Re-posting from the June 2018 CAA (College Art Association) newsletter:
The CAA (*College Art Association) newsletter just posted this important release from the National Humanities Alliance. They have created a Study the Humanities Toolkit . Have a look at it and become a Humanities evangelist!
*Student memberships for this all-important, international professional organization are available — your first step to connecting with your colleagues in Art History (as well as in Art Education and Studio Art).
This is a remarkable opportunity to work with major collections at the MFAH and the ICAA (see post from 12/15/17 about the ICAA).
“Students will have the opportunity to participate in year-long, paid internships with the ICAA. This has been a continuous feature of the UH graduate program in art history since 2009, when the University placed its first intern in the MFAH’s prestigious research center for Latin American and Latino art. With the signing of the memorandum, UH students will now benefit from access to previously restricted resources from the Latin American and Latino art collections and digital archival holdings of the MFAH. Moreover, UH faculty and MFAH staff will use their ongoing innovations in object-based learning for continued collaboration in the burgeoning area. The hope is that this partnership will serve as a model for other museums and research universities across the country.”
[*Genome: 1. the haploid set of chromosomes in a gamete or microorganism, or in each cell of a multicelluar organism. 2. the complete set of genes or genetic material present in a cell or organism.]
Artsy’s Art Genome: Project:
“The Art Genome Project is the classification system and technological framework that powers Artsy. It maps the characteristics (we call them “genes”) that connect artists, artworks, architecture, and design objects across history. There are currently over 1,000 characteristics in The Art Genome Project, including art historical movements, subject matter, and formal qualities.”
Rethink your writing habits: (from LSE Impact Blog)
This article is not aimed particularly at students, but you will find the ideas helpful anyhow. Just keep writing: even a few lines will get that paper started.
Dig into the International Center for the Arts of the Americas (ICAA) This rich archive of primary source documents related to all aspects of Latin American and Latino Art is an essential research source. You may also access a wide range of publications based on the materials in the collection. The archive is hosted by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH). Registration for an account is free. Check it out!
Many of the documents are in Spanish (also some in Portuguese, French, etc.). If you are not a Spanish-reader: dig in anyhow and look at the primary source materials associated with artists in whom you are interested — many sources are illustrated. Be an intrepid researcher! You may find images here that are not available elsewhere. And, many of the ICAA’s publications are in English. Search these secondary sources. You’ll see smart scholarship at work.
Here’s a review of a recent study about the multi-dimensionality and problematics of archives.