Casanova as Case Study: How Should Art Museums Present Problematic Aspects of the Past?—ARTnews

Casanova as Case Study: How Should Art Museums Present Problematic Aspects of the Past?

One exhibition at the Legion of Honor shows how curators and institutions are rethinking the ways they organize and frame exhibitions on figures whose behavior is considered inappropriate, or even criminal, today. At a time when museums are cancelling shows by artists facing allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior, the Legion of Honor presented the show as an opportunity to talk about power, wealth, identity, self-invention, and social media.

RAAMP Coffee Gathering: Models of Curricular Exhibitions

Join us Tuesday, August 21 at 1:30 PM (EST) for the next RAAMP Coffee Gathering: Models of Curricular Exhibitions.

Curricular exhibitions have the power to engage with the intellectual life of the university while also connecting to the broader public. Tethered to an academic course, these projects can vary widely and be driven by students as well as faculty. Join us to discuss models, strategies, challenges, and outcomes for these projects. Participants are invited to come with a case study to share.

The discussion will be led by Berit Ness, Assistant Curator for Academic Initiatives at the Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago.

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Eliminating The Humanities Decimates Every Student’s Education—Forbes

One of higher ed’s main roles is to preserve and transmit culture while adapting to and being changed by it.

From libraries to classrooms, each generation of teachers and students communicates ideas and demonstrates theories that have evolved over thousands of years of civilization, now more and more including non-Western and non-white cultures. Since education isn’t a zero-sum game, all of the collected wisdom and foolishness of the world comes crashing together in college. One way or another, students leave (ideally) with a greater sense of the world and who they are in it. The back and forth of educated debate is both a cause and a result of where we have come from and where we are now.

A Growing Number of Museums Are Addressing Diversity with New Urgency—The New York Times

With New Urgency, Museums Aim to Cultivate Curators of Color

For decades the country’s mainstream art museums have excluded people of color — from their top leadership to the curators who create shows to the artists they display on their walls.

Now, eager to attract a broader cross-section of visitors at a time when the country’s demographics are changing — and, in New York, facing an ultimatum linking city funding to inclusion plans — a growing number of museums are addressing diversity with new urgency. From the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago to the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Lacma), they are hiring more minority staff members, offering paid internships and partnering with foundations and universities that fund curatorial jobs, to ensure that the next generation of leaders of color get into the pipeline.

CAA Receives Major Anonymous Gift to Support Art History Faculty and Students

CAA has received a major anonymous gift of $1 million to fund travel for art history faculty and their students to special exhibitions related to their classwork. 

The gift will establish the Fund for Travel to Special Exhibitions, a new program to be administered and juried by CAA.

“This incredibly generous gift will not only support art history scholars and students for years to come, it is a powerful message to the visual arts field that their work is as important as ever,” said Hunter O’Hanian, CAA’s executive director. “The new Fund also reinforces CAA as the preeminent organization supporting and advancing professionals in the visual arts and design.”

Groundbreaking in its scope, the Fund for Travel to Special Exhibitions is intended exclusively to enhance the first-hand knowledge of original works of art. The Fund will support travel, lodging, and admission for art history students and faculty in conjunction with special museum exhibitions in the United States and throughout the world. Awards will be made exclusively to support travel to exhibitions that directly correspond to the class content. However, exhibitions on all artists, periods, and areas of art history are eligible.

Awards of up to $10,000 will be granted on a per project basis by a jury formed by CAA to oversee the Fund for Travel to Special Exhibitions.

Applications will be accepted by CAA beginning in fall 2018. All application criteria and information will be listed on the CAA website.

Art schools are not starving for students as other colleges are squeezed—Bloomberg

Art Schools Aren’t Doing So Badly While Other Colleges Struggle

Art and design schools aren’t coming under pressure as much as other colleges that are being squeezed as some students eschew high price tags and the population of new high-school graduates stagnates. While enrollment in colleges and universities declined 6 percent in the decade through 2016, it fell by only 4 percent at art schools, according to the most recently available information compiled by the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design, which collects data on 42 private schools.

Decipher 2018: defining, doing, disseminating, supporting, and teaching design research

Announcing Decipher, a hands-on design research conference at University of Michigan / Stamps in partnership with the AIGA Design Educators Community and the new DARIA Network (Design as Research in the Americas). The event will address crucial themes of defining, doing, disseminating, supporting, and teaching design research.

Design educators and practitioners from all disciplines are encouraged to submit. There are also opportunities to engage as submission reviewers and for students to serve as conference volunteers.

Hosted by the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design at University of Michigan September 27–29, 2018.

Getty Announces New Conservation Initiative—ArtDaily

Getty Foundation announces new grant initiative to conserve paintings on canvas

The Getty Foundation announced the launch of Conserving Canvas, a new initiative that aims to ensure that critical conservation skills needed to care for paintings on canvas do not disappear. Conserving Canvas will keep much-needed skills alive through a number of grants that support the conservation of paintings, workshops, seminars, training residencies, and a major symposium. The initiative’s initial projects support the study and conservation of world-renowned works on canvas, including Thomas Gainsborough’s The Blue Boy (1770), Anthony van Dyck’s Equestrian Portrait of Charles I (1637-8), and François Boucher’s Vertumnus and Pomona (1757).

The inaugural Conserving Canvas grantees include The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, CA; the National Gallery, London; Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; Statens Historiska Museer, Sweden; Stichting Restauratie Atelier Limburg, the Netherlands; University of Glasgow, Scotland; and Yale University.

Congress has once again rejected Trump’s calls to eliminate the NEA and NEH—artnet News

Despite Threats of Budget-Slashing, the NEA Actually Saw Its Funding Increase in Congress’s Newly Passed Budget

The National Endowment of the Arts and the National Endowment of the Humanities can breath a sigh of relief. On Wednesday, the US Congress has passed a 2019 budget allotting both contested federal agencies a $155 million budget for the forthcoming fiscal year.

The Fiscal Year 2019 Interior Appropriations Bill was approved by the the Senate with a 92-6 vote yesterday, after previously being passed by the House of Representatives. The new budget increases funding to the two agencies by $2.2 million compared to the 2018 budget. (That budget was only passed in March, despite the fact that the fiscal year begins in October.) The 2017 budget also included a $2 million increase for the agencies.