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AAMC & AAMC Foundation 2017
Annual Conference & Meeting

May 6 - 9, 2017
New York City


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before registration closes April 3 at 12 PM ET. 


Register before April 3!

Conference Tours & Sessions

Full Conference Schedule & Content

Hotel Blocks - new hotel block added

Sponsorship Opportunities

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Registration closes on Monday, April 3, 12 PM ET. Registrations received after the deadline cannot be accommodated. Please note that all event tickets and registrations are non-refundable.




This year's Conference explores ways of creating inclusiveness and community through engagement with each other, our roster of speakers, and the sites that we will visit. In a new, more conversational format, our content-based activities are embracing shared learning through concurrent sessions and dialogues. To encourage an interchange between the speakers and the attendees, we will hold community colloquiums, rather than sessions driven by a lecture format. This interactive process will produce innovative concept building among those present.

Keynote Dialogues, rather than a Keynote Address, encourage debate, with the 2017 Dialogues focusing on inter-generational conversations between activist leaders representing individuals within the curatorial and art historical field and those engaged in other ways within our community, including a prominent artist and a philanthropic organization change consultant. Our Keynote Dialogue leaders are:

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 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. 

The content of our program is encouraging of systematic change as our keynotes and sessions will delve into new ways of looking, thinking, and working.
Conference sessions held at the The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Brooklyn Museum, in order of presentation, include the following (please click here for full descriptions of each session):


Access, Ableism and Dis/ability in Curatorial Practice

Amanda Cachia, Independent Curator, Moderator/Organizer; Eliza Chandler, Assistant Professor, School of Disability Studies, Ryerson University; Francesca Rosenberg, Director of Community & Access Programs, Museum of Modern Art; Danielle Linzer, Curator of Education & Interpretation, The Andy Warhol Museum


Collections as Assets for Inclusive Dialogue

Diana Jocelyn Greenwold, Associate Curator of American Art, Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine, Moderator/Organizer; Jennifer Komar Olivarez, Head of Exhibition Planning and Strategy, Interim Curator of the Purcell-Cutts House, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Moderator/Organizer; Scott Erbes, Curator of Decorative Arts and Design, The Speed Art Museum; Pamela Z. McClusky, Curator of African and Oceanic Art, Seattle Art Museum


From “Reimagining Feminism” to “Reimagining the Museum”: Curatorial Strategies for Revising and Renewing Institutional Histories

Carmen Hermo, Assistant Curator, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum, Organizer; Catherine Morris, Sackler Family Curator, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum, Moderator; Connie Butler, Chief Curator, Hammer Museum; Naomi Beckwith, Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Jenni Sorkin, Assistant Professor, Contemporary Art History, University of California, Santa Barbara


Navigating the Work-Life Balance; Moderator/Organizer

Alexandra Schwartz, Independent Curator, Moderator/Organizer; Tobias Ostrander, Chief Curator & Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs, Pérez Art Museum; Nancy Spector, Deputy Director & Chief Curator, Brooklyn Museum; Yao-Fen You, Associate Curator of European Sculpture & Decorative Arts, The Detroit
Institute of Arts


Start Where You Are: Acknowledge Implicit Bias as a First Step toward More Diverse and Inclusive Museum Initiatives

Tuliza Fleming, Ph.D.,Museum Curator, National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution, Moderator/Organizer; Nancy Bercaw, Museum Curator, National Museum of African American History and Culture; Bryant T. Marks, Ph.D. Executive Director, Program for Research on Black Male Achievement, Associate Professor, Dept. of Psychology, Morehouse College


Going beyond our content, we also seek to broaden the curatorial view of how organizations can collaborate with communities, embrace new projects and buildings as vehicles for change, and re-imagine historical sites and collections as public resources. For our NYC edition, we are maintaining a strong policy of inclusion by working with organizations for site visits, tours, and hosts that will bring our members outside their normal circuit. 

On Saturday and Sunday, we have scheduled tours and discussions at local venues. We are proud to include on our tours: 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 program; and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Restored and new buildings, such as the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, and the International Center of Photography at the ICP Museum will host special events to encourage curators to think innovatively. Our main sessions needing large auditoriums will occur at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Brooklyn Museum with special emphasis on how such major institutions are encouraging community engagement and access.

The Conference Program begins with tours at 10 am on Saturday, May 6 and concludes on Tuesday, May 9 at 6 pm. Please plan your travel arrangements accordingly so as not to miss important content and sessions, particularly noting that the final sessions end at 6pm on Tuesday.

All Conference tickets (sessions, events, and otherwise) are non-refundable.




To view our full Conference schedule, as well as further details regarding our sessions, tours, and events, please click here



AAMC organizes room blocks for our Conference attendees. Please contact hotels directly to reserve your room. 
Hotel Wales
1295 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10128
Rates begin at $299 a night, excluding taxes and fees.
Book your room here, or by calling (866) 925-3746, and mentioning that you are booking with the AAMC Conference, reference number 216751. 
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 that AAMC's initial Conference Block for Friday, May 6, and Saturday, May 7 are now full. Additional rooms are now available at the rate of $219 a night. 
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.



We are grateful for the support of our Lead Conference Sponsor




The Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) & AAMC Foundation hosts an Annual Conference & Meeting, attracting over 400 curators and guests from around the world. It is the only conference of its kind where are curators from every discipline and field meet to discuss important issues facing the profession. The multi-day event includes mentorship opportunities, networking, professional development workshops, panel discussions, receptions, award announcements, receptions at host city cultural institutions, and a full membership meeting.

The Annual Conference & Meeting, open to all members, and invited guests, fosters the profession's cohesiveness by addressing relevant issues, by assisting in professional development, and by promoting dialogue and exchange among curators.

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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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