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Lecture on the Making of the American “Oriental” — SF Public Library, Sat., May 11, 2019, 2 PM

 

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Call for Applications from Recent MFAs and PhDs: Future Faculty Program at RIT (Deadline: May 15, 2019)

The Rochester Institute of Technology’s Future Faculty Career Exploration Program (FFCEP) is currently accepting applications for the class of 2019. This program is design for historically underrepresented minority scholars to explore potential faculty careers.

Participants will:

network with faculty, chairs, deans, and administration;

hold a job talk presentation on their research; and

learn more about the culture and values of the institution straight from RIT’s diverse faculty and students; and so much more.

The application deadline is Wed, May 15, 2019.

Please remember that you will need to upload four documents with your application:

  • CV
  • Cover letter that includes your diversity statement
  • Research statement (MFA scholars submit an artistic statement)
  • Teaching statement

The Future Faculty Career Exploration Program provides an opportunity to find out what it is like to be a faculty member at the Rochester Institute of Technology. This all-expenses paid program is an opportunity for historically underrepresented minority scholars, artists, and researchers to visit RIT for a prospective look at a faculty career. The program will take place September 25-28, 2019.

RIT has seen nearly 300 scholars participate in the program since its inception 15 years ago.  The feedback is amazing – the program helped to prepare them for the rigors of the job search, and also enlightened them to opportunities at RIT.

To learn more about the program and to apply click here.

 

Medieval Studies: Definitions, Debates, and the Parameters of the Field

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Image by Mikel Jaso. Published in New York Times, May 5, 2019, here.

 

Yesterday’s front-page article in the print edition of New York Times bore the headline “Symbols of Past Used by Right Upset Scholars.” That the online version’s header is “Medieval Scholars Joust with White Nationalists. And One Another” is a rhetorical shift worth questioning.

The article’s many directions are equally fascinating:

*the culture of the International Congress on Medieval Studies;

*demographics of the field of European Medievalism;

*narratives of the Anglo-Saxon race—roots, routes, and modernity—in Europe and the US;

*critical theory, feminist critique of power and patriarchy, and decolonizing a field;

*apolitical scholarship as an ideal;

*the Medievalists of Color group;

*white privilege and white fragility;

*Facebook fights and the resource of social media;

*white nationalism and white chauvinism—past and present;

*overhauling the academic conference submission process;

*the Belle da Costa Greene Award (est. 2018) and passing for white.

The Times reporter Jennifer Schuessler runs through these topics differently. She conveys the complexity of terrain in some passages and displays her amusement with the debates in others. “A field increasingly torn by vitriolic spats and racial politics”—anchorage text on the jump page in the print edition—sadly demonstrates the limited way in which Schuessler and the editor who worked with her on this piece see things.

There’s nothing easy about change in twenty-first century academia: it’s well- communicated in the letters accompanying the article—634 of them at present count. They’re worth a look.

This year’s International Congress on Medieval Studies Conference opens in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thurs., May 9. The next day, May 10, is the anniversary of Greene’s death.

 

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Belle da Costa Greene. Photo by Clarence White. Published on Pinterest.

Da Costa Greene (born Dec. 13, 1879/1883 in Alexandria Virginia; died May 10, 1950 in New York) was elected of fellow of the Medieval Academy of America in 1939. A librarian at Princeton and later for J. P. Morgan, Greene was the director of the Pierpont Morgan Library from 1924 to 1928.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JOB: Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History: African-American and/or African Art @ Alfred University

The School of Art and Design within the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University is seeking applicants for a one-year, full-time Visiting Assistant Professor position in Art History to teach African-American Art History. This full-time one-year sabbatical replacement position consists of a 2/2 teaching load plus faculty service.

In addition to African-American Art History, the ideal candidate will also be able to teach an introductory course in the visual culture of Africa and/or its American diasporas (South, Central, the Caribbean, or Mexico) from the early modern period (c. 1500) to the present, to help satisfy our non-Western curricular offerings. Teaching responsibilities include the equivalent of a 2/2 load: an introductory level, half-semester course (to be repeated across Fall and Spring), as well as upper-level courses for both undergraduate and graduate students.

For the service component, we especially seek candidates who would be involved with diversity-related initiatives at AU, in particular the Art Force 5 (AF5), an award-winning applied learning program that offers students the opportunity to use art for social justice. Most recently, the AF5 has been invited to partner with NYS Office of General Services as they prepare their Harlem Art Collection to be returned to public view. The AF5 will serve to educate various communities on the relevance of this collection and organize community events. The hired candidate may assist in optimizing opportunities and preparing Alfred University students for such collaboration. The project is funded by a SUNY grant, which enables students to travel the state while engaging in social practice involving issues of equality, community, and history.

