Students, faculty, and alumni of the departments of Art and Art History will present their research at the 101st conference of the College Art Association in New York, February 13–16. CAA is the primary professional association of artists and art historians in the United States. The conference will feature more than 200 sessions, a Book and Trade Fair, and numerous workshops, social events and professional networking opportunities. Department chairs Carolyn Henne and Adam Jolles will host a reception for Florida State University students, faculty, and friends on Wednesday, February 13 from 4 to 6 pm at Nohra Haime Gallery, which is currently featuring a show by Art alumnus Adam Straus (MFA 1982), Looking for Nature and Singing the Paradise Blues.
On Friday, February 15, Art History professor Michael Carrasco will co-chair the session Precolumbian Ceramics: Form, Meaning, and Function, which will include PhD student Kati McCampbell’s paper “Exploring the Effigy Funerary Urn Genre: A Highland Maya Interpretation of Mortuary Space.” The papers in this session explore stylistic and iconographic properties of the ceramics of ancient Latin America from a variety of methodological, temporal, and regional vantage points. Also on Friday, Art History professor Paul Niell is co-chairing the session Building for the “Common Good”: Public Works, Civic Architecture, and Their Representation in Bourbon Latin America. The panel will examine civic architecture, public infrastructures, and their representation, built for the “common good” in the 18th and early 19th centuries in Latin America. The session will include Niell’s paper “Civic Architecture, Public Patronage, and the Modern Self in Late Colonial Havana, Cuba.”
On Saturday, February 16, Art professor Owen Mundy will present “The Military Industrial Marketing Machine: Leveraging the Media Landscape” in the panel Military and the Landscape: Revealing and Reflecting; and Art professor Holly Hanessian will continue her interactive project Touch in Real Time in a CAA/NCECA reception at Greenwich House Pottery. Art professor John Mann’s show Folded in Place is also ongoing at Daniel Cooney Fine Art during the CAA conference weekend.
Several FSU Art History alumni are also presenting their work at CAA this year, including Keri Watson (PhD 2010, now at Auburn University at Montgomery) and Timothy B. Smith (PhD 2002, now at Birmingham-Southern College) on Thursday, February 14. Watson’s paper is titled “The Southern Civil Rights Movement and Let Us Now Praise Famous Men” and Smith will present “Queer Fragments: Sodoma, the Belvedere Torso, and Saint Catherine’s Head.”