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JOB: Chair/African/African American/African Diasporic Art @ UPittsburgh

Andrew W. Mellon Chair (History of Art and Architecture Department)

The Department of History of Art and Architecture (HAA) in the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh seeks to appoint an accomplished historian of modern or contemporary African, African American, or African Diasporic art to the Andrew W. Mellon Chair, with a start date of September 1, 2022. The successful candidate will be appointed at the rank of Associate or Full Professor with tenure. This endowed position provides an opportunity for its holder to undertake significant scholarly initiatives at the departmental, university, and extra-institutional level. It carries substantial research funds and a teaching load of three courses per year. Applicants are expected to have an accomplished record of research and teaching. The successful applicant will be asked to develop and teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, supervise doctoral students, undertake service, and participate actively in the life of the department and university. We seek a colleague whose teaching, research, mentorship, and leadership will contribute diverse perspectives and experiences to departmental and university initiatives.

The History of Art and Architecture Department is based in the Frick Fine Arts Building on the University of Pittsburgh’s Oakland campus. We recognize that the University of Pittsburgh occupies the ancestral land of the Adena culture, Hopewell culture, and Monongahela peoples, who were later joined by refugees of other tribes (including the Delaware, Shawnee, and Haudenosaunee), driven here from their homelands by colonizers. 17 full-time faculty members work together to serve the needs of our approximately 30 PhD students; post-baccalaureate Hot Metal Bridge diversity fellows; the 200 majors and minors in our programs in Architectural Studies, the History of Art and Architecture, and Museum Studies; and the hundreds of undergraduate students who enroll in our courses to fulfill General Education requirements. Our faculty includes specialists in the art and architecture of the Americas, East and South Asia, the Islamic Near East, and Europe, across centuries. Our interpretative approaches and lines of inquiry find intersections within our Constellations working groups on Agency, Environment, Identity, Mobility & Exchange, Temporalities, and Visual Knowledge. Our interest in the history of exhibitions and museums finds expression in our research, activities related to the Collecting Knowledge Pittsburgh consortium, and our Museum Studies major and minor. The University Art Gallery, Visual Media Workshop, and Fine Arts Library, all of which are housed within the Frick Fine Arts Building, function as situated learning environments for department members. The appointment of a senior scholar of modern or contemporary African, African American, or African Diasporic art will both strengthen and help connect our research and teaching missions at a crucial inflection point within the history of the department, the University, and the discipline.

To apply, visit join.pitt.edu. The requisition number for this position is 21006726. 

Applications should include:• Cover letter addressed to Prof. Mrinalini Rajagopalan, Chair, HAA Department, that discusses the applicant’s approaches to research, teaching, and mentoring (of peers, graduatestudents, and undergraduates).• Current CV. Please include a list of students mentored and courses taught.• Diversity statement of 1–2 pages, in which you share 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.

Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled. Questions may be directed to Mrinalini Rajagopalan, Chair, HAA Department (mrr55@pitt.edu) or Karoline Swiontek, Administrative Officer, HAA Department (karoline@pitt.edu).

Duties• Teach 3 (3-credit) courses (undergraduate and graduate) in the History of Art and Architecture per academic year• Meet with undergraduate and graduate students beyond the classroom as may be appropriate to their educational needs• Direct and serve on PhD committees in the History of Art and Architecture Department• Carry out departmental and university service by way of, for instance, mentoring, participating on committees, and leading select initiatives

Minimum Requirements• PhD in the history of art, architecture, or a closely related field• Record of publications demonstrating original insight and sustained engagement with innovative methodological approaches• An active, forward-looking research agenda in the fields of modern or contemporary African, African American, or African Diasporic art• Demonstrated excellence in university-level teaching in the history of art, architecture, or a closely related field • An openness to innovative pedagogical practices• Commitment to the values of equity, inclusion, accessibility, and diversity• Commitment to departmental and university citizenship

Preferred Requirements• Experience teaching graduate-level courses and directing or serving on PhD committees• Experience mentoring faculty colleagues• Interest in Museum Studies and Curatorial Practice• Record of university and/or disciplinary service• Potential to engage collaboratively on strategic initiatives

The Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences is committed to building and fostering a culturally diverse environment. Excellent interpersonal and relationship-building skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of individuals and constituencies in support of a diverse community are required.