Located in Western NY, Alfred University is the second oldest co-educational college in the United States and one of the earliest to have enrolled African-American and Native American students. Ideal candidates will demonstrate an appreciation of issues that matter to our university community, such as diversity and social justice.

Though open to all undergraduate students at Alfred University, Art History courses primarily serve degree candidates in studio art (BFA), art history and theory (BS), and graduate students (MFA). The Art History curriculum is an integral part of the program at the School of Art and Design. The Division of Art History is one of six divisions in a comprehensive program with a very active faculty and prolific student body who access renowned facilities for artistic and scholarly research.

Qualifications

Required: PhD preferred but ABD considered, in Art History or related field. Teaching experience is preferred. Appointment begins in August 2019.

Alfred University

The School of Art and Design at Alfred University is an accredited member of NASAD, with 33 full-time faculty serving approximately 500 students. The School is unique among institutions of higher education, with an open curriculum, allowing a robust and diverse experience in studio art, design, and art history courses. Students and faculty alike thrive in an intensive and supportive learning environment. Art and Design students are fully integrated into Alfred University’s community. The New York State College of Ceramics (NYSCC) includes the School of Art and Design, the Inamori School of Engineering, and Scholes Library. The NYSCC was established in 1900 to advance research in art, design, and engineering. That intellectual and creative legacy exists in all of the areas of study in the School of Art and Design.

Alfred University is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Salary is commensurate with experience. The position offers full benefits.

Application Process

Email your letter of interest, CV, sample syllabi, teaching philosophy, and contact information for three references (address, phone number, and email) as one PDF document to humanresources@alfred.edu.

Review of applications will begin March 17, 2019. The position is open until filled. For more information, contact humanresources@alfred.edu.

CAA 2019/NY Conference: Committee on Diversity Practice-recommended Sessions

If you’re in New York for the College Art Association’s annual conference, check out:

 

*Wednesday, February 13, 2019 / 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Title: State of the Art (History): Engaging Difficult Topics In And Out Of the Classroom

Location: New York Hilton Midtown – 3rd Floor – Trianon Ballroom

Chair: Parme P. Giuntini, Otis College of Art and Design:

Link: https://caa.confex.com/caa/2019/meetingapp.cgi/Session/1946

 

*Saturday, February 16, 2019/2 PM – 3:30 PM

Title: Faculty Inclusivity: A Way Forward

Location: New York Hilton Midtown – 2nd Floor – Sutton South

Co-chairs: Flora Brooke Anthony, Kennesaw State University; Nicole De Armendi, Converse College

Link:

https://caa.confex.com/caa/2019/meetingapp.cgi/Session/2270

 

*Saturday, February 16, 2019 / 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Title: CAA Open Forum on Diversity and Inclusion– 

Location: New York Hilton Midtown – Concourse – Concourse B

Panelists: Julie L. McGee, University of Delaware, Roberto J. Tejada, University of Houston, Jim Hopfensperger, Western Michigan University and Hunter O’Hanian, College Art Association
Link:
https://caa.confex.com/caa/2019/meetingapp.cgi/Session/3212

Opening: The Art of Reggae Exhibition — National Gallery of Jamaica Blog

This Tuesday February 12, 2019 the National Gallery of Jamaica (NGJ) will be opening the 25th Art of Reggae Exhibition held by the International Reggae Poster Contest (IRPC). At the NGJ, we will have the top 100 designs on view, in addition to the winning 2018 entry by Vinicio Sejas of Bolivia. The posters in […]

via Opening: The Art of Reggae Exhibition — National Gallery of Jamaica Blog

The Politics of Love in If Beale Street Could Talk — Media Diversified

In his review D. H. Alves demonstrates that both Barry Jenkins and James Baldwin articulate love as a political force, placing it at the centre of their work, be it in the format of the novel, or its cinematographic adaptation. Moreover, the review examines the theological nature of Baldwin’s work and how Jenkins, while having a […]

via The Politics of Love in If Beale Street Could Talk — Media Diversified

FEL: Dietrich School Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship Program @ UPittsburgh

The University of Pittsburgh’s Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of History of Art and Architecture (HAA), beginning August 1, 2019.

HAA is an innovative and adventurous department with a Ph.D. program and several undergraduate programs including museum studies. HAA also oversees the University Art Gallery (UAG), which is fully integrated into the research and teaching of the Department. In 2015, HAA founded a consortium of local museums, galleries, and archives, Collecting Knowledge Pittsburgh, to strengthen connections between the university and the diverse collections of the city.

The fellow will have the opportunity to pursue their own research and curatorial projects in a dynamic intellectual environment and accrue experience teaching and working within the UAG and the museum studies program. The fellow will be asked to curate an exhibition at UAG in the second year, with the assistance of graduate and undergraduate students, either as part of the museum studies exhibition seminar or as a standalone project. The fellow will also have the opportunity to participate as desired in a strategic planning process for the museum studies program that will foreground issues of equity, inclusion, and diversity.

