Happy Candlemas Everyone! I’m writing this before we know whether Punxatawaney Phil or Staten Island Chuck will predict more winter or early spring, but either way, we Collectivists have some exciting new stuff planned for this semester.
We’ve added some essential and important statements to the website. In addition to a short Mission Statement, we’ve posted a description of our current Organizational Structure and our plans for future projects. As a group that prioritizes transparency, we’ve been wanting to “come out” with this information for a while now, but, as most of you know all too well, hungry children, desperate students, and “urgent” administrative duties often get in the way of our work!
We’ve also added a kind of position statement on the role we see Activism playing in the Collective, and we hope to add similar documents about topics like pedagogy down the road.
We finally got ourselves a twitter handle too, and we’ll be tweeting this information and lots of other good stuff from @materialcoll, so follow along!
The end of this month brings the annual CAA conference to NYC, and we’re really looking forward to meeting up with the fellow travelers who’ve been developing Art History That. Please check out their website, add to their ever growing manifesto, and attend their session: What Have You Done for Art History Lately? Initiatives for the Future of a Discipline.
Our own Jennifer Borland and Martha Easton will also be presenting at this year’s CAA. Their papers—In the Right Place at the Right Time? Raymond Pitcairn and His Collecting Practices (Jennifer R. Borland, Oklahoma State University) and Hammond Castle and the Mythology of the Medieval Collection (Martha E. Easton, Seton Hall University)—appear in the session The Market for Medieval Art in America.
Once we’ve heard from the various groundhog predictors, we’ll be back to give a preview of the exciting events we’re developing for this year’s Kalamazoo. In the meantime, let us know what you think about the website additions via comments, the Twitter feed, or the good old-fashioned Facebook page.