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SUCCESSFUL AAMC CONFERENCE & MEETING

Tuesday, May 12, 2015   (0 Comments)
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ASSOCIATION OF ART MUSEUM CURATORS CELEBRATES ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL ANNUAL CONFERENCE & MEETING

New York, NY, May 13, 2015– After four outstanding days of programming, tours, receptions, and meetings, the fourteenth Annual Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) Conference & Meeting concluded on May 12, 2015. Welcoming nearly 325 attendees, approximately 160 organizations were represented at the Conference.

“The AAMC’s Conference & Meeting is the organization’s annual capstone event, bringing together a diverse group of art curators from across North America to celebrate the curatorial profession’s great strengths, and to identify and discuss its many challenges, all in a collegial environment of exchange and debate,” said Emily Ballew Neff, AAMC President and Executive Director, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.

AAMC hosted notable presenters, including keynote speaker, Tom Finkelpearl, Commissioner, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs; and addresses from Arnold Lehman, Shelby White & Leon Levy Director, Brooklyn Museum; José A. Ortiz, Deputy Director, The Bronx Museum of the Arts; and Steven Kern, Director, Newark Museum, among others.  In addition to AAMC members, the Conference welcomed guests from the Association of African American Museums, Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, Google Cultural Initiative, Getty Foundation, Henry Luce Foundation, and Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

Sessions included panels: Shaping Collections: Acquisitions and Institutional Priorities; Is Moving Outside the Museum Walls the 21st Century Sculpture Park?; and Curatorial Practice and the Educational Turn, a case study: Curators & Technology Initiatives; and Curatorial Slam presentations on projects from AAMC Members.  The Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA) sponsored a festive AAMC members’ reception.  During the conference, AAMC announced the Awards for Excellence recipients and 2015 Mentorship Program participants.  In addition, the organization formerly elected a new President, Helen C. Evans, Mary & Michael Jaharis Curator of Byzantine Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Conference attendees took part in tours and sessions at the Bard Graduate Center, Brooklyn Museum, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, The Cloisters Museum and Gardens, The High Line, Newark Museum, SculptureCenter, and the Queens Museum.

Generous support was provided by the ADAA, Bonhams, Keytours Vacations,           Samuel H. Kress Foundation, Henry Luce Foundation, Skinner Auctioneers and Appraisers, and Sotheby’s.

The next AAMC Conference will take place in Houston, TX, May 7-10, 2016.

About the Conference
The 15th AAMC Annual Conference & Meeting is scheduled for May 7 – 10, 2016 in Houston, Texas. The annual event attracts over 300 curators from across the U.S. and Canada, and is the only conference where art curators from every discipline and type of organization meet to discuss issues facing the profession.  The multi-day conference  and meeting includes a keynote address, President’s welcome, career leadership activities, networking opportunities, professional development workshops, panel discussions, receptions, award announcements, tours of host city cultural institutions, and a full membership meeting. For more information about the event and support of it, please contact AAMC at aamc@artcurators.org.

About the AAMC
Founded in 2001, the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) has members from over 400 institutions, including representation from all 50 states and 5 provinces. The mission of the AAMC is to support and promote the work of 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.

Contact
Judith Pineiro, Executive Director, 212/879-5701, judith.pineiro@artcurators.org

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