Debating Cultural Appropriation in the Art History Classroom

I am always looking for activities that make art history relevant to my students as well as disturb the problematic ways in which our discipline has been framed. Students respond enthusiastically when they are allowed to delve into current events that connect with art’s histories. In order to facilitate what can be heated conversations I…

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In Memoriam: Dr Donna McFarlane O.D.

National Gallery of Jamaica Blog

Dr Donna McFarlane O.D.

The National Gallery of Jamaica was deeply saddened by news of the passing of our colleague, the scholar, curator and activist, Dr Donna McFarlane O.D. last week.

A true visionary, Dr McFarlane was the first Director/ Curator of our sister museum Liberty Hall: Legacy of Marcus Garvey. In Garvey’s time, the Liberty Hall was a meeting place for the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA-ACL). The property hosted a range of cultural and intellectual programmes in its heyday. Eventually the property left UNIA hands and was owned by several individuals until it was purchased by the Government of Jamaica, through the Heritage Trust and declared a National Monument in 1987.  Always a passionate advocate for civil rights and African and Diasporic empowerment; Dr McFarlane had returned to Jamaica after completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Masters in Developmental Economics. She…

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DIGITAL/SOURCE: Katz and Nyong’o Exhibit on Mary Jones and Print Culture | Outhistory

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Jonathan Ned Katz and Tavia Nyong’o analyze the print material generated by the case of Mary Jones/Peter Sewally:

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JOB: Associate Professor, American Art @ Spelman College

The Department of Art & Visual Culture at Spelman College invites applications for a full-time associate professor position in American art history/curatorial studies with specialization in African American art. We especially welcome applicants whose research addresses contemporary practice, race, gender and technology.

We seek scholars who are able to teach survey and advanced level courses while pursuing an active research/curatorial projects agenda. An ideal candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment to teaching and student advising, as well as scholarship and service on committees within and beyond the department.

 

The successful candidate will join the College’s efforts in fashioning a curatorial studies concentration and positioning curatorial studies as a specialized focus of art history. The Department of Art & Visual Culture in collaboration with the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art currently prepares the next generation of African American art historians with a specialized knowledge of curatorial studies.

The application deadline is midnight (EST) on February 28, 2018. Applicant must hold a PhD and have a strong publication profile. The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate interdisciplinary and creative approaches to teaching.

To apply, candidates must submit a cover letter of interest, curriculum vitae, two writing
samples, a sample syllabus, and contact information for three references to: Recruiter, Office of Human Resources, Spelman College.

Link: https://spelman.peopleadmin.com/postings/1418

ARTS@Spelman, which includes the departments of Art & Visual Culture, Theater and Performance, Dance Performance & Choreography, Music, the Digital Moving Image Salon, the Museum of Fine Art and the Innovation Lab, are currently in the process of re-conceptualizing the academic curriculum to best meet the needs of a 21st century liberal arts institution. Likewise, the College is planning a new arts and innovation center, which will be an interdisciplinary environment that supports and advances experimentation, collaboration, active play, research, and the imaginative use of digital technologies.

Founded in 1881, Spelman College is a private four-year liberal arts college located in Atlanta, GA. Spelman College is a global leader in the education of women of African descent.

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Spelman College is a member of the Atlanta University Center Consortium and the Atlanta

Memorial Service for Helen Shannon @ University of the Arts

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FEL: Post doctoral fellowship in Art History of the African Diaspora @ Cooper Union

Applications are invited for the Cooper Union Postdoctoral Fellowship in Art History.

Salary: $45,000 plus health insurance, travel and research funds, access to a library consortium including Cooper Union, NYU, and the New School.

This two-year teaching fellowship in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is open to individuals who have been awarded the Ph.D. in art history or an allied field after September 1, 2013. Applicants who have not yet been awarded the degree but will have degree in hand by September 1, 2018, must submit a letter from their department chair confirming that the degree is expected by the start date of the fellowship. The period of the fellowship is September 1, 2018, through May 31, 2020. Priority will be given to candidates with a specialty in the arts of the African Diaspora.

The position requires teaching three courses per academic year: An elective designed by the fellow in her or his area of specialization, and a Fall and Spring section of “Modern to Contemporary: An Introduction to Art History.” This survey is part of the Foundation curriculum for School of Art students but open to all Cooper Union students.

In addition to teaching, the fellow will participate in an ongoing interrogation of global art perspectives and their integration into the survey. Our revisions will effect long-term curricular change within the Foundation Program.

