time for caa’s annual conference
The annual College Art Association‘s conference is coming to New York City this week. It’s time to expect more ill-fitting khaki pants in the MoMA than usually seen in the galleries on any given weekday. For this year’s conference, I wrote a proposal that was accepted for one of the contemporary art panels. However, I had to decline the speaking engagement because I did not end up having the funding to attend the exhibition for which I was to write an essay and then discuss at the conference. The lack of financial resources available to independent curators and writers is a problem that I deal with on a regular basis. If I were affiliated with an instiution – a museum or university – then I would have been able to find some sort of funding for my project. This “What if?” scenario leads to questions of whether writers and curators will eventually need to obtain PhDs or seek employment at a museum, even if these insitutions are located on the peripherary, in order to complete research and create projects on a large-scale. For now, I’m just going to hustle in NYC.