Post #735 • February 21, 2006, 11:43 AM • 8 Comments
Keynote speaker at the CAA convocation is Arthur C. Danto, whose talk, "The Relevance of Commentary," addresses the relationship of art and writing. The CAA also formally announces its 2006 awards to outstanding artists and scholars at the conference. Among the winners are artists Andrea Zittel and Elizabeth Murray, who receive the "distinguished body of work award" and the "distinguished artist award for lifetime achievement," respectively. The Frank Jewett Mather award for art criticism is shared by Gregg Bordowitz, a video artist whose writings are collected in The AIDS Crisis is Ridiculous and Other Writings, 1986-2003 (MIT Press), and Okwui Enwezor, a curator who is dean of the San Francisco Art Institute. (What is it with the CAA and its art criticism award? Can't their panel find any actual art critics?)
Not as often as you would think: two years ago they gave the same award to the Guerilla Girls. I confess that I'm not a huge fan of the CAA; I think they legitimize spurious academic pursuits with funds siphoned off of the underemployed. So in honor of the CAA annual dealybob, starting tomorrow in Boston, I'd like to solicit horror stories from the front lines of the job search. Tell me how you fared at the meat market this year, by posting your tales below or e-mailing me. If I become sufficiently incensed, I may use my PHP/MySQL skills to offer the online job search service currently at collegeart.org as a subscriber benefit for free. Let excessively comfortable tenured irrelevencies pay for a venue to in which to present their wack hypotheses, not fresh-out-of-school artists with aspirations to academia and wracking student loan debt.
Update: In 2000 the CAA published policy regarding interviewer ettiquite at the job fair. Participants, see how well they comply. Your anonymity is assured.