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity. EOE, including disability/vets.

JOB: Latin and/or Caribbean art and visual culture @ FIT

The History of Art Department seeks an historian of Latin and/or Caribbean art and visual culture who will develop and teach innovative historical surveys covering ancient to contemporary art from the region. Strong preference for candidates with museum or curatorial experience who can contribute to the department’s major, Art History and Museum Professions.

The successful applicant will also be expected to contribute new course offerings to the Liberal Arts minors in the History of Art, Latin American Studies, Caribbean Studies, and/or African American and Africana Studies, and to contribute to the department, School, and College beyond the classroom by participating in committees and college-wide events, engaging in scholarly activity through conference presentations and/or publications.

The new faculty member will benefit from mentoring by working with the department chair and with other department faculty, as well as with the Center for Excellence in Teaching, which anchors a faculty development program for training with online learning systems and for other pedagogical guidance.

See full description at https://fitnyc.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp;jsessionid=D2C059946E50A5D1165CAE4A2EE2B842?JOBID=136772

Deadline October 15, 2021.

JOB: Art Histories of Black and Latinx Diasporas @ UToronto

The Department of Art History in the Faculty of Arts & Science at the University of Toronto invites applications for a full-time tenure stream position in the area of Art Histories of Black and Latinx Diasporas. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2022. 

Applicants must have earned a PhD degree in Art History or a related area by the time of appointment, or shortly thereafter, with a demonstrated record of excellence in research and teaching. The successful candidate will specialize in the historical analysis and interpretation of the art of Black and Latinx Diasporas, with a focus on the Americas. We seek candidates whose research and teaching interests complement and enhance our existing departmental strengths, particularly with regard to decolonizing perspectives in diverse regional and global contexts. The successful candidate will be expected to pursue innovative and independent research at the highest international level and to establish an externally funded research program. An ability to connect with other relevant programs within the university, such as Caribbean Studies, African Studies, and the Centre for Diaspora & Transnational Studies, as well as with local art institutions such as the Art Gallery of Ontario and Ryerson Image Centre, would be considered an asset.

Candidates must provide evidence of research excellence which can be demonstrated by a record of publications in top-ranked and field-relevant journals or forthcoming publications meeting high international standards, the submitted research statement, presentations at significant conferences, awards and accolades, and strong endorsements from referees of high standing. 

Evidence of excellence in teaching should be provided through teaching accomplishments, the teaching dossier (with required materials outlined below) submitted as part of the application, as well as strong letters of reference.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

This position will be held at the University of Toronto, St. George campus in downtown Toronto. The University of Toronto offers the opportunity to teach, conduct research, and live in one of the most diverse cities in the world. The Department of Art History is an internationally renowned department dedicated to the study of history, theory, and methodology of art in a global context. For more information about the University of Toronto, and the Department of Art History, please visit www.utoronto.ca and https://arthistory.utoronto.ca

All qualified candidates are invited to apply online by clicking the link below. Applicants must submit a cover letter; a current curriculum vitae; a research statement outlining current and future research interests (maximum four pages); a recent writing sample; and a teaching dossier to include a statement of teaching philosophy, sample course materials, and teaching evaluations. Furthermore, candidates are expected to show evidence of a commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and the promotion of a respectful and collegial learning and working environment demonstrated through the application materials. We seek candidates who value diversity and whose research, teaching, and service bear out our commitment to equity. Candidates are therefore also asked to submit a 1-2 page statement of contributions to equity and diversity, which might cover topics such as (but not limited to): research or teaching that incorporate a focus on underrepresented communities, the development of inclusive pedagogies, or the mentoring of students from underrepresented groups. 

