Competition for the 2022 ALAA/LASA-VCS Afro Latin American/Afro-Latinx Scholarship Prize

The Association for Latin American Art, an affiliate of the College Art Association, and the Visual Culture Section of the Latin American Studies Association, are pleased to sponsor the ALAA Annual Afro Latin American/Afro-Latinx Essay Prize. We will consider scholarly essays published in a peer reviewed journal, edited volume, or exhibition catalogue during the previous year, on any aspect of Afro Latin American art, architecture, or visual culture in Latin America and the United States, covering any period from the colonial era to the present. The award consists of a $500 honorarium and will be presented at the ALAA business meeting at the annual meeting of the College Art Association in February as well as the LASA business meeting at the annual conference in April. The name of the recipient will appear in the newsletters of both ALAA and LASA.

For the February 2022 Award, we will evaluate articles that meet the following criteria:
• Publication date between September 1, 2020 and August 31, 2021.
• Essays may be written in English, Spanish, or Portuguese.

Essays will be evaluated by a three-person committee of accomplished scholars in the field, each with expertise in a wide geographical and temporal range. For consideration, authors should send their submission as a pdf to the Chair of the award committee no later than November 15, 2021. Peer nominations will also be accepted.

Afro Latin American/Afro-Latinx Scholarship Prize Committee
Paul Niell, pniell@fsu.edu
Mey-Yen Moriuchi, moriuchi@lasalle.edu
Tamara Walker, tamara.walker@utoronto.ca

Job Opportunity: Project Manager, Rauschenberg Catalogue Raisonné, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation

POSITION SPECIFICATION

POSITION TITLE:               Project Manager, Rauschenberg Catalogue Raisonné

REPORTING TO:                Director of Curatorial Affairs

DEPARTMENT:                   Curatorial

LOCATION:                          New York City

THE COMPANY:                 Robert Rauschenberg Foundation

The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation expands the legacy of artist Robert Rauschenberg (1925–2008) who believed strongly in the power of art as a catalyst for social change. The Foundation delivers on its mission through on-going research and support for exhibitions, while sustaining the well-being of innovative artists and the work of socially engaged institutions that embody the same risk-taking, inclusive, and multidisciplinary approach that Rauschenberg exemplified in both his art and philanthropic endeavors.

The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation primarily supports small to midsize arts and socially engaged organizations that are contrarian and experimental, even courageous, in driving towards equity. In addition, the Foundation amplifies the creative life of artists and scholars across the disciplines through residencies, commissions, and accessible public platforms. Finally, the Foundation supports research, exhibitions, publications, academic partnerships, and special projects across the globe that promote the legacy of Rauschenberg’s joyful, responsive, and irreverent approach to making work while living an empathetic and meaningful life.

In its stewardship of Rauschenberg’s artistic legacy, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation will undertake the first Catalogue Raisonné dedicated to the sixty-year career of this protean artist. In its entirety, the Rauschenberg Catalogue Raisonné of Painting and Sculpture will be comprised of approximately 3,500 of artworks and will be published in a digital format. The first of volume, covering the years 1949 to 1953, will launch in 2025—the artist’s centennial. The Foundation is now seeking an experienced Project Manager to oversee this multifaceted project.

Robert Rauschenberg and the catalogue raisonnÉ project

Working in a wide range of subjects, styles, materials, and techniques, Robert Rauschenberg has been called a forerunner of essentially every postwar movement since Abstract Expressionism. He remained, however, independent of any particular affiliation. At the time that he began making art in the late 1940s and early 1950s, his belief that “painting relates to both art and life” challenged the prevalent modernist aesthetic. The celebrated Combines, begun in the mid-1950s, brought real-world images and objects into the realm of abstract painting and countered sanctioned divisions between painting and sculpture. These works established the artist’s ongoing dialogue between mediums, between the handmade and the readymade, and between the gestural brushstroke and the mechanically reproduced image. Rauschenberg’s lifelong commitment to collaboration—with performers, printmakers, engineers, writers, artists, and artisans from around the world—is a further manifestation of his expansive artistic philosophy. While Rauschenberg was a preeminent American artist of the twentieth century, his career continued into the twenty-first and his work remains contemporary and entirely relevant to a younger generation of artists.

This catalogue will be designed to contain all that is found in a conventional catalogue raisonné and to meet scholarly and market-based needs. In keeping with Rauschenberg’s own expansive artistic philosophy, however, we intend in addition to engage a broader audience and to include writers with various areas of interest and expertise; beyond art historians, there will be writings by social historians, conservators, and practicing artists, among others. With a multitude of diverse voices, it is our intention to present a range of perspectives that is commensurate with, and at times even goes beyond, the expansiveness of Rauschenberg’s thinking as well as his spirit of inclusivity. Furthermore, we will make use of all the technical possibilities of a digital publication to demonstrate Rauschenberg’s interests, processes, and collaborations.

Scope and responsibilities

The Project Manager (PM) reports to the Director of Curatorial Affairs and will be responsible for day-to-day management of the Catalogue Raisonné (CR). The PM will be the primary point person on the CR for RRF art, archives, and warehouse staff, outside editorial and technology consultants, CR researchers and other CR staff, and the CR Advisory Committee. They will develop tools and systems to manage critical CR information.