The fellow will partake in the intellectual life of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and of Cooper Union in general, and will give one research presentation each academic year.

The Cooper Union was founded in 1859 by philanthropist Peter Cooper to provide an education “equal to the best” to all who qualify, regardless of race, religion, gender, wealth or social status. Today, The Cooper Union provides a rigorous professional education in the Schools of Art, Architecture, and Engineering, including a broad curriculum offered by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Fostering a culture of collaboration among a diverse student body and faculty, The Cooper Union teaches students that art, architecture, and engineering have cultural, environmental, and ethical contexts and consequences. As students develop their professional abilities, they recognize their responsibility to advance science and art and to create a sustainable future.

Read more about the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences https://cooper.edu/humanities and the School of Art https://cooper.edu/art.

The Search Committee will begin candidate reviews immediately and continue until the position is filled. Please apply promptly to be considered for an interview at the CAA Annual Conference, Los Angeles, February 21-24, 2018.

A cover letter
A current c.v.
A two-page description of the candidate’s current and future research plans, teaching experience and philosophy
Three letters of recommendation

This is a unionized position.

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Submit resume and cover letter to:
Human Resources
30 Cooper Square, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10003

Or email to: hr@cooper.edu

 

JOB: Department of Art, Art History, and Design Chairperson @ Michigan State University

The Department of Art, Art History, and Design (AAHD) presents an exciting opportunity for a dynamic leader to reimagine and advance art and design research and education at Michigan State University. The new Chair will be forward-looking, catalyzing creativity and innovation within the department, and across the college, university, and wider community, to raise the profile of AAHD. The ideal candidate will demonstrate evidence of collaborative engagement and a commitment to excellence in disciplinary and interdisciplinary studies, along with the management, interpersonal, and communication skills required to administer the department’s diverse programs and to advocate effectively for its students, faculty, and staff across all fields. The new Chair will be committed to shared governance, will foster an environment that promotes diversity, inclusivity, collegiality, and transparency, and will have a record of success with strategic planning, budget management, recruitment, and guiding faculty through tenure and promotion processes.

 Department of Art, Art History, and Design

AAHD (http://art.msu.edu) is home to more than fifty faculty and staff members, including thirty tenure-system faculty. Many faculty participate in interdisciplinary initiatives in and beyond the College of Arts and Letters, such as the Center for Integrative Studies in the Arts and Humanities, Experience Architecture, Digital Humanities, Arts and Cultural Management, Museum Studies, Film Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, American Indian and Indigenous Studies, as well as Asian, African, African and African American, and Global Studies. Additional opportunities for programming and partnerships include the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, the MSU Museum, MATRIX, the Abrams Planetarium, the MSU Main Library, the MSU Archives, and several departments and colleges across this extensive Research 1 university.

Serving over 500 majors, AAHD offers a wide range of degree programs: BA and BFA in Studio Art (ceramics, electronic arts and intermedia, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture); BFA in Graphic Design; BA and BFA in Apparel and Textile Design; BA in History of Art and Visual Culture; BFA in Art Education; and MFA in Studio Art (ceramics, electronic arts and intermedia, graphic design, painting, printmaking, and sculpture). An active visiting artist and scholar lecture series brings a group of internationally renowned artists, designers, critics, and scholars to campus each year, accompanied by the Bridge program (http://bridge.art.msu.edu) and the new Critical Race Studies Artist in Residence.

MSU leads the nation in study abroad and study away participation among public universities and AAHD faculty lead programs in Austria, China, France, Greece, Italy, South Africa, and the United Kingdom, as well as in New York and Chicago. 

Michigan State University

The nation’s pioneer land-grant university, and a member of the Association of American Universities, MSU is a research-intensive institution with seventeen degree granting colleges. Hosting a student population of more than 50,000, including nearly 11,300 graduate and professional students from all 50 states and from more than 130 countries, the MSU community is multicultural and multinational. The campus is located in East Lansing, a cosmopolitan university town adjacent to Lansing (the state capital), and is 80 miles from Detroit and 210 miles from Chicago. 

Appointment & Qualifications

This is a 12-month position with an initial 5-year appointment commencing August 1, 2018. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Candidates must be external to MSU and have credentials appropriate for a tenured appointment at the rank of full professor. Candidates must also have a terminal degree in an appropriate field of art, art history, or design, and significant administrative experience — preferably, as Chairperson, Director, Associate Dean, Dean, or equivalent. 

