Annual Conference Concludes
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Posted by: Judith Pineiro
ASSOCIATION OF ART MUSEUM CURATORS CELEBRATES ANOTHER
SUCCESSFUL ANNUAL CONFERENCE & MEETING
Houston, Texas, May 10, 2016 – The Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) and the AAMC Foundation were honored to hold their 15th Anniversary Conference AAMC @ 15: Moving Forward in Houston, Texas, May 7 – 10, 2016. The event welcomed 350 attendees, from 197 museums and art organizations, hailing from five countries. A full program catalog is available for download on artcurators.org.
“In honoring our 15th Anniversary, we sought to present a Conference that looked at the present and to the future for the curatorial profession. I am proud that over the past four days in Houston, we have achieved our goal,” said Helen C. Evans, AAMC & AAMC Foundation President and Mary & Michael Jaharis Curator of Byzantine Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, “AAMC’s many members representing a vast diversity of museums and fields of study met, discussed and learned together while experiencing the tremendous welcome of the exciting art community of our host city.”
AAMC presented notable speakers, including a keynote in-conversation between Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation, and Hilton Als, staff writer & theatre critic for The New Yorker; and welcome addresses from Gary Tinterow, Director, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and AAMC & AAMC Foundation Trustee Emeritus, Past President; Thomas Rhoads, Interim Director, The Menil Collection; and Y. Ping Sun, Asia Society Texas Center, Vice-chair of the Board of Directors Asia Society Texas Center. In addition to AAMC members, the Conference welcomed guests from the Association of African American Museums, Terra Foundation for American Art, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and Getty Foundation.
The discussions and sessions focused on current topics relevant to the curatorial field and museum community, including sessions: Diversifying the Curatorial Profession: How the Internship/Fellowship Track Can Be Our Essential Path Toward Change; Lights in the Dark: Innovative Strategies for Film and Video Exhibitions; When All Art Is Contemporary: The Institutional Push for Relevance; Exhibiting Controversy, Promoting Debate; and It’s Complicated: The Curator-Patron Relationship. In addition, AAMC presented Roundtable Discussions, a presentation on the rewards of serving as a mentor, Awards for Excellence Celebration and Curatorial Slam presentations.
Working collaboratively with fifteen museums, non-profit art organizations, and galleries in Houston, attendees embraced the city’s vibrant community. The Conference sessions and receptions were held at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH); Asia Society Texas Center; and The Menil Collection. Additional programs were presented at Aurora Picture Show; Blaffer Art Museum, University of Houston; Contemporary Arts Museum Houston; DiverseWorks; Project Row Houses; Rienzi and Bayou Bend Collections and Gardens, both part of MFAH; Rice University Art Gallery; and University Museum at Texas Southern University. Hiram Butler and Andrew Spindler-Roesle hosted the Circle Donor Dinner at the Hiram Butler Gallery. A sought after event, the Circle Donor Dinner each year brings together the AAMC Foundation’s most dedicated supporters. In addition, the Inman Gallery hosted the AAMC Foundation’s Mentorship Program Alumni reception with generous support from The Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation.
Sotheby’s, the event’s lead sponsor, supported the overall Conference and the AAMC members’ reception at the MFAH. Additional support for the program was provided through corporate and foundation gifts from Bonhams, City of Houston, Ford Foundation, Houston Arts Alliance, Samuel H. Kress Foundation, Henry Luce Foundation, Susan Vaughn Foundation, and Wortham Foundation. We are grateful for all our supporters, and our partner the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, funded by a grant from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance.
In addition, AAMC is thankful to its Conference Committee, in particular its co-chairs C. Griffith Mann, Michael David-Weill Curator in Charge, Department of Medieval Art & The Cloisters, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Alison de Lima Greene, Isabel Brown Wilson Curator, Department of Modern & Contemporary Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, for their dedication to ensuring a successful event.
“It was an honor to welcome AAMC to Houston,” stated co-chair Alison de Lima Greene. “This city’s cultural diversity and cooperative spirit match AAMC’s tradition of innovation. Over four intensive days of site visits, in-depth discussions, and networking events, we both celebrated the achievements of the past fifteen years and mapped out goals for future growth.”
The 2017 Annual Conference & Meeting will be held in New York City, May 6 - 9. All AAMC’s activities are focused on serving their members’ curatorial projects and advancing curatorial leadership roles within the changing dynamics of museums and art organizations. AAMC is confident that the 2017 program will reflect its ongoing mission to serve our over 1,300 members in the US and abroad.
ABOUT AAMC & AAMC FOUNDATION
Founded in 2001, the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) has over 1,300 members from over 400 institutions around the globe. AAMC & AAMC Foundation celebrate the curatorial narrative by supporting and promoting the work of art curators at all stages in their career through opportunities for networking, collaboration, professional development, and career advancement. In the ever-changing visual non-profit art world, AAMC is the voice for all curators—regardless of field, experience level, and institutional type. We ensure that the curatorial perspective on art, museums, and educational issues is actively communicated to the public, media, and museum profession. For more information, visit artcurators.org.
Judith Pineiro, Executive Director, 212/879-5701, firstname.lastname@example.org