The PM must quickly develop a familiarity with the crucial literature on Rauschenberg and actively engage in research in order to gauge the success and failures of the project. They will be involved in processing archival and published materials; must read actively, participate in discussions with researchers and the CR team, and be active in the broader CR community. 

Priority given to candidates willing to make a long-term commitment.

Specific Responsibilities

CR Management (35%)

Establish, implement, maintain, and enforce project plan and related timeline

With CR leadership, establish and document the methodology and terminology for examining artwork and entering CR data; develop on-line submission forms; execute data entry; and maintain database for CR (Filemaker)

Hire and manage CR staff: researchers for bibliography, exhibition history, chronology, provenance research; copy editor; contract staff including art handlers for offsite viewings, photographers for off-site shoots, and digital asset manager

Establish and maintain style sheet and central base where all decisions about procedures are recorded and can be referred to by all those working on the CR

Day-to-day management of research team; coordinate art handling and photography through warehouse staff; establish examination teams in New York and beyond

Prior to on boarding a digital asset manager, assess, commission, and manage digital and physical CR photo assets. Maintain photographic guidelines to standardize photography and on-line submission forms

Communications / Outreach (30%)

Point person for RRF in the CR community; be actively engaged in what is going on in the CR world

Manage all aspects of the call for works including, but not limited to, research related to legal and insurance issues; create and implement an on-line submission system; coordinate any public relations related to call for works or CR in general.

Communicate with owners, including private owners, public institutions, and auction houses, announcing the project and requesting information.

Manage and update CR Website

Write quarterly updates for the RRF Board and Advisory Committee

Consider establishing a Research Internship Program for graduate students

Research & Scholarship (20%)

Assign, supervise, and be involved in daily research; create research guidelines and timeline

Oversight and implementation of fact-checking process for all elements of the CR including but not limited to copy editing short artwork and series descriptions, chronology, bibliography, exhibition history, provenance, media lines

With RRF art team and dedicated researchers: develop and flesh out existing research files (physical and digital) including exhibition, chronologies, provenance, and exhibition history.

Administrative (15%)

Schedule all CR team and Committee meetings and manage meeting notes / minutes.

Manage all CR finances: budget, invoices, and other expenses

Organize all travel for archives research and artwork exams and related expenses 

Coordinate all insurance and legal issues related to the CR reporting to Deputy Director

Additional responsibilities as assigned

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

Prior CR experience very desirable — experience cataloguing individual works of art and familiarity with current CR best practices

Proven track record for completion of large-scale projects

Proven leadership skills: strong project management experience managing large numbers of people. 

Extensive research background and experience in libraries and archives

Experience interacting with archives, museums, private collectors, auction houses, galleries, and the catalogue raisonné community at large

High level of proficiency and comfort with relational databases and other technologies

ReQUIRED ATTRIBUTES

Excellent editorial and organizational, as well as analytical, and problem-solving skills

Excellent communication skills—written and oral—with a broad range of constituents

Meticulous approach to record keeping and research; attention to detail

Strong people skills, collaborative, proactive, and flexible working style

Ability to work independently, prioritize, organize workload, work under pressure, and multitask; manage regular deadlines all with integrity, confidentiality, good humor, and kindness

Strong written and verbal communication skills; ability to make oral and written presentations, communicating complex information in a concise and lucid way

Ability to project ahead and anticipate changing needs of a long-term project

Supportive work style that demonstrates initiative, patience, flexibility, sound judgment, and collaboration

Warmth, a sense of humor, and an appreciation for the work of the Foundation

Education

Advanced degree in art history required; 20th century art history preferred.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY

As an equal opportunity employer, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation (RRF) is committed to creating an equitable and inclusive work environment. We strive to attract a diverse mix of talented people and we encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

COMPENSATION

Compensation is commensurate with experience.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Please email letters of interest accompanied by a CV to employment@rauschenbergfoundation.org. In the subject line, please indicate Application for Catalogue Raisonné Project Manager position.

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.

Call for Proposals: “24 Views” Submit by Mar. 31, 2021

Tiffany Lin writes:

“24 VIEWS is a longitudinal project that investigates the history of racial classification through US Census data.

Prior to COVID-19 related disruptions, 24 VIEWS was envisioned as an exhibition with public facing activations, I have pivoted away from in-person programming and am now pursuing an expansive curatorial project.
I now invite writers, artists, or anyone so inclined to submit proposals or existing work on past, current, or future implications of racial classification in the United States. I welcome critical essays, manifestos, treatises, poetry, prose, speculative fiction, and visual works of all media. 
I have modest stipends available for 24 works. For now, the project will be web-based but I’m working on the possibility of a print version pending the outcome of other funding opportunities. Details available at 24views.org. Please share far and wide – send me your best!” 