Application Procedures

Review of applications will begin January 29, 2018 and continue until the position fills. All applications for this position must be submitted electronically at the Michigan State University Human Resources website: http://careers.msu.edu (posting #483112). Qualified applicants should submit:

  1. A letter expressing interest in the position and describing qualifications and experience;
  2. A current curriculum vitae;
  3. Evidence of creative and/or scholarly work;
  4. A document summarizing experience with diversity in the classroom and/or past research and administrative endeavors, any experience mentoring diverse students or community outreach initiatives, and an explanation of how you will advance our goals of inclusive excellence (http://inclusion.msu.edu);
  5. Email addresses of 4 potential referees.

For more information, contact the Chair of the Search Committee, Dr. Candace M. Keller, at kellercm@msu.edu.

Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.

MSU is an affirmative action, equal-opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce and inclusive culture that encourages all people to reach their full potential. The University actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, members of the LGBTQ community, veterans, and persons with disabilities.

The College of Arts & Letters at MSU recognizes that only an academic and organizational culture that actively seeks out and strengthens diverse voices and perspectives among its members results in true excellence. We are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer The College of Arts & Letters is particularly interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that intellectual leadership is achieved through open access and pro-active inclusion.

JOB: Two Positions @ Whitney Museum of American Art

Assistant to the Chief Curator

A position is available for a full-time assistant reporting directly to the Nancy and Steve Crown Family Chief Curator. The incumbent will support the administration of a creative, fast-paced office, working as part of a team to ensure the smooth functioning of day-to-day operations.

Responsibilities include: assistance with all administrative matters related to the chief curator’s office and the curatorial department, including management of the chief curator’s calendar, drafting correspondence, travel and expense reports; organization of meetings (internal, external and patron groups); PowerPoints and other presentations; supervision of interns; maintaining curatorial departmental files and record-keeping, including tracking of budgets; supporting processes related to acquisitions and gifts; sorting mail and ordering supplies; communication with external contacts, including artists, trustees, donors, galleries, etc., as well as other museum departments such as Exhibitions and Collections Management, Advancement, Registration, and Research Resources. The incumbent will work closely with the director of curatorial affairs and the curatorial assistant to the chief curator to carry out these duties.

Job requirements:  Bachelor’s degree and 2+ years administrative experience, museum or gallery a plus. Background in art history preferred. Outstanding organizational ability and rigorous attention to detail; excellent written and oral skills; good working knowledge of office practices and procedures; ability to work independently and manage multiple deadlines simultaneously. Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office, Excel, and PowerPoint; training in TMS preferred, but not required. Diplomacy, confidentiality, and teamwork skills are crucial.

Please send resume, cover letter and salary requirements to:  hr@whitney.org and state “Assistant to Chief Curator” in the subject line.

 

Curatorial Project Researcher

A part-time, temporary position for a Curatorial Project Researcher, reporting to the DeMartini Family Curator and Director of the Collection, is available immediately. The incumbent will work with the Director and a team of curators on a large-scale research project focused on postwar American art with a particular emphasis on Pop, conducting intensive research as well as supporting the administration and organization of the project.

Responsibilities include: scholarly research on artists; management of checklists, databases, and files; scheduling and preparing materials and presentations for meetings; corresponding with external contacts as well as museum departments such as Conservation, Exhibitions and Collections Management, and Research Resources; daily administrative support (telephone, travel arrangements, processing invoices, and other general office and clerical duties).

Job requirements: B.A. in art history (M.A. a plus); 2 years museum/gallery experience; working knowledge of 20th- and 21st-century art history with a focus in postwar American art; specialization in Pop preferred; excellent writing, research, and communication skills, with rigorous attention to detail; clerical and organizational skills, including experience with TMS, Microsoft Office, Excel, and PowerPoint; ability to handle several tasks simultaneously and meet deadlines.

Please send resume, cover letter and salary requirements to:  hr@whitney.org.  Note “Curatorial Project Researcher” in the subject line.  Health insurance is not provided for this assignment.

 

About the Whitney

The Whitney Museum of American Art, founded in 1930 by the artist and philanthropist Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, houses the foremost collection of American art from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. From her vision arose the Whitney Museum of American Art, which has been championing the most innovative art of the United States for 86 years. The core of the Whitney’s mission is to collect, preserve, interpret, and exhibit American art of our time and serve a wide variety of audiences in celebration of the complexity and diversity of art and culture in the United States. Through this mission and a steadfast commitment to artists themselves, the Whitney has long been a powerful force in support of modern and contemporary art and continues to help define what is innovative and influential in American art today.