Applicants must provide the names and contact information of three references. The University of Toronto’s recruiting tool will automatically solicit and collect letters of reference from each after an application is submitted (this happens overnight). Applicants, however, remain responsible for ensuring that references submit letters (on letterhead, dated and signed) by the closing date. 

Submission guidelines can be found at http://uoft.me/how-to-apply . Your CV and cover letter should be uploaded into the dedicated fields. We recommend combining attached documents into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format. If you have any questions about this position, please contact the Chair of Art History at art.chair@utoronto.ca

All application materials, including reference letters, must be received by the closing date, November 1st, 2021. 

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Diversity Statement
The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see http://uoft.me/UP.

Accessibility Statement
The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.

The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.


If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact uoft.careers@utoronto.ca.

JOB: Asst Prof, Asian Art @ DePaul University

The Department of History of Art and Architecture at DePaul University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in Asian Art History to begin Autumn Quarter 2022.  All periods, media, and geographies within Asia will be considered, including less well-studied areas of inquiry.

DePaul University operates on a quarterly schedule with a 2-2-2 teaching load.  The candidate will be expected to teach an introductory Asian art course as well as a course on Buddhist art.  The candidate will also be expected to develop other courses that will expand the department’s offerings in the religious dimension of DePaul’s general education curriculum, in consultation with the departments of Religious Studies, Global Asian Studies, Chinese Studies, and/or Japanese Studies, with whom such courses will be appropriately cross listed.  The candidate will be housed in History of Art and Architecture, including with respect to teaching, service, and tenure and promotion.  The candidate will be expected to maintain an active research agenda and contribute to the service needs of the department and university.

The Department of History of Art and Architecture is an undergraduate global art history program currently comprised of 7 full-time faculty members with specialists in African, Islamic, Byzantine, Medieval European, Latin American, American, and Feminist art.  In addition to the major and minor in History of Art and Architecture, the department participates in an Architecture & Urbanism minor jointly with the Geography Department, and in a Museum Studies minor with the departments of History and Anthropology. 

Review of application materials will begin on 1 October 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.  We actively seek to enhance the diversity of our department and are committed to promoting an inclusive environment.  Persons of all genders, abilities, and racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

https://academics.depaul.edu/faculty-jobs/Pages/full-time.aspx?dpusearchbystr=76973

JOB: Asst Prof, Arts of Africa & African Diaspora @ UCLA

The Department of Art History, University of California, Los Angeles, invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor specializing in the arts of Africa and the African Diaspora, to start July 1, 2022. We seek a scholar whose work emphasizes methodological innovation as well as connections between multiple geographies, and who is interested in cross-field collaboration within the department and the university. Ph.D. required. We especially welcome candidates whose experience in teaching, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence.

Please submit letter of interest, curriculum vitae, sample publication, statement on contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and names and contact information for three referees online at https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/JPF06807

For more information, contact Prof. Miwon Kwon, Chair, Search Committee. Application deadline: November 1.

Job Opportunity: Associate Professor or Full Professor in Expanding Approaches to American Arts, University of Texas-Austin (deadline Nov. 1, 2021)

https://apply.interfolio.com/93717

Description

The College of Fine Arts at the University of Texas at Austin (UT) seeks multiple, tenured, senior colleagues (associate or full professor rank) with a focus in interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary approaches to scholarship and research-based practice in visual, media-based, and performing arts of the United States. Rank and salary commensurate with experience.  We are specifically invested in deepening our engagement with underrepresented archives and repertoires within the United States, inclusive of perspectives from Indigenous, Afrodiasporic, Mexican American and LatinX, Asian American and Pacific Islander. The committee welcomes transnational, hemispheric, circum-Atlantic, and global frameworks and methodologies.

This interdisciplinary cohort hire is intended to impact the curricula, research profiles, and culture of more than one department/school in the College of Fine Arts. They will introduce innovations to the study of artistic expression that intersect with complementary disciplines; for example, religious studies, ethnography/anthropology, practice as research, new media/genre studies, technological arts and ethics, science and art, cultural/race/ethnic studies, disability studies, and transnational studies. We invite applications from academics and practitioners whose teaching, scholarship, creative activity, and/or service explore forms of artistic and creative practice not necessarily aligned with traditional institutions or methodologies. We encourage applications from members of groups whose underrepresentation in the American professoriate has been severe and longstanding. 

