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American Art History, Cambridge, Feb 25

SCAH Boston will meet on Thursday, February 25th at 7pm, to screen a selection of talks recorded at a recent Smithsonian conference on “Transnational American Art History.” You can find the program here. Location is near Harvard Square (for the first eight folks to respond). RSVP to adamss@usc.edu for exact address. On a different note, if you […]


  • The Tufts University Graduate Art History Symposium, "Again Rubbed Smooth: Negotiating Erasure & Narrative in Palimpsest," will be held on March 4, 2016 from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM in the Alumni Lounge of the Aidekman Arts Center. #
  • The Boston chapter will meet on Nov 13th and 14th at the MIT List Visual Arts Center for a keynote by Thomas Hirschhorn and panel discussions on public art. View event details and register here. #
  • SCAH Boston chapter will meet this Thursday, September 24th, at 5pm for the opening of a new mural by Lawrence Weiner on the Greenway near South Station. All are welcome. Discussion of architecture-as-readymade and site specificity to follow. If you would like a copy of the short pre-circulated reading, email Samuel Adams at adamss@usc.edu #
  • For the last meeting of the semester, Emily Zilber, the Ronald C. and Anita L. Wornick Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts,  will take us through the exhibition "Nature, Sculpture, Abstraction and Clay: 100 Years of American Ceramics." Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 4:00-5:00pm (admission charge is voluntary at this time) Museum of Fine Arts, Bernard and Barbara Stern Shapiro Gallery (Gallery 231) Please RSVP to adamss@usc.edu #
  • The next discussion in Boston will revolve around Huey Copeland's pioneering book Bound to Appear: Art, Slavery, and the Site of Blackness in Multicultural America (Chicago, 2013). First we will attend a lecture by Copeland: When: Thursday, March 26 at 5:30p Where: Carpenter Center, Level 0, Room B04, 24 Quincy St, Cambridge 02138 Almost two weeks later we will reconvene to discuss the book on which the talk is largely based. When: Wednesday, April 8 at 7:00p Where: 240 Heath St, Boston 02130 For scans of the book chapters and to attend April 8 please RSVP to Samuel Adams at adamss@usc.edu #
  • On 5 February 2015 at 2:30  the Boston chapter will meet at the newly re-opened Harvard Art Museums to view and discuss the installation with curator of modern and contemporary collections, Sarah Kianovsky. If you are interested in attending, email Samuel Adams at adamss@usc.edu for readings and details. #
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  • On December 18 at 7:00p the Boston chapter meets at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston to discuss "Fiber: Sculpture 1960-Present" and "Adriana Varejão" joined by assistant curator Ruth Erickson and others. If you would like to attend, email Sam Adams at adamss@usc.edu for readings and details. #
  • Linda Nochlin, NYU, speaks on "Gericault, Goya, and the Representation of Misery after the Industrial Revolution." Room 133, Barker Center. Details at http://mahindrahumanities.fas.harvard.edu/content/gericault-goya-and-representation-misery-after-industrial-revolution #
  • The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Harvard University’s Cultural Agents Initiative host a conversation with Grant Kester, Professor of Art History, and Director of the University Art Gallery at the University of California, San Diego. Kester is a leading figure in the development of critical frameworks to address “relational” or “dialogical” art practices. Details at http://www.mfa.org/programs/special-event/colloquium-grant-kester #
  • The 31st Annual Boston University Graduate Symposium on the History of Art & Architecture Submissions Due:          December 10, 2014 (EXTENDED from November 22!) Symposium Dates:         February 27 – 28, 2015 Creative Conflict Conflict generates and transforms many works of art and architecture, both inspiring their creation and shaping their legacies. The 31st Annual Boston University Graduate Student Symposium on the History of Art & Architecture invites submissions that explore visual and material manifestations of discord among individuals, groups, nations, or ideologies. Possible subjects include, but are not limited to, the following: works directly addressing disagreement, violence, and war; political posturing and persuasion; ideological dissent and inner turmoil; protective structures and objects such as armor, weaponry, and fortifications; and works subsequently impacted by conflict, including looting, vandalism, iconoclasm, wartime destruction and pillaging, accidental damage in times of riot or unrest, and disputes over the ownership and display of works of art. We welcome submissions from graduate students at all stages of their studies, working in any area or discipline. A paper title, an abstract (300 words) and a CV should be sent to the Symposium Coordinator, Sarah Parrish, atbugraduatesymposiumhaa@gmail.com. