Registration Open for Curators Thinking Digitally Live Webinar
Monday, March 6, 2017
Posted by: Lucy Lydon
New York, March 6, 2017 – Registrations have opened for Curators Thinking Digitally, a live webinar hosted by the Association of Art Museum Curators Foundation. Moderated by Trinita Kennedy, Curator at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, and featuring Lee Glazer, Curator of American Art, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Dr. Christina Nielsen, William and Lia Poorvu Curator of the Collection, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and Carolyn Royston, Director of Digital and Information Services, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the discussion will center on case studies of curators learning to think and work digitally. As the rise of digital technology in the twenty-first century is expanding the purview of curators, curatorial work increasingly includes the creation of digital experiences related to collections, exhibitions, installations, and scholarly research. This webinar, open to members and non-members, will explore how colleagues have created and implemented meaningful and dynamic platforms to engage their audiences in new ways. Registration is available through the AAMC Foundation website.
The first case study will focus on the digital projects spearheaded by Lee Glazer, Curator of American Art at the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. She recognized that the multi-layered history of the Freer’s Peacock Room is particularly well suited to digital storytelling and worked with colleagues inside and outside the museum to develop an interactive website and a free app for iPad and iPhone. The second example is a broader, ongoing project: the digital transformation of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. There, Christina Nielsen, Curator of Collections, is working closely with Carolyn Royston, Director of Digital and Information Services, to place curatorial content at the center of the Gardner’s ambitious new digital initiatives.
Curators Thinking Digitally is part of the AAMC Foundation’s webinar series, which offers live online discussions on essential skills, timely issues, and latest discoveries that define the profession of Art Curator and enhance understanding and development in the field. Focusing on how curators collaborate and engage with colleagues from other museum departments, and with those outside of the museum, recent webinars have included Curators and Consevators: Successful Cooperation, The Role of Design & Architecture in Museums of Art, History & Culture, and Museum Metrics: Measuring the Tangible & Intangible to Gauge an Exhibition’s Success.
AAMC & AAMC Foundation
Founded in 2001, and now including over 1,300 members from over 400 institutions around the globe, we are a strong leader for curators in non-profit settings. The mission of the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) is to support and promote the work of visual art curators in the non-profit sector 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 non-profit role through programs, discussions, and opportunities open to the public and our members. By providing a dynamic forum in which to share ideas and encourage professional development, the Association of Art Museum Curators continues to grow, increasing its visibility and importance to the larger arts community. At the heart of all we do is our goal to celebrate, advance, and advocate for the non-profit curator. Our Strategic Plan’s key facets are diversity and advocacy, which now have devoted Task Forces within our organization, with the goals of furthering opportunities for all curators through creating inclusive programming, seeking to define and expand the definition of curator, promoting the curatorial role within our communities, and supporting the highest standards of curatorial ethics and professional behavior.