an important component of education. Lisa DeBoer of [...]


Parting Thoughts from CAA 2012

26 February 2012 | CAA2012, Conferences

“Victoria Szabo talking about training grad students to collaborate to create database. Training grad students! I love it!” “Many thanks to #CAA2012 for the amazing panel with Yve-Alain Bois, Benjamin Buchloh, Hal Foster.” “Lev Manovich encourages CAA to embrace the intersection of art history and art practice.” “Academic publishing as a colonization of intellectual property.” [...]


The Latest Blogs and Tweets from CAA

25 February 2012 | CAA2012, Conferences

“Black clad east coasters shedding cardigans and sunning themselves like lizards on rocks outside the conference.” “This panel was an invigorating breath of jet-lagged-yet-fresh air and a vision of moving beyond the dead-end rhetoric of the copyright cartel, consumer culture, and commodity art.” “You probably don’t want to hear about the truly bizarre but interesting [...]


CAA: ‘Pop and Politics’

24 February 2012 | CAA2012, Conferences

The first session of “Pop and Politics” ended up being really interesting and productive. Ten minutes before the scheduled start time, things weren’t looking so promising, as panelists and co-chairs still outnumbered audience members in the massive conference room. By the time the panel started, however, we had a lively audience of at least 40. Allison Unruh introduced the [...]


College Art Association Conference: Mid-conference report

24 February 2012 | CAA2012, Career, Conferences, Photography, Teaching, Theory

The Los Angeles Convention Center is massive. Despite its girth, the College Art Association 2012 Conference occupies about one third of the center. There is no shortage of simultaneous interesting sessions, forcing attendees to choose carefully. The sessions I’ve visited thus far have been largely interesting, with some presenters generating more enthusiasm than others. “Deconstructing [...]



24 February 2012 | CAA2012, Conferences

“The CAA’s 100th Annual Conference couldn’t have come at a better time for the city…” “Looking forward to warm sunshine…” “I’ve seen so many people knitting during sessions. Is there a group art project happening that I’m not aware of?” “I’ve heard rumors of a cage match between art history profs and painting profs tomorrow.” [...]


CAA Wednesday, in Tweets

23 February 2012 | CAA2012, Conferences

“At the Where The Bodies Lie session… really really really excited about Patricia Cronin’s talk … I think, for some, it’s a bit early to be talking about putrefying bodies.” “Psychotropic drugs and yayoi kusama. Great transnational fluxus panel.” ” ‘Aztec rulers were cool and hot’ – Emily Umberger” “Seriously, Kincaid its only secondary to [...]


CAA 2012 Begins

22 February 2012 | CAA2012, Conferences

The College Art Association conference kicks off today in L.A. I expect record tweeting this year, considering the number of people who’ve already reported boarding a flight to #CAA2012. On Hyperallergic, Jeffrey Songco shares his “10 must-see sessions.” Meanwhile, if you lost a yellow floral (eyeglasses?) case at CAA last year, you’re in luck: PSU [...]


CAA Conference Preview: 5 Suggested Sessions

20 February 2012 | CAA2012, Career, Conferences, Current Events, Teaching, Theory

The schedule of sessions for the almost-here College Art Association Conference in Los Angeles is overwhelming. Thankfully the abstracts have arrived to help clarify some of the content. While attendees will undoubtedly seek out sessions that pique their personal and research interests, I would like to suggest five sessions which are likely to appeal to [...]


‘Africa and Its Diasporas in the Marketplace’

23 November 2011 | Africa, Conferences, Contemporary

The Autumn 2011 African Arts (44:3) continues that journal’s tradition of fine reporting on important conferences, with five dispatches from the Fifteenth Triennial Symposium of African Art last March at UCLA, which featured 46 panels. The Triennial’s theme was “Africa and Its Diasporas in the Marketplace.” Susan Rosenfield writes: dele jegede, alongside [Sylvia] Forni, and [...]


CAA by the numbers

21 November 2011 | Conferences

With apologies to the Harper’s Index (which I once helped to produce) I present a few statistics regarding CAA’s 2012 annual conference: Sessions: 203 Sessions with co-chairs: 93 Participation slots (chair, panelist, discussant): 1194 Participants: 1095 Participants playing more than one role: 75 Most roles played by any one participant: 4 People playing that many [...]


CAA 2012

18 November 2011 | Conferences

The 100th annual conference of the College Art Association convenes February 22-25. Among the sessions I’m looking forward to: Theorizing the Body Chair: Jean M. Borgatti, Clark University Medusa as “Seduction of Excess” Basia Sliwinska, independent scholar Body of Work: Stylization and Ambiguity in the Benin Plaque Corpus Kathryn Wysocki Gunsch, New York University Body [...]


Verano español en San Francisco

7 April 2011 | Conferences, Modern, Museums

It’s going to be a summer of Spanish expatriates in the bay area; Balenciaga and Spain is currently on view at the De Young, followed shortly by Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso Paris, while SFMoMA has organized The Steins Collect: Matisee, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde beginning next month. Together this looks to [...]


CAA Again, Already

3 March 2011 | Conferences

This year’s College Art Association conference has just finished and they’ve already launched the CFP for next year (pdf). The one hundredth annual conference will take place February 22-25, 2012 in Los Angeles, and paper proposals are due May 2, 2011. They also posted a brief conference summary, which notes there were an astonishing 7,000+ [...]


CAA Round-up

14 February 2011 | Conferences

Apparently I have conference-reporting fatigue. I have rounded up (and sometimes contributed to) CAA coverage for the last five years, but this year I just can’t seem to muster the enthusiasm necessary to comb blogs and tweets for the pithiest aperçus into the power-point-a-thon that is the College Art Association annual conference. Next year I [...]