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“Between Theory and Practice: Rethinking Latin American Art in the 21st Century” Symposium, MOLAA/Getty

Between Theory and Practice: Rethinking Latin American Art in the 21st Century is a two part symposium that will take place in Southern California and in Lima, Peru. The panel of speakers will be comprised of an international group of scholars, curators, museum directors and artists who will discuss new approaches to studying and presenting Latin American art in the 21st century. The first session, from March 11 – 13, 2011 will be held at MOLAA and at The Getty Center in Los Angeles; the second session, from November 2 – 4, 2011 will be held at the Museo de Arte de Lima in Peru. Both sessions will address the same topics but will introduce different speakers.–in-the-21st-Century.aspx

EXH: “True Self: The Search for Identity in Modern and Contemporary Art” @ MMoCA

Until June 2011

True Self: The Search for Identity in Modern and Contemporary Art explores the ways artists have understood and conveyed the essence of the self—through facial expression, body language, dress, and the particulars of setting—in a selection of paintings, sculpture, prints, and photographs. Drawn from MMoCA’s permanent collection, the exhibition lists a broad range of artists, including Thomas Hart Benton, Sonya Clark, Chuck Close, Käthe Kollwitz, Alfred Leslie, Diego Rivera, Cindy Sherman, Hollis Sigler, Raphael Soyer, and Ida Wyman.

True Self is organized by the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and is on view in the museum’s Henry Street Gallery. Exhibitions in the Henry Street Gallery are generously funded through an endowment established by the Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation.

Course Proposals Sought for 2011 Summer MoMA Courses

Deadline: Monday, March 21, 2011

The Department of Education is seeking new instructors and course proposals for five and eight-week summer MoMA Courses.  We also invite previous applicants to re-submit or update existing course proposals.  Please feel free to pass along the call-for-proposals to any colleagues outside the Museum who may be interested.

The summer term begins the first week of June and continues through early August. Each class meets once per week on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. – 12:50 p.m., or in the evenings from 6:00 – 7:50 p.m. or 8:10 – 10:00 p.m.  The times may change slightly based on classroom availability and other conflicts. Enrollment is limited to twenty students per class (twelve for studio classes) and classes meet in the Museum’s classrooms, as well as in the galleries when they are available.  A class may be cancelled if it does not meet enrollment requirements (a minimum of twelve students).  The stipend for course instructors is $2,400 for an eight-week course and $1,500 for a five-week course. Prior teaching experience is required.

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The Idea of Archive—Producing and Performing Race, Duke University Library

February 25 – 26, 2011

In celebration of the fifteenth anniversary of the John Hope Franklin Research Center, the Duke University Libraries and the Office of the Provost present the inaugural Atelier @ Duke, a series of panel discussions on “The Idea of Archive—Producing and Performing Race.” This program is free and open to the public.

Mel Edwards & Jayne Cortez, Visual/Verbal Dialogue, University of Delaware

Paul R. Jones Annual Lecture presents:
Mel Edwards and Jayne Cortez

Visual/Verbal Dialogue
March 7, 2011 at 6:00 pm

Longtime partners, Melvin Edwards and Jayne Cortez are internationally renowned artists.  Their professional work comes together on occasion, as in the illustrations Edwards provides for Cortez’s writings and her poems inspired by his sculptures. This rare collaborative presentation provides an exceptional opportunity for their personal, political and artistic voices to come together publicly in celebration of the arts and their liberatory capacity.

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Black Studies in Art & Design Education Conference @ Parsons

For more information contact Coco Fusco at or visit our webpage:

EXH: “Material Girls” @ Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Baltimore


January 25, 2011 (BALTIMORE, MD) — Thirty-eight three-dimensional works of art by eight black women artists will be featured in the special exhibition, Material Girls: Contemporary Black Women Artists at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum from February 12 to October 16, 2011. This exhibition celebrates the traditions of skill, innovation and creativity practiced by black women, both past and present.

Material Girls features an impressive lineup of artists at varying points in their careers including Chakaia Booker, Sonya Clark, Torkwase Dyson, Maya Freelon Asante, Maren Hassinger, Martha Jackson Jarvis, Joyce J. Scott and Renée Stout. This exhibition highlights the materials they prod, ply and piece together in works that play on unique cultural meanings, personal memories and social agendas.

