Web Series: Garden for Boston project

In late June, the MFA Boston will share the Garden for Boston project, two outdoor installations on the green spaces of the Museum’s main entrance by Roxbury-based artist Ekua Holmes and Aquinnah Wampanoag artist Elizabeth James-Perry. Holmes will plant 3000 sunflowers in raised beds in Radiant Community, related to Sunflower Project, her ongoing initiative to beautify the city and particularly Roxbury. In Raven Reshapes Boston, James-Perry will use Indigenous planting techniques to transform the grass around the Cyrus Dallin sculpture, which represents an invented Native man, into a field of corn and other plants surrounded by shells. We hope that their installations will be the first two of many to intervene in the Museum’s facade.

In anticipation of this exciting project, Marina Tyquiengco and Martina Tanga have organized a series of three Zoom culminating in a conversation between the artists on June 22. This series will recognize Boston as a place of Native and Black histories and lived experiences through the expertise of artists, scholars, and thought leaders. Below is a list of the titles, times, and speakers in each program and a link to sign up.

Before Boston: Black and Native Histories of Place

May 18 @ 5:30 pm

zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_uXsQ1r1ORHGse2enD1EIlA

With Elizabeth Solomon, Dr. Jean O’Brien, and Dr. Kerri Greenidge

Community Crossroads: Black and Native Experiences in Boston

June 1 @ 5pm

zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_FP5wI0sLS6m8HJYHAvlzRA

With Dr. Tiffany Lethabo King, Professor Mwalim Peters, and Mary McNeil

Planting Together: Conversation with Ekua Holmes and Elizabeth James Perry

June 22 @ 5-6pm

zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_5sNvMWAkTKufdQbOv92SMQ

Webinar: “The Lives of Monuments: Patriots of African Descent”

On June 19, 1993, the Monument to Patriots of African Descent was dedicated at Valley Forge National Historical Park. It is not only one of the newest Revolutionary War monuments in a National Park, but also the only site in the Northeast that honors African Americans’ contributions to the founding of our nation.
“The Lives of Monuments: Patriots of African Descent” is a virtual public event that brings together scholars, National Park Rangers, and members of the public to discuss Black representation in histories of the American Revolution and its monuments. Join us on Thursday May 20th from 6 to 7:30pm ET by following this link to register: us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_I4FFyH_BR2ur3vefrnmK1Q. Tune in ten minutes early to see a slideshow with photographs of the monument.
The event features Dr. Paulette Jones and Mrs. Deanna Shelton (Valley Forge Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc.), Dr. Renée Ater (Public Scholar and Professor Emerita at the University of Maryland), and Ranger Steven Walter (Park Guide at Valley Forge NHP). They will discuss the process of commissioning the Monument to Patriots of African Descent, the history of sites that commemorate or exclude Black Americans from public culture, and the National Park Service’s role in foregrounding racially diverse histories of the American Revolution.
It is the third installment in the five-part webinar series “The Lives of Monuments: Memory, Revolution, and Our National Parks.” The series is organized by Dr. Emma Silverman, National Park Service Mellon Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow, and it is made possible by the National Park Foundation with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The May 20th event is also co-hosted by the Valley Forge Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Follow the links below to register for upcoming webinars:
June 17, 2021 from 6 to 7:30pm EST, “The Tomb of the Unknown Revolutionary War Soldier–Vandalism and the Legacy of the Founding Fathers” (Independence National Historical Park)
us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_uosA5wQUSFGG8CZML1-jFg
July 8, 2021 from 6 to 7:30pm EST, “The General von Steuben Statue—Interpreting the Revolution’s ‘Gay General’ and LGBTQ+ Histories in the Early Republic” (Valley Forge National Historical Park)
us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_qfz3kjnpSo2j7CYJJoRfUg
Recordings of all “Lives of Monuments” events will be available on the National Park Service YouTube channel soon.
Contact Emma_Silverman@partner.nps.gov with questions.

FEL: Luce Curatorial Fellowship @ Smithsonian American Art Museum

Application deadline: June 1, 2021

The Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) seeks an outstanding emerging scholar of American art for a curatorial fellowship funded by the Henry Luce Foundation. Beginning in fall 2021, this two-year position, with a possible third-year renewal, will provide an invaluable professional development opportunity to a scholar interested in a curatorial career in an art museum. It will also support scholarly research on SAAM’s permanent collection, one of the largest and most inclusive collections of American art in the world. The selected fellow will work under the supervision of a senior curator and in collaboration with a team of staff from various departments. The appointee will develop practical skills in all four areas of curatorial practice: research, installation and exhibition development, collections management and planning, and public service. He or she will also participate fully in the intellectual life of the museum’s Research and Scholars Center, home of its research fellowship program and journal, American Art.