The Whitney Museum of American Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Museum does not discriminate because of age, sex, religion, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage or citizenship, disability, marital status, partnership status, veteran status, gender (including gender identity), sexual orientation, or any other factor prohibited by law. The Museum hires and promotes individuals solely on the basis of their qualifications for the job to be filled. The Museum encourages all qualified candidates to apply for vacant positions at all levels. This description shall not be construed as a contract of any sort for a specific period of employment.

JOB: Assistant/Associate Professor, Arts and Visual Culture of Africa and/or its Diaspora @ Queen’s University

The Department of Art History and Art Conservation in the Faculty of Arts and Science, in conjunction with the Agnes Etherington Art Centre (AEAC), at Queen’s University, invites applications for a Queen’s National Scholar (QNS) position at the rank of Associate or Assistant Professor with a specialization in the Arts and Visual Culture of Africa and/or its Diaspora (historical or contemporary). This is a tenured or tenure-track position with a preferred start date of July 1, 2018. Further information on the Queen’s National Scholar Program can be found on the website of the Office of the Vice-Principal (Research) at: http://queensu.ca/vpr/prizes-awards/queens-national-scholars.

Open to scholars from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, preference will be given to established candidates who have as a primary field African and/or African Diaspora arts and visual culture, and a secondary strength in curatorial or museum studies. The successful candidate will have a record of scholarly research and publication; an interest in theoretical or contextual approaches such as Black studies, critical race studies, and/or critical museology; a record of collaborative or community-based scholarship and a demonstrated capacity for experiential teaching and learning; and a record of successful curatorial projects. Appointees will teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels, participate in graduate supervision at the MA and PhD levels across the university, and fulfill a curatorial role at the AEAC, which holds an outstanding collection of Central and West African art from the late 19th to the mid-20th century. https://agnes.queensu.ca/collections/african/.

This position complements and extends existing research and teaching strengths in the study of art and visual cultures within the Department of Art History and Art Conservation. The successful candidate will establish new, as well as expand current research networks, work collaboratively across departments, and advance the impact of Queen’s research and collections nationally and internationally. At the AEAC, the successful candidate will contribute towards exhibition and collections development, including modern and contemporary arts of Africa and its diaspora, research and programming, and lead student learning experiences including internships, gallery-focused seminars, and practica.

Candidates should have a PhD or equivalent degree completed at the start date of the appointment. The successful candidate will provide evidence of high quality scholarly output that demonstrates potential for independent research leading to peer assessed publications and the securing of external research funding, as well as strong potential for outstanding teaching contributions, and an ongoing commitment to academic and pedagogical excellence in support of the department’s programs. Candidates must provide evidence of an ability to work collaboratively in an interdisciplinary and student-centered environment. The successful candidate will be required to make substantive contributions through service to the department, the Faculty, the University, and/or the broader community including the AEAC. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. This position is subject to final budgetary approval by the University.

The Queen’s National Scholar Program expects that the successful candidate will demonstrate their ability to provide a rich and rewarding learning experience to all their students, and to develop a research program that aligns well with the University’s priorities. Further information on teaching and research priorities at Queen’s is available in the Queen’s Academic Plan and the Queen’s Strategic Research Plan

http://www.queensu.ca/strategicplanning/academic. http://www.queensu.ca/strategicplanning/research.

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Queen’s is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ persons. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

To comply with federal laws, the University is obliged to gather statistical information as to how many applicants for each job vacancy are Canadian citizens / permanent residents of Canada. Applicants need not identify their country of origin or citizenship; however, all applications must include one of the following statements: “I am a Canadian citizen / permanent resident of Canada”; OR, “I am not a Canadian citizen / permanent resident of Canada”. Applications that do not include this information will be deemed incomplete.

A complete application consists of:

  • a cover letter (including one of the two statements regarding Canadian citizenship / permanent resident status specified in the previous paragraph);
  • a current Curriculum Vitae (including a list of publications);
  • a statement of research interests;
  • a statement of teaching interests and experience (including teaching outlines and evaluations if available); and,
  • three letters of reference to be sent directly by the referees to Professor Joan M. Schwartz, Department Head at the address below.

