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2021 Conference—New York

As an affiliated society of the College Art Association (CAA), the Association of Historians of American Art sponsors a one-and-a-half-hour session at the CAA annual conference.

CFP for session: "This is America"

College Art Association Annual Conference in New York City, New York, February 1013, 2021

Omari Booker, This is America, 2018. Oil on canvas, 36 by 48 inches (91.4 x 121.9 cm), Vanderbilt University Black Cultural Center, Nashville, Tennessee.

On May 5, 2018, Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Hiro Murai’s accompanying music video quickly went viral and became a flashpoint for heated discussions of race, representation, and violence in contemporary American culture. Featuring numerous shootings and a shirtless Gambino dressed in Confederate trousers and dancing in various hip-hop, African, and minstrel show-inspired styles, the video calls upon the richness of American visual culture to critique systemic racism, gun violence, and police brutality. Many critics and fans applauded the video – contemporary artist Omari Booker, well known for his paintings critiquing mass incarceration and red-lining, incorporated Gambino into a recent painting aptly titled This is America, which depicts a shirtless Gambino standing before a map of the continental United States outlined in red razor wire (2018). This session, inspired by "This is America" and sponsored by the Association of Historians of American Art (AHAA), invites papers that engage with themes of American art broadly conceived. What is the current landscape of the discipline? How are Americanists responding to contemporary social, political, and environmental challenges? 

AHAA seeks to include new and diverse voices, and we encourage younger scholars and people from underrepresented groups to make submissions. Please submit your title and abstract (250 words max), along with your cv to by August 10, 2020.

AHAA Business Meeting

College Art Association Annual Conference in New York City, New York, February 10–13, 2020.

Date and Time: TBD
Location: Hilton New York Midtown

Please join us for AHAA's Annual Business Meeting, your opportunity to hear about AHAA's initiatives and the new benefits the Board has been working on for our members. The Board also wants to hear from you about how AHAA can best support its scholarly community. We look forward to seeing you there!