Special Issue
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Letter from the Editor
We are excited to finally share the Oh, the Humanities! Summer Arts Issue with you, our dedicated readers. OTH originally intended to publish this issue in August but Hurricane Ida had other plans.

Part of my drive to be an ally in promoting the humanities and arts as editor for OTH following a recent career change can be contributed to past professional and personal ties. However, the seed for this drive is born from South Louisiana, where I've called home for most of my life. The music, food, environment, folklore, and history of our region (as much as we love promoting it to the outside world) is constantly under attack by the erasure of history, specifically as it relates to non-white populations, environmental and ecological abuse, and a highly politicized approach to managing public education. I am hurting right now, seeing the devastation from Ida in the city I call home, New Orleans, the Louisiana coast where I hold family ties and where much of Louisiana's economic, cultural, and historical significance grew from, and finally in New York, where I lived for three years.

Although this issue will not cover topics in the arts related to Hurricane Ida directly, diving back in to this issue after a week plus without power or internet, I'm reminded of the arts ability to emotionally connect us to larger issues and perspectives. Hurricanes expose the cracks in our communities; both literally in our public spaces and environment, but also in our policy making. Art can spark empathy and give voices to those marginalized long before any storm washes ashore, and afterwards reveal to us what to preserve and what is critical to change for an equitable future for all.

I want to thank all of our contributors for their patience and understanding, OTH is nothing without your expertise and insights. I look forward to receiving feedback on this issue and even more ideas for our future editions. I hope all our readers find something to engage with in this issue and find a thread to pull to reveal new insights on a topic that is important to you or your community.

Thank you for your support!

Chris Plattsmier

If you are interested in supporting Hurricane Ida relief in South Louisiana, please visit this list of organizations helping out effected communities.
ATTENTION: Scroll to the bottom to sign a letter from Scholars at Risk re: an Urgent appeal for Afghanistan's scholars, students, practitioners, civil society leaders, and activists!
How the Arts Inform Public Discourse and Consciousness
by Prof. Belenna Mesa Lauto

"This article discusses the work of Lennart Nilsson and his work as it relates to one of the most controversial topics of the 21st century: the sanctity of life in the womb. The evidence published by biologists, chemists and of course, photography reveals the critical nature of facts vs. emotions and how we, as humans respond, which also gives way to psychological studies in regard to human emotion and response. The information presented is not intended to provoke a particular narrative, but rather as a sincere examination of facts as the humanities, in particular: art, history, biological sciences and psychology all provide evidence of facts through observation and study."

Photo credit: Life Magazine, April 30, 1965
Resource: List of Open Access Art Titles
by OTH Staff

For the first special Arts issue of Oh, the Humanities!, the Third Chapter Project has compiled a list of scholarly art books that are offered as open access by their publishers – available to read online and/or download for free. Titles in the areas of film, music and drama are included as well as books about visual arts or art theory. Format (PDF, EPub, MOBI, etc.) is listed in Column M. Subject headings have been taken from WorldCat records, if available: if not, original cataloging of subject headings endeavors to keep to the WorldCat format. In Column S, the DOI of the book is listed if available; if not, the URL is provided. 

The extraordinary circumstances of the past 18 months have cast a spotlight on the importance of open (and remote) access to scholarly materials. This list is an ongoing project rather than a definitive complete list of open access art titles; nevertheless, we hope that you (and perhaps your students) will find it a helpful resource. If you know of an academic publisher who provides access to art books and who is not represented on this list, please feel free to let us know.
Four Negotiations: A Curator Responds to an Exhibition
by Diana Bamimeke

In June 2021, The Library Project and Basic Space Dublin presented On Belonging, a collaborative group exhibition guest-curated by Diana Bamimeke. The artists featured were Bassam Al-Sabah, Maïa Nunes, Moran Been-noon, Osaro, Oscar Fouz Lopez, and Salvatore of Lucan. The artists were invited to respond “not only to the state of belonging – how it is conceived and made physical - but conversely, to not-belonging, and the outcomes of both in the modern world.”

As the show, originally scheduled for May 2020, kept being postponed, events of the intervening year – global pandemic, Black Lives Matter protests and the climate emergency – shaped and changed the artists’ responses to the theme of belonging. And curator Diana Bamimeke wrote an essay about the exhibition.
Art and Politics in the US Capitol
via Panorama (Journal of the Association of Historians of American Art)

"As an art historian, there are a few things you never want to read about; tear gas residue on paintings is one of them.

