$150 million; and undergone a series of upgrades and enhancements. Most recently, the Museum has completed a comprehensive $100-million renewal of its entire campus, led by Snyder and designed by James Carpenter Design Associates, New York, and Efrat-Kowalsky Architects, Tel Aviv.
Prior to his appointment at the Israel Museum, Mr. Snyder served as Deputy Director at The Museum of Modern Art, New York.Mr. Snyder was educated at Harvard University and is a Loeb Fellow of Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. In 2006, Snyder was awarded the Commendatore dell’Ordine della Stella della Solidarietà Italiana (Commander of the Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity) of the Republic of Italy, and, in 2010, he received the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) of the French Republic. He was born in 1952 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is married to Tina Davis, an author and book designer. They have two children.
Panel: Give and Take: Shifting Collection Boundaries in the 21st Century Museum
In the age of museum expansions and reinstallations, many institutions are rethinking traditional notions of collection boundaries. While divisions of culture continue to shape most curatorial purviews, parameters of chronology and medium are increasingly fluid, complicating older definitions of collection categorization as well as where objects—painting, sculpture, decorative art, photography, and works on paper—reside in terms of gallery space and curatorial responsibility. This topical session—moderated by Sylvia Yount, Chief Curator, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts—brought together panelists of both Western and non-Western art to discuss these issues in addition to cross-departmental collaborations in collection and exhibition development. Panelists: Marla Berns, Director, UCLA Fowler MuseumEmily Ballew Neff, Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture, Museum of Fine Arts, HoustonMatthew Witkovsky, Curator and Chair, Department of Photography, Art Institute of Chicago
Panel Chair:Sylvia Yount, Chief Curator and Louise B. and J. Harwood Cochrane Curator of American Art , Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Panel: Expanded or Reconfigured Spaces
This panel explored cogent lessons learned from a variety of museums who have reconfigured or expanded their footprint. Specifically, panelists discussed the curatorial role in the planning and execution of such projects as well as advice for museum curators undergoing architectural change.
Elliot Bostwick Davis, John Moors Cabot Chair, Art of the Americas, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Deborah Martin Kao, Chief Curator, Division of Modern and Contemporary Art, Harvard Art Museums
Jim Labeck, Director of Operations, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Panel Chair:Paul Ha, Director, MIT List Center
Curatorial "Pecha Kucha": Inaugural Curatorial Slam
For the first time, the AAMC explored a "Pecha Kucha" format for a ninety-minute session that sought to highlight upwards of nine short presentations (under seven minutes each) that were meant to allow curators a space to test out ideas in progress. For example, curators who wished to share their thoughts about a prospective exhibition, acquisition, conservation project, or innovative program viewed the Curatorial Slam as an opportunity to present and receive feedback on an project while in its formative stages. The ultimate goal of this session was to showcase the dynamic work of the membership at a pivotal moment in the curatorial process. To learn more about the "Pecha Kucha" format, click here.
AAMC Member presenters:
K. Michelle Arthur, Consulting Curator, Hartwick College/Yager Musem- "Discovery and Revelation: The Collection of Rev. Dr. Louis van Ess"
Martina Bagnoli, Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Medieval Art, Walters Art Museum - "Crowdsourcing and the Art Museum"
Sarah Cash, Bechhoefer Curator of American Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art - "Bierstadt's 'Last of the Buffalo'"
Xandra Eden, Curator of Exhibitions, Weatherspoon Art Museum - "Zones of Contention"
Rita Freed, John F. Cogan Jr. and Mary L. Cornille Chair of the Department of Art of the Ancient World, MFA, Boston - "A Different Approach to Collection Building: An Exchange of Antiquities between the MFA, Boston and the Poznan, Poland Archaeological Museum”
Christine Giviskos, Associate Curator, Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum - "The benefits and opportunities of maintaining the media-based organization of curatorial departments in the 21st-century museum"
Andrea Lipps, Curatorial Assistant, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum- "Design and Food"
Georgiana Uhlyarik, Associate Curator of Canadian Art, Art Gallery of Ontario- "Have We Come a Long Way, Baby? The Challenges of Acquiring Woman Artists"
Curatorial Short Courses: Exhibitions Management & Loan Negotiations
Developed as a series of 40-minute mini-courses, these workshops provided useful and practical information to enhance key administrative skills essential in the daily work of today's curators.
Chiyo Ishikawa, Deputy Director, Seattle Art Museum
Mark Scala, Chief Curator, Frist Center for the Arts
Panel: Emergency Response: Case Studies in Museum Crisis Management
This panel looked at various forms of museum "crisis” from natural disaster to protecting threatened objects/collections to preventing a PR firestorm.
Stephanie Barron, Senior Curator of Modern Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Kathleen Edwards, Chief Curator, University of Iowa Museum of Art
Michael Rush, Director, Broad Art Museum; former Director, Rose Art Museum at Brandeis
Jacqueline L. Sullivan, Former Deputy Director, New Orleans Museum of Art
Call for Papers Session: Technology & Community Engagement
With funders placing greater emphasis on increased audience participation, museums are developing new strategies to engage visitors. Some of the options include organizing community-curated exhibitions, bringing in multiple voices through audio tours and labels, collaborating with community groups, and introducing technology and interactive spaces within galleries. An important goal of these strategies is to provide visitors with ways to make personal connections to the exhibition content. This panel explored various methods for increasing community engagement, whether operational or in the planning stages. Discussions of what works, or does not work, as well as interpretive planning projects were presented.
Graham C. Boettcher, The William Cary Hulsey Curator of American ArtKarleen Gardner, Curator of Education, Memphis Brooks Museum of ArtKaren Kramer Russell, Curator, Native American Art & Culture, Peabody Essex Museum Jennifer Scanlan, Associate Curator, Museum of Art & Design
Panel Chair: Marina Pacini, Chief Curator, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art
9/21/2016Fall Professional Development Webinar Registration Open
8/23/2016AAMC In-Conversation Regional Program in Boston Announced
8/4/2016AAMC Joins AAM's Council of Affiliates
7/12/2016Kress AAMC Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome: Applications Now Open
6/28/2016AAMC Announces AAMC Foundation Engagement Program for International Curators
6/9/2016Call for Proposals: 2017 AAMC Annual Conference & Meeting
5/26/2016AAMC In-Conversation Regional Program Announced
5/23/2016AAMC Webinar Announced
5/11/2016Annual Conference Concludes
5/10/2016AAMC Elects Executive Committee & Trustee at Large Members
9/26/2016In-Conversation: Museum Directors on the Curatorial Role
10/5/2016Professional Development Webinar: Contemporary Ways to Present Historical Art
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