Friday, October 21, 2011, 1:00-6:00 P.M. in Segal Theater (1st floor)
The Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York
365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016
212-817-8035 / Ph.D. Program in Art History

The Ph.D. Program in Art History at the Graduate School of the City University of New York is sponsoring a symposium to honor the life, scholarship, and mentoring of Prof. Marlene S. Park (1931-2010). Prof. Park was an art historian who specialized in 20th-century American art and was particularly known for her work on American art of the 1930s, art of the New Deal, and public art. She taught at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY for over thirty years and was a member of the faculty of the CUNY Ph.D. Program in Art History for over twenty of those years. As a member of the CUNY Art History doctoral faculty, she taught a variety of courses and mentored and advised countless students, many of whom have emerged as important scholars, educators, and curators in their own right.

The symposium will feature a dozen presenters, all of them former graduate students who studied with Prof. Park. The speakers will include Mary Abell, Michele Cohen, Russell Flinchum, Ilene Susan Fort, Valerie Ann Leeds, Herbert R. Hartel, Jr., Ruth Pasquine, R. Sarah Richardson, Will South, Susan Valdes-Dapena, and James Wechsler. Gerald Markowitz, Distinguished Professor of History at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and William H. Gerdts, Professor Emeritus of Art History at the CUNY Graduate School, were good friends and close colleagues of Prof. Park and will also speak at the symposium.

For more information, please contact co-organizers Michele Cohen at or Herb Hartel at More information is available at the web site of the CUNY Ph.D. Program in Art History at

Schedule of the conference:

1:00-1:30 P.M. Welcoming remarks

Kevin Murphy, Professor of Art History and Chair of the Ph.D. Program in Art History at the CUNY Graduate Center

Gerald Markowitz, Distinguished Professor of History, John Jay College, CUNY

William H. Gerdts, Professor Emeritus of Art History in the Ph.D. Program in Art History at the CUNY Graduate Center

Michele Cohen, Co-organizer of the Memorial Symposium

1:30-3:10 P.M. Early Modernism in America

Valerie Ann Leeds, independent curator, “At the Brink of Modernism: Robert Henri and Ireland”

Will South, Chief Curator, Dayton Art Institute, “”Synchromism and Synaesthesia: A Not-So-Lucky Strike””

Ruth Pasquine, independent scholar, “The Theosophical Paintings of Emil Bisttram”

Russell Flinchum, Archivist at The Century Association, “Why Teague Matters”

Mary Abell, Chair of the Department of Art, Dowling College, “The Teaching and Critical Reception of Edwin Dickinson”

3:20 -4:20 P.M. American Art during the 1930s

R. Sarah Richardson, Hollis Taggart Galleries, “Historic America and the Precisionist Impulse”

Ilene Susan Fort, Curator of American Painting and Sculpture, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, “The United States Education of a Mexican Surrealist: Bridget Tichenor”

James Wechsler, independent scholar, “Reddening the Record: Revolutionary Art Between the World Wars”

4:30-5:30 P.M, Issues in Public Art

Susan Valdes-Dapena, independent scholar, “‘Painting Section’ in Black and White: Ethel Magafan’s ‘Cotton Pickers'”

Michele Cohen, independent scholar and public art consultant, “Civilization: Its Rise and Fall in New Deal Murals”

Herbert R. Hartel, Jr., John Jay College, CUNY, “The Sculptural Paintings of Abraham Joel Tobias: The Shaped Canvas in 1930s New York”

5:30 P.M. Closing remarks



Haiti Hosts 6th Transcultural Forum of Contemporary Art

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CAW Magazine writes that the 6th Transcultural Forum of Contemporary Art is currently being held in Port-au-Prince, Pétionville, and Croix-des-Bouquets in Haiti. The forum began on September 25 and will end on October 3, 2011.

Many of the forum programs will take place at the National School of the Arts (ENARTS). Other cultural institutions hosting exhibitions are “Atis Rezistans,” the collective sculptors of Grand Rue; Virtual Cultural Center of the Ministry of Culture; the National Directorate of Book, Knowledge and Freedom Foundation (FOKAL); the French Institute; Galerie Monnin; Georges Liautaud Museum; and the Association of Artists and Artisans of Croix-des-Bouquets (ADAAC).

