Rolland Gallery of Art and Cal Lutheran Chemistry Department Explore the Work of Art Detectives

At California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, CA, the Rolland Gallery of Art partnered with the Chemistry Department to put on “Traces: Revealing Secrets in Art and History.” This exhibit gives Cal Lutheran students and visitors the opportunity to have “an inside look at the methods used by art detectives to reveal the secrets of artworks, ranging from X-rays and infrared light to solvents that remove varnish. Visitors can compare before and after images, try to identify what has been altered in a work and use ultraviolet light to detect changes.”

This exhibition will be the central focus of a new class: “Chemical Investigations of Art” which Katherine Hoffmann, the John Stauffer Professor of Analytical Chemistry, and Robert Dion, an adjunct professor of chemistry,  will teach in January. (California Lutheran University)

Image: Half of this oil painting by Richard Wilson has been cleaned.

Museum Creates Program for Families Suffering from the Opioid Crisis

The Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, NH has created a program for those affected by the opioid crisis. New Hampshire is ranked number three in the nation for drug overdoses.

Lynn Thomson, an assistant director of education and community engagement, explains that the program began with a simple question: What is Manchester dealing with now, and what does the community need?Collaborating with the Partnership for Drug Free Kids, the Currier’s “Art of Hope” came to be. (Hyperallergic)

Image above: The Art of Hope program discussing Claude-Joseph Vernet’s “The Storm” (1759).

Unexpected connections: New team-teaching model in liberal arts explores interdisciplinary learning approaches

At Colorado State University, Erika Osborne, an associate professor in the Department of Art and Art History, and Lynn Badia, an assistant professor in the Department of English will teach an interdisciplinary course on energy.

Osbourne and Badia’s course, “Cultural Extraction: Energy in the Humanities,”  will focus on “the relatively new concept of ‘energy humanities’ looks at the relationship between energy and our daily lives through a variety of lenses.” The instructors built field trips into to the course and have also “incorporated artists, films, literature and even TV series to provide context around the energy theme.”

In response to what they are learning in class and on field trips to the the Fort St. Vrain Generating Station in Platteville and the National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden, students will create a “‘mock museum’ — a museum set in the future containing artifacts from our current time” which will be installed  at  the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art’s Robert W. Hoffert Learning Center at the end of the fall 2018 semester. The exhibition will be titled “Museum of Energy Transitions: Real and Speculative.”

The mock museum will be open from Dec. 12 through Dec. 15 during regular museum hours, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 13.  (Colorado State University)

Image above: Students tour the Fort St. Vrain Generating Station in Platteville.

Castles in the Sky: Fantasy Architecture in Contemporary Art at Lehman College Art Gallery

When students enter the Lehman College Art Gallery in the Bronx, NY to see the current exhibition,  “Castles in the Sky: Fantasy Architecture in Contemporary Art,” they are asked “What’s your fantasy structure?”

“None of the artists in the show are trained architects,” gallery director Bartholomew Bland said, “but they all engage in building in a sort of way that I think is very imaginative and sort of appeals to the dream that we all have about the perfect home, or the perfect building, or the perfect place we would want to spend time.”

“Castles in the Sky” is the product of Bland’s interest in “18th century Italian artist Giovanni Battista Piranesi and 19th century American painter Thomas Cole” and “where artists go in their minds.” The exhibition is up through January 26, 2018.  (The Riverdale Press)

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David LaChapelle’s ‘Burning Down the House’ is a portrait of late fashion designer Alexander McQueen that appeared in Vanity Fair in 1997.
(Courtesy of David LaChapelle)

CAA Announces Guidelines for Faculty and Administrations Eliminating Arts and Humanities Programs and Departments

By any number of metrics, the arts and humanities are experiencing challenging times. In response to these challenges, some universities and colleges in the United States have cut programs, collapsed libraries, or shuttered entire departments. Over the past years, CAA has tracked these changes in higher education through the organization’s own research efforts and through narratives relayed directly from our members. These actions taken by administrations are in no way secret. In article after article, the alarm has been sounded. We believe there is a better way to resolve these issues and protect the arts and humanities at the same time.

To bridge this divide, CAA is pleased to release Guidelines for Addressing Proposed Substantive Changes to an art, Art History or Design Unit or Program at Colleges and Universities.

Faculty Workshop Agendas from the Allen Memorial Art Museum

During a recent Coffee Gathering: Curriculum Development Workshops with Liliana Milkova, Liliana Milkova discussed successful Curriculum Development Workshops she has hosted at Oberlin’s Allen Memorial Art Museum.

If you are organizing faculty workshops for professors or staff at your academic museum or gallery to integrate collections or exhibitions into their syllabi, you may find Liliana Milkova’s sample agendas a helpful resource.

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“Transfer: Learning In and Through the Academic Museum,” co-authored by Liliana Milkova and Steven S. Volk

During a recent RAAMP Coffee Gathering with Liliana Milkova, Milkova spoke about the Allen Memorial Art’s pre and post museum visit surveys.  Milkova and Steven S. Volk, Oberlin’s director of the Center for Teaching, Innovation, and Excellence, co-analyze survey results in “Transfer: Learning In and Through the Academic Museum,” a chapter published in Advancing Engagement: A Handbook for Academic Museums, Volume III (2015).

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CAA Conversations Podcast: Bringing Access to Design Practice: Teaching Inclusion in the 21st Century

The weekly CAA Conversations Podcast continues the vibrant discussions initiated at our Annual Conference. Listen in each week as educators explore arts and pedagogy, tackling everything from the day-to-day grind to the big, universal questions of the field.

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Elizabeth Guffey, Matt Ferranto, and Rebecca Mushtare discuss “Bringing Access to Design Practice: Teaching Inclusion in the 21st Century.”

Elizabeth Guffey is Professor of Art & Design History, State University of New York at Purchase.

Matt Ferranto is Associate Professor of Design, Westchester Community College.

Rebecca Mushtare is Associate Professor of Graphic Design, State University of New York at Oswego.