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CFP: Beyond In/visibility: the Politics of Asian American Representation in American Art History (for CAA Annual Conference 2022) –submit by Aug. 30, 2021

CFP for CAA Annual Conference 2022

Beyond In/visibility: the Politics of Asian American Representation in American Art History (Association of Historians of American Art [AHAA] Panel Session)

What are the consequences of asking for greater Asian American visibility in art history?

We are reckoning anew with our discipline’s intellectual and material priorities which have enforced racial-class-gender hierarchies and American imperialist and exceptionalist ideologies. Across museums and universities, immediate solutions call for increased inclusion and representation of marginalized peoples into existing historical canons. What are the limits of these correctives for peoples who have been dehumanized through aestheticization and surveillance throughout American history, and endangered because of their hypervisibility in everyday life? Now over 50 years since the term “Asian American” emerged as a disciplinary and political category, we must reflect on ways to narrate the specificities of the Asian diaspora within American academies and museums beyond the binaries of visible/invisible, inclusion/exclusion.

This panel invites ongoing research, curatorial case studies, and experimental methodologies that engage with issues such as: How has “Asian [United States] American” been a useful and limiting category for research, curation, and museum interpretation? What are strategies to present the historical absence or loss of Asian American subjects in archives and permanent collections? Are there ways to identify unconventional presence through creative citation or display practices? How might Asian American art histories attend to moments of solidarity and failure with respect to Black, Latinx, Indigenous and Pacific Islander communities and objects? How can Asian American art histories counter existing disciplinary priorities to aestheticize, visibly represent, visually clarify, expose, access, and possess its subjects—for example, through opacity, obscuration, dis-orientation, mistranslation, protective veiling?

Please submit by August 20, 2021

JOB: Director of Temple Contemporary

Director of Temple Contemporary

Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University

Position Overview

The Tyler School of Art and Architecture invites applicants for the position of Director of Temple Contemporary, the school’s center for exhibitions and public programs. This position is an uncommon opportunity for an individual to bring progressive leadership to a contemporary gallery in a school of art and architecture with nationally ranked programs situated within a research university, Temple University.

We see this as a highly creative, hands-on position that requires an essential understanding of contemporary art and visual culture, and the collaborative and communication skills to work effectively across disciplines with constituencies within and beyond the school. We are looking for a leader who will build a distinctive intellectual vision for the gallery. The successful candidate will demonstrate initiative, creativity, be passionate about arts advocacy, be fluent in contemporary arts discourse, have experience in fundraising, and be able to work in collaborative and dynamic ways with a diverse group of faculty, students and staff and members of our surrounding community.

Curators, artists, scholars, and cultural producers and practitioners are invited to apply. We are especially interested in candidates who share a love for progressive ideas across the arts anddesign disciplines, who value working with the broad and diverse communities and who view art as knowledge and as an indispensable arm of free thought and direct social engagement.

The director is a T28 salaried, 12-month position reporting to the dean of the School. The director may also teach up to one class per year.

About the Tyler School of Art and Architecture

The Tyler School of Art and Architecture at Temple University is known for fostering a culture of diversity practices in our scholarship and pedagogy. Candidates for the position of director of Temple Contemporary are encouraged to address the ways in which they could contribute to Temple’s institutional mission and commitment to excellence and diversity and to Tyler’s engagement in interdisciplinarity, social responsibility, and community engagement. 

One of the Tyler School of Art and Architecture’s core strengths is the breadth of its academic programs. The school offers more than three dozen degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels, in studio art, design, art history, art education, art therapy, architecture, and built environment disciplines. In each program, students work in small learning communities, while also benefiting from state-of-the-art facilities, a rigorous curriculum, and a large, diverse campus community.

Tyler’s faculty members are widely recognized as among the most exciting practitioners in their fields. Tyler’s vast network of alumni—artists, designers, art historians, scholars, architects and urban planners—are rich resources for collaboration. Temple Contemporary plays a crucial role in the lives of students at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture by expanding their learning experiences. 

About Philadelphia

Located in Philadelphia, a hub of cultural and artistic activity and historical resonance, Tyler draws on the many opportunities and resources available throughout the city. Philadelphia has deep artistic traditions in the arts and crafts, including painting, printmaking, ceramics, architecture, and more. The city is home to a thriving contemporary art scene and myriad arts institutions, large and small, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Barnes Collection, the African American Museum in Philadelphia, the Institute of Contemporary Art, the Fabric Workshop and Museum, the Clay Studio, Mural Arts Philadelphia, and Monument Lab. 

