AAMC Foundation Regional Programming:
AAMC Foundation's regional programming, In-Conversation series, collaborates with AAMC leadership, and prominent voices within local communities for dialogues on pressing issues within the curatorial profession, museum network, and broader visual arts world. Through hosting regional programming AAMC & AAMC Foundation will further our initiatives of advocacy and diversity, connect members in regional areas, and support our overall mission. Each evening series includes a discussion and reception.
Our current locations include NYC, June 2016; Boston, September 2016; Washington, DC, October/November 2016; Los Angeles, winter, 2017; and Toronto, summer, 2017.
Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) & AAMC Foundation In-Conversation Series is generously supported in part by Christie's
Los Angeles, March 2017
Toronto, Canada, June 2017
In-Conversation: Addressing Implicit Bias in Museums
This discussion featured leading museum professionals, bringing diverse perspectives to bear on the topic of unintended bias and offer their insights about meaningful and impactful ways to address the issue. Unconscious beliefs and values with regard to race, gender and/or class often impede efforts to advance inclusiveness and equity in art museums. The implications of unintended biases are wide-ranging, from lack of diversity among museum trustees, staff and audiences to exclusionary practices of collecting, display and interpretation. Panelists discussed how cultural and social privilege is reflected in museums, discussed how to identify and change normative patterns of behavior that impact decision-making, and what we as curators can do to effect change in the museum world and beyond. This discussion featured: Christa Clarke, Senior Curator, Arts of Global Africa, Newark Museum, Moderator, President-Elect, AAMC & AAMC Foundation; Eduardo Díaz, Director, Smithsonian Latino Center; Elizabeth Easton, Co-Founder and Director, Center for Curatorial Leadership; E. Carmen Ramos, Curator of Latino art, Smithsonian American Art Museum; Kimberly J. Wilson, Deputy Director Human Resources, Volunteers, and Community Service, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
A video welcome address was delivered by Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole, Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art.
This program was generously hosted by the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art.
Three museum directors, new to the Boston area, discussed the role of the art museum curator. Moderator John Ravenal (deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum) and panelists Martha Tedeschi (Harvard Art Museums) and Matthew Teitelbaum (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston) held a lively conversation on their views of the curatorial profession--the challenges and opportunities; balances in presenting western / non-western and modern / non-modern; and how the role of curator has changed, what should change, and what lies ahead.
The inaugural In Conversation program, presented by AAMC Foundation & the US committee of the International Council of Museums (ICOMUS), featured leading figures involved in the protection and preservation of cultural heritage sites and artifacts aimed at informing and engaging curators and those interested in their role on ways they can have an impact on this issue.
The discussants included Emily Rafferty, emerita president the Metropolitan Museum of Art who is active with U.N. cultural heritage efforts; Lisa Ackermann, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of World Monuments Fund, a leader in preservation efforts around the globe; Ian Wardropper, Director, The Frick Collection, museum director and curator whose expertise includes many areas related to cultural heritage; and Edward Bleiberg,Curator, Egyptian, Classical, & Ancient Near Eastern Art; Managing Curator, Ancient Egyptian, African, & Asian Art whose areas of responsibility include many closely involved in present day conflict and looting; and Sandra L. Cobden, SVP, General Counsel, Dispute Resolution & Legal Public Affairs, an expert on legal issues relating to the preserving cultural heritage. Helen C. Evans, President AAMC and AAMC Foundation and Mary and Michael Jaharis Curator for Byzantine Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art will moderated discussion that addressed what curators can do regarding cultural preservation in areas of current conflict as well as globally.
The event was hosted by The Frick Collection, NYC.
These programs are organized and presented by the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) and AAMC Foundation. We are grateful to Christie's for their support of our In-Conversation programming.The information presented here is subject to change without notice. The organizers assume no responsibility for any errors that may appear here, and in no event shall the organizers be liable for incidental or consequential damages arising from use of this document or other program-related material. This document and parts thