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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for exact address. On a different note, if you […]
SCAH Boston will meet Wed, December 16 at 7pm near Porter Sq to discuss installation strategies examined in: Claire Bishop, Radical Museology (2013) and Richard Meyer on the Met’s new modern galleries (Artforum Nov 2015). If joining, please RSVP to email@example.com for details and readings.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Laylah Ali discusses John Brown Song! (2013), an online project commissioned by the Dia Art Foundation on Wednesday, May 6, 5pm at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Room B-04
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 […]
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 […]
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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 email@example.com for readings and details.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for readings and details.
On December 9 at 12:30p the Boston chapter will meet at the Rose Art Museum to view and discuss an exhibition of new work by Mark Bradford with museum director and art historian Chris Bedford. If you are interested in attending, email Sam Adams at email@example.com 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 […]
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 <firstname.lastname@example.org> 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 […]
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.
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.
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.
CFP: “Between, Among, and Across: Transhistories of the Visual,” at Elon University, February 27-28, 2015. Submissions due July 11, 2014.
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 email@example.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.
On April 23 in Boston, the SCAHGrad Boston reading group meets to discuss Living Labor. To receive details via e-mail, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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 […]
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.
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 (email@example.com).
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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
On January 31 in Boston, the Spring 2014 WiAA (Women in the Academy & Arts) Syllabi and Pedagogy Working Group held its inaugural meeting.
On November 20 in Boston, the SCAHGrad Boston reading group meets to discuss Pamela M. Lee’s “Forgetting the Art World.” E-mail email@example.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
CFP: “Theorizing Fieldwork in the Humanities,” a colloquium at University of Pittsburgh, March 28-29, 2014. Submissions due: December 1, 2013.
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.
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.
SFMOMA publishes online collection catalogue of the Rauschenberg Research Project, a survey of nearly ninety works by Robert Rauschenberg from the permanent collection.
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 […]
CFP: “Recombinant Creativity,” a conference at OCAD University. Submissions due: December 2.
On October 5 and 6 in Montreal, the Max and Iris Stern International Symposium 7: Abstraction. Speakers include John M. Armleder, Yve-Alain Bois, Jaleh Mansoor, and Mai-Thu Perret.
This October, two SCAHGrad WiAA (Women in the Academy & Arts) working groups will begin their weekly meetings in the Boston area: Feminism and the Art History Course, and Feminist Pedagogy. Sign up by October 7 by e-mailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On October 10 in Princeton, “Dadanimation, the Human, and the Contemporary Art of War,” a lecture by Karen Beckman (University of Pennsylvania).
JOB: “The School of Art and Design at Texas State University invites applications for a tenure-track appointment in Art History. The selected candidate will be expected to be a productive scholar and an effective teacher of contemporary art and visual culture, with the ability to also teach courses from a global perspective related to gender […]
On Wednesday, October 2nd @ 8pm, the SCAH Philadelphia reading group meets to discuss the next section of Richard Meyer’s What Was Contemporary Art? (pp. 115-189). More info and readings at http://scahphiladelphia.wordpress.com/schedule/
CFP: “The Reception of German Art, Art Theory, and Philosophy by the Americas in the 20th Century,” a panel at the AAH Annual Conference, London, April 12-14, 2014. Submissions due: November 11, 2013
On October 4 and 5 in Washington, DC, a symposium on American art and the African diaspora at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Speakers include Chika Okeke-Agulu, Krista Thompson, Jeffrey Stewart, Celeste-Marie Bernier, James Smalls, and artist/scholar David C. Driskell.
Through October 19, “Observed Ratios,” an exhibition of works by Shoshana Dentz, Caitlin Masley, and Seher Shah at the James Gallery, CUNY Graduate Center, NYC.
On September 18, the SCAH Philadelphia Reading Group held its inaugural meeting! The group is currently reading Richard Meyer’s What Was Contemporary Art? For more info, contact Heather L. Castro (email@example.com) or visit http://scahphiladelphia.wordpress.com.
On October 10 in Princeton, “Dadanimation, The Human, and the Contemporary Art of War,” a lecture by Karen Beckman (University of Pennsylvania).
