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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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


Stein and Picasso

26 July 2011 | Modern, Museums, Photography, Teaching

The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde San Francisco Museum of Modern Art May 21-September 6   Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco May 12-September 6   Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris De Young Museum, San Francisco June 11 – October 9   What is an [...]


The Genre Called Genre

11 June 2011 | Renaissance, Teaching, Uncategorized

As a regular teacher of survey courses in Western Art, I find it very satisfying when new scholarship addresses its problems and offers solutions. In the June 2011 Art Bulletin, Margaret A. Sullivan writes: “For artists, whose calling required careful observation of the world around them, this heightened appreciation of the spectator elevated their own [...]


The Online Museum, and the Pseudo-democracy of the Web

31 December 2010 | Current Events, Museums, Teaching

A post from earlier this month on the Getty’s blog points out some curiosities about how some artworks get viewed online more frequently than others. No surprise that Van Gogh takes first place. However, it is interesting that numbers two (Justice and Divine Vengeance Pursuing Crime by Pierre Paul Prud’hon, 1805-06) and three (Two Women [...]


“Art history has been hijacked by other disciplines”

5 August 2010 | Museums, Renaissance, Teaching, Theory

A show at the Yale University Art Museum points to an issues that many graduate programs seems to be addressing in one way or another. Laurence Kanter says: “Original works of art have been forgotten. They’re being used as data, without any sense of whether they’re good, bad or indifferent.” He added: “No one wants [...]


‘It’s no big deal’

14 July 2010 | Teaching

A recent NYT editorial by Brent Staples about the ease of plagiarism in the internet era is one of many recent articles regarding technology and education. The casual attitude portayed in the article is one I encounter regularly, and I wonder if the research paper still retains much value as an educational tool or assessment technique [...]


‘Hyper and Deep Attention’

29 May 2010 | Teaching

As I was listening to this interesting “On the Media” segment recently, I became intrigued when I got the impression that everyone but me had read this article (pdf), “Hyper and Deep Attention: The Generational Divide in Cognitive Modes,” by Kathleen Hayles. (In fact, it’s not all that well known.) This is a topic I’ve [...]


‘Learning to See’

28 May 2010 | Teaching

The March-April 2010 issue of Le Débat prints a talk that Pierre Rosenberg gave at a September 2009 colloquium (pdf): My career has been in museums, at the Louvre mostly, where I’ve spent almost 40 years. I love museums, all museums. Alas I didn’t discover them in school, but rather from my parents … Many [...]


Orsay in San Francisco

27 May 2010 | Museums, Teaching

Walking through the Birth of Impressionism exhibition at the De Young Museum, I realized that  Kenneth Baker got basically one thing right in his sparse review: it builds anticipation for coming Fall exhibit.  What I noticed about this well-executed exhibition was its genuine interest in teaching us something about the relationships between mid 19th-century painting and [...]


How effective is digital pedagogy in classroom?

24 May 2010 | Teaching

I am one of those art historians who is a digital alien (see L. Rusch’s comment to Jon Lackman’s post of 13 May).  But even if I were a digital native, I might still be perplexed by the pedagogical applications of the new technology that will work best in the classroom. I am wondering how [...]


Resource for Teaching European Art, 1300-1700

9 February 2010 | Renaissance, Teaching

Connecticut College professor Robert Baldwin has decided to place online a large proportion of everything he’s ever written, 200 essays, lectures, bibliographies, and interdisciplinary syllabi on Western Art with a focus on European art, 1300-1700. This web site is aimed at ABDs and recent PhDs struggling to work up new courses, hunt down primary source [...]


Teaching Art History in Age of Technology

26 October 2009 | Books, Teaching

Also in, David A. Levine considers Teaching Art History with New Technologies: Reflections and Case Studies edited by Kelly Donahue-Wallace, Laetitia La Follette, and Andrea Pappas. A collection of essays by authors of diverse academic backgrounds, the book … should prove useful to teachers just starting out as well as to veterans eager to [...]


Art History 101, Online

24 September 2009 | Awards, Teaching

From a Pasadena Community College press release: Art History Professor Sandy Haynes, who developed an online version of Art Fundamentals … is being honored with a top award by the international, learning management company Blackboard … her course was one of only eight submitted by faculty and course designers from around the world that was [...]


‘most influential architecture teacher ever’

17 September 2009 | Architecture, Teaching

From the Yale Daily News: After more than 60 years teaching art history and architecture at Yale, Sterling professor emeritus Vincent Scully is stepping away from the lectern and turning his attention to writing and research. At the age of 89, Scully — a New Haven native who over the years has been called Yale’s [...]


Artistic Webbys

13 May 2009 | Teaching

Smarthistory, created by Drs. Beth Harris and Steven Zucker out of discontent with “the large expensive art history textbook,” now with 157 videos, has won a 2009 Webby award for best education website. The Guggenheim Museum won in the category of “cultural institutions.” Dreamgrove won the “netart” category. Keith Tyson won in “art.”


Surveying Contemporary Art

2 February 2009 | Books, Modern, Teaching

Victoria Laurie of The Australian writes about Art & Today, a new survey by Eleanor Heartney of contemporary art from the last three decades, which is organized not by chronology, country, medium, style, or “ism”: “One of the big changes I would say in the past 25 years is that art is much less about [...]


‘Mirror of the World’

10 March 2008 | Books, Teaching

Phaidon is not the only book publisher with a new mega-survey out. Thames & Hudson has recently published Mirror of the World: A New History of Art by Julian Bell: I see art history as a frame within which world history, in all its breadth, is continually reflected back at us — rather than as [...]


‘Picturing America’

27 February 2008 | Teaching

The White House recently announced an initiative called “Picturing America,” which will “provide K-12 schools and public libraries with 40 images of American art, an illustrated teachers resource book, and a web site containing additional information including lesson plans.” The press conference included the president and the first lady as well as NEH head Bruce [...]