JOB: Terra Foundation for American Art Visiting Professor in Brazil

 Terra Foundation for American Art Visiting Professor 

Museum of Contemporary Art of the University of São Paulo, Brazil – in partnership with the University of Campinas (Unicamp), the Federal University of São Paulo (Unifesp), and the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo.

Applications are invited for a Terra Foundation for American Art Visiting Professorship for the second semester of 2023 (August to November 2023) at the Museum of Contemporary Art of the University of Sao Paulo (MAC USP) to teach a seminar course on African American art in the Graduate Program in Aesthetics and Art History of the University of Sao Paulo (Master’s and Doctorate levels).

The Museum of Contemporary Art of the University of São Paulo (MAC USP, http://www.mac.usp.br) is a research and education public university museum, with a collection of national and international importance of 20th and 21st centuries art. From the 1,691 works received from the former Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo (MAM SP), MAC USP has more recently reached the mark of 10,000 works in its collections. MAC USP’s mission is to promote the study and dissemination of the collection as well as its conservation, protection, restoration, expansion and recognition as a Brazilian artistic heritage in Brazil and abroad. In addition, the Museum seeks to develop teaching, research and extension in the fields of Museology, History, Art Theory and Criticism and Education and Art in Museums, encouraging scientific and cultural exchange with similar institutions in Brazil and abroad and promoting contemporary artistic practice. Its curatorial activities are developed from critical reflection grounded in interdisciplinary research in history, theory and criticism of modern and contemporary art, which also defines its collecting policies. Since 2000, MAC USP is the main University department engaged in the Graduate Program in Aesthetics and Art History (see: http://www.pgeha2.webhostusp.sti.usp.br/index.php/en/). The Program has the academic MA and the PhD diplomas for students who are interested in specializing in it, and has an average of one hundred students a year, under supervision and in its seminar courses.

The Terra Foundation for American Art Visiting Professor is a project MAC USP has undertaken with three other major institutions in the state of São Paulo in Brazil: the University of Campinas (Unicamp) and its Graduate Program in History of Art and Culture; the Federal University of São Paulo (Unifesp) and its Department of Art History; and the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo (the second largest collection of art of the state of São Paulo).

The successful candidate must hold a doctorate. She/he/they must have:extensive knowledge of African American art with an emphasis on the 20th and 21st centuries; a research background and/or research potential as an international authority within the specialty; and a level of international publication at a standard that will contribute to and enhance the profile national and international program of the Graduate Program in Aesthetics and Art History. It is necessary to give lectures, and classes at the graduate level.

The Seminar course is composed of 15 classes of 3 hours each, once a week, which will be taught between the months of August and November 2023. Once selected, the candidate will be asked to closely engage with scholars from the three universities involved who specialize in Brazilian and African diasporic art, and with local collections, to further discuss and develop the syllabus.

For application, send a curriculum vitae and a proposed syllabus on African American art with an emphasis on the 20th and 21st centuries [Abstract, topics to be developed and bibliography (10 items)].

The selected candidate will receive a monthly gross salary of $5,000 USD (period August to November 2023). Airfare, accommodation in Brazil and travel insurance will be covered with funds from the Terra Foundation for American Art.

The application starts on Monday, 16 May 2022 and the final deadline is midnight on Monday 15 August 2022. 

Contact Email: cursosmac@usp.br

In your application, please refer to Visiting Professor – Terra Foundation

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Author: Camara Dia Holloway

I am an art historian specializing in early twentieth century American art with particular focus on the history of photography, race and representation, and transatlantic modernist networks. I earned my PhD at Yale University in the History of Art Department. Besides my leadership role as the Founding Co-Director of the Association for Critical Race Art History (ACRAH), I am recognized for my expertise on African American Art, particularly African American Photography, and as a seasoned consultant for exhibitions, museum collections, and symposia/lectures planning.

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