On October 4-5, “Art History and the Art of Description,” a colloquium at NYU IFA. Speakers include Svetlana Alpers, Leonard Barkan, Thomas Crow, Michael Fried, David Joselit, Alexander Nemerov, Verity Platt, and Dell Upton. Organized by Jaś Elsner. Open to the public, RSVP required. For reservations click here.
On October 5, “Jack Whitten: Painting, Politics, Technology,” a symposium with Katy Siegel (Rose Art Museum), artists Jack Whitten and Mark Bradford, Michelle Kuo (Artforum), Mingus Mapps (Brandeis), and Howard Singerman (University of Virginia). To coincide with the exhibition Light Years: Jack Whitten, 1971-1973 at the Rose.
CFP: The Terra Foundation for American Art International Essay Prize, for scholarship by a non-U.S. scholar in the field of historical (pre-1980) American art. Submissions due: January 15, 2014
On September 25, the SCAH Boston reading group, together with participants in the SCAH WiAA (Women in the Academy & Arts) initiative, met to discuss Silvia Federici’s “Revolution at Point Zero: Housework, Reproduction, and Feminist Struggle” (PM Press, 2013). For more info about the SCAHGrad Boston reading group, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
On October 3, “Print Culture: Past, Present, and Future,” a symposium at Brandeis. Organized by Lori Cole.
FINAL PUSH. CFP: “Visual Activism” symposium in San Francisco, March 14-16, 2014. Submission deadline: October 1
From September 21 in NYC, “Dorothea Rockburne: Drawing Which Makes Itself,” at MoMA.
CFP: “Bad History,” an issue of KAPSULA Magazine. Submissions due: December 6, 2013
On September 30, a conversation and screening with artist Derek Boshier and William Kaizen, Assistant Professor of Art History and Media Studies. To coincide with the exhibition “Derek Boshier: A survey of work,” curated by Kaizen, at Gallery 360, Northeastern University.
CFP: “See the Light,” a Boston University Graduate Student Symposium, Feb 28-Mar 1, 2014. Submissions due: November 23, 2013.
From October 5, “New Jersey as Non-Site,” an exhibition at the Princeton University Art Museum curated by Kelly Baum.
CFP: “Visual Activism” at SFMOMA, March 14-16, 2014. Submission deadline: October 1, 2013
Through August 18 in Paris, “Keith Haring: The Political Line” and “Danh Vo: Go Mo Ni Ma Da” at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.
CFP: “Keith Haring: Languages,” the Fales Library at NYU. Proposals sought for papers that offer new approaches to Keith Haring’s work. Submission deadline: September 1, 2013.
Registration is now open for the international symposium: “American Art in Dialogue with Africa and its Diaspora,” to be held at Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C., on October 4 – 5. Register at http://www.America-Africa.eventbrite.com
On June 15, in Cambridge/Boston, a film screening of “Painters Painting” (Dir. Emile de Antonio, 1973, 117 min) at the MIT List Visual Arts Center.
On June 14 in Boston, a closing reception for “Anna Von Mertens: GOLD! AND OTHER FALLEN EMPIRES,” curated by Kirsten Swenson. The curator and artist will be in attendance.
As part of our Women, Gender, & Academia initiative, SCAHGrad has begun to form working groups in the Boston area around specific areas of inquiry on which to conduct research and take action. Descriptions of the first six working groups are now available.
In Spring 2013, Boston-area members of the Graduate Student Advocacy Committee kicked off a project to research, discuss, and take action on issues of gender in our profession.
On June 1, in Chicago, an artist talk by Abelardo Morell in conjunction with his retrospective at the Art Institute of Chicago.
On June 1 in NYC, a “Meet-and-Greet” Skill-Exchange with TimeBanksNYC at Fort Greene Park. See how people are using the timebank to connect with others who have agreed to exchange using time as currency.
We are working on a syllabi sharing project to allow the open exchange of teaching resources related to post-1945 art and theory.
As of Spring 2013, we have active reading groups in Boston and Washington, DC.
On May 31 in NYC, Suhail Malik “On the Necessity of Art’s Exit from Contemporary Art: A History of Negations (Part 3)” at Artists Space.
On May 30 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, a tour of Disorientalism’s exhibition “Ready Mix” by its curator Jillian Hernandez, at The Girls Club Collection.
On May 29 in North Miami, FL, “Brown Bagging: Quality is Our Recipe,” an interactive Disorientalism Performance by Katherine Behar and Marianne M. Kim.
Through July 28 in NYC, Speculations (“The future is ___________”), a series of lectures debates, conversations, and keynotes hosted by Triple Canopy at MoMA PS1. Upcoming events through June 2:
Thru June 29 in Philadelphia, “Lynda Benglis: Everything Flows (1980-2013)” and “Jennifer Bartlett: Chaos Theory (1971-2013)” at Locks Gallery.
On May 23 in Cambridge, MA, “Alan Uglow: A Panel Discussion” with Elena Alexander, Stephen Ellis, and Gregory H. Williams at the MIT List Visual Arts Center. Moderated by List curator João Ribas.
On May 11 in NYC, “Cache Cleaner,” an evening of musical and artistic performances in celebration of Triple Canopy’s fifth anniversary at China Chalet. Featuring performances by Maxmilion Dunbar, Masks, My Barbarian, and BFFA3AE. Jon Santos, Michael Magnan (Fatherhood), and RVNG’s Matt Werth will DJ.
On May 11, in NYC, “What Happened to the Institutional Critique?”: James Meyer and Renée Green in conversation at the New Museum.
On May 11 in NYC, “Another Art World Is Possible,” a workshop at NURTUREart Gallery hosted by Arts & Labor.
From May 9 in NYC, an exhibition of new works by Marcia Kure at Susan Inglett Gallery.
TONIGHT, Wednesday, May 8 @ 8pm, the SCAH Boston reading group meets for an experimental workshop on the object(s) of pedagogy. We ask that each participant give a short presentation of an object (or objects) related to his/her current research that was designed or used for teaching. Together, we’ll consider how these objects (understood broadly) […]
CFP for “Abstraction and Anthropomorphism in Postwar and Contemporary Sculpture,” a session at CAA in Chicago, February 2014, chaired by Lisa Lee (University of Chicago) and Kate Nesin (Art Institute of Chicago). Due May 6.
On April 28 in NYC, a special press conference and performance to mark the close of Jon Kessler’s exhibition “The Web” at Swiss Institute.
On April 26 in NYC, “The Art of PixelVision,” a lecture and screening by Peggy Ahwesh at the New Museum.
On April 25, “Art, Writing, Life, Writing, Art,” a talk by Holland Cotter, Senior Art Critic for the New York Times. In the Carl & Ruth Shapiro Admissions Center, Presentation Room, Brandeis University, at 5pm.
On April 25 in Cambridge, MA, “Criminal Queers,” a BYO film screening and discussion with Chris Vargas and Eric Stanley at the Carpenter Center.
On April 23 in NYC, a talk by artist Julie Mehretu at NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts. RSVP required.
On April 23 in Cambridge, MA, an ArtisTalk with Doris Salcedo and curator Mary Schneider-Enriquez at the Sackler Museum.
From April 19 in Boston, “GOLD! AND OTHER FALLEN EMPIRES,” an exhibition of works by Anna Von Mertens at the Boston Center for the Arts (Mills Gallery). Curated by Kirsten Swenson.
On Wednesday, April 17 @ 8pm, the SCAH Boston reading group meets to discuss Richard Meyer’s What Was Contemporary Art? E-mail email@example.com for meeting location, details.
CFP for “The Remains of Photography,” a panel at SECAC 2013. Deadline: April 20, 2013.
On Friday, April 5 the SCAH DC reading group met with special guest Richard Meyer to discuss selections from his book, What Was Contemporary Art?, and Howard Singerman’s Art Subjects. For more information about the DC group, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
On April 12 and 13 in Cambridge, MA, “Painting Beyond Itself: The Medium in the Post-Medium Condition.” Participants include David Joselit, Ewa Lajer-Burcharth, Yve-Alain Bois, Benjamin Buchloh, Jacqueline Lichtenstein, Amy Sillman, R.H. Quaytman, Julie Mehretu, Carol Armstrong, Suzanne Hudson, and more.
On April 10 in Cambridge, MA, a BYO session on “Working Conditions: Paradox of Labor and the Creative Industry” at the Carpenter Center.
On April 4 in London, Adrian Rifkin on “Art Writing, or the perfect dis-union of word and image,” at the Association of Art Historians. Tickets required.