The deadline for applications is January 8, 2018. Applicants are encouraged to send all documents in their application packages electronically as PDFs to Professor Joan M. Schwartz at schwartz@queensu.ca, although hard copy applications may be submitted to:

Joan M. Schwartz, PhD, FRSC

Professor and Head

Department of Art History and Art Conservation

Ontario Hall 318C

67 University Avenue

Queen’s University

Kingston, Ontario

CANADA K7L 3N6

The University will provide support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant’s accessibility needs. If you require accommodation during the interview process, please contact Diane Platt in The Department of Art History and Art Conservation, at plattd@queensu.ca.

Academic staff at Queen’s University are governed by a Collective Agreement between the University and the Queen’s University Faculty Association (QUFA), which is posted at http://queensu.ca/facultyrelations/faculty-librarians-and-archivists/collective-agreement and at http://www.qufa.ca.

Appointments are subject to review and final approval by the Principal. Candidates holding an existing tenure-track or continuing-adjunct appointment at Queen’s will not be considered.

 

JOB: African American Material Culture Studies/Public Humanities @ University of Delaware

The College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Delaware invites applications for multiple positions–open rank, but with a special interest in senior scholars–for a major initiative in African American Material Culture Studies and/or African American Public Humanities. Joint appointments or single-department appointments are available among the departments participating in this cluster hire, including the Departments of Africana Studies, Art History, English, and History–with established, rich interdisciplinary collaborations possible among and beyond these interconnected scholarly communities. Successful candidates will have a demonstrable commitment to inclusive excellence and diversity–including a readiness to contribute to ongoing efforts to recruit and retain under-represented students and faculty–and will have a strong record of excellence in scholarship and teaching in African American Material Culture and/or Public Humanities Studies, as well as a commitment to contributing to the development of initiatives in these fields at the University of Delaware.

The University of Delaware is home to several interdisciplinary centers and initiatives that have significant administrative and grant support. Particularly important for the positions we seek to fill are the Center for Material Culture Studies and the African American Public Humanities Initiative (AAPHI), an interdisciplinary graduate study project supported by a major NEH Next Generation grant and Luce Foundation funding. We are home as well to the award-winning Colored Conventions Project, a digital humanities initiative that is recovering the archives and mapping the history of the African American state and national convention movement in the nineteenth century. The Special Collections and Museums of the UD Library offer strong collections in African American art, literature, history and culture shared through exhibitions in the library and museums galleries–including the Paul R. Jones Collection of African American Art–and classes. These collections that are made available to all faculty and students upon request for group or individual study, with a dedicated postdoctoral position established to facilitate these efforts for our African American collections. We are also home to one of the world’s top art conservation programs. Through partnerships with the HBCU Library Alliance and the Alliance for HBCU Museums and Galleries, we are introducing HBCU students to careers in art conservation and allied fields while also working to preserve the rich cultural treasures in HBCU’s libraries, archives, and museums. Our Center for the Study of Diversity provides support and a collaborative community for faculty research, community initiatives, university programming, and administrative planning. Through these initiatives and institutional centers and many others, UD researchers and students have opportunities for local, national, and global collaborations and partnerships. Beyond UD, our faculty have access–supported by well-established institutional ties–to important regional archives, including the Winterthur Museum, Gardens & Libraries, Folger Library, Hagley Museum, The Library Company of Philadelphia, and the Smithsonian Institution, among many others.

The University of Delaware is committed at every level to secure, sustain, and support a diverse community to enrich the experience of our faculty and students and to support and extend our academic mission. We are committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds, and we strongly encourage applications from scholars from under-represented groups. UD provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. A recipient of an NSF ADVANCE Award for racial and gender equity, UD is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, supports work-life balance through an array of family-friendly policies, and is dedicated to broadening participation in higher education in all areas of university

life. The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with inclusive excellence and diversity as core values.

Located in scenic Newark, Delaware, within 2 hours of New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C., the University of Delaware is a state-assisted, privately governed institution that enrolls approximately 17,000 undergraduates and 4,000 graduate students.

Applicants should upload a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation to https://apply.interfolio.com/47136. Application materials should make clear the applicant’s record of excellence in scholarship and teaching as well as the applicant’s commitment to inclusive excellence in professional practice. The review process will begin December 2, but screening will continue until the position is filled. For further information, contact search committee chair Dr. John Ernest at jrernest@udel.edu.