2012 College Art Association Annual Conference, Los Angeles

Business Meeting

The 2012 Business Meeting at CAA was held in Los Angeles, Friday, February 24, 2012, 7:30-9:00 AM in Concourse Meeting Room 406AB; continental breakfast was served.   Items before the membership included the election of new officers and committee members, discussion and approval of future conference sessions, and introduction of the 2012 Travel Grant recipients; full agenda: IAS BUSINESS MEETING CAA Agenda 2012.  This is the IAS official annual business meeting and all current and prospective members are welcome.


The IAS sponsored two sessions at CAA, a pre-arranged short session and an open-call long session, and held its annual business meeting, open to all current and prospective members.  The IAS also awarded travel grants to support participation by graduate students, junior faculty and independent scholars, and international scholars; see the Travel Grants page for further information.  General information about CAA 2012 may be found on the CAA conference website.

Short Session: Urbanism in Italy: From the Roman City to the Modern Age
Friday, February 24, 12:30–2:00 PM; Concourse Meeting Room 406AB.
Areli Marina, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Phillip Earenfight, Dickinson College

This session explored the creation and manipulation of the urban center that has been a constant on the Italian peninsula from the founding of Roman cities to Richard Meier’s 2006 reformulation of the space of the Ara Pacis in Rome.  It forms part of the IAS 2012 theme, “The Study of the Art and Architecture of Italy: A Reassessment of the Discipline.”  Abstracts.

Diane Favro, University of California-Los Angeles, “Off the Grid: Urban Armatures and Traffic Jams in Ancient Rome
Max Grossman, University of Texas at El Paso, “Brick Architecture and Political Strategy in Early Modern Siena
Guendalina Ajello Mahler, Independent Scholar, “Monumental Transformations: Architecture and the Eternal City in Flux

Long Session: Territory and Border: Geographic Considerations of Italian Art and Architecture
Saturday, February 25, 2:30–5:00 PM, West Hall Meeting Room 502B
Nicola Camerlenghi, University of Oregon, and Catherine McCurrach, Wayne State University

This session examined the geographic parameters that circumscribe the art and architecture of Italy. What common elements of intellectual inquiry are shared by scholars of Pompeii and those of Piedmont? How do the geographic boundaries of modern Italy shape the study of Italian art? What is gained—or distorted—by dutifully fitting eclectic and regional trends into a coherent narrative spanning centuries but limited to modern territorial borders? In light of Italy’s relation to the Mediterranean Sea, what geographic considerations ought to define the study of Italian art? As the culminating session of the year-long Italian Art Society theme “The Study of the Art and Architecture of Italy: A Reassessment of the Discipline,” papers reconsider fundamental assumptions underlying the current study of the art and architecture of Italy from antiquity to the present by addressing broad methodological themes centered around geographic definitions and boundaries. This session forms part of the IAS 2012 theme, “The Study of the Art and Architecture of Italy: A Reassessment of the Discipline.”  Abstracts.

John Nicholas Napoli, Pratt Institute, “Forging a National Audience for Regional Monuments: Giuseppe Fiorelli and the Superintendency for Excavations and Museums”
Michele Luigi Vescovi, Universita degli Studi di Parma, “Defining Territories and Borders in Italian Romanesque Architecture: Regions, Sub-Regions, Meta-Regions”
Niall Atkinson, University of Chicago, “Tracing Renaissance Geographic Imagination in the “Chronicle” of Benedetto Dei”
Diana Gisolfi, Pratt Institute and Pratt in Venice, “Geography, Hegemony, and Expansive Examples from the Veneto”
Karen Pinkus, Cornell University, “For an Italian Landscape: Regionalism in the Postwar Era”

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