The teaching load of the fellowship is one course per semester, at the graduate or undergraduate level, or its equivalent. Course equivalencies might include curatorial work, structured mentoring of students, internship supervision, and service work. The successful applicant and the department will jointly devise a work plan to fit the needs of the fellow with the opportunities of the department and UAG.

They will also devise together a mentoring plan for the fellow that best utilizes the resources of HAA and the larger Pitt community. We aim to integrate the fellow into the life of the department and the university, and to foster connections among the fellow, the university, and the city that might include, to name only some, the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program, Center for Race and Social Problems, Humanities Center, Center for African American Poetry & Poetics, the University Library System (ULS), Pitt’s new Community Engagement Centers, and CKP.

We encourage applicants with diverse academic profiles and backgrounds. The essential requirements are completion of the Ph.D. in art history, museum studies, or an allied field; some prior background and interest in museum or curatorial work; and strong engagement with issues of equity, inclusion, and diversity.

Applicants must have satisfactorily completed all requirements for the Ph.D. degree, including any oral defense, by March 1, 2019. Individuals who completed all such requirements before January 1, 2017 are ineligible. For more information about the fellowship program and to apply, click here.

To be considered, please submit by February 22, 2019 via https://pats.as.pitt.edu/apply/index/MTMx: curriculum vitae; dissertation table of contents; two- page statement of research and curatorial interests outlining your goals for the term of the fellowship; two-page statement of teaching interests and philosophy; one-to-two-page diversity statement, discussing how your past, planned, or potential contributions or experiences relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion will advance the University of Pittsburgh’s commitment to inclusive excellence; one writing sample or excerpt of no more than 20 pages including references and appendices; one course proposal and syllabus for a 15-week course directed towards advanced undergraduate or graduate students; and email contacts for three recommenders. For each reference, you will have the opportunity to input a personal email address or an email address generated through Interfolio’s Online Application Delivery. In either case, an email notification will be sent to the designated address with instructions for uploading letters to our system by March 1, 2019.

The University of Pittsburgh and HAA are strongly committed to fostering equity, inclusion, and diversity at all levels, in institutional culture, curriculum, programming, and student and faculty recruitment. The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity. EEO/AA/M/F/Vets/Disabled.

New resource about artist Maud Sulter (1960-2008)

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Maud Sulter. Les Bijoux (The Jewels), 2002. Large-format, colour Polaroid photograph. Source here and discussed here.
There is a newly published website about the late, Scottish-Ghanaian artist and writer Maud Sulter:
The publishers of the site make this request:
“Please have a look round the site, there are lots of embedded links leading to more information on Maud’s exhibitions, publications and what’s happened in the past few years.
We need your help in circulating the website.  Please click, like and share the link with everyone who would be interested.”

Curators searching for Lois Mailou Jones painting for Alma Thomas retrospective

Dear Colleagues and Friends:

As some of you may know, Seth Feman, Curator of Exhibitions & Curator of Photography at the Chrysler Museum of Art, and I are co-curating a large traveling retrospective on Alma Woodsey Thomas, to open at the Chrysler summer 2021. You can learn more about the project here: https://www.culturetype.com/2018/04/14/locating-alma-thomas-forthcoming-retrospective-will-explore-artists-creative-life-and-hometown-connections/

Alma Thomas: A Creative Life is a collaborative, interdisciplinary effort to examine the many ways that creativity manifested in Thomas’s life, including (but not limited to) self-fashioning, theater, teaching, and gardening. We are excited to have turned up many works by Thomas—and some of her contemporaries and students—that are little known or unpublished. That said, there are always objects that will really change our understanding of the artist—except in some instances we can’t find them (or haven’t found them—yet!). I’m writing about just such a case: we are DESPERATELY seeking the following watercolor, which we believe was, at one time, in or associated with the Barnett-Aden Collection or shown at the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum in the 1970s.

Loïs Mailou Jones (American, 1905–1998)
Alma’s Backyard Garden,undated
Watercolor, dimensions unknown
Unlocated

An image may be viewed by following this link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1jum6ZG5on77pocVr3U8mrnea7DlCeWju

If anyone has any leads, we would be incredibly grateful to know about current ownership and whereabouts. We would also appreciate knowing about any Thomas works in institutional or private collections that we may have missed in the initial casting of our net. Please email either or both of us with information or suggestions:

sfeman@chrysler.org or jwalz@columbusmuseum.com

We thank you in advance for any assistance you may provide. Happy New Year from Western Georgia!

Jonathan Frederick Walz, Ph.D.
Director of Curatorial Affairs
& Curator of American Art
The Columbus Museum
1251 Wynnton Road
Columbus, GA  31906
(706) 748.2562 x3200ßnote new extension number
jwalz@columbusmuseum.com