Philadelphia’s urban context includes many notable works of architecture and urban design. Transformational design began with William Penn’s city vision, incorporating green urban squares accessible to all citizens. The city’s accessible green infrastructure was expanded over time to include Fairmount Park, the largest urban park system in the United States, and the Reading Viaduct Rail Park. The dense urban fabric, built up over three centuries, includes innovative architectural works from William Strickland’s Merchant’s Exchange to Howe and Lescaze’s PSFS Building, and more recent works like Snøhetta’s Charles Library.

Main Responsibilities of the Position

The Director of Temple Contemporary is responsible for generating and organizing a yearly series of vital exhibitions, workshops, lectures, and other programs. The director will be expected to consider the educational needs and goals of the academic programs at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture as well as actively engage with students, faculty, artists, scholars, alumni, and the public.• Develop and maintain a dynamic vision for Temple Contemporary in collaboration with faculty, staff, students, and advisory committees.• Engage in productive partnerships and collaborative relationships that enrich the educational and cultural life of the school, university, arts community, and general community. • Create interdisciplinary activities that serve pedagogical, research and outreach interests of the students and faculty.• Work with faculty to develop responsive programs that are integrated with academic coursework at Tyler.• Manage, operate, and oversee 3,400 square foot gallery facility.• Lead the effort to generate contributed income from private, public, governmental, and internal university sources.• Develop and manage budgets for Temple Contemporary.• Supervise Temple Contemporary staff of two to three full-time members, graduate assistants, and work study students.• Maintain a dynamic media presence to promote Temple Contemporary in collaboration with Tyler’s communications staff.• Support MFA thesis exhibitions.• Coordinate Temple Contemporary’s Youth Advisory Council and general Advisory Council.

Qualifications
• MFA in Visual Arts, MA in Museum/Curatorial Studies, MA in Art History/Museum Management/Administration or equivalent• Experience in community engagement• Three to five years of experience in museum or gallery curating or programming• Record of successful fundraising• Outstanding written and verbal communication skills• Experience as a teacher in formal or informal environments• Hands-on experience with the practical processes of supporting exhibitions from proposal to de-installation• Demonstrated ability to produce exhibition publications, gallery text and promotional materials

How to apply


Submit application materials here.

Application should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, documentation of 3-5 relevant previous projects, and contact information for three professional references. Please include two statements:

1) A programming statement that illustrates your views of an institution as a space of cultural exploration and social interaction, as well as your vision for how you would approach a university gallery’s presentation of contemporary art and visual culture within the contexts of the school, the university, and the larger community.

2) A statement outlining how you have contributed to diversity practices that foster equity and inclusion.

Postdoctoral Research Associate — Yale Center for British Art (application deadline Jun. 7, 2021)

The Yale Center for British Art is offering a Postdoctoral Research Associate position of up to three-years duration in the Curatorial Division. The position is for recent recipients of the PhD (degree granted within the last three years) in the field of British art. The PhD must be completed by the time the position begins. The Postdoctoral Research Associate will report to the Deputy Director and Chief Curator and contribute to the activities of the Curatorial Division. Specific duties will include assisting with an exhibition on the artist Hew Locke and a display of works by Marc Quinn, undertaking research on works in the collection, and collaborating on the reinstallation of the Center’s permanent collection.


The closing date for applications is June 7, 2021. Interviews are expected to take place in July.

For full details, please visit Yale Postdoctoral Positions. For inquiries, contact ycba.paintings@yale.edu.

 

Curator of Art, Univ. of Texas-Austin — Multiyear position–Apply now!

The University of Texas-Austin announces a two-year position (with an optional third-year renewal) as Chief Curator for Art Galleries at Black Studies’ (AGBS’s) Christian-Green Gallery and Idea Lab Gallery, conceptualizing exhibitions, researching Black Studies’ art archive and acquisitions, and working with guest curators to do the same in coordination with AGBS’s Exhibitions and Collections Manager.

Other responsibilities:

*Lead AGBS efforts to develop and plan upcoming shows and coordinate with AGBS team on developing exhibition schedules.

*Coordinate with AGBS Curator of Public Programs to plan, organize, and execute original public programming germane to ideas and conversations around AGBS’s exhibitions.

*Teach one course per academic year for the African and African Diaspora Studies Department.

*Serve as contributor-at-large for The Narrative, AGBS’s online art zine.

General Notes

This is a two-year position with an anticipated end date of 5/31/2023. A third-year extension may be offered at the discretion of the Executive Director of Art Galleries at Black Studies.