Curated by Dr. Michelle Joan Wilkinson, Director of Collections and Exhibitions at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Material Girls explores the intersection of art and craft with works of art made with both traditional mediums—wood, clay, paper and glass—and non-traditional ones—rubber tires, plastic bags, model cars and human hair. Works on view feature intimate, handcrafted beadwork to monumental sculptures with industrial materials weighing over 1,000 pounds.

“The caliber and creativity of these artists is astounding,” notes Dr. Wilkinson. “Their sculptural works have a highly sensory appeal, ranging from the gleaming visual surfaces of hand blown glass to the coarse textures of volcanic stone. A key concern is environmental issues, and many of the artists use recycled materials in their works.”

“This original exhibition is a landmark moment in the museum’s history,” says Executive Director Dr. David Taft Terry. “Material Girls is a contemporary art exhibition that draws on the history of African American material culture. We are delighted to work with such an esteemed group of black women artists.”

The Material Girls 48-page catalogue will be available for $20 in the museum shop during the run of the exhibition

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Anatomy/Academy Graduate Symposium @ PAFA

March 26, 2011, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Free after museum admission.

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts will host a graduate symposium in
conjunction with the exhibition *Anatomy/Academy: Nexus of Art and Science*

In tribute to Philadelphia’s historical importance as a center for the
artistic and anatomical study of the human body, this symposium examines the
body in relation to the material and visual culture of American art,
focusing on how Philadelphia’s dynamic art and science communities fostered
knowledge of the human body from the early nineteenth century to the

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PUB: Southern Cultures

In celebration of Black History Month, Southern Cultures permanently has
dedicated a new section of our website to all of our essays and features
from the last decade on AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE.  This material
includes interviews with many famous figures (and lesser known ones, too),
as well as material which explores many aspects of the experiences of
African Americans inside and outside the South.  In addition, we’ve also
been presenting featured content on our homepage to commemorate African
American history: an essay from  Timothy B. Tyson, author of Blood Done Sign
My Name, who reveals why Martin Luther King’s message  endures and what he
means to the South and the nation.

To date, over 65,000 readers have viewed our material online.  To read our
new section on AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE, please visit:

To read Tim Tyson’s “Martin Luther King and the Southern Dream of Freedom,”
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CFP: BEND! Photography, Gender, & the Politics of Representation

Call for Papers

BEND! Photography, Gender, & the Politics of Representation

An Interdisciplinary Symposium
Princeton University, April 22-23, 2011

Keynote Speaker: Professor George Baker, Department of Art History, UCLA

The past decade has witnessed widespread institutional and scholarly efforts to historicize the relation between art and feminism, and between art and identity politics. These efforts unfold in a present that is often characterized as “post-gender” and/or “post-racial.” Just as categories of identity seem to lose traction in cultural discourse, so boundaries between artistic media become unfixed. Yet photographic representation is increasingly pervasive, and increasingly bound to the performance of subjectivity.
This symposium aims to consider the interrelated production of gender and photography, along with their dissolution as stable categories of inquiry. An interrogation of photography today requires looking within as well as beyond the boundaries of traditional art-historical frameworks. It compels us to account for the political and social dimensions in which photography participates, and demands that we re-consider the mise-en-scène of photography’s production as art.
How has the evolution of photography—from b/w to color, from analogue to digital, from mass media to social media—served to articulate or blur aesthetic and subjective differences? What politics of representation emerge when the individual can be both agent and object of photographic voyeurism, exhibitionism, and surveillance? Might photography’s expanded field offer the potential for reshaping feminist politics today?
We invite participants to explore historical, existing and possible relationships between photography and the (re)production of gender, from the perspectives of visual culture, philosophy, (art) history, and art practice.  Papers might consider photography in relation to:
gender bending – histories and politics of sexuality – performance and/or portraiture – the construction of masculinity – women artists – representations of gender, race, and class – advocacy, activism, and political practice – feminist politics, ethics, and aesthetics – medical and biological discourses – capitalism, terrorism, and war

We welcome submissions from graduate students and emerging scholars in all fields and disciplines.  Please submit a CV and 300-word abstract for a 20-minute paper by March 1, 2011 to Frances Jacobus-Parker, Elena Peregrina-Salvador, and Mareike Stoll at