The Medieval Academy of America's inaugural Karen Gould Prize in Art History

The Medieval Academy of America is currently accepting nominations for the inaugural Karen Gould Prize in Art History.

The Gould Prize will be awarded annually for a book or monograph in medieval art history judged by the selection committee to be of outstanding quality. Books published in 2015 will be eligible for submission in the fall of 2017, with the inaugural Prize to be awarded at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America. The Prize was endowed in 2017 by Prof. Gould’s husband, Lewis Gould.

Karen Gould (1946 – 2012) was an art historian specializing in manuscript illumination and was the author of The Psalter and Hours of Yolande of Soissons (Speculum Anniversary Monographs) (Medieval Academy of America, 1978). The prize established in her name consists of a certificate and a monetary award of $1,000.

For more information, contact Executive Director Lisa Fagin Davis ( or visit our website:

13 & 14 October Symposium at The Met: The Brummer Galleries in Paris and New York: From Antiquities to the Avant-Garde

The Brummer Galleries in Paris and New York: From Antiquities to the Avant-Garde
Museum curators and other scholars consider the influence of the early 20th-century art dealers Joseph and Ernest Brummer and their galleries in Paris and New York.

Organized across six curatorial departments at The Met, this two-day symposium provides an opportunity to highlight and assess original research on this renowned art dealing firm. The Brummer galleries played a significant role in the formation of countless institutional and private collections in fields as varied as Ancient Near Eastern, Egyptian, Ancient Greek and Roman, Ancient American, Middle Eastern, Iranian, and Medieval Art, and ranging from African sculpture to avant-garde painting. Among the many museums that maintained a long-term relationship with Joseph and Ernest Brummer, The Met houses the largest and foremost collection of works of art with Brummer provenances in any museum in the world.

The symposium is made possible by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and the Billy Rose Foundation.

Friday, October 13
The Fuentidueña Chapel, The Met Cloisters

Afternoon Session, 1:30–5 pm
Welcoming Remarks
C. Griffith Mann, Michel David-Weill Curator in Charge, Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters, The Met

A Family Affair: The Brummers and Art Dealing in Paris, 1906–1914

Monika Bincsik, Assistant Curator, Department of Asian Art, The Met

Yaëlle Biro, Associate Curator for the Arts of Africa, Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, The Met
Christel Hollevoet-Force, Associate Research Curator, Department of Modern and Contemporary Art, The Met

From Paris to New York: A Gallery in Transition

Elizabeth Dospel Williams, Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection
Tom Hardwick, Independent Scholar
Julie Jones, Curator Emeritus, Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, The Met


Saturday, October 14 - REGISTER HERE (separate registration from DAY 1)
Bonnie J. Sacerdote Lecture Hall, The Met Fifth Avenue

Morning Session, 10:30 am–12:30 pm

Welcoming Remarks
Carrie Rebora Barratt, Deputy Director for Collections and Administration, The Met

New York: The Triumphant Years

Christine E. Brennan, Senior Research Associate, Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters, The Met
Lucretia Kargère, Conservator, Department of Objects Conservation, The Met Cloisters
Maya Muratov, Senior Research Assistant, Department of Greek and Roman Art, The Met
Anne-Elizabeth Dunn-Vaturi, Hagop Kevorkian Research Associate, Department of Ancient Near Eastern Art, The Met
Martina Rugiadi, Associate Curator, Department of Islamic Art, The Met

Afternoon Session, 1:30–5 pm

The Brummer Legacy, 1947–2017

Marianne Wardle, Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Academic Programs, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
Michael Carter, Associate Museum Librarian, The Met Cloisters
Dr. John Laszlo, former Professor of Medicine and Director of Clinical Programs, Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center; Vice President for Research, American Cancer Society (ret.); and nephew of Ella Baché Brummer and Ernest Brummer
William D. Wixom, Curator Emeritus, Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters, The Met
Charles T. Little, Curator Emeritus, Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters, The Met

ICMA statement: Medievalists Respond to Charlottesville

The ICMA is a signatory to the joint letter written by the Medieval Academy of America denouncing white supremacy and the misuse of medieval history and art.

Medievalists Respond to Charlottesville
In light of the recent events in the United States, most recently the racist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, the undersigned community of medievalists condemns the appropriation of any item or idea or material in the service of white supremacy. In addition, we condemn the abuse of colleagues, particularly colleagues of color, who have spoken publicly against this misuse of history.

