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AAMC & AAMC Foundation 2017
Annual Conference & Meeting

May 6 - 9, 2017
New York City





2017 Conference & Annual Meeting

Conference Sessions

Conference Venues


Conference Hotels


Sponsorship Opportunities

Advertising Opportunities

Awards for Excellence
Nominations accepted through
 February 1

Proposals accepted through January 19




The Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) & AAMC Foundation's 2017 Conference, will be held May 6 - 9 in New York City. 
Building on AAMC's 15th Anniversary Conference & Meeting in Houston last May, AAMC will continue its future forward momentum by addressing topics of inclusion and access within its Conference programming. In addition to panel discussions, workshops, networking opportunities, and receptions at local cultural institutions, we will again be offering opportunities to connect and share important issues through the new initiatives launched last year, such as our Roundtables and expanded weekend tours. New to the 2017 Conference will be Shoptalks, a set of short case study presentations related to different curatorial topics, with this year's focus on display solutions.

The AAMC Conference & Meeting
 is the only conference of its kind where are curators from every discipline and field meet to discuss important issues facing the profession. Welcoming over 400 curators from around the world, the Annual Conference & Meeting, open to all members, fosters the profession's cohesiveness by addressing issues of national relevance, by assisting in professional development, and by promoting dialogue and exchange among curators.




It is with great honor that AAMC announces the two Keynote Dialogues to be held during the Conference: a 
Keynote Dialogue with Monica O. Montgomery, Founding Director & Curator, Museum of Impact, and Tanya M. Odom, Global Diversity & Inclusion & Education Consultant & Executive Coach on Monday, May 8; and a Keynote Dialogue with Hank Willis Thomas, Artist, and Deborah Willis, University Professor & Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University on Tuesday, May 9.

Conference sessions held at the The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Brooklyn Museum, in order of presentation, include: 

  • Access, Ableism and Dis/ability in Curatorial Practice; Moderator/Organizer: Amanda Cachia, Independent Curator

  • Collections as Assets for Inclusive Dialogue; Moderators/Organizers: Diana Jocelyn Greenwold, Assistant Curator of American Art, Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine; Jennifer Komar Olivarez, Head of Exhibition Planning and Strategy, Interim Curator of the Purcell-Cutts House, Minneapolis Institute of Arts
  • From “Reimagining Feminism” to “Reimagining the Museum”: Curatorial Strategies for Revising and Renewing Institutional Histories; Organizer: Carmen Hermo, Assistant Curator, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum; Moderator: Catherine Morris, Sackler Family Curator, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum
  • Navigating the Work-Life Balance; Moderator/Organizer: Alexandra Schwartz, Independent Curator
  • Start Where You Are: Acknowledge Implicit Bias as a First Step toward More Diverse and Inclusive Museum Initiatives; Moderator/Organizer: Tuliza Fleming, Ph.D.,Museum Curator, National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution



AAMC is pleased to welcome its attendees to our Conference venues, which represent a varied group of arts organizations in New York City. Monday's sessions will be held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, co-hosted in part by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, with a welcome from Thomas P. Campbell, Director & CEO, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Tuesday's sessions will be held at the 
Brooklyn Museum, co-hosted in part by the Brooklyn Museum, with a welcome from Anne Pasternak, Shelby White & Leon Levy Director, Brooklyn Museum.

AAMC's second annual Awards for Excellence Celebration, held on Sunday May 7th, will be co-hosted by the International Center of Photography at the ICP Museum, and the Annual Members' Reception, held on Monday, May 8th, is co-hosted in part by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, and sponsored by Lead Conference and Members’ Reception Sponsor, Sotheby’s.

Our extensive roster of organizations welcoming us for our weekend tours include: The Laundromat Project’s Kelly Street Collaborative; Morris-Jumel Mansion; Museum of Chinese in America; Museum of the City of New York; Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden; the New-York Historical Society Museum & Library; The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum; Socrates Sculpture Park & Mark di Suvero Studio; The Studio Museum in Harlem’s inHarlem; and the Whitney Museum of American Art. 

Please click here to view AAMC's Conference Announcement, which provides further information regarding program details, Keynote Dialogues, and sessions. 




Early bird registration is available through Friday, March 10, 12 PM ET, at which point general registration will open. Registration closes on Monday, April 3, 12 PM ET. Registrations received after the deadline cannot be accommodated. 



AAMC organizes room blocks for our Conference attendees. Please contact hotels directly to reserve your room. 

Hudson Hotel

358 West 58th Street
New York, NY 10019
Rates range from $199 a night to $329 a night, excluding taxes and fees. 
Book your room here, or by calling (702) 577-2830, and mentioning that you are booking with the AAMC Conference. 
Please note, reservations must be made by April 14, 2017.

Courtyard Marriott

410 East 92nd Street
New York, NY 10128
Rate for a King Room is $249 a night, excluding taxes and fees. 
Book your room here, or by calling (800) 321-2211 and mentioning that you are booking with the AAMC Conference.
Please note, reservations must be made by April 6, 2017.



Nominations open through January 17, 2017 12 PM ET

Awarded at the AAMC & AAMC Foundation Annual Conference & Meeting, and open to all AAMC members in good standing, the Awards for Excellence celebrate curatorial excellence with non-cash prizes. The Awards are the only of their kind by which curators honor their own. Awards are given for 
Outstanding Printed Catalogue/Publication (awarded by museum operating budget category); Outstanding Exhibition/Installation (awarded by museum operating budget category); Outstanding Essay, Article, or Extended Catalogue Entry (digital or print); Outstanding Digital Publication.

Nominations for all categories are open through 4pm ET January 17, 2017, and can be made through the AAMC website here



Proposals accepted through January 19, 2017, 12 PM ET

The 2017 AAMC & AAMC Foundation Conference & Annual Meeting introduces a new feature: Shoptalk,  a set of short case study presentations related to different curatorial topics, with the 2017 focus on display solutions. Speakers will give an informal five-minute talk, highlighting interesting display solutions related to a specific artwork that has been on view at their institution within the last two years. The three to four selected presenters will give a five-minute presentation consisting of three images only, allowing them to concisely demonstrate the innovative solution presented.

Members are welcome to submit their proposals through the AAMC website here. 



We are grateful for the support of our Lead Conference Sponsor



All information regarding the AAMC Annual Conference & Meeting is subject to change without notice and should not be construed as a commitment by AAMC and the AAMC Foundation. AAMC and the AAMC Foundation assume no responsibility for any errors that may appear in this document. In no event shall AAMC and the AAMC Foundation be liable for incidental or consequential damages arising from use of this document or other conference related material. This document and parts thereof must not be reproduced or copied without AAMC and the AAMC Foundation providing written permission, and contents thereof must not be imparted to a third party nor be used for any unauthorized purpose. 



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