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ASSOCIATION OF ART MUSEUM CURATORS MAKES STATEMENT ABOUT DELAWARE ART MUSEUM

Thursday, June 12, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Judith Pineiro
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For Immediate Release

ASSOCIATION OF ART MUSEUM CURATORS MAKES STATEMENT ABOUT DELAWARE ART MUSEUM

New York, NY, June 12, 2014– The Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC), founded in 2001 as an advocacy group for curators, articulates and reaffirms art museum standards as part of its mission to support and promote the work of museum curators in North America.  In addition, the AAMC seeks to accomplish this goal in cooperation with museum directors, trustees and other staff.

The article, A Dereliction of Duty, of June 11 in The Wall Street Journal by Timothy Rub, Director of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and a former president of the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD), concisely affirms museum standards shared by the AAMC: art collections cannot and should not be monetized to cover the cost of institutional operations. The trustees of the Delaware Art Museum have violated this fundamental principle by agreeing to sell artworks from its collection in order to raise money to offset continuing operating deficits.

In the spirit of collegiality, the AAMC expresses support for the Delaware Art Museum’s curators challenged by the Museum’s trustees to thwart best practices, the very standards that have built and shaped the country’s great tradition of establishing, maintaining, and preserving art museums.   With over 1,300 members throughout North America, the AAMC echoes the AAMD in its concern for the fate of the Delaware Art Museum through inappropriate deaccessioning practices instituted by the Museum’s Trustees.

About the AAMC

The mission of the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) is to support and promote the work of museum curators by creating opportunities for networking, collaboration, professional development, and advancement.  In support of these aims, the AAMC Foundation seeks to heighten public understanding of the curator's role in art museums through professional development programs, awards, and grants.  For more information, please visit www.artcurators.org.

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