ABOUT THE COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS
The College of Fine Arts consists of the following departments/schools:

The Department of Art and Art History
Art Education
Art History
Studio Art

The Butler School of Music
Music and Human Learning
Musicology/Ethnomusicology
Performance
Theory/Composition

The Department of Theatre and Dance
Dance
Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities
Live Design and Production
Performance as Public Practice
Playwriting and Directing

The School of Design and Creative Technologies
Arts and Entertainment Technologies
Design

Qualifications

Required Qualifications:​​​​​​

  • Terminal degree in field
  • Established national/international record of research and professional practice with focus on cross-disciplinary approaches in the arts
  • A record of working productively with people of diverse races, ethnicities, nationalities, gender identities, sexual orientations, ages, and abilities
  • Hold the rank of Associate Professor or Professor 


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Desired Qualifications:​​​​​​​

  • Capacity to respond in pedagogically productive ways to the learning needs of students from diverse backgrounds
  • Sustained personal engagement with underrepresented communities and an ability to bring this asset to learning, teaching, and scholarship at the college and university level
  • Likelihood of using the diversity of human experience as an educational resource in teaching and scholarship
  • A demonstrated capacity to work across artistic disciplines

Application Instructions

To apply for the position, please submit the following by November 1, 2021 to Interfolio by clicking on the Apply Now button:

  1. A letter of application explaining your qualifications for, and interest in, the position, including discussion of your most significant research/creative/professional, teaching, and service activities in cross-disciplinary arts research or practice; your experience advancing equity, diversity, inclusion, and/or social justice in the arts; and a vision for what innovative teaching or other professional activities you hope to offer the College of Fine Arts
  2. A curriculum vitae (CV) or professional résumé (please include live links to publications, if applicable); 
  3. A link to or pdf of a portfolio of recent work (if applicable)
  4. Contact information for three references (letters will be requested only for finalists).  

Questions about the application process may be directed to cofadean@austin.utexas.edu; questions about the positions themselves may be directed to search committee chair Prof. John Yancey at jyancey@austin.utexas.edu.

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.

CFP: New Scholars @ American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies conference

ASECS 2022
52nd Annual Meeting
Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor
March 31–April 2, 2022
Annual Meeting Website: https://www.asecs2022.org/

Anne Schroder New Scholars Session [Historians of Eighteenth-Century Art and Architecture]
Dipti Khera (New York University), dipti.khera@nyu.edu; and Aaron Wile (National Gallery of Art), A-Wile@nga.gov
This is an open session for advanced graduate students and early career scholars in the art and architectural history of the long eighteenth century around the globe. We especially encourage submissions from underrepresented scholars; those who work in universities, museums, and para-academic institutions outside of North America and/or in adjunct employment positions; and those who define their stakes, topics, and temporal frames for the eighteenth century through visual/material/spatial analyses in relation to histories of enslavement, colonization, and the racialization and discrimination of bodies, knowledge, places, and objects.
Proposals should be sent directly to the session chairs no later than 17 September 2021.

Symposium: Association of Historians of American Art (Oct. 14-15, 2021)

Registration is now open for AHAA’s Sixth Biennial Symposium (October 14–15, 2021), a virtual event. Register now!

The Association of Historians of American Art, one of the oldest membership organizations devoted to studying American art, will hold its biennial symposium in fall 2021. Jointly organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the University of Maryland, this event will celebrate the fortieth anniversary of AHAA (2020) and the fiftieth anniversary of the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s preeminent fellowship program.

The two-day symposium on Thursday, October 14 and Friday, October 15 will feature presentations of new research, roundtable discussions, and Q&A sessions. While the symposium itself will be virtual, the schedule has been planned to allow for maximum discussion and interaction amongst our members. An optional Saturday schedule will also include in-person tours of exhibitions at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and David C. Driskell Center, University of Maryland, and a cocktail reception in downtown Washington D.C.