DUTIES
Under the guidance of the supervisory curator, the Luce Curatorial Fellow will take a key role in the reconceptualization and reinstallation of works from the collection in thematically organized sections of SAAM’s Luce Foundation Center for American Art, the only visible art storage and study center in Washington, D.C. The rehang of the Luce Foundation Center will build on overarching concepts in the museum’s 2022–2023 reinstallation (currently in development) and illuminate connections among artists, artworks, and different facets of the collection. The appointee will research artists and artworks, rectify outdated or inaccurate records, write interpretive texts, and conduct audio/video recordings and/or offer tours to further support these installations. They will work with conservation, design, and installation staff to evaluate requirements and limitations of artworks within specific spaces and execute planned installations. The fellow also will have the opportunity to collaborate with museum interpretation and education staff to address diverse audiences and formats. The appointee may assist project-related development efforts and also propose speaking engagements or public presentations related to their research findings. In the second or third year, the fellow will have the opportunity to propose an installation for the galleries, an online exhibition, or a touring show.

QUALIFICATIONS
The ideal candidate will demonstrate scholarly excellence and promise in addition to a strong interest in a museum career. A PhD in art history within the last five years is preferred; however, the fellowship is open to individuals with other academic specialties, such as African American and Women’s Studies. Applications are requested from scholars whose interests and areas of expertise align with one of the museum’s collection strengths:

  • 19th-Century Art: The reinstallation of the permanent collection will necessitate the re-envisioning of the Luce Foundation Center’s display of 18th and 19th-century American art. The goals are to use the Luce Center as an extension and expansion of themes central to the reconceptualized galleries and to explore additional themes and constellations of significant artworks. The fellow will be a full participant in the curatorial discussions of those themes, interfacing with curators responsible for 20th century, modern and contemporary holdings as needed, and conducting in-depth research on individual artworks, artists, and historical frameworks associated with their area of expertise. Those areas can fall anywhere within the range of 19th-century art from the Federal period through the Gilded Age.
  • Folk and Self-Taught Art: Since 1970, when it acquired and first exhibited James Hampton’s The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations’ Millennium General Assembly, the Smithsonian American Art Museum has been acknowledged as a leader in recognizing and repositioning folk and self-taught artists and their important contributions to American art. SAAM’s collection became internationally known in 1986 with the acquisition of the Herbert Waide Hemphill collection and has grown exponentially since 2012 when the museum hired its first full-time curator specializing in this area. Within the area of folk and self-taught art, and reaching into the broader collection as needed, the Luce Curatorial Fellow may focus on frameworks including but not limited to era, region, type of practice, and cultural significance, or consider a particular artist or cultural group in depth. The appointee will also assist on the exhibition project Amish Quilts from the Faith and Stephen Brown Collection, opening in Spring 2024.

HOW TO APPLY
The fellowship is categorized as a term trust position (IS-9, not-to-exceed three years) with a starting salary of $60,129 plus benefits and an allowance for research and conference travel. The Smithsonian offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, vacation and sick leave, holidays, and health insurance.

Applications must be received by Tuesday, June 1, and include:

  • A cover letter outlining the candidate’s interest in the fellowship
  • A statement of 750 to 1,000 words that describes the applicant’s area of research and how it relates to one of the two areas of curatorial focus outlined above
  • A published paper or other writing sample
  • Curriculum vitae with two references

Please submit applications to SAAMFellowships@si.edu.

All applications will be reviewed by a committee comprised of the chief curator, deputy chief curator, mentoring curator, and chair of academic programs. The fellowship must begin by December 31, 2021.

SAAM believes that recruiting and maintaining an equitable, inclusive, and diverse staff is critical to our mission. We welcome and encourage applications from qualified persons of color; who are Indigenous; with disabilities; who are LGBTQIA+; who are veterans; and/or with other underrepresented backgrounds and experiences. The Smithsonian does not discriminate on grounds of race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), national origin, age, or disability.

JOB: Visiting Asst Prof of Premodern Art & Architectural History @ Kenyon

Kenyon College, a highly selective, nationally ranked liberal arts college in central Ohio, invites applications for a one-year position in Art History at the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor beginning in July 2021.

Description

The successful candidate will specialize in the art and architecture of the pre-modern or early modern world (before c. 1800). Specialists in art and architectural traditions outside of Europe are particularly encouraged to apply. We are interested in teacher-scholars who can offer ways to engage with the Department’s Visual Resources Center, our Study Collection, and regional art museums in Columbus and Cleveland. The successful applicant will be able to teach broadly in their field, as well as one or more of the following areas: Pre-Columbian, Latin American, Native American, Oceanic, Ancient Near Eastern, or African art. The selected candidate will teach five total classes. In addition to teaching ARHS 110 Introduction to Western Art: Ancient to Medieval, and ARHS 113 Survey of Architecture in the fall semester, the selected candidate will teach three spring courses that emphasize their research and teaching specialties. Applicants should complement, not duplicate, current expertise of the department.