JOB: Associate Curator, Postwar African American Art @ Getty Research Institute

Associate Curator for Modern and Contemporary Collections, Specializing in Postwar African American Collections

Job Summary

Reporting to the Head of Modern and Contemporary Collections in the Getty Research Institute’s Curatorial Department, develops special collections and general library collections for research on 20th-21st century American art history, working in the context of present GRI collections as well as local holdings and other related collections on American art and artists.  Within modern and contemporary, primary attention will be devoted to developing African American collections.  Requires experience and demonstrated expertise in modern and contemporary history, with particular expertise in African Amerian art history; knowledge of recent research, publications, and exhibitions in both African American and in contemporary art is essential.  Makes recommendations for single works and collections for acquisition: researching, examing, and drafting proposals; similarly, assesses donations and large collections for research value, authenticity, and condition (including proenance); drafts and negotiates contracts and appropriate permissions and licenses; works collegially, and often collaboratively, with curators in the department, archivists, librarians, bibliographers, and other colleagues at the GRI and across the Getty.  Utilizes scholarly background and expertise interpreting the collections in the preparation of exhibitions, publications, lectures, online/digital resources, and public programs.  Brings a network of relationships with artists, galleries, museums, and dealers.  Responds to queries concerning the collections, assists with processing decisions, evaluates items requested for loan by other institutions, and recommends conservation treatments.

Major Job Responsibilities

  • Applies advanced knowledge of art history and art education to complex curatorial assignments
  • Performs complex scholarly research to support the institutional mission
  • Organizes significant exhibitions, major publications, or major acquisitions
  • Cultivates connections nationally and internationally with scholars and museum colleagues
  • Actively participates in acquisitions and collection development
  • Publishes and lectures in area of specialization
  • Assesses conservation needs of the collections; participates in digitization; assesses loan requests
  • Collaborates in and may lead research projects; shares collections and/or serves as a resource to scholars, visitors and staff

Qualifications

  • M.A. or Ph.D. in art history or related area in the humanities
  • 5 years related experience
  • Skilled in all curatorial functions

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated ability to build long-term relationships, collaborate and direct teams across disciplines
  • Competent with collection management and digital asset management tools
  • Accomplished in art historical research and writing
  • Ability to communicate and distill information for a specialized audience or the general public
  • Ability to adapt written material for a variety of audiences online or in print

Call for Author: essay on Carroll Parrott Blue

Carroll Parrott Blue, MFA
carrollpblue@hotmail.com

I am looking for an art scholar who specializes in late 20th and early 21st African American Art who is interested in contributing an introductory chapter on a 60-year review of the works of my work. As artist Carroll Parrott Blue, I am assembling my archive and am open to an interview by the author.

From the 1960s to the present, my work encompasses published written works, still photography, film, video, public art, digital media, digital stories, interactive multimedia, ARC GIS Story Maps, production notes and other materials associated from many of the productions.

The essay that will support the completed archival report should be roughly 6,000-8,000 words with notes and references included. The interview as a transcript will be separate. The main focus of the essay is on an overall or comprehensive analysis of the work. The author should be prepared to engage formal analysis, the history of the technological changes from analog to digital, race and gender theory, and biography.

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.

 

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.

 

 

Race and American Visual Culture seminar @ American Antiquarian Society

2017 Center for Historic American Visual Culture (CHAViC) Summer Seminar

In Black and White: Race and American Visual Culture

American Antiquarian Society

Dates of Seminar: June 9-13, 2017

Applications Due: March 15, 2017

The 2017 CHAViC Summer Seminar at the American Antiquarian Society will explore how American visual culture expressed ideas about race, specifically blackness and whiteness, across the long nineteenth century. Through lectures, readings, hands-on workshops, and group research, participants will learn how popular forms of visual culture have constructed racial identities in the United States and how looking can function as a racialized practice. The seminar leader will be Tanya Sheehan, associate professor and chair of the Art Department at Colby College and editor of the Archives of American Art Journal at the Smithsonian Institution. Guest faculty will include Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor, assistant professor in the History Department at Smith College and Jasmine Nichole Cobb, assistant professor in the Department of African & American Studies at Duke University.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn from the extraordinary collections at AAS, including popular prints, political cartoons, photographs, illustrated books and periodicals, sheet music, and ephemera such as trade cards. Case studies may include: caricatures of African Americans in Edward Clay’s lithographic series Life in Philadelphia (1828-1830), the visual culture of blackface minstrelsy and Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852), graphics from popular periodicals like Harper’s Weekly that picture racial politics at key moments in U.S. history, efforts to recreate the “image of the black” by African American writer Phillis Wheatley and abolitionist Frederick Douglass, fantasies of racial difference in illustrated children’s books and commercial trade cards, and efforts to visualize raced bodies in early photographic portraiture. There will be a field trip to the Museum of African American History in Boston to view the exhibition Picturing Frederick Douglass.

The seminar will be held from Friday, June 9, through Tuesday, June 13, 2017, at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Massachusetts. Participation is intended for college and university faculty as well as graduate students and museum professionals.

For further information, syllabus, and application materials, please consult the AAS website at www.americanantiquarian.org/2017-chavic-summer-seminar

 

ISCP Dedalus Foundation Artist Residency: Call for Applications

Deadline Oct. 15, 2016