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View updates from the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, including upcoming and recent programs, fellowship deadlines, recordings, and publications.

New video series

5 Pictures for a New World
Aruna D’Souza, Edmond J. Safra Visiting Professor, spring 2022

Former Edmond J. Safra Professor Aruna D’Souza presents a new series, 5 Pictures for a New World. Stay tuned for more episodes.

On Chakaia Booker’s “Egress”
On Eve Hesse’s “Test Piece for ‘Contingent’”

Upcoming Mellon Lectures

Chasing That Which Is Not Me / Chasing That Which Is Me
73rd A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts
Sundays, April 28–May 19, at 2:00 p.m.
East Building Auditorium

Anna Deavere Smith, award-winning actress, playwright, author, and professor at New York University, will present the Mellon Lectures this spring. Registration for in-person and virtual tickets will be announced in March.

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New lecture recording

Sofonisba Anguissola: Recent Discoveries and Debates
Michael Cole, Columbia University
Sydney J. Freedberg Lecture on Italian Art

We’re pleased to make available a recording of the 27th Sydney J. Freedberg Lecture on Italian Art, delivered on November 12, 2023, by Michael Cole of Columbia University.


Upcoming publication

Contact: Art and the Pull of Print
Jennifer L. Roberts, forthcoming May 2024
Princeton University Press, Bollingen Series

Published by Princeton University Press in association with the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, this publication follows Roberts’s 2021 presentation of the 70th A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts.

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New lecture recording

Latinx Art and the Intimacy of Dislocation
Roberto Tejada, University of Houston

We’re pleased to make available a recording of the 2023 Wyeth Lecture in American Art, delivered on December 2 by Roberto Tejada of the University of Houston.


Our annual report

Center 43: Record of Activities and Research Reports, June 2022–May 2023
This year, the Center’s residential community is affiliated with institutions in the United States, Canada, and Italy, with representation across 18 states and the District of Columbia. From 17th-century Dutch and Chinese art exchanges to ancient narratives of madness, to Latin American video art, to the performance of Indigenous feminist futures in Native American art, this year’s cohort is broadening our understanding in myriad art-historical and architectural fields. 


Recent conference

Women in Art and Music: An Early Modern Global Conference
Friday and Saturday, October 20–21
East Building Auditorium and Virtual

“Women in Art and Music” was a two-part conference hosted jointly by the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts and the Juilliard School in New York. Part 1 was October 18 at Juilliard in New York, NY, and Part 2 was October 20–21 at the National Gallery of Art.

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Recent book discussion

Black Modernisms in the Translatlantic World
Saturday, September 30
2:00–3:00 p.m.
West Building Lecture Hall

Join us for a discussion about Black Modernisms in the Transatlantic World with coeditor Huey Copeland and contributing author Kellie Jones, moderated by Steven Nelson. A book signing will follow.

New appointments

2023–2024 Academic Year Appointments

Every year, the Center brings distinguished scholars from around the world to its internationally renowned research institution at the National Gallery of Art. Research topics vary widely, from Soviet architecture, climate science, and the “Other” in ancient Neo-Assyrian art to an investigation on bronze’s materiality as it relates to race in 19th-century America.

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Recent publication

Beauty Born of Struggle: The Art of Black Washington
Edited by Jeffrey C. Stewart

In a 20th century during which modern art largely abandoned beauty as its imperative, a group of Black artists from Washington, DC, made beauty the center of their art making. This book highlights these influential artists, including David C. Driskell, Sam Gilliam, Lois Mailou Jones, and Alma Thomas, in the context of what Jeffrey C. Stewart describes as the Washington Black Renaissance.


Recent appointment

The Center announces new associate dean Kaira M. Cabañas

Kaira M. Cabañas has been appointed associate dean of academic programs and publications. As associate dean, Cabañas will manage the Center’s many annual symposia, lectures, meetings, and other academic gatherings as well as oversee academic and commissioned research publications. She will direct various long-term research projects within the Center and serve as an academic administrator. Cabañas begins her tenure on March 27, 2023.
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