Application Process

To apply, candidates should visit the online application site found at:

http://careers.kenyon.edu

Applications must include: 1) a cover letter describing teaching experience, research interests, teaching philosophy, and information on ways that issues and practices related to diversity, inclusion, and equity have been or will be included in teaching, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) unofficial graduate transcript(s), 4) a list of three references with detailed contact information, including email address (at least one reference must speak to the candidate’s teaching experience). Note: references will only be contacted for those candidates who advance to the latter stages of the search.

Review of applications will begin May 3 and will continue until the position is filled.

Direct questions to Austin Porter, Assistant Professor of Art History and American Studies, at portera[at]kenyon.edu

CFP” “Dark Amusements: Turn-of-the-Century American Spectacles and Race” @ SECAC 2021

Please consider submitting a proposal to the SECAC 2021 panel, “Dark Amusements: Turn-of-the-Century American Spectacles and Race”

The U.S. at the turn-of-the-century marked a period of profound technological and societal transformations. This session will examine the growth of spectacles in response to these sweeping changes. This marked a turning point in the U.S., where people’s interests shifted, as David Nye points out, from a fetishization of the “natural sublime” to the “technological sublime.” This change, spurred by the myriad inventions and innovations flooding the consumer market, led to new ways of seeing, and new forms of entertainment. These new forms of entertainment often took the shape of public spectacles and popular amusements. This session will examine how the burgeoning American spectacle culture celebrated American ingenuity, on the one hand, while simultaneously re-inscribing and reinforcing racial hierarchies. In the post-Reconstruction era, when white anxiety about the status of people of color within American society was at its zenith, spectacles were used to circulate and naturalize racist ideologies about white superiority. The repercussions of this expression of hegemonic power by European Americans will likewise be examined. Potential paper topics may include, but are not limited to, panoramas, world’s fairs, early cinema, vaudeville, minstrelsy, amusement parks, Wild West shows, or the perverse spectacles of lynching postcards and before and after photographs from Indigenous boarding schools.

SECAC 2021 in Lexington, KY – November 10-13
Abstracts due May 4. 2021
Conference and submission details can be found by following this link: secacart.org/page/Lexington

SYMP: Teaching the ‘Long’ 18th Century


https://virginia.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_qPSWyVTlSzCdu6PkVWVUlw

JOB: Visiting Prof @ Portland State University

Portland State University College of the Arts and the School of Art + Design invite applications for the James DePreist Visiting Professorship. One of the first African-American conductors on the world stage, James DePreist helmed orchestras from Amsterdam to Tokyo and is credited with building the Oregon Symphony into one worthy of international acclaim. A National Medal of Arts winner, poet and educator, Mr. DePreist demonstrated a lifelong commitment to the power of arts education and the importance of equal access. This Professorship seeks to perpetuate his exemplary spirit by supporting inclusive experiences and diverse, non-western perspectives in art and design education.

The teaching focus of each new Professorship is determined by the current needs of the School of Art + Design in concert with the interests and expertise of the successful candidate. For the 2021-2023 position we seek a scholar with an active record and expertise in African Diaspora or Native American/Indigenous art history of any time period, including contemporary.

This is a 1.0 FTE, two-year position, renewable for a maximum total of four years. The position begins September 16, 2021.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Full-time Fixed Term position teaches 9 classes (36 credits) during the three-quarter academic year. Instructional workload reduction may be made to accommodate recruitment and outreach activities, advising and mentoring students, committee work, curriculum or special program development.

The successful candidate will have an active scholarly research agenda; a commitment to teaching the introductory art history survey as well as upper-division courses in the area of his/her/their expertise; and an interest in the possibility of engaging local collections of pertinent material, for example the Native American holdings of the Portland Art Museum.

To apply, please submit:

A letter of interest. 
A CV.
A statement of teaching philosophy.
A statement of research interests.
Evidence of teaching effectiveness.
Writing sample(s).
Full contact information for three references (including phone numbers and email addresses).