As scholars of the medieval world we are disturbed by the use of a nostalgic but inaccurate myth of the Middle Ages by racist movements in the United States. By using imagined medieval symbols, or names drawn from medieval terminology, they create a fantasy of a pure, white Europe that bears no relationship to reality. This fantasy not only hurts people in the present, it also distorts the past. Medieval Europe was diverse religiously, culturally, and ethnically, and medieval Europe was not the entire medieval world. Scholars disagree about the motivations of the Crusades—or, indeed, whether the idea of “crusade” is a medieval one or came later—but it is clear that racial purity was not primary among them.

Contemporary white nationalists are not the first Americans to have turned nostalgic views of the medieval period to racist purposes. It is, in fact, deeply ironic that the Klan’s ideas of medieval knighthood were used to harass immigrants who practiced the forms of Christianity most directly connected with the medieval church.  Institutions of scholarship must acknowledge their own participation in the creation of interpretations of the Middle Ages (and other periods) that served these narratives. Where we do find bigotry, intolerance, hate, and fear of “the other” in the past—and the Middle Ages certainly had their share—we must recognize it for what it is and read it in its context, rather than replicating it.

The medieval Christian culture of Europe is indeed a worthy object of study, in fact a necessary one. Medieval Studies must be broader than just Europe and just Christianity, however, because to limit our object of study in such a way gives an arbitrary and false picture of the past. We see a medieval world that was as varied as the modern one. It included horrific violence, some of it committed in the name of religion; it included feats of bravery, justice, harmony, and love, some of them also in the name of religion. It included movement of people, goods, and ideas over long distances and across geographical, linguistic, and religious boundaries. There is much to be learned from studying the period, whether we choose to focus on one community and text or on wider interactions. What we will not find is the origin of a pure and supreme white race.

Every generation of scholars creates its own interpretations of the past. Such interpretations must be judged by how well they explain the writings, art, and artifacts that have come down to us. As a field we are dedicated to scholarly inquiry. As the new semester approaches at many institutions, we invite those of you who have the opportunity to join us. Take a class or attend a public lecture on medieval history, literature, art, music. Learn about this vibrant and varied world, instead of simply being appalled by some racist caricature of it. See for yourself what lessons it holds for the modern world.

CAA Call for Award Nominations

Date/Deadline: September 1, 2017

CAA has begun accepting nominations for the 2018 Awards for Distinction, which will be announced at the 106th Annual Conference in Los Angeles between February 21–24, 2018. All nominations must be sent with the proper nomination form including the nominee’s contact information.

Awards for Distinction are given to professionals in a number of art fields who have been nominated by others to receive recognition for their work. These include:
Distinguished Teaching of Art Award
Distinguished Teaching of Art History Award
Artist Award for Distinguished Body of Work
Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement
Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing on Art
Distinguished Feminist Award
CAA/American Institute for Conservation Award for Distinction in Scholarship and Conservation Award

All nominations are due September 1, 2017.

Nominations for Awards for Distinction require letters of support from the nominator that include the nominator’s identity, relationship to the nominee, how the nominee’s work has affected them, and why the nominee should be recognized for this particular award. It is recommended that nominators contact colleagues, students, and other professional contacts to write their own letters of nomination as well, bearing in mind that only five letters will be considered by the award jury.

Nominations for Awards for Distinction also require a short CV (approximately two-pages) of the nominee. For Lifetime Achievement awards, a web link to a longer version of the CV can be included within the two-page CV. All materials should be sent to Katie Apsey, CAA manager of programs.

For more information on these grants as well as CAA’s Awards for Distinction in Publication, please see the CAA website:

ICMA Call for Proposals - CAA 2018 - due Thursday 20 April 2017

due 20 April 2017

The International Center of Medieval Art (ICMA) seeks proposals for sessions to be held under the organization’s sponsorship in 2018 at the annual meeting of the College Art Association. Session organizers and speakers must be ICMA members. Proposals must include a session abstract, a CV of the organizer(s), and a list of speakers, all in one single Doc or PDF with the organizer’s name in the title.

Please direct all session proposals and inquiries by 20 April 2017 to the Chair of the ICMA Programs and Lectures Committee:  Janis Elliott, Texas Tech University. Email: .