This was just one of the shocking consequences of the insurrection at the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021. Following a rally on the National Mall, thousands of pro-Trump supporters advanced to the Capitol grounds in an attempt to disrupt a joint session of Congress held to certify the election of President Joe Biden. Widespread damage to the building’s historic interior and looting of government property ensued as the rioters pressed through the Rotunda into legislative chambers and offices. Five individuals died during or after the attack; at least 140 suffered injuries; and, as of the drafting of this essay in April 2021, more than four hundred have been charged with criminal activities."
Open Access Title Spotlight

LaGamma, Alissa (2011)
MET Publications

Winner of the English edition of the International Tribal Art Book Prize (2012)

Available for download in a variety of formats here.
Below are a selection of OTH features from earlier in the COVID-19 pandemic. As the delta variant is surging worldwide, we hope everyone in the OTH community stays safe.

Special: The Artwork of Christopher Greene

Christopher Greene was lost tragically a year ago. His work deserves to be preserved, admired, and appreciated. We hope to find a curator at a museum or gallery who will recognize the genius in this work and be interested in helping manage this collection of drawings and paintings. 

Chris was was a reclusive genius who shunned galleries and exhibitions. His canvases are unique in contemporary painting, both in terms of imagery and technique. His partner of 28 years, in London where he lived and worked after leaving The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston in the 1980s, has kept his work together and hopes to find a curator in the U.S. or U.K. willing to accept and care for the body of work

Beyond a unique vision, he was an insightful student of art history and dedicated to the craft of painting. There is often a sense of humor and mischief in the work, accompanied by melancholy and some anxiety. His influences, as clearly visible in the work, range from Hieronymous Bosch to Piero della Francesca and Bronzino, to Giorgio de Chirico, Balthus, and the sculptors Giacomo Manzu and Marino Marini.

His work is carefully structured from concept to design, always using archival materials including Belgian linen canvas, wood panels, and high quality oil pigments.

This is a very unusual opportunity. We look forward to finding help in preserving this work.

Please email Mr. Michael Zeoli for more information.

via University of Chicago News

"Created in collaboration with 19 University and local partners and supported through a grant from the MacArthur Foundation, “Toward Common Cause” showcases the work of 29 MacArthur fellows—including Mel Chin, Nicole Eisenman and Kara Walker—whose art often raises questions about or proposes speculative solutions to contemporary social problems."

via American Council of Learned Societies

For doctoral candidates studying the visual art of the United States, applications are open for American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)/Henry Luce Foundation Dissertation Fellowships. These awards provide $42,000 and support graduate students at any stage of their PhD dissertation research and writing. Deadline is October 27.

via Hyperallergic

Toward Equity in Publishing is a new initiative that aims to remediate inequitable conditions in publishing in the field of US-American art history. This professional development program is being launched by the journal American Art, which is co-published by the Smithsonian American Art Museum and University of Chicago Press. The initiative is supported by a grant of $64,000 from the Dedalus Foundation.

via Charleston City Paper

The College of Charleston is planning a major renovation of the Albert Simons Center for the Arts, first opened in 1979. The footprint of the building will be substantially expanded, adding additional classrooms, performance space, a two-story black-box theater, a costume shop, a scene shop and theater design studio, sculpture, printmaking and drawing studios, and music practice rooms.

via ASU News

The Arizona State University Art Museum is opening a new exhibition on September 10 in which 12 artists have created new works that explore mass incarceration. “Undoing Time: Art and Histories of Incarceration” will run through February 12. The exhibition’s curators researched the issue of incarceration through meeting with scholars, activists and communities affected by incarceration and by visiting correctional facilities. The artists were also invited by the curators to meet with scholars to discuss incarceration and systemic racism

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Dear higher education colleagues,

I am writing today with an urgent request for personal signatures and institutional endorsements on the linked letter to the US government to act immediately to help save Afghanistan’s scholars, students, practitioners, civil society leaders, and activists, especially women and ethnic and religious minorities. As you know, the situation in Afghanistan is dire. The international higher education community is mobilized, and is racing to offer assistance to colleagues in Afghanistan who at this moment are desperately seeking ways out of the country. Many have already moved into hiding and may soon take the perilous step of looking for a way over land borders. But higher education cannot do it alone.  We need urgent US government action to facilitate the safe exit, entry, and resettlement of at-risk individuals. US government action can still make an enormous difference. 
Please sign the linked letter today.  Scholars at Risk, an international network of over 500 other higher education institutions in 40 countries whose core mission is to protect threatened scholars and intellectuals, will compile signatures and transmit them with the letter to US government officials. (The letter will remain open for signature, and SAR will periodically update the signatory list and resubmit it to officials as new endorsements are received.)

After you sign, you will receive a link to the signed letter. We invite your help in transmitting the letter to your elected representatives, institution's government affairs/liaison officer, media or others who may be able to assist in supporting urgent US government action. 

To receive email updates on SAR's work on Afghanistan, please sign-up here.

To donate to support SAR's work on Afghanistan, including emergency support for threatened individuals, please visit here.

Thank you in advance for signing, and for any efforts you are making for colleagues in Afghanistan.


Rob Quinn
Executive Director
Scholars at Risk Network
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