New in Art History and Visual Culture for CAA 2017

From February 15-18, we are excited to attend the annual conference of the College Art Association in New York, NY. Editor in chief Larin McLaughlin and advancement and grants manager Beth Fuget will be representing the Press, debuting several new books, and meeting with authors, publishing partners, and other professionals in the arts.

We are thrilled to introduce our recent and forthcoming titles in art history and visual culture at the meeting. Please stop by our booth (#206) to get a first look at our new offerings, and join the discussion on social media with #caa2017.

New and Recent Books

Migrating the Black Body: The African Diaspora and Visual Culture
Edited by Leigh Raiford and Heike Raphael-Hernandez

Migrating the Black Body explores how visual media—from painting to photography, from global independent cinema to Hollywood movies, from posters and broadsides to digital media, from public art to graphic novels—has shaped diasporic imaginings of the individual and collective self.

Forthcoming Books

The Hope of Another Spring: Takuichi Fujii, Artist and Wartime Witness
By Barbara Johns
Foreword by Roger Daniels
Introduction to the diary by Sandy Kita
Scott and Laurie Oki Series in Asian American Studies
Forthcoming May 2017

The Hope of Another Spring reveals the rare find of a heretofore unknown collection of art produced during World War II. The centerpiece of the collection is Fujii’s illustrated diary that historian Roger Daniels has called “the most remarkable document created by a Japanese American prisoner during the wartime incarceration.”

Sonny Assu: A Selective History
By Sonny Assu
With Candice Hopkins, Marianne Nicholson, Richard Van Camp, and Ellyn Walker
Forthcoming June 2017

Through large-scale installation, sculpture, photography,
printmaking, and painting, Sonny Assu
merges the aesthetics of Indigenous iconography
with a pop-art sensibility. This stunning retrospective
spans over a decade of Assu’s career, highlighting
more than 120 full-color works, including several
never-before-exhibited pieces.

Queering Contemporary Asian American Art
Edited by Laura Kina and Jan Christian Bernabe
Foreword by Susette Min
Afterword by Kyoo Lee
Jacob Lawrence Series on American Artists
Forthcoming May 2017

These artist interviews, cutting-edge visual artworks, and critical essays explore contemporary currents and experiences within Asian American art, including the multiple axes of race and identity; queer bodies and forms; kinship and affect; and digital identities and performances.

Displaying Time: The Many Temporalities of the Festival of India
By Rebecca M. Brown
Global South Asia
Forthcoming June 2017

Using extensive archival research and interviews with artists, curators, diplomats, and visitors, Brown analyzes a selection of museum shows that were part of the Festival of India to unfurl new exhibitionary modes: the time of transformation, of interruption, of potential and the future, as well as the contemporary and the now.

Banaras Reconstructed: Architecture and Sacred Space in a Hindu Holy City
By Madhuri Desai
Global South Asia
Forthcoming May 2017

Desai examines the confluences, as well as the tensions, that have shaped this complex and remarkable city. In so doing, she raises issues central to historical as well as contemporary
Indian identity and delves into larger questions about religious urban environments in South Asia.

The Jewish Bible: A Material History
By David Stern
Samuel and Althea Stroum Lectures in Jewish Studies
Forthcoming July 2017

Stern explores the Jewish Bible as a material object—the Bibles that Jews have actually held in their hands—from its beginnings in the Ancient Near Eastern world through to the Middle Ages to the present moment. By tracing the material form of the Torah, Stern demonstrates how the process of its transformations echo the cultural, political, intellectual, religious, and geographic changes of the Jewish community. With tremendous historical range and breadth, this book offers a fresh approach to understanding the Bible’s place and significance in Jewish culture.

Forthcoming Fall 2017

North: Finding Place in Alaska
Edited by Julie Decker
Published with Anchorage Museum

This volume features the most interesting objects and works in the museum’s collections, framed within essays by writers, professors, and curators on Alaska-relevant topics such as scale, Indigenous traditions, wildlife, and wildness.

The Art of Resistance: Painting by Candlelight in Mao’s China
By Shelley Drake Hawks

The Art of Resistance surveys the lives of seven painters—Li Keran (1907–1989), Pan Tianshou (1897–1971), Li Kuchan (1898–1983), Feng Zikai (1898–1975), Huang Yongyu (b. 1924), Ding Cong (1916–2009), and Shi Lu (1919–1982)—during China’s Cultural Revolution. Drawing on interviews and materials collected during visits to China, Shelley Hawks shows how these artists expressed dissent through imagery and poetry.

Christian Krohg’s Naturalism
By Øystein Sjåstad
New Directions in Scandinavian Studies

This book traces the career of Norwegian painter, author, critic, and journalist Christian Krohg (1852–1925), known for his political paintings of the poor, prostitutes, child labor, and Skagen fishermen in the 1880s. In this first book-length work in English, Sjåstad’s exploration of Krohg’s life and work touches on the relationship of his painting to politics, literature, photography, science, and anthropology.

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