Responsibilities

  • Exhibition Planning. Conceptualize and plan design and display of up to three exhibitions in coordination with AGBS’s Exhibitions & Collections Manager and Installation & Facilities Coordinator II. Write acquisition and exhibition proposals. Plan the presentation of artwork and objects. Create labels, interpretive materials, and training docents for other museum staff on exhibition presentation and information.
  • Research and Acquisitions for Permanent Collections. Write and publish research and information for journals, catalogues, and books. Write acquisition proposals. Maintain updated knowledge of the art market and in-depth knowledge of AGBS collections and exhibitions.
  • Donor Stewardship and Fundraising. Join Black Studies leadership in identifying and visiting prospective, current donors. Participate in team effort to organize and execute gallery events; attend public events to promote programs and represent AGBS. Assist in grant-writing initiatives; coordinate with Grants & Contracts Specialist to write grants. Participate in organizing Visiting Committee. Present at Advisory Committee meetings.
  • Course Development and Delivery. Create and teach one course in the spring semester each academic year on curatorial practice and methods or in area of expertise for the African and African Diaspora Studies Department.
  • Online Publication Contribution. Serve as contributor-at-large for The Narrative, AGBS’s online art zine.

Required Qualifications

*Ph.D. degree, ABD status, or terminal Master’s degree in a related field: Art, Art History, Arts Administration, Museum Studies, Black Studies.

*A strong/ promising record of publication and/or editing in one or more of these fields.

*Three years’ experience curating and/or administering exhibition programs for an art gallery, museum, or institution devoted to the exhibition of material culture OR contributing content to or editing a publication devoted to art, art history, arts administration, museum studies, Black studies, or a related area.

*Knowledge of Black Studies, art by people of color, art by people of African descent, or art about social justice/ equity.

*Experience with and an appreciation of working in a diverse environment.

*Willingness to participate in a work environment in which mutual accountability, team work, and an “all hands on deck” work ethic are embraced and expected.

Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications

*More than three years’ experience curating and/or administering exhibition programs or writing or editing for a publication in the related fields outlined above.

*Experience with online publication management.

Salary Range

$60,000 + depending on qualifications

Working Conditions

  • May work around standard office conditions
  • Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation

Required Materials

  • Resume/CV
  • 3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor
  • Letter of interest
  • Writing sample of 10 pages or fewer

Important for applicants who are NOT current university employees or contingent workers: You will be prompted to submit your resume the first time you apply, then you will be provided an option to upload a new Resume for subsequent applications. Any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) will be uploaded in the Application Questions section; you will be able to multi-select additional files. Before submitting your online job application, ensure that ALL Required Materials have been uploaded.  Once your job application has been submitted, you cannot make changes.

Important for Current university employees and contingent workers: As a current university employee or contingent worker, you MUST apply within Workday by searching for Find UT Jobs. If you are a current University employee, log-in to Workday, navigate to your Worker Profile, click the Career link in the left hand navigation menu and then update the sections in your Professional Profile before you apply. This information will be pulled in to your application. The application is one page and you will be prompted to upload your resume. In addition, you must respond to the application questions presented to upload any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) that were noted above.

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Employment Eligibility:Regular staff who have been employed in their current position for the last six continuous months are eligible for openings being recruited for through University-Wide or Open Recruiting, to include both promotional opportunities and lateral transfers. Staff who are promotion/transfer eligible may apply for positions without supervisor approval.

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Retirement Plan Eligibility:The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length. This position has the option to elect the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) instead of TRS, subject to the position being 40 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.

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Background Checks:

A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.

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Equal Opportunity Employer:

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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Pay Transparency:

The University of Texas at Austin will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.

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Employment Eligibility Verification:

If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification I-9 form.  You will be required to present acceptable and original documents to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States.  Documents need to be presented no later than the third day of employment.  Failure to do so will result in loss of employment at the university.

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E-Verify:

The University of Texas at Austin use E-Verify to check the work authorization of all new hires effective May 2015. The university’s company ID number for purposes of E-Verify is 854197. For more information about E-Verify, please see the following:

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Compliance:

Employees may be required to report violations of law under Title IX and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act). If this position is identified a Campus Security Authority (Clery Act), you will be notified and provided resources for reporting. Responsible employees under Title IX are defined and outlined in HOP-3031.

The Clery Act requires all prospective employees be notified of the availability of the Annual Security and Fire Safety report. You may access the 2020 report here or obtain a copy at University Compliance Services, 1616 Guadalupe, Suite UTA 2.206, Austin, TX 78701.

https://utaustin.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/UTstaff/job/UT-MAIN-CAMPUS/Curator-of-Art_R_00012550

Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art–specialist in the history of African-American artists’ production and/or the history of the production of artists of the African diaspora sought (Brooklyn Museum of Art)

Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art—Art Division

The Brooklyn Museum of Art is creating a position of Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, seeking a specialist in African American and/or African diaspora artists to strengthen the development, research, presentation, interpretation, renown, and growth of the Museum’s collection. This new curatorial position will reinforce and enhance our dedication to art and histories of Black and brown artists and communities through transformative engagement with exhibitions, collection installations, public programs, social media, publications, digital strategies, and collection expansion. Their work will engage and amplify the voices of Museum audiences to present diverse beliefs, cultures, and experiences, ensuring that we achieve our goal of becoming a conduit for open sharing and learning, and a place for courageous conversations. The curator will join our team in building community stakeholders to create connections that inform our program and support our mission.
 
