Appel Curatorial Fellowship–Delaware Art Museum (apply by Mar. 1, 2018)

ALFRED APPEL, JR.  CURATORIAL FELLOWSHIP


The Delaware Art Museum is pleased to offer an annual Curatorial Fellowship. This two-month Fellowship is intended for graduate students working towards a Museum career. This Fellowship honors Alfred Appel, Jr., a leading scholar of American Studies and a collector of modern prints and photographs.

The focus of the Fellowship changes each year based on institutional need. The Fellowship requires two months of full-time work, or the equivalent in part-time hours. The timing of the Fellowship is flexible and can be carried out full-time or part-time, based on applicant and institutional commitments, and must be served between April and September 2018.

The 2018 Appel Curatorial Fellow will research the work of Edward Loper, Sr. and Edward Loper, Jr. and write a scholarly essay for inclusion in the artists’ 2019 exhibition catalogue. The show, on view March–August 2019, will survey the artistic development of these two artists—father and son—and the establishment of the Loper tradition in the greater Wilmington area. Loper, Sr. is one of Delaware’s most celebrated artists, having lived his entire life in the state and taught generations of local artists. His son, Loper, Jr., was equally prolific and participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the region. Their styles, though different, are distinct for their approach to form and color and show the acknowledgment of modernist traditions from the turn of the 20th century. The exhibition will be assembled from the collections of the Delaware Art Museum, other public institutions, local corporations, and private individuals.

The Appel Curatorial Fellow will work closely with Margaret Winslow, Curator of Contemporary Art.

Receiving the fellowship
A stipend of $3,500 is available for the Fellowship. The Fellowship is intended for those who are currently enrolled in an art history graduate program and are planning a museum career. While the project may require off-site research, the fellow is expected to work on site regularly during the period of the Fellowship.

 

Important Dates

The deadline to apply is March 1, 2018. Notification of the successful applicant will be announced by April 1, 2018. The chosen candidate will then be asked to provide a date for assuming the Fellowship by May 1, 2018. The Fellowship must be carried out between May 1, 2018 and September 30, 2018.

 

TO APPLY

Applications for the 2018 Appel Fellowship, including a cover letter, resume, and two letters of recommendation as an MS Word or PDF attachment may be emailed to Margaret Winslow, Curator of Contemporary Art, mwinslow@delart.org.

We are committed to inclusivity and encourage qualified candidates from all cultures and communities to apply. Delaware Art Museum is an equal opportunity employer.

 

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A.I.-Generated Images and the Play to Diversity

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From the NYTimes online site, accessed Jan. 3, 2018

 

The headline in the online version of a Jan. 2 NY Times story is an interesting twist from the way the same article is presented in the today’s print issue: the latter, which cites the byline of Cady Metz, “She Could Be a Star, if She Existed.” (The online version’s header is “How and A.I. ‘Cat-and-Mouse Game’ Generates Believable Fake Photos.”)

There’s certainly a lot going on here: for visual studies scholars and art historians, A.I. research that converts “images of horses into zebras and Monets into Van Goghs” is another visual turn, one that exceeds the predictions of Benjamin and Malraux. Then, there’s the interest in “truth” versus “falsity” as scientists develop generative adversarial networks that can “generate faux images and doctor the real thing” by putting words in the mouths of videoed speakers.

One scientist’s assessment of current research made me think about the ways in which bodily statements, representations, and recognitions are patterning strategies that animals rely on; we humans read race and other differentiating traits based on groupings to construct homogeneity and heterogeneity. Durk Kingma, whose work is funded by Tesla’s Elon Musk, is excited about the Finnish commuter chip maker Nvidia’s breakthrough technology. Kingma’s published remark: “We now have a model that can generate faces that are most diverse and in some ways more realistic than what we can program by hand.” Nvidia’s maximizing and extending diversity beyond what is experienced in everyday life is a viewed as a public good.

The marketing of diversity is not only significant because it demonstrates that paragon appearance–at least right now–is kinda Jennifer Aniston-y, kinda Selena Gomez-y.  It’s also that “diversity” can be produced on the surface. These efforts are designed to desegregate representational fields and to integrate different bodies into them. What is produced is the look of diversity, fairness, equity, and justness. As Machiavelli wrote, appearance is more important than reality.

Discussions of visuality are more necessary than ever.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CFP Craft Studies Symposium–abstracts due Mar. 1, 2018

Call for Papers

Shared Ground: Cross-Disciplinary Approaches to Craft Studies

Presented by the Center for Craft, Bard Graduate Center, and the Museum of Arts and Design

September 20-22, 2018

New York, New York

Deadline: March 1, 2018

Click here to apply

Bard Graduate Center, the Center for Craft, and the Museum of Arts and Design are pleased to issue a call for papers for the forthcoming Shared Ground: Cross-Disciplinary Approaches to Craft Studies symposium to be held in New York City September 20-22, 2018.

The “material-turn” in the humanities has brought increased attention to the study of craft in art and design history, decorative arts and material culture studies, as well as other disciplines, such as anthropology and science and technology studies. Institutions are combining academic traditions of the humanities and social sciences with “learning by doing” pedagogy and the influence of global studies has led scholars to research, understand, and contextualize craft outside of the studio craft or the arts and craft movements. Beyond the humanities and social sciences, fields ranging from architecture and urban planning to engineering and computer science have begun to explore the craft-like nature and implications of their research and professional practice.

Craft studies is at a critical moment as more disciplines turn their research towards craft and more scholars expand the geographic and temporal boundaries of the field. The 2018 Shared Ground symposium will explore cross-disciplinary approaches to craft studies, with an eye towards intersecting and divergent theories, methodologies, and approaches in this emerging area of study.

DETAILS

Abstracts (up to 250 words) for 20 min papers and a brief curriculum vitae must be submitted here on or before March 1, 2018 at 11:59pm EST. We are looking for interdisciplinary knowledge and welcome papers from all disciplines. Alternative presentation formats are welcome, and graduate students are encouraged to apply. Abstracts will be subject to peer review.

For additional information, please visit www.cccdnow.org/sharedground or contact Marilyn Zapf, Assistant Director and Curator, the Center for Craft at mzapf@craftcreativitydesign.org

Library travel grants for Latin American Studies research — apply by Feb. 16, 2018

The Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Florida is offering library access grants for spring and summer 2018 for scholars from qualified U.S. colleges and universities to use the extensive resources of the Latin American and Caribbean Collection (www.uflib.ufl.edu/lac). The application deadline is February 16, 2018. [All travel must be completed by […]

via University of Florida: Library Travel Research Grants — Repeating Islands

Job Opportunity: Senior Digital Content Manager, Whitney Museum of American Art (Apply by Jan. 12, 2018)

The Senior Digital Content Manager at the Whitney Museum of American Art oversees the design, development and implementation of content strategies for the Museum’s digital platforms. The role is managerial and editorial in nature and develops digital project briefs and requirements, oversees content generation, and coordinates both internal and external production teams. The position’s primary objective is to use digital initiatives to increase engagement, both online and onsite, with the Whitney’s programming, mission and brand. As the lead liaison with Museum stakeholders, the role requires exceptional project management, storytelling, editorial, and digital experience-design skills.

 

 Responsibilities

  • Strategize and develop content across the Museum’s digital platforms.
  • Establish and maintain best practices for publishing on whitney.org, as well as other digital platforms, ensuring optimal usability, accessibility, and a consistent institutional voice across media.
  • Serve as editor for web copy, including website nomenclature, and exhibition and institutional announcements.
  • Serve as the primary project manager for all high-profile digital initiatives working closely with stakeholders throughout the Museum.
  • Oversee the development of digital requirement briefs, and manage budgets and timelines.
  • Oversee the production of video and audio content, ensuring a polished, consistent product; working with stakeholders to ensure success of livestreams of programs and events.
  • Produce institutional storytelling products, including the Whitney Stories series: conduct interviews, manage the editorial process, gather assets, and supervise outside contractors.
  • Oversee the Museum’s digital signage system and manage related contractor relationships.
  • Together with the Museum’s Digital Producer, manage website content via the Museum’s content management system, proofing and editing text for proper grammar and institutional style, and coordinating content with stakeholders throughout the Museum.
  • Work with Rights and Reproductions manager to obtain images and rights for content development and media production, as needed.

 

Requirements:

  • B.A.
  • 3–5 years professional digital content management or production experience.
  • Exceptional storytelling and production skills across media and platforms.
  • Strong background in planning and execution of media and technology initiatives, design thinking a plus.
  • Strong editorial skills, with a keen eye for consistency, accuracy, and detail.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and professional maturity in working with internal clients in a museum environment; ability and desire to communicate clearly about digital initiatives with non-technical staff.

 

Please send resume, cover letter and salary requirements to:  hr@whitney.org and write “Senior Digital Content Manager” in the subject line.  Deadline for submission is January 12, 2018.

 

 

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.

Residency (Orange Co., CA) for Artists and Art Historians–Apply now through Dec. 15, 2017

The 36 Chase & Barns Residency is extending its application deadline for all  interested art history/curatorial studies candidates.  The 36 Chase & Barns Residency offers spaces to up to three visual artists and one art history/curatorial studies candidate each term. 
We are still actively looking for strong applicants from diverse backgrounds, working in the areas of curatorial studies and arthistory research. We will continue to accept applications to fill this vacancy for the March- May 2018 residency until Friday, December 15th.  
Art historians and curatorial candidates of color and/or any applicants who are conducting research and writing criticism specifically addressing the many overlooked contributions of female artists, artists of color and artists from the LGBTQ communities are strongly encouraged to apply. 
We are no longer accepting applications from visual artists for the March- May 2018 residency term. Our next residency term will begin in July of 2018.
Click here to apply or go directly here.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Assistant Professor of Mural, Painting and Large-Scale Digital Public Practices–CSU-Monterey Bay

Apply on or before Jan. 15, 2018.

2017 William H. Johnson Prize Application——-Deadline Nov. 16, 2017, 6 pm Eastern

2017 WILLIAM H. JOHNSON PRIZE
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2017, 6PM Eastern Time

The William H. Johnson Foundation for the Arts is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization that seeks to encourage African American artists early in their careers by offering financial grants. The Johnson Foundation awards grants to individuals who work in the following media: painting, photography, sculpture, printmaking, installation and/or new genre.

The William H. Johnson Prize is awarded annually to an early-career African American artist. For our purposes, “early-career” is a flexible term that should be interpreted liberally to include artists who have finished their academic work within twelve years from the year that a prize is awarded. For example, a person who finished their studies in 2005 is eligible to apply in 2017, but not in 2018. Age is not determinative, and artists who have not earned BFAs or MFAs are still eligible so long as they have not been working as a professional artist for more than twelve years.

The 2017 William H. Johnson Prize is $25,000 and the winner will be announced in December 2017.

APPLYING FOR THE 2017 JOHNSON PRIZE

READY TO BEGIN THE APPLICATION?
All applications must be submitted online, and the application must be started and completed in the same online session. Changes cannot be made to an application after it’s been submitted. The 2017 Johnson Prize Application Worksheet is provided as a tool for applicants to use prior to starting the online application, to ensure that applicants have prepared all the materials required for completing and submitting the application.

QUESTIONS?
Take a look at the foundation’s responses to Frequently Asked Questions.

 

 

Two new titles–African-American Art History

From Phoebe Wolfskill (Indiana Univ.), two new titles:

James Romaine and Phoebe Wolfskill, eds., Beholding Christ and Christianity in African American Art (Pennsylvania State Press, 2017)
https://www.psupress.org/books/titles/978-0-271-07774-1.html

and

Phoebe Wolfskill, Archibald Motley Jr. and Racial Reinvention: The Old Negro in New Negro Art (University of Illinois Press, 2017)
http://go.illinois.edu/f17wolfskill

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Job Opportunity: Curator of Painting and Sculpture, Smith College Museum of Art (Northampton, Mass.) — Apply now

Position Summary:

PRIMARY FUNCTION(S):   Oversee, steward, and develop SCMA’s collection of American and European paintings and sculpture made before 1950.

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Serve as an intellectual authority on, and assume a full range of curatorial responsibilities for, the Museum’s activities related to paintings and sculpture made before 1950. Responsible for the installation, interpretation, documentation, and growth of the collection of paintings and sculpture; proposing and executing temporary exhibitions as well as serving as an in-house curator for traveling exhibitions from other institutions; initiating research on acquisitions, loans, and the permanent collection; fielding public inquiries; representing the department on Museum and College committees.

Work within a team environment, and supervise project-based research assistants and student interns.  Promote dialogue, engagement, and collaboration both within the Museum and beyond.  Work with SCMA’s senior leadership to cultivate prospective donors, foundations, and related entities to support the activities of the department as well as the growth of the collections.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Education/Experience: Master’s degree in art history or a closely related field plus a minimum of three years of collection-based curatorial experience or an equivalent combination of education/experience; Ph.D. in art history preferred.

Skills: Independent and self-directed, with the ability to take initiative, anticipate actions needed, and to exercise discretion and independent judgment. Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills. Demonstrated ability to be an effective collaborator both within the Museum and the larger College community.  Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively to diverse audiences. Proven record of scholarly research and knowledge of the history of European or American paintings and sculpture 1800 to 1950. Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks, set priorities, and meet deadlines

Additional Information.

Smith College is an EO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer

Job Details
Title: AD0091 – Curator of Paintings and Sculpture
Department: Museum of Art
Job Category: Staff
Position Control: AD0091
Grade: H
Position Category: Regular
Internal/External Position Type: Administrative
FLSA: Exempt

Apply here.