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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 […]

Radical Museology, Cambridge, Dec 16

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 adamss@usc.edu for details and readings.

Boston SCAH @ MIT Nov 13-14

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.

Boston SCAH Meets on Greenway Sep 24

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

SCAH Grads meet at MFA Boston May 6, 2015

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 […]

Boston SCAH Meetings Focus on Huey Copeland

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 […]

Final fall SCAHGrad meeting at ICA Bostoon

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.

Upcoming SCAHGrad Meeting

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 adamss@usc.edu for readings and details.

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.

Boston Reading Group – Fall 2014 Schedule

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 […]


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.

SCAHGrad NYC: Contemporary Art: 1989 to the Present

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.

SCAHGrad Boston: Living Labor

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

SCAHGrad DC: Alexander Dumbadze on Bas Jan Ader

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 […]

SCAHGrad Boston: Spring 2014 Reading Group Program

The Spring 2014 program for our Boston Reading Group is now available.

SCAHGrad DC: Bibiana Obler on Lynda Benglis

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).

SCAHGrad NYC: What is the Contemporary?

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)

Boston: Spring 2014 WiAA Working Group: Syllabi/Pedagogy

On January 31 in Boston, the Spring 2014 WiAA (Women in the Academy & Arts) Syllabi and Pedagogy Working Group held its inaugural meeting.

SCAHGrad Boston: “Forgetting the Art World”

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.

SCAHGrad Philadelphia: “After Art”

On November 13, the SCAHGrad Philadelphia reading group meets to discuss David Joselit’s “After Art.”

October 30: SCAHRG Boston, Philadelphia, DC

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 […]

Fall 2013: WiAA Working Groups to begin October 7

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 scahgrad@gmail.com.

Wednesday, October 2: SCAHRG Philadelphia: What Was Contemporary Art? (Part 2)

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/    

NEW: Wednesday, September 18, SCAHRG Philadelphia!

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 (tuc19464@temple.edu) or visit http://scahphiladelphia.wordpress.com.

Wednesday, September 25: SCAHRG Boston: Revolution at Point Zero: Housework, Reproduction, and Feminist Struggle

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 scahgrad@gmail.com

SCAHGrad: 2013-14 Women & Gender Working Group Topics

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.

SCAHGrad: Women, Gender, & Academia Initiative

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.

SCAHGrad Syllabus-Sharing Project

We are working on a syllabi sharing project to allow the open exchange of teaching resources related to post-1945 art and theory.

SCAHGrad Reading Groups

As of Spring 2013, we have active reading groups in Boston and Washington, DC.

Wednesday, May 8: SCAHRG Boston: Object(s) of Pedagogy

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) […]

Wednesday, April 17: SCAHRG Boston: What Was Contemporary Art?

On Wednesday, April 17 @ 8pm, the SCAH Boston reading group meets to discuss Richard Meyer’s What Was Contemporary Art? E-mail scahgrad@gmail.com for meeting location, details.

Friday April 5, SCAHRG DC: What Was Contemporary Art?

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 scahgrad@gmail.com.

Tuesday, March 12: SCAHRG Boston: After Art

Tuesday, March 12 @ 8pm: the SCAH Boston Reading Group meets to discuss David Joselit’s After Art. E-mail scahgrad@gmail.com for meeting location, details.

SCAHGrad Alternative Rankings Project (Quality of Life Survey)

The Graduate Student Advocacy Committee is distributing a survey to assess the range of graduate support structures available in Art History PhD programs

SCAH Boston Reading Group: Spring 2013 Program

The Spring 2013 program for our Boston Reading Group is now available.

Workshop Materials: Women & Gender in Art History, Criticism, and Practice

Materials from our Spring 2013 Workshop on Women & Gender in Art History, Criticism, and Practice are now available to download.

Workshop Materials: Women in Academic Careers, Small-Group Conversation

Materials from our Fall 2012 Small-Group Conversation: Women in Academic Careers are now available to download.

SCAH Graduate Advocacy Committee Position Statement

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 […]