The Art Museum Curator: Persevere, Adapt, or Reinvent
When: Friday, February 14th, 12:30 –
Where: Hilton Chicago
Over the past decade, museums have
undergone vast change in terms of their programs, governance, and outreach to
the public. So, too, has the role of the
curator, which continues to be the most powerful link between art and audience.
Today’s curators find themselves pulled in many directions, torn between their
central role as custodians and interpreters of art works, and the new demands
of the participatory museum. How should curators position themselves within the
21st century art museum?
This session will explore the challenges
that curators face today as they balance their varied responsibilities related
to exhibitions, acquisitions, collections, scholarship, trustee cultivation,
etc., while also helping to shape the visitor experience. Panel participants
will offer case studies of particular experiences—whether they succeeded or
failed—that offer insights into the perseverance, adaptation, and/or
reinvention of the curatorial role in museums.
Elizabeth Armstrong, Curator of Contemporary Art/Center for Alternative Museum Practice (CAMP), Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Cody Hartley, Director of Curatorial Affairs, Georgia O'Keefe Museum
Nadine Orenstein, Curator, Metropolitan Museum of Art
T. Barton Thurber, Associate Director of Collections and Exhibitions, Princeton University Art Museum
Chair: Emily Ballew Neff, Wylodean and Bill Saxon Director and Chief Curator, Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, University of Oklahoma