VRA + CAA, February 2012, Los Angeles

The annual College Art Association (CAA) conference will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center from February 22nd to 25th.
From the CAA’s website:
“Speakers and panelists will present their recent artistic projects and art-historical research, while others will talk about relevant issues in pedagogy, technology, publishing, and the academic workforce.
CAA is the Visual Resources Association’s oldest affiliate society and this year marks the VRA’s 30thanniversary and CAA’s 100th.
The VRA is planning a number of activities to celebrate this momentous year, including, a panel on the history of teaching with images, a business meeting and a walking tour with the LA Conservancy.
Thursday, February 23rd
LA Convention Center Concourse Meeting Room 403A.
Paint, Prints and Pixels: Learning from the History of Teaching with Images
Chair: John Trendler, Scripps College
Revisioning Art History: How a Century of Change in Imaging Technologies Helped to Shape a Discipline
Allan T. Kohl, Minneapolis College of Art & Design
Light Explorations: Teaching 19th – 21st Century Intersections of Photographic, Scientific, and Digital Technologies
Sheila Pinkel, Pomona College
Pictures of Art History: The Getty Research Institute’s Photo Study Collection
Anne Blecksmith and Tracey Schuster, The Getty Research Institute
New Challenges for a Digital Generation: An Information Literacy Approach to Teaching Visual Literacy
Joanna Burgess, Reed College; Ann Medaille, University of Nevada, Reno

Update: VRA Business meeting cancelled so we can all attend:
CAA Committee on Intellectual Property
Give and Take: Copyright’s Balancing Act
Saturday, February 25, 12:30 PM-2:00 PM

West Hall Meeting Room 515B, Level 2, Los Angeles Convention Center
Chairs: Christine L. Sundt, Visual Resources Journal; Doralynn Pines, Metropolitan Museum of Art, emerita; Jeffrey P. Cunard, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
“Give & Take: Copyright’s Balancing Act.” The purpose of the session is to discuss what the law gives to creators and users through basic provisions of the law and the many exemptions that are also written into the law and to consider why taking is not always something forbidden, wrong, or evil. In this session I propose that we cover various guidelines which could include the older DMCA and its effects on newer art technologies and the new best practices or guidelines that various subgroups are crafting. These include the documentary filmmakers, the AAMD (on thumbnails), ARL (academic and research libraries), SAA (archives), and the promised best practices guidelines from the VRA. We could also use the time to inform members about the revised CIP website which we are working on and which should be completed by then.

The session will be followed by a walking tour of “Historic Downtown” provided by the LA Conservancyand refreshments at the most intriguing establishment seen along the way. After the tour we will be meeting casually for food and drinks.
The Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA), another CAA affiliate will also hold a session focused on image issues.
Friday, February 24th
West Hall Meeting Room 511BC, Level 2
Collaboration, Access, Sustainability: The Future of Image Research Collections
Chairs: Tony White, Indiana University Bloomington; Laura Graveline, Dartmouth College
Picturing the Future: Private Collections and Public Institutions
Inge Reist, Frick Art Reference Library
Digital Humanities and New Emerging Paradigms for Librarians
Ann Whiteside, Harvard University
The Evolution of Corporate-Personal-Public Image Collections: Implications for Research and Preservation
Andrea Copeland, Indiana University
Yours, Mine, and Our Common Cultural Heritage: Losing Control of Digital Visual Information
Joane Beaudoin, Wayne State University
Full session information and schedules are live on the website.
More about the conference can be found here: 

In order to attend either the VRA or ARLIS activities you do not need to be a member or register for the conference.

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