Review of applications will begin April 12th, 2021 and will continue until the finalists are identified. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

For further information, please contact Professor Alberto McKelligan Hernández at alberto6@pdx.edu or (503) 725-3366.

https://jobs.hrc.pdx.edu/postings/34365

JOB: Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities and Educational Technologist @ St. Francis College

St. Francis College, Brooklyn (the “College”) is embarking on an ambitious plan to revitalize even as it remains true to its core mission: private, independent, co-educational, urban college whose Franciscan and Catholic traditions underpin its commitment to academic excellence, spiritual and moral values, social responsibility, justice and life-long learning. We are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and we serve one of the most diverse student populations in New York City and the country. Candidates who have the professional skills, experience, and/or the willingness to engage in teaching, collaborative research, and community service with our diverse student body are particularly sought.

Position Summary: The College is seeking to build new digital projects into the curriculum. Accordingly, the Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities and Educational Technologist requires thinking imaginatively about how the College can create a vibrant interdisciplinary, inclusive digital learning and research space. To that end, the position will work with a diverse student body and faculty to develop new digital projects, identify digital tools to support specific research and curriculum needs, work to eliminate barriers and increase equity, and provide project development support. In addition, the successful candidate will design and facilitate digital literacy workshops for students and faculty and will stay current on the latest technologies and platforms, consult with the appropriate specialists when necessary, and consult about the acquisition of hardware, software, web hosting, data preservation and access, and security matters.

The College is therefore seeking a highly motivated educator who will teach two courses per semester in their area of specialization and/or an Introduction to Digital Humanities course, and will also serve as educational technologist for the College. This position will work in collaboration with the College’s new Center for Teaching, Learning, and Faculty Development and will work with faculty across the disciplines to design and implement digital learning and research initiatives that ensure equity and access for our students and community. We seek a colleague with a strong commitment to undergraduate interdisciplinary education in a diverse and vibrant community.

Commensurate with a faculty appointment at the Assistant Professor level, the successful candidate will also be expected to conduct research, mentor students, and participate in College-wide and departmental service. In addition, St. Francis College places special emphasis on providing students research and internship opportunities.

Anticipated Start Date: Fall Semester 2021

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in a humanities field. ABD candidates will be considered if degree will be completed by August 2021.
  • Two years’ experience working in digital humanities and building digital projects.
  • Two years’ teaching experience.
  • Ability/willingness to teach interdisciplinary courses.
  • Culturally sensitive, caring and friendly with a deep understanding and appreciation of an inclusivecollege community and the Franciscan traditions of St. Francis College.
  • Ability to work with a diverse student, faculty and staff population.
  • Understanding and support of the mission of St. Francis College.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with digital pedagogy, geospatial humanities, digital publishing, digital archiving, and data visualization.
  • Experience with Adobe Suite with a focus in InDesign and Adobe Premiere.
  • Experience working in teams.
  • Experience working to advance diversity, equity and inclusion.

Review of applicants will begin in March 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. Interviews will be conducted interviews via Zoom. After initial review, applicants may be asked to provide additional materials. Women and candidates and persons from underrepresented diverse backgrounds and experiences are strongly encouraged to apply.

About St. Francis College: For 160 years, St. Francis has been driven by dreams-powered by big ideas, bold ambitions, and the courage to bring them to life. Located on a dynamic campus at a global crossroads, St. Francis College invites students to learn in the heart of Brooklyn, an exhilarating mix of cultures and neighborhoods, home to innovative starts, storied organizations, and the city’s largest concentration of college students. The College strives to offer ample opportunities for students to immerse themselves in the intellectual, cultural and professional opportunities afforded by New York City, and to serve the needs of the local community in which they live and study.We educate the whole person for a full, relational life, developing the students’ talents and abilities to form confident alumni well prepared for graduate study, for meaningful, fulfilling careers, as well as for collaborative, service-oriented leadership.St. Francis College is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity employer and we are strongly committed to increasing the diversity of our faculty, students, and the curriculum. Qualified candidates of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Interested applicants can apply by clicking here.

JOB: Managing Editor, American Art

The Smithsonian American Art Museum is accepting applications for managing editor of American Art, the peer-reviewed journal co-published by the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the University of Chicago Press. The position entails support to SAAM’s Research and Scholars Center, including management of rights and reproductions, peer-review, fact-checking, copyediting, proofing, and prize administration. The closing date is March 30, 2021.

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/595128400
https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/595128100
Additionally, interested applicants are encouraged to submit bids for the interim managing editor contract. The length of contract will depend on the timing for the permanent hire. To receive the Request for Quotes, Statement of Work, and instructions for submitting the bid, write to AmericanArtJournal@si.edu with the header “Interim Managing Editor.” The closing date for the interim contract is March 26, 2021.

JOB: Assistant Professor, Appalachian State University

Appalachian State University is looking for a specialist in Indigenous North or South American Art, Latin American Art, or Art of Africa/African Diaspora.

https://appstate.peopleadmin.com/postings/27429