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, December 10, 2014. Papers should be 20 minutes in length and selected speakers will be notified before January 1st. The Symposium will be held Friday, February 27 – Saturday, February 28, 2015, with a keynote lecture by Dr. Richard M. Leventhal, Executive Director of the Penn Cultural Heritage Center, at the Boston University Art Gallery at the Stone Gallery on Friday evening and graduate presentations on Saturday in the Riley Seminar Room of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. This event is generously sponsored by The Boston University Center for the Humanities; the Boston University Department of History of Art & Architecture; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Boston University Graduate Student History of Art & Architecture Association; and the Boston University Art Gallery at the Stone Gallery. For additional information, please visit: www.bu.edu/ah/students/graduate-student-history-of-art-architecture-association/the-symposium/ #
  • November 19, 7:00pm - First Meeting, 240 Heath St #102, Boston Discussion of pre-circulated texts on the contemporary and contemporaneity.   December 4, 7:00pm - Gallery Visit: The Rose Art Museum (free admission) “Mark Bradford: Sea Monsters” Discussion with Christopher Bedford, Henry and Lois Foster Director Readings will be pre-circulated   December 11, 7:00pm - Gallery Visit: The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (free admission) “Fiber: Sculpture 1960-Present” and “Adriana Varejão” Tour and discussion with Ruth Erickson, Assistant Curator Readings will be pre-circulated   Please email Sam Adams <adamss@usc.edu> by November 12th to receive a copy of the readings in advance of the first meeting. #
  • On September 18 in Washington DC, Wendy Bellion gives the Charles C. Eldredge Prize Lecture, “‘Here Trust Your Eyes’: Visual Illusion and the Early American Theater” at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. SAAM is also now accepting nominations for the 2015 Eldredge Prize, due December 1. (more…) #
  • CFP: InVisible Culture: An Electronic Journal for Visual Culture invites scholarly articles and creative works that consider the multiple valences of the topic: blueprints. Submissions due October 15, 2014. (more…) #
  • CFP: "Beyond Connoisseurship: Rethinking Prints from the Belle Épreuve (1875) to the Present," at The Graduate Center, CUNY, November 7, 2014. Submissions due August 1, 2014. (more…) #
  • CFP: "Between, Among, and Across: Transhistories of the Visual," at Elon University, February 27-28, 2015. Submissions due July 11, 2014. (more…) #
  • The SCAHGrad Boston reading group session scheduled for May 14 has been cancelled due to late-semester scheduling conflicts. Stay tuned for more info about Summer and Fall 2014. #
  • On May 7 in NYC, the SCAHGrad NYC reading group met to discuss selections from Contemporary Art: 1989 to the Present (eds. Suzanne Hudson and Alexander Dumbadze). For more info about the NYC reading group, contact Kristen Gaylord at ke.gaylord@gmail.com. #
  • On April 25 in NYC, "Making and Unmaking the Global,"  a panel and discussion at CCNY with Alexandra Munroe, Shahzia Sikander, and Jorge Daniel Veneciano, moderated by James Elkins.  (more…) #
  • On April 23 in Boston, the SCAHGrad Boston reading group meets to discuss Living Labor. To receive details via e-mail, contact scahgrad@gmail.com #
  • On April 23 in DC, the SCAHGrad DC reading group meets at the National Portrait Gallery. Alexander Dumbadze will lead a conversation about his book Bas Jan Ader: Death is Elsewhere, focusing on narrative strategies for writing contemporary art history as well as issues of biography and methodology. Please RSVP by April 21. For more info or to get involved, contact Jennifer Quick at jquick@fas.harvard.edu. #
  • On February 28 in NYC, "Is Contemporary Art History?", a workshop at NYU IFA. RSVP required. #
  • The Spring 2014 program for our Boston Reading Group is now available. (more…) #
  • On February 6 in DC, the SCAHGrad DC reading group meets to hear a paper on Lynda Benglis by guest speaker Bibiana Obler (George Washington University). If you are interested in getting involved with the DC group, e-mail Jennifer Quick (jquick@fas.harvard.edu). #
  • On February 5 in NYC, the new SCAHGrad NYC reading group holds its inaugural meeting. They'll discuss Terry Smith's “Introduction: The Contemporaneity Question," Agamben's “What is the Contemporary,” and selections from the October questionnaire on contemporary art. If you are interested in attending future meetings, please contact Kristen Gaylord (ke.gaylord@gmail.com) #

Welcome to Society of Contemporary Art Historians

The Society of Contemporary Art Historians aims to foster strong scholarship and to promote collegiality within the vital field of contemporary art history. The Society also encourages mentoring and career development, especially for younger scholars and graduate students. Major programs include a standing panel at the College Art Association’s annual conference, and the distribution of relevant information through the Society’s web site and Facebook pages.