CAA’s Cali Buckley was able to attend Museums Advocacy Day as a RAAMP and CAA representative from February 23 to 25th, 2020. Spearheaded by the American Association of Museums (AAM), Museums Advocacy Day brings museum professionals, supporters, and graduate students together to learn how to advocate for museums and ask for funding from the congressional leaders in charge of their state and others. Alongside museum advocates from the American Association of Museum Directors (AAMD), the Museum Assocation of New York (MANY) and others, CAA was able to visit the offices of senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer and congressman Jerry Nadler.
A class assignment became a large-scale installation showing the names of local opioid victims in a building named for the Sackler family, who has manufactured and refuted the harm of Oxycontin. [Hyperallergic]
A public forum will be held at the Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane University on the exploring the impact of lead pollution. The discussion will happen alongside the current exhibition “Flint is Family: LaToya Ruby Frazier and the student-organized The American Dream Denied: The New Orlean Residents of Gordon Plaza Seek Relocation,” which also explores pollution and community. [Tulane University News]
In the year leading up to the 2020 election, the Feminist Art Coalition will present a series of exhibitions and programs featuring feminist artists and themes. Forty-nine other museums across the country will also develop programming for the year as part of a consortium.
The current list of participants is as follows:
80 Washington Square East, New York University
Arcadia Exhibitions, Spruance Gallery
Arizona State University Art Museum
Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena
The Arts Club of Chicago
The Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College
The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
The Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York
Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College
DePaul Art Museum, Chicago
Emerson College Media Art Gallery, Boston
EMPAC at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Fine Arts Gallery, School of Art, San Francisco State University
The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College
Hammer Museum, University of California, Los Angeles
Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle
Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Jacob Lawrence Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle
Lawndale Art Center, Houston
Massachusetts College of Art and Design + MassArt Museum
Menil Collection, Houston
Mills College Museum
MIT List Visual Arts Center
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Downtown
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Museum of Sonoma County, Santa Rosa
Newcomb Art Museum, Tulane University, New Orleans
Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)
Pitzer College Art Galleries, Claremont, CA
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
The Renaissance Society, Chicago
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Museum
Root Division, San Francisco
San Jose Museum of Art
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA)
Seattle Art Museum
swissnex San Francisco
Tufts University Art Galleries
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Williams College Museum of Art (WMCA)
Women Photographers International Archive, WOPHA
“Working together through an unprecedented cooperative partnership, the Feminist Art Coalition will generate a cultural space for engagement, reflection, and action, while recognizing the constellation of differences and multiplicity among feminisms,” said Apsara DiQuinzio, a curator and member of the steering committee. [e-flux]
On Tuesday, September 24, at 3 PM (EST), our Coffee Gathering featured Meredith Lynn, Assistant Curator at Florida State University, and Claire L. Kovacs, Curator of Binghamton University Art Museum. To better understand the range of job descriptions and promotional review criteria that apply to those who do curatorial work at academic museums or galleries, Lynn and Kovacs created a survey to gather information from their colleagues in academic museums and galleries. They presented their findings at AAMG in 2019 and again last week in the Coffee Gathering.
Meredith Lynn is an artist, curator, and educator based in Tallahassee, Florida. In her art practice, she frequently explores the historical, political, and social issues surrounding land management and ownership. Her curatorial specialty is contemporary art, with a particular focus in interactive and new media art. Her work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Indiana Arts Commission, the Minnesota State Arts Board, Northern Lights, and the Florida Department of Cultural Affairs and most recently shown at the Morris Graves Museum of Art in Arcata, California and the Wiregrass Museum in Dothan, Alabama. She is the curator of the Museum of Fine Arts at Florida State University where she also teaches in the Department of Art.
Claire L. Kovacs is the Curator of Collections and Exhibitions at Binghamton University. She obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Iowa and her master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Case Western Reserve University – all in art history. She has curated exhibitions at the Figge Art Museum, Coe College, Krasl Art Center, DePaul University, and at Augustana College, where she was (until recently) the Director of the Augustana Teaching Museum of Art. Her strategies for curatorial work and programming emphasize the ways that academic museums explore contemporary issues, foster interdisciplinary inquiry, create space for a multiplicity of voices and perspectives, and function as a site of dynamic community engagement. She underscores intersectional equity, diversity, accessibility, and inclusion in her curatorial work. Her research practice grapples with ways that art historical research can support ‘The Common Good’ (to borrow a phrase from the NEH), using curatorial practice and writing as a mechanism by which to amplify under-told stories.
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