2009 AAMC Awards for Excellence Announced
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Posted by: Sally Block
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ASSOCIATION OF ART MUSEUM CURATORS ANNOUNCES
THE RECIPIENTS OF THE ANNUAL AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN 2009
For Release May 17, 2010, Chicago, Illinois
Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) announces its annual Awards for
Excellence in the categories of museum
catalogues, articles, and exhibitions.
Members of the AAMC are eligible for nomination, and awards are
determined by the organization’s membership.
"We had nearly one-hundred
nominations for prizes this year, all of which were distinguished by their
quality, variety, and standard of excellence” remarks Sally Block, Executive Director
of the AAMC. "It speaks to a creativity and spirit of innovation that is
exceptionally encouraging, particularly at this moment when we are all being
asked to do more with less. Across the board, the catalogues, essays, and
exhibitions showed a consistent engagement with current scholarship- often
breaking new ground- and yet, were also thoughtfully designed or
In the field of permanent
collection catalogues, the AAMC has awarded Michael R. Taylor’s Marcel Duchamp: Étant donnés its highest
honor. "Permanent collection catalogues take a variety of forms, from
comprehensive analysis of an entire department’s collection to surveys of the
best quality works within an art museum’s collection, says Andrew J. Walker, Assistant
Director for Curatorial Affairs at the Saint Louis Art Museum and AAMC Permanent
Collection Jury Chair. "What
distinguished this year’s winner, the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s magisterial Marcel Duchamp: Étant donnés, is the
rare opportunity to explore with scholarly and technical rigor, a single work
of art. The book, edited with precision by Michael R. Taylor, the
Museum’s Muriel and Philip Berman Curator of Modern Art, demonstrates that
understanding the genesis, construction, installation and legacy of Duchamp's
construction can only be accomplished through the breadth of the PMA’s
Bauhaus 1919 -
1933: Workshops for Modernity, published by the Museum of Modern Art, took the
top award for both Outstanding Exhibition Catalogue and Outstanding Exhibition
in the Eastern Time Zone, the latter honor it shares with the exhibition
organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: Titian,
Tintoretto, Veronese: Rivals in Renaissance Venice.
"Bauhaus is simply an indispensable
book for anyone interested in 20th century art, design, architecture, and
pedagogy”, says Constance Lewallen, Adjunct Curator at the Berkeley Art Museum
and AAMC Exhibition Catalogue Jury Chair. "It amply documents the long-overdue, comprehensive exhibition at MoMA—amazingly,
the first at the Museum since 1938 (and that one omitted the last several years
of the school's existence). The curators, Barry Bergdoll and Leah Dickerman
deserve high praise for their important contribution to our understanding of
the art, the teachers, and the students of this unique institution.”
awards for 2009 will be formally announced at the AAMC Ninth Annual Meeting, to
be held May 17, 2010 at the Art Institute of Chicago. The following are the winners of the 2009 Annual AAMC Awards
(AAMC member’s names are listed in
Based on a Permanent Collection
Taylor with essays by Andrew Lins, Melissa S. Meighan, Beth A. Price,
Ken Sutherland, Scott Homolka, and Elena Torok; foreword by Alice Beamesderfer
and Gail Harrity
Marcel Duchamp: Étant donnés, Philadelphia:
Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2009.
Siegmann with an essay by Joseph Adande and contributions by Kevin D. Dumouchelle
African Art: A
Century at the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn: Brooklyn Museum; DelMonico
Books – Prestel Publishing, 2009.
Dennis P. Weller
Dutch and Flemish Paintings, Raleigh: North Carolina Museum of Art,
Barry Bergdoll and Leah Dickerman with foreword by Glenn D. Lowry
Bauhaus 1919 - 1933:
Workshops for Modernity, New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 2009.
L. Krohn and Peter N. Miller with Marybeth
De Filippis, and contributions by Natalie Zemon Davis, Marybeth De Filippis, Joyce D. Goodfriend, Jaap Jacobs, Els Kloek,
Deborah L. Krohn, Peter N. Miller, Ruth Piwonka, David William Voorhees and
Dutch New York Between East and West:
The World of Margrieta van Varick, New York: Bard Graduate Center:
Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture; New York: The New-York
Historical Society; and Yale University Press/ New Haven and London, 2009.
Susan Greenberg Fisher with Mary Ann Caws, Jennifer R. Gross, Patricia Leighten,
Irene Small, and S. Zelda Roland and Katherine M. Wyman
Picasso and the Allure of
New Haven: Yale University Art Gallery in association with Yale University
Press and with the support of Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, 2009.
Anne Collins Goodyear and James W. McManus with additional essays by Janine A.
Mileaf, Francis M. Naumann and Michael R.
Inventing Marcel Duchamp:
The Dynamics of Portraiture, Washington, D.C.: National Portrait Gallery,
Smithsonian Institution; Cambridge, London: The MIT Press, 2009.
Alan Chong and Noriko Murai with Christine M. E. Guth, Louise
Allison Cort, Greg M. Thomas, Stanley Abe, Haejeong Hazel Hahn, & Pedro
Journeys East: Isabella Stewart
Gardner Museum and Asia, Boston: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in
association with Gutenberg Periscope, 2009.
Alexandra Munroe with contributions by D. Scott Atkinson, Vivien Greene, Harry Harootunian, Richard King, Alexandra Munroe, Ikuyo Nakagawa, David
W. Patterson, Kathleen Pyne, Thomas J. Rimer, Kristine Stiles, and Bert
The Third Mind: American
Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860-1989, New York: Guggenheim Museum Publications, 2009.
Essay or Extended Catalogue Entry
Nancy Mowll Mathews
Italy" in Prendergast in Italy, Merrell Publishers, Ltd, in association
with Williams College Museum of Art and Terra Foundation for American Art,
Emily J. Peters
"Systems and Swells:
The Collective Lineage of Engraved Lines, 1480-1650," in The Brilliant
Line: Following the Early Modern Engraver, 1480-1650. Museum of Art, Rhode Island
School of Design, 2009.
Exhibition or Installation
Time Zone (Tie)
"Bauhaus 1919 - 1933:
Workshops for Modernity,” curated by Barry Bergdoll and Leah
Dickerman. Organized by The Museum of Modern Art, in cooperation with
Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin, Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau, and Klassik Stiftung Weimar.
"Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese: Rivals in Renaissance Venice” curated by Frederick
Ilchman. Co-organized by The Museum of Fine
Arts, Boston and the Louvre Museum, Paris.
"Becoming Edvard Munch:
Influence, Anxiety, and Myth” curated by Jay
A. Clarke. Organized by The Art
Institute of Chicago.
Pacific Time Zone
"Art of Two Germanys/Cold War Cultures” curated by Stephanie Barron and co-curator Dr. Eckhart Gillen.
Organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
mission of the Association of Art Museum Curators is to support and promote the
work of museum curators by creating opportunities for networking,
collaboration, professional development, and advancement. With
a membership of over 900, the goals of the AAMC are to:
Serve as an advocacy group for the curatorial profession
Articulate professional standards and best practices
Promote best practices and professional relationships through Annual
Meetings and educational programs on selected themes held at venues throughout
Promote research, scholarship, and networking opportunities through
Use the website to exchange scholarly and procedural information as
well as traveling exhibition and employment opportunities
Recognize distinguished achievement in the field through annual awards
Provide an open forum for discussion about museum issues in North
Accomplish these goals in cooperation with museum directors, trustees,
and other staff as well as other national cultural and arts advocacy
Contact: Sally Block, AAMC Director, 212-879-5701