AAMC & AAMC FOUNDATION ANNUAL
CONFERENCE & MEETING
May 6 - 9, 2017
New York City
The Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) & AAMC Foundation 2017 Annual Conference & Meeting, May 6-9, 2017, New York City, is a robust program that furthers our efforts by addressing topics of inclusion and access throughout our entire schedule. To review our full schedule in detail please click here. If you are interested in supporting the Conference please learn more about advertising in our catalog or sponsoring the Conference.
Early bird registration rates are available through Friday, March 10, 12 pm ET, only. General registration closes on Monday, April 3, 12 pm ET.
We anticipate nearly 400 curators coming together to explore ways of creating inclusiveness and community through engagement with each other, our roster of speakers, and the sites that we will visit. In a new, more conversational format, our content-based activities are embracing shared learning through concurrent sessions and dialogues. To encourage an interchange between the speakers and the attendees, we will hold community colloquiums, rather than sessions driven by a lecture format. This interactive process will produce innovative concept building among those present.
The content of our program is encouraging of systematic change as our keynotes and sessions will delve into new ways of looking, thinking, and working. The sessions include, Access, Ableism and Dis/ability in Curatorial Practice; Navigating the Work-Life Balance; From “Reimagining Feminism” to “Reimagining the Museum”: Curatorial Strategies for Revising and Renewing Institutional Histories; Start Where You Are: Acknowledge Implicit Bias as a First Step toward More Diverse and Inclusive Museum Initiatives; and Collections as Assets for Inclusive Dialogue.
Two Keynote Dialogues, rather than a Keynote Address, encourages debate, with the 2017 Dialogues focusing on inter-generational conversations between activist leaders representing individuals within the curatorial and art historical field and those engaged in other ways within our community, including a prominent artist and a philanthropic organization change consultant. Our Keynote Dialogue leaders are:
Monica O. Montgomery, Founding Director & Curator, Museum of Impact, and Tanya M. Odom, Global Diversity & Inclusion & Education Consultant & Executive Coach on Monday, May 8; and Hank Willis Thomas, Artist, and Deborah Willis, University Professor & Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University on Tuesday, May 9.
Going beyond our content, we also seek to broaden the curatorial view of how organizations can collaborate with communities, embrace new projects and buildings as vehicles for change, and re-imagine historical sites and collections as public resources. For our NYC edition, we are maintaining a strong policy of inclusion by working with organizations for site visits, tours, and hosts that will bring our members outside their normal circuit.
On Saturday and Sunday, we have scheduled tours and discussions at local venues. We are proud to include on our tours: The Laundromat Project’s Kelly Street Collaborative; Morris-Jumel Mansion; Museum of Chinese in America; Museum of the City of New York; Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden; the New-York Historical Society Museum & Library; The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum; Socrates Sculpture Park & Mark di Suvero Studio; The Studio Museum in Harlem’s inHarlem program; and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Restored and new buildings, such as the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, and the International Center of Photography at the ICP Museum will host special events to encourage curators to think innovatively. Our main sessions needing large auditoriums will occur at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Brooklyn Museum with special emphasis on how such major institutions are encouraging community engagement and access.
The Conference Program begins with tours at 10 am on Saturday, May 6 and concludes on Tuesday, May 9 at 6 pm. Please plan your travel arrangements accordingly so as not to miss important content and sessions, particularly noting that the final sessions end at 6pm on Tuesday.
All Conference tickets (sessions, events, and otherwise) are non-refundable. Early bird registration is $200 through March 10, and $250 during general registration. Weekend tour registration is $125 during early bird, and $150 during general registration.
About the Conference & Meeting
The Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) & AAMC Foundation hosts an Annual Conference & Meeting, attracting over 400 curators and guests from around the world. It is the only conference of its kind where are curators from every discipline and field meet to discuss important issues facing the profession. The multi-day event includes mentorship opportunities, networking, professional development workshops, panel discussions, receptions, award announcements, receptions at host city cultural institutions, and a full membership meeting. The Annual Conference & Meeting, open to all members and guests, and invited guests, fosters the profession's cohesiveness by addressing relevant issues, by assisting in professional development, and by promoting dialogue and exchange among curators.
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The information about the Conference is subject to change without notice and should not be construed as a commitment by AAMC and/or AAMC Foundation. AAMC and/or AAMC Foundation assume no responsibility for any errors or omissions. In no event shall AAMC and/or AAMC Foundation be liable for incidental or consequential damages arising from use of this document or other conference-related material. This information and parts thereof must not be reproduced or copied without AAMC and/or AAMC Foundation providing written permission, and contents thereof must not be imparted to a third party nor be used for any unauthorized purpose. Conference registration and event tickets are non-refundable.