Registration Instructions
Registration for the symposium is free, but an active membership in AHAA is required to watch all pre-recorded presentations and attend all live virtual events. AHAA offers several levels of membership: Student/Basic ($35), Member ($50), Supporter ($200), Lifetime (one-time payment of $500), and Institutional ($500). To learn more about becoming a member, please visit AHAA Membership.

We apologize that our website does not offer the capability of joining or renewing your membership and registering for the symposium in a single transaction. Instead, you will have to join or renew your membership FIRST and then register for the symposium. Visit this link to join AHAA or renew your membership. Once you have verified your membership status, please click here to register for the symposium.

If you would like to watch ONLY the keynote lecture (through a pre-recorded presentation and a live Q&A on Friday, October 15, from 4:30–5:00), you are welcome to do so without becoming a member of AHAA. To register for this single event only, please click here.

Symposium Schedule
Please note that all recorded presentations will be available to registered attendees on Monday, October 4, 2021. Attendees are invited to watch these presentations in advance of the live discussions scheduled below. All times listed below are EST.

Thursday, October 14 (virtual)
9:30 – 10:15am: Session I: Lightning Round (LIVE Q&A)
Moderated by Joshua Shannon, University of Maryland

Katherine Fein, Columbia University
“Tusk, Breast, and Skin: The Intimate Ecologies of Ivory Miniatures”

Lucy Mounfield, University of Nottingham
“’Quiet Good for an Amateur!’: Vivian Maier, Amateurism, and the Photographic Periphery”

Danya Epstein, Southern Methodist University
“Back to the Future: Recursivity and Repertoire in the Work of Dennis Numkena”

Emma Silverman, National Park Service
“What a Doll: Queering the Body in Greer Lankton’s Photographs”

11:30am – 12:15pm: Session II: Health and the Body (LIVE Q&A)
Moderated by Tess Korobkin, University of Maryland

Caitlin Beach, Fordham University
“Edmonia Lewis and the Poetics of Plaster”

Kristin Nassif, University of Delaware
“Blinding Sight: Vision and Spectacles in John Haberle’s Trompe l’Oeil Paintings”

Janine DeFeo, The Graduate Center, City University of New York
“Body and Self: Adrian Piper’s Food for the Spirit and the Discourses of Anorexia Nervosa”

1:15 – 1:45pm: Session III: New Perspectives on Portraiture and Still Life (LIVE Q&A)
Moderated by Nika Elder, American University

Lea Stephenson, University of Delaware
“Tactile Gestures and Embodied Objects: Newport Portraiture and Landscapes of Slavery”

Stephen Mandravelis, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
“Towards a Reconsideration of Charles Bird King”

2:30 – 3:00pm: Session IV: Curatorial Landmarks (LIVE Q&A)
Moderated by Curlee R. Holton, David C. Driskell Center, University of Maryland

Maya Harakawa, The Graduate Center, City University of New York
“Romare Bearden’s Harlem Exhibition, 1966-1967”

Danielle O’Steen, Kreeger Museum
“Lou Stovall in Washington: On the Craft of Screenprinting”

4:15 – 5:00pm: Session V: Digital Epistemologies (LIVE Q&A)
Moderated by Melanee Harvey, Howard University

Kay Wells, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
“Inventing Digital Humanities through the Index of American Design”

Laura Smith, Michigan State University
“Relational Landscapes: Teaching Chaco Canyon with Immersive Technology”

Karen Mary Davalos, University of Minnesota
Constance Cortez, University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley
“Decolonizing American Art History through Digital Humanities”

Friday, October 15, 2021 (virtual)
9:30 – 10:15am: Session VI: Iconographies of Ethnicity (LIVE Q&A)
Moderated by Grace Yasumura, Smithsonian American Art Museum

