Toward the Future: Museums and Art History in East Asia

CIHA Colloquium in Tokyo, Japan, March 10-11, 2019.

Under the title “Toward the Future: Museums and Art History in East Asia,” the 2019 CIHA Colloquium in Tokyo examines the sate of the field of art history in the age of globalization by discussing various issues in East Asian art history from a comparative viewpoint, and explores ways to expand the field of study for the future. It also expects to contribute toward reorienting the history of East Asian art more comprehensively through discussion in the sessions focusing on the foundations and modern development of museums, art history, and other related art institutions and of related practices and activities such as collecting artistic objects and the historiography of arts and artists in pre-modern East Asia. For more information, visit:

MOTION: 35th CIHA International Congress

Florence 2019-São Paulo 2020

The 35th CIHA World Congress presents a unique experiment: for the first time a CIHA congress will take place in two different locations and in two different moments: in Florence, Italy, in September 2019 and in São Paolo, Brazil, in autumn 2020. It is dedicated to the general topic of “Motion” and invites the international community of scholars to discuss fundamental aspects of art and architecture under this heading in a broad transcultural perspective, from earliest times to the present. The Congress is conceived as a strong collaboration between the two national CIHA committees, who are responsible for their respective venues and will also create formats for a dialogue between the two events such as joint sessions in each place. The venues focus on two major, though not mutually exclusive aspects of Motion: Transformation in Florence and Migrations in São Paolo. The two committees are pleased to announce this intense collaboration and are looking forward to an extraordinary transcontinental debate about the most challenging concerns of art history and related fields today.

More information on the Florence Congress is available here:

More information on the São Paulo Congress, including calls for chairs of speaker and poster sessions, is available here:ão-paulo-brazil-2020

College Art Association 2019 Annual Conference, New York

February 13-16, 2019

The College Art Association Annual Conference is the largest international gathering of professionals in the visual arts. The program is filled with opportunities to join more than 250 stimulating sessions and meetings on a wide range of topics on art scholarship and practice; to engage in in-depth discussions on new scholarship, innovative art, and issues in the arts today; and to connect with colleagues from across the country and around the world.

NCHA at the College Art Association Annual Conference

In preparation for the upcoming CIHA 35th International Congress, which will take place in Florence in 2019 and São Paulo in 2020, the National Committee for the History of Art is hosting the following two panels during the College Art Association Annual Conference.

Motion: Transformation and the Life of Artworks

Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 4:00-5:30 pm. New York Hilton Midtown, 2nd floor, Clinton Suite

This session will be a roundtable by four Chairs of the Sessions of the 35th International Congress in the History of Art (CIHA) taking place in Florence, Italy (September 2019).  The CIHA theme of Motion: Transformation will be introduced and explored in relation to the “life” of artworks. Participants will highlight both their own understanding and interpretation of the theme as well as the overall importance of the topic for an international and cross-cultural understanding of the history of art. In addition, the session will offer an opportunity for CAA members to ask questions about the upcoming CIHA and find out ways to participate in the art historical exchange.

New Pathways to Research in Modern Brazilian Art

Saturday, February 16, 2019, 2:00-4:00 pm. NYU, Institute of Fine Arts, 1 E. 78th St., first floor Lecture Hall. Note that this event takes place off-site.

During the past two decades there has been a notable expansion of interest in Brazilian art of the 20th and 21st centuries. Much of this work has been done by scholars (Brazilian and Anglo-American) publishing their work in English. Both in the US and in the UK remarkable exhibitions have been organized about such key figures as Tarsila do Amaral, Lygia Clark, Lygia Pape, Mira Schendel, Hélio Oiticica and many others. Critic Guy Brett led the way starting in the 1960s and universities, museums (MoMA, Tate, Carnegie, MFA Houston etc.) have followed his lead. Our panel analyzes this phenomenon through presentations of five scholars actively engaged in the area of Brazilian modern art. Edward Sullivan, Deputy Director of the Institute of Fine Arts has organized this panel and will introduce and moderate talks by five scholars: Stephanie D’Alessandro (Metropolitan Museum of Art), Esther Gabara (Duke University) Luisa Valle (Graduate Center, CUNY), Brian Bentley (NYU Institute of Fine Arts) and Vivian Crockett (Columbia).