In April, just about a year after the art history “program” (i.e. major) at William Paterson University was terminated, I attended the fabulous SUNY New Paltz Undergraduate Art History Symposium to support our final graduate with a BA, who was also one of my advisees. This year, I noticed that the papers were particularly sophisticated […]
“As we celebrate, dwell in, and embrace the basic materiality of our objects, we work to find ways to foreground the material of the objects themselves into larger historical analysis.
The organizers of Material Collective’s sponsored session at Kalamazoo 2022 seek papers that analyze 19th- and 20th-century collecting and/or building projects within their political, social, economic, and cultural environments, through examinations of the financial structures that enabled their creation, nationalist and colonialist appropriation and collecting strategies, and issues of class such as the relationships between artists and patrons.
Higher education — and particularly the humanities, and very particularly the field of Art History — are in a state of unprecedented crisis in the United States. We need CAA, as the flagship organization for art historians to publicize this large-scale attack on our academic field.
The much-discussed national crisis in American higher education hit me particularly hard this year. At William Paterson University, where I have taught for 13 years and am now a tenured Full Professor, I am in danger of being laid off, along with dozens of colleagues. My local union has managed to negotiate the number of […]