Qualifications:
A successful candidate will meet many of these requirements, and have the desire and capacity to learn the rest on the job.

  • M.A. in a relevant field, Ph.D. preferred
  • 3 to 5 years of relevant work experience as a curator with established arts organizations, including a robust record of important exhibitions and publications and demonstrable success conceptualizing, designing, and implementing curatorial strategies, as well as an understanding of collection stewardship
  • Demonstrated commitment to crafting groundbreaking exhibitions that are developed collaboratively with broad input and that expand the art historical canon, tell important stories, and celebrate artists of great import
  • A passion for art of the African diaspora, especially those from areas representing our local communities, such as Caribbean cultures
  • Knowledge of modern and contemporary art in general
  • At least one year of specialized experience in the history of art by African American and African diasporic artists (painting, sculpture, and new media, possibly including film or video, installation, and performance art)
  • Knowledge of critical histories and theories of race, class, ability, and gender in the production, reception, and institutionalization of art
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including social media aptitude and compelling public speaking abilities
  • Excellent collaborative partner, community builder, and strategic thinker who thrives on inclusive and creative processes and has the ability to engage with a wide range of stakeholders including staff, artists, donors, Trustees, community members, academic institutions, social justice organizers, and other partners
  • Ability to make connections across collections and to build effective cross-departmental relationships
  • Understanding of, and demonstrated commitment to, diverse communities served—locally, nationally, and internationally—with a recognized history of championing the principals of DEIA (diversity, equity, inclusion, and access) in curatorial practice
  • High-level cultivation and grant development experience at arts organizations, with proven success in generating support for acquisition, exhibition, and collection projects
  • High level of integrity, with ethics and values that are institutionally aligned

Responsibilities:

  • Propose, organize, and coordinate innovative, canon-expanding exhibitions of modern and contemporary art that draw from the Museum’s holdings, as well as from other institutions and private collections, for exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum and for travel to other venues
  • Perform advanced scholarly art historical research on the collection and on prospective acquisitions and loans
  • Participate in the reinterpretation of the collection
  • Pursue broader research in areas of expertise for inclusion in studies, scholarly journals, lectures, symposia and colloquia, or exhibitions; consult sources primarily in English and at least one other language
  • Coordinate with our Exhibitions, Publications, Conservation, Exhibition and Graphic Design, and Collections Management departments, as well as the Registrar, to meet exhibition production schedule deadlines
  • Working with the Director, Deputy Director for Art, Director of Curatorial Affairs, Board of Trustees, and curators across all collections, lead initiatives or support the expansion and deepening of the Museum’s collections of art by African American and African diasporic artists through the acquisition of works of art of the highest quality, cultural significance, and relevance to the Museum’s collecting policies
  • Advocate for and assist in developing public and educational programming to increase visibility of the collection and generate public interest, and engage with the public for tours and talks as relevant
  • Act as a passionate advocate for the Museum’s mission and collections by collaborating with our social media team, and Public Programs and Development staff, to promote new acquisitions and collection-related activities, and increase media attention and audience engagement
  • Help manage related collections, including paintings, sculpture, mixed media, and new media owned by and on loan to the Museum
  • Provide accurate and informative responses to inquiries from outside scholars, colleagues, and the public concerning works in the collection or other requests in areas of expertise
  • Work with the Conservation team on collection care and display
  • Execute administrative responsibilities as needed

Start date: Immediately

Department: Art Division

Reports to: Director of Curatorial Affairs or senior curator, if applicable

Position type: Full-time

Union status: Non-union

FLSA status: Exempt

Schedule: 35 hours per week, Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm

Apply online

If you have questions about our online application system, please get in touch with us at job.application.questions@brooklynmuseum.org.

Luce Curatorial Fellowship (multi-year position)–applications due Jun. 1, 2021

The Smithsonian American Art Museum 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

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.This position is open to all U.S. Citizens or U.S. Nationals. 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.

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.

The Association of Print Scholars’ 2021 Distinguished Scholar Lecture by Dr. Curlee Raven Holton (May 7, 2021)

The Association of Print Scholars extends an invitation to members/subscribers of ACRAH to its upcoming Distinguished Scholar Lecture entitled “Being an Artist, Printmaker, and Creative Collaborator,” to be delivered by Dr. Curlee Raven Holton, Director of the David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland via Zoom on May 7, 2021 at 3 PM (EST). 


Additional information about the lecture and the registration link is available online:

https://printscholars.org/rsvp/aps-sixth-annual-dsl-curlee-raven-holton/)