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Upcoming Boston SCAHGrad Meeting

On November 19 in Boston, the SCAHGrad reading group will  convene to discuss questions of the contemporary and contemporaneity with readings by Terry Smith, Giorgio Agamben, and others. For details and PDFs of the readings, email Sam Adams <adamss@usc.edu> by November 12th.


  • 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) #
  • CFP: For articles and creative works concerning "Opacity," for the 22nd issue of InVisible Culture: An Electronic Journal for Visual Culture. Reviews also sought. Submissions due: May 1, 2014 (more…) #
  • On January 31 in Boston, the Spring 2014 WiAA (Women in the Academy & Arts) Syllabi and Pedagogy Working Group held its inaugural meeting. (more…) #
  • On November 20 in Boston, the SCAHGrad Boston reading group meets to discuss Pamela M. Lee's "Forgetting the Art World." E-mail scahgrad@gmail.com for more info, or to be added to our mailing list. #
  • CFP: "Postwar -- Art between the Pacific and the Atlantic, 1945-1965," a symposium at Haus Der Kunst, Munich, May 22-24, 2014. Submissions due: December 15, 2013 (more…) #
  • CFP: "Theorizing Fieldwork in the Humanities," a colloquium at University of Pittsburgh, March 28-29, 2014. Submissions due: December 1, 2013. (more…) #
  • On November 19 in NYC, "Revolution in Counterpoint: Contemporary Performance Art and the Political Past," a symposium at Columbia University. Speakers include Michael Hardt, Rosella Biscotti, Molly Nesbit, and Raqs Media Collective. (more…) #
  • On November 13, the SCAHGrad Philadelphia reading group meets to discuss David Joselit's "After Art." #
  • CFP: "The Copy," a Graduate Student Research Symposium at University of Oregon, April 17-18, 2014. Submissions due: December 20, 2013. (more…) #
  • SFMOMA publishes online collection catalogue of the Rauschenberg Research Project, a survey of nearly ninety works by Robert Rauschenberg from the permanent collection. (more…) #
  • On October 30, three SCAH reading group meetings: Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC! The Boston group discusses Lord & Meyer's "Art & Queer Culture" with special guest Catherine Lord. The Philadelphia group discusses the next selection of Meyer's "What Was Contemporary Art?"; and the DC group holds a kickoff meeting to discuss plans for the semester. (more…) #
  • CFP: "Recombinant Creativity," a conference at OCAD University. Submissions due: December 2. (more…) #

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.