International and local artists are gathered for nine days, for workshops, meetings, exhibitions, lectures, performances, screenings, and other activities. Haitian participants include Joshua Azor, Mario Benjamin, Maksaens Denis, Marc Antoine Joseph aka ZAKA, Tessa March, and Jean Eddy Rémy. Other Caribbean artists include Jean-Marc Hunt from Guadeloupe, Ezequiel Taveras…

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The Dominican Republic to Host Meeting of African and Caribbean Filmmakers

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The 2nd Meeting of African and Caribbean Filmmakers and their Diasporas will be held in the Dominican Republic in 2012, following an agreement by participants in the first edition of the event, which wound up on Friday in Havana.

With help from the Office of the Caribbean Cinema Traveling Exhibition, which hosted the meeting in Havana, organizers plan a series of films from Africa, Brazil and the Caribbean as well as their Diasporas, which will tour the country.

Filmmakers, academicians and specialists from some 30 nations signed the document of agreement reached at the meeting after a week of debates on topics regarding the conditions of the seventh art in the areas under discussion and the possibilities of expanding the promotion of their cinemas.

Among the signatories to the declaration there are renowned figures in international filmmaking like US actor Danny Glover, African filmmaker Souleymane Cisse, and Zozimo Bulbul, director…

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Forthcoming Symposium: “Puerto Rican Studies for a New Century”

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President of the Puerto Rican Studies Association (PRSA) Roberto Márquez (William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Mount Holyoke College) announces the inaugural annual membership meeting of the association, in conjunction with a one day symposium organized around the theme “Puerto Rican Studies for a New Century: Challenges, Prospects and Possibilities.” With featured speakers Edna Acosta-Belén, Juan Flores, and Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes, the symposium will be held on Saturday, October 29, 2011, from 10:00am to 2:00pm, in Assembly Room 615W, at Hunter College, City University of New York (CUNY), 68th Street and Lexington Avenue, New York City.

Edna Acosta-Belén is Distinguished Service Professor of Latin American, Caribbean, U.S. Latino and Woman’s Studies at the University at Albany, SUNY, where she has served as Director of its Center for Latino, Latin American and Caribbean Studies. She is co-founder and editor of the Latin(a) ResearchReview and author…

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SYMP: Indigenous Visions: Rediscovering the World of Franz Boas @ Yale

Indigenous Visions: Rediscovering the World of Franz Boas.

Indigenous Visions:
Rediscovering the World of Franz Boas

Thursday, September 15, 2011
Beinecke Library

Friday and Saturday, September 16-17, 2011
Luce Hall Auditorium, 34 Hillhouse Avenue

Yale University
New Haven, Connecticut

SYMP: Mediamorphosis: Print Culture and Transatlantic Public Sphere(s)@ University of Delaware

Mediamorphosis: Print Culture and Transatlantic Public Sphere(s), 1890-1940
September 9 and 10, 2011

This two–day symposium will provide a forum for literary scholars, historians, media historians, and art historians to share works–in–progress on the transformations of print media and transatlantic public spheres at the turn of the twentieth century. The symposium will feature work that probes artificial literary and art historical boundaries, challenges national divisions and the divide between nineteenth– and twentieth–century print culture studies, and links texts and writers across different genres or sectors of the print media of the period. There will be ample time for open discussion; there will be no concurrent panels. Presentations will engage substantially with the following areas of common interest:

• advancing our understanding of print culture’s role in the period’s movements for racial, class, and gender equality;

• identifying and theorizing the relationship between print culture, empire, and cross-cultural (transatlantic, transnational) writing, reading, and publishing;

• bringing the theories and methods of material culture studies to bear on the analysis of print artifacts as “objects” or “things”;

• grasping the increasing textual hybridity of the period’s print artifacts, by examining such phenomena as the interactions between illustration and text and the complex collage effects created by advances and experiments in typography and image reproduction;

• developing our knowledge of Anglo-American links, interactions, and networks among writers, publishers, editors, agents, and other participants in the period’s print culture;

• analyzing and theorizing the relationship between transformations in print culture and evolving notions of authorship and the literary, including the role of the nascent academic field of English, in Britain, the United States, and/or the colonies/commonwealth.

This symposium is hosted by the College of Arts and Sciences’ Interdisciplinary Humanities Research Center and supported by: the Center for Material Culture Studies, the Departments of Black American Studies, English, and Women’s Studies, the University of Delaware Library, the Institute for Global Studies, the University Faculty Senate Committee on Cultural Activities and Public Events (CAPE), and the Delaware Humanities Forum.