Patricia Johnston, College of the Holy Cross
“‘I’ is for ‘Italian’: Francis W. Edmonds and the Image Peddler in Nineteenth-Century American Visual Culture”

Erika Pazian, University of Minnesota Duluth
“In the In-Between: Las Poblanas and the Gendered Occupation of Space in Nineteenth-Century North America”

Colleen Stockmann, Gustavus Adolphus College
“Weeds and Wildflowers: Drawing Plant Politics in New York, 1850-1870”

10:45 – 11:45pm: Session VII: Iconoclasm (LIVE ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION)
Co-Chairs: Wendy Bellion and Jennifer Van Horn, University of Delaware
Dana Byrd, Bowdoin College
Ellery Foutch, Middlebury College
Philippe Halbert, Yale University
J. M. Mancini, Maynooth University, Ireland
John Ott, Boston University/James Madison University

1:00 – 1:45pm: Session VIII: Imperialism (LIVE Q&A)
Moderated by Leslie Ureña, National Portrait Gallery

Maggie Cao, University of North Carolina
“Oceanography and Imperialism in Homer’s Gulf Stream”

Ellen Tani, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art
“Enmeshed: Senga Nengudi’s Performative Nylon Sculptures and Afro-Asian Ritual”

Mallory Nanny, Florida State University
“An-My Lê’s Small Wars: Re-enacting Memories of an Ongoing War”

2:45 – 3:30pm: Session IX: A Land Acknowledgement is Not Enough: Why Indigenous Art Must Guide a New American Art (LIVE ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION)
Mindy N. Besaw, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (Session Co-Chair)
Ashley Holland (Cherokee Nation), Art Bridges Foundation (Session Co-Chair)
Wanda Nanibush (Anishinaabe-kwe), Art Gallery of Ontario
Georgiana Uhlyarik, Art Gallery of Ontario

4:30 – 5:00pm: Keynote (LIVE Q&A)
Moderated by Jordana Saggese, University of Maryland and Symposium Co-Chair

Jennifer A. González, University of California, Santa Cruz
“Speech and Silence”

5:15 – 6:15pm: Virtual Reception

CFP: “South and North American Positionalities: Representing the Other in the Interdisciplinary 19th century [CAA 2022]–proposals due by Sept. 16, 2021

“South and North American Positionalities: Representing the Other in the Interdisciplinary 19th century”

The representation of the Other has been prioritized through the study of the cross-Atlantic relationship between Europe and the Americas; examples of exhibitions and publications include, Ojos británicos: Formación de la imagen visual de Colombia en el siglo XIX (Museo Nacional de Colombia, 2003) and Ana Lucía Araujo´s book, Brazil through French Eyes: A Nineteenth-Century Artist in the Tropics (2015). Research on the long nineteenth-century has focused on the connections between North and South America through scholarship like Katherine Manthorne’s landmark study Tropical Renaissance: North American Artists Exploring Latin America, 1839-1879 (1989), Picturing the Americas: Landscape Painting From Tierra Del Fuego to the Arctic (2015) and Traveler artists: Landscapes of Latin America from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection (2015). These studies have focused mainly on landscape representation through the eyes of the traveler.

This panel seeks to build upon the representation of the Other through visual culture and through an interdisciplinary lens. Interdisciplinary fields may include visual and textual relations, print culture, photography, theater studies, science and art, and material culture. A key point of discussion around the South and North two-way relationship will be structures of power and inherent biases of positionality. The Other in this proposal is understood within the nineteenth-century context as “different.” In this specific history, difference can be viewed not only through geographical distance but also through ethnographic distance. Questions of positionality may also address contemporaneous and historiographic accounts of audience reception and ideological interpretation of representations of the Other across the South-North divide. 


Topics may include but are not restricted to:

Travel/travelogues

Race

Ethnicity

Indigeneity

Gender

Age

Class

Spirituality

Religion

Politics

Nature

Landscape

Animals

Submission of proposals should be sent to: v.uribe20@uniandes.edu.co. Proposals must include 250-word abstracts and shortened CV sent by September 16, 2021.