Tuesday, March 12 @ 8pm: the SCAH Boston Reading Group meets to discuss David Joselit’s After Art. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for meeting location, details.
On March 14 in Boston, “The Artist as Typographer,” a lecture by Tom McDonough at Northeastern University.
On March 13 in Waltham/Boston, “Dead Subjects Speak,” an artist talk by Silvia Kolbowski. In The Edie & Lew Wasserman Cinematheque, Brandeis University, 5pm.
On March 14 in Cambridge, MA, Raymond Bellour and Laura Mulvey on cinema and contemporary art at Harvard’s Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts.
On March 12 in NYC, a talk by artist Haim Steinbach at NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts. RSVP required.
On Mar 10 in NYC, a roundtable at the New Museum on Contemporary Art: 1989 to the Present moderated by editors and SCAH founders Alexander Dumbadze and Suzanne Hudson, and featuring several contributors to the book.
This weekend, “Why Art History Matters: Politics, Ethics, and Objects,” a graduate student conference at Princeton University. Opening & keynote lectures by Hal Foster (“Critical Stakes”, March 8 at 5pm) and James Elkins (“Unresolved Problems in Global Art History”, March 9 at 4:45pm)
The Graduate Student Advocacy Committee is distributing a survey to assess the range of graduate support structures available in Art History PhD programs
The Spring 2013 program for our Boston Reading Group is now available.
Materials from our Spring 2013 Workshop on Women & Gender in Art History, Criticism, and Practice are now available to download.
Materials from our Fall 2012 Small-Group Conversation: Women in Academic Careers are now available to download.
On Mar 7 in NYC, “1974 VOLVO AND THE MISE-EN-SCÈNE,” a lecture by Liam Gillick that explores the mise-en-scène as a model for social and cultural organization. Continued shifts in technology and the rise of Neo-Liberalism are countered by new identifications and subjectivities.
On Mar 5 in NYC, “1963 HERMAN KAHN AND PROJECTION,” a lecture by Liam Gillick which considers 1963 as the pivot for a consideration of projection, both social and political. The rise of insurgency and the consolidation of the scenario as a tool of political and financial control is combined with new models of the […]
On Mar 1 in NYC, artist Zarina in conversation with Andreas Huyssen at the Guggenheim, on the occasion of her retrospective (“Zarina: Paper Like Skin”).
On Feb 28 in NYC, “1948: SKINNER AND COUNTER-REVOLUTION” a lecture by Liam Gillick examining conspiracy, behavioralism, post-war restructuring and the delusions around applied modernism, revealing the various counter measures, both intentional and structural, that shaped the post-war sense of self.
On February 26 in NYC, a lecture by curator Reem Fadda on “The Contemporary History of the UAE Arts Scene,” followed by a conversation with artist Mohammed Kazem at the Guggenheim. Watch the live webcast on ustream.tv/Guggenheim RSVP and see local viewing times on Facebook
On February 26 in NYC, “1820 ERASMUS AND UPHEAVAL,” a lecture by Liam Gillick addressing the immediate aftermath of the French and American revolutions, which leads to new models of work, life and social organization.
Contemporary Art: 1989 to the Present, edited by Alexander Dumbadze and Suzanne Hudson, is now available. Featuring essays by Terry Smith, Irene Small, Michelle Kuo, David Joselit, Caroline Jones, Johanna Burton, Julia Bryan-Wilson, Sven Lütticken, Chika Okeke-Agulu, Carrie Lambert-Beatty, and others.
On February 28, in Boston, a panel discussion with David Joselit, Elisabeth Sussman, Haim Steinbach, Helen Molesworth, and Barbara Lee on This Will Have Been: Art, Love, & Politics in the 1980s at the ICA.
On Feb 13 in Waltham/Boston, “On the matter of abstraction…, An extended caption to figures A & B.” Artist Walead Beshty leads a lecture tour through his exhibition at the Rose Art Museum, Brandeis.
On Feb 11 in Waltham/Boston, “On the matter of abstraction…, Introduction,” a lecture by artist Walead Beshty at the Rose Art Museum, Brandeis, exploring the origins of the modern picture.
On Feb 26 & 28, Mar 5 & 7 in NYC, “Creative Disruptions in the Age of Soft Revolutions,” a series of four lectures by Liam Gillick examining a particular genealogy of the modern period that offers a revised understanding of the origins of contemporary art and its analysis.
On February 10, in Boston, artist Deborah Bright on her work in This Will Have Been: Art, Love, & Politics in the 1980s at the ICA.
Summer Institute in Technical Art History for Doctoral Students now accepting applications.
On February 1 in Waltham/Boston, “At Home in the Body,” an artist talk by Janine Antoni. Mandel Center for the Humanities, Brandeis University, Auditorium G03, 2pm.
On January 8 in LA, a talk by artist Lucy Raven in conjunction with the exhibition of her work at the Hammer Museum.
On December 16 in Brooklyn, an artist talk by Harmony Hammond at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art.
On December 8 in NYC, Ann Hamilton speaks about her installation, ‘the event of a thread,’ at Park Avenue Armory.
ArtisTalk: Katharina Sieverding M. Victor Leventritt Lecture Katharina Sieverding, in conversation with Lynette Roth, Daimler-Benz Associate Curator of the Busch-Reisinger Museum, Division of Modern and Contemporary Art, Harvard Art Museums 6:00pm – 8:00pm Arthur M. Sackler Museum, 485 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138
On Dec 4 in NYC, a discussion beetween artist Liam Gillick, librarian and archivist Ann Butler, and property lawyer Britton Payne at the Drawing Center, in relation to the exhibition In Deed: Certificiates of Authenticity in Art (up through December 16).
On December 5 in Miami, art historian Jillian Hernandez and artist Rachel Lachowicz in dialogue. Wednesday, December 5 @ 11:30 am, PULSE Miami Lounge, 1400 N. Miami Ave.
From December 5 in NYC, a largescale installation by Ann Hamilton, ‘the event of a thread,’ at the Park Avenue Armory. $10 General Admission / $8 Armory members. Entrance to installation free on the day of the talk.
On November 28 and 29 in Rotterdam, and streaming online, “I am For an Art Criticism That…”, a symposium on the use and influence of arts writing today.
On November 30 in Chicago, a symposium “On Steve McQueen,” featuring Stuart Corner, Darby English, Rachel Haidu, and Linda Norden.
On November 30 in NYC, opening reception and concert relating to the exhibition “Maja Bajevic: To Be Continued”, at the CUNY Graduate Center, James Gallery.
On November 30 in NYC, “The Status of Sound: Writing Histories of Sonic Art” at CUNY Graduate Center. Featuring a roundtable discussion with Christopher Cox, Hampshire College; David Grubbs, Brooklyn College; Branden W. Joseph, Columbia University; Marina Rosenfeld, Artist.
On Wednesday, November 28 at 6pm, Room B04,Tyler School of Art’s Critical Dialogues series will be featuring Hans Haacke.
On December 2 in NYC, a keynote address by Claire Bishop at “Critical Information”, a conference hosted by the School of Visual Arts MFA in Art Criticism & Writing.
On November 28 in Boston, a lecture by Larry Shiner “Art’s Abject Other? Or the New Cool? Rethinking the Art/Craft Dichotomy ”
CFP for OCAD University Graduate Conference “TOO SOON: The Contemporary As Method.” March 14-15, 2013, in Toronto, ON. Submissions due by 5:00 pm on Friday, November 30th.
From November 15 in Cambridge, MA, “Something About Family,” an exhibition of works by Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons at the Rudenstine Gallery, W.E.B. DuBois Institute, Harvard University
On November 29 in Boston, a lecture by Dr. Stephen Little, “The Strange Tale of the Richard Lane Collection”
On November 18 in Boston, a gallery talk by art historian Claire Grace on This Will Have Been: Art, Love, and Politics in the 1980s at the ICA.
On November 15 in Cambridge, Tomás Saraceno on a panel with Nader Tehran and Anton Garcia-Abril on “Moving Beyond Materiality” at MIT. Free and open to the public, but tickets are required and seating is limited.
On Saturday, November 3: “What does accumulation do to us?” The Great Bare Mat & Exchange is a specially commissioned program of conversations at the Gardner Museum. The program consists of a set of four ‘exchanges’ in Calderwood Hall, each involving four speakers, with Raqs Media Collective as moderators. Saturday the four corners of the carpet […]
On October 30, 2012, at 7pm, a film screening of “The Nine Muses” and discussion with British filmmakers John Akomfrah and Lina Gopaul and artist Renée Green. Free and open to the public with reserved tickets.
FRAMING AMERICAN ART Six leading scholars in the field of American Art History present their current research, discuss their methodologies, and interrogate the state of the field. November 10, 20102 Taylor 203 Vassar College Poughkeepsie, NY Program 10:00 Welcome & Introductory Remarks 10:20 ERIKA DOSS, Professor of American Studies, University of Notre Dame Memorial Mania: […]
From October 24, in NYC, “Rosemarie Trockel: A Cosmos” at the New Museum.
Reflecting on some of the unintended consequences of the successful campaign to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” Belkin notes that the strategies he pursued required him to glorify both the military and American foreign policy more broadly, thus adding to the ever-increasing militarization of American culture and politics. Bring Me Men is his effort to […]
Belkin, a scholar with more than a decade of hands-on experience in the repeal campaign, shares an insider’s perspective on the strategies that he and others used to foster the changes of mind — and heart – that led to Congressional repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” The implications of Belkin’s tactics extend far beyond […]
On October 25 in Boston, a discussion titled “What Does Intelligence Do For Us?” with Arani Bose, MD, Chris Bratton, Joan Jonas, and Valentine Talland, at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Part of the Raqs Media Collective’s residency and The Great Bare Mat Exchange: A Carpet for Conversations. Tickets $5-$15.
On Wednesday, October 24, at 5:30pm Mignon Nixon (Courtauld) presents “Sperm Bomb: Art, Feminism, and the American War in Vietnam” at Harvard’s Mahindra Humanities Institute. Free, info here.
On Thursday, October 18, at 6pm James Casebere talks about his work at the Carpenter Center at Harvard. Free and info here.
On Wednesday, October 24 at 6pm, artist Kerry James Marshall in conversation with curator Susan Dackerman at Arthur Sackler Museum, Cambridge, MA. Free, info here.
On October 16, in NYC, a conversation between Joshua Simon and economist Noam Yuran on the Subjectivity and Vitality of Things.
On October 17 in NYC, a Curator’s Perspective talk with Chus Martinez, dOCUMENTA (13) Head of Department, member of Core Agent Group, and associate curator at the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art. Co-sponsored by Independent Curators International, at CUNY Humanities Center.
Big, Red & Shiny recently relaunched to the delight of Boston’s contemporary art scene. The blog features multiple insightful posts every day about art world goings-on, and the exhibition and event listings do a great service in collecting announcements from throughout the region. A wonderful resource!
On October 11 in NYC, Wayne Koestenbaum, John Yau, and Megan Volpert reflect on the Metropolitan Museum exhibition “Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years,” and Andy Warhol’s influence on the literary arts, at the CUNY Center for the Humanities.
On Saturday, October 6, 4pm, at The Cooper Union, an event of speeches and performances by Krzysztof Wodiczko, A.K. Burns, Doug Ashford, Gregory Sholette, Mary Walling Blackburn + Che Chen, Thom Donovan, Corrine Fitzpatrick, Naeem Mohaiemen, Marina Sitrin, and David Levi Strauss. Free with RSVP.
On October 11 in Boston, Katy Siegel will deliver a lecture on the question of “The Contemporary Masterpiece?” at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Tickets $5-15.
On October 10 in NYC, Hito Steyerl and Nora Alter discuss “The Essay Film” at CUNY Center for the Humanities.
On October 4 in NYC, Donald Kuspit, Lowery Stokes Sims, Robert Cozzolino, and Sharon Tanenbaum discuss the impact of the work of Viola Frey on ceramic sculpture and figuration today, at the CUNY Center for the Humanities.
Boston University’s Institute for Philosophy & Religion 2012-2013 Lecture Series, “Beyond Aesthetics: Philosophical and Theological Construals of Art,” presents “Rethinking Religion and Art” Nicholas Wolterstorff, Noah Porter Professor Emeritus of Philosophical Theology, Yale University Wednesday, October 3, 5:00 p.m. Boston University School of Law, Barristers Hall 765 Commonwealth Avenue, First Floor Campus map: http://www.bu.edu/maps/?id=1091
On October 6 in Philadelphia, Walead Beshty discusses his new work on counterfeiting.
On Thursday, October 18 at 6pm, Irving Sandler will present “From the Avant-Garde to the Post Avant-Garde” at Tyler School of Art.
On Wednesday, October 3, Tyler School of Art will host a lecture by Anthony Huberman, a distinguished curator based in New York.
On October 3 in Boston, a gallery talk by Nuit Banai. on “Ori Gersht: History Repeating” at MFA Boston.
GRADUATE STUDENT ADVOCACY COMMITTEE SOCIETY OF CONTEMPORARY ART HISTORIANS (SCAH) Position Statement, Summer/Fall 2012 In the contemporary climate of escalating professional and market demands combined with the increasing instability of universities, museums, and the economy, what is the role of a Graduate Student Advocacy Committee? As universities seek to make the PhD more efficient […]
On September 21-22, 2012, in Philadelphia, a two-day conference organized by the University of Pennsylvania and hosted at the Institute of Contemporary Art on “Animation Across the Disciplines” with presentations by Vivian Sobchack, Oliver Gaycken, Alexander Galloway, and many others. Free.
Thru January 5, in Boston, Ori Gersht: History Repeating at the MFA Boston.
On September 20 in Boston, a discussion titled “Where Does Nostalgia Take Us?” with Svetlana Boym, Anne Hawley, Jorge Otero-Pailos, and David Wilson, at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Part of the Raqs Media Collective’s residency and The Great Bare Mat Exchange: A Carpet for Conversations. Tickets $5-$15.
On September 28–29, in NYC, the Contemporary Artists’ Book Conference, with addresses by Lucy Lippard (Sept 28) and Paul Chan (Sept 29).
On Monday, September 24, Jacques Ranciere will speak at the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard. The event will take place in the Thompson Room at 6 pm.
The SCAH Graduate Advocacy Committee has released a Position Statement addressing what they take to be the key issues going forward for (con)temporary art workers and scholars are, and how they hope to proceed. Read it on our website here, or download the PDF here.
On Saturday, September 22, Material and Immaterial Aspects of Color: A Dialogue among Artists, Conservators, Curators, and Scientists will take place at the Sackler Museum in Cambridge, MA. Organized by the Harvard Art Museums, this event includes an afternoon focus on modern and contemporary topics, with speakers Francesca Esmay and Harry Cooper.
Terry Smith releases a new book, Thinking Contemporary Curating, with a series of readings and conversations to follow in NYC, California, and Chicago.
On September 13, in Cambridge, MA, an opening reception for the exhibition “circa 1963,” (Aug 30-October 7), an exploration of ‘contemporaneity’ in the years of the Carpenter Center’s beginnings.
Starting September 6 in Portland, Oregon, the TBA:12 Time-Based Art Festival at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art.
On August 1 in Boston, an exhibition of works by Brazilian duo Os Gêmeos at the ICA.
Video from the April 2012 symposium at the Clark Art Institute on “Art, Theory, and the Critique of Ideology, 1975-1995”, convened by Thomas Crow and Jonathan Katz, is now online.
New Spring 2012 issue of ArtJournal out now, on Pacific Standard Time (PST) and designed by Allen Ruppersberg.
From July 27 in NYC, Alison Klayman’s documentary “Ai WeiWei: Never Sorry” at the IFC Center. Director Alison Klayman in person on Fri-Sat, July 27-28 at 7:20 & 9:20, Sun July 29 at 3:15 & 5:15.
Thru September 30 in NYC, “Ghosts in the Machine”, an exhibition curated by Massimiliano Gioni and Gary Carrion-Murayari at the New Museum.
Thru August 25th in LA, “Standard Operating Procedures,” curated by Piper Marshall.
On July 28 in Ridgefield, CT, a “fair for knowledge” on “American Fauna” presented by Cabinet Magazine.
On July 26 & July 27 in Boston, a performance of Merce Cunningham’s How to Pass, Kick, Fall, and Run, with artist Q&A to follow.
On April 24, in Cambridge, MA, “Drawing Lesson Six: ANTI-ENTROPY,” by William Kentridge.
On April 16, in Cambridge, MA, “Drawing Lesson Five: IN PRAISE OF MISTRANSLATION,” by William Kentridge.
On April 10, in Cambridge, MA, “Drawing Lesson Four: PRACTICAL EPISTEMOLOGY: LIFE IN THE STUDIO,” by William Kentridge.
On April 3, in Cambridge, MA, “Drawing Lesson Three: VERTICAL THINKING: A JOHANNESBURG BIOGRAPHY,” by William Kentridge.
On March 27, in Cambridge, MA, “Drawing Lesson Two: A BRIEF HISTORY OF COLONIAL REVOLTS,” by William Kentridge.
On March 20, in Cambridge, MA, “Drawing Lesson One: IN PRAISE OF SHADOWS,” by William Kentridge.
On March 20 & 27, April 3, 10, 16, & 24 in Cambridge, MA, a series of “Drawing Lessons” (2012 Norton Lectures) by artist William Kentridge.
On March 6th in Eugene, Oregon, a lecture by Helen Molesworth.
The Society of Contemporary Art Historians seeks nominations and self-nominations for the executive board, to serve for the term 2012-2015. The open positions are Vice President and Secretary-Treasurer. These officers, together with the Society’s President, direct all of SCAH’s activities–most importantly, planning its annual panel at the College Art Association conference, directing its web site […]
In Houston on January 19th and 20th, Mining the Archive: New Paths for Latin American/Latino Art Research, a symposium with Alejandro Anreus, Roldán Esteva-Grillet, Ivonne Pini, Edward J. Sullivan and others.
On January 12th in Berlin, a lecture by Okwui Enwezor: “Civitas, Citizenship, Civility: Art and the Civic Imagination” (moderator Horst Bredekamp).
On December 21st in Cologne, a lecture by Ursula Frohne: “Das Ende der Evidenz? Zeitgenössische Fotografie und Bildgeschichte.”
On December 6th at SVA, The Talkers: A Panel Moderated by Rochelle Feinstein.
On December 6th at Cranbrook, a lecture by Sue Taylor, “Eva Hesse against the Grain.”