CONF: Ireland, America and the Worlds of Mathew Carey @ Library Company of Phila

Ireland, America and the Worlds of Mathew Carey
27-29 October 2011

Cosponsored by the McNeil Center for Early American Studies,
The Program in Early American Economy and Society,
The Library Company of Philadelphia, and
The University of Pennsylvania Libraries.

This first part of a trans-Atlantic conference will feature
presentations and discussion about printer and editor of influential
periodicals, on Mathew Carey (1760-1839). By the mid-1790s, he had
transformed himself from printer to publisher, from artisan to
manufacturer, and into one of the early republic’s foremost political
economists.  Carey’s identity as an Irish-American and a Catholic, and
his contributions to the economy and politics are inseparable from the
trans-Atlantic print culture of the early national era.  This conference
is free and open to everyone interested in its themes.  To review the
program and read pre-circulated papers for this conference, which will
be posted in late September, please register electronically at:

The second part of this trans-Atlantic conference will be
held at Trinity College Dublin, on November 17-19, 2011.  It will hosted
by the Centre for Irish-Scottish and Comparative Studies and Trinity
College Dublin, and the Trinity Long Room Hub in association with the
National Library of Ireland, University College Dublin, and the
University of Aberdeen.  For further information please contact Johanna
Archbold at:

CFP: Annual Conference of the Association of Caribbean Historians


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The 44th Annual Conference of the Association of Caribbean Historians will be held in Willemstad, Curaçao, from Sunday, May 13, to Friday, May 18, 2012.

Information about how to propose either an individual paper or a panel-along with the forms for each-are posted online at the ACH website  (look under “Annual Meeting”).  We had a record number of new presenters at the 2011 Puerto Rico conference, a trend we hope will continue.

More information about proposed conference topics, the most recent Annual General Meeting minutes, and calls for the ACH prizes (including the Andres Ramos Mattei-Neville Hall Article Prize and the Gould-Saunders Memorial Endowment Travel Fund Award) appear in the Bulletin, our semi-annual newsletter.  The most recent issue is available at the ACH website under the heading “Bulletin.”

In the meantime, please consider joining us in Curaçao in 2012, and remember that all proposals are due to the ACH Secretary-Treasurer by October 15, 2011.

Sincerely yours,
Michelle Craig McDonald, Secretary-Treasurer
Association of Caribbean Historians

SYMP: Public Forum “Flashpoints and Fault Lines: Museum Curation and Controversy” April 26-27 @ Smithsonian

The public forum outlined below is free and open to the public. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Media are asked to call the contacts above to cover the sessions. It will be webcast live at

SYMP: Nka Roundtable III: “Contemporary African Art and the Museum”

Nka Roundtable III: “Contemporary African Art and the Museum”

Over the next several weeks curators and directors of major museums in the United States, Germany, Japan, South Africa and the UK will engage in spirited but substantial discussion on the relationship between contemporary African art and the museum. I expect excursions into the history of this relationship, its crucial moments, state of affairs, and challenges that remain. In the process, we shall debate issues of presenting this material in art and ethnology museums; the politics of acquisitions and display; museums and scholarship; and the place of contemporary African art–relative to the “traditional” and western contemporary. I suspect that there will be surprising turns in the course of our discussion, but I am certain that the deliberations of this diverse, unprecedented and distinguished panel of curators will surely be of immense value to students and scholars working or interested in this exciting, dynamic field. Please join us!

Convener: *Chika Okeke-Agulu* (Princeton University)

Participants: *Marla Berns* (Director, Fowler Museum of Cultural History, University of California, Los Angeles), *Christa Clarke* (Senior Curator, Newark Museum, Newark, NJ), *Laurie Ann Farrell* (Director of Exhibitions, Savannah College of Art & Design Gallery, Savannah, GA), *Khwezi Gule* (Chief Curator, Hector Pieterson Memorial, Johannesburg), *Kinsey Katchka* (independent scholar/curator), *Yukiya Kawaguchi* (Associate Professor, National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka), *Clive Kellner* (Curator-at-Large, The Gordon Schachat Collection, Johannesburg), *Karen Milbourne* (Curator, Smithsonian National Museum for African Art, Washington DC), *Raison Naidoo* (Director Arts Collections, Iziko: South African National Gallery, Cape Town), *Enid Schildkrout* (Chief Curator/Director of Exhibitions, Museum for African Art, New York) *Chris Spring* (Curator, British Museum, London), *Ulf Vierke* (Director, Iwalewa-Haus, University of Bayreuth, Bayreuth), *Okwui Enwezor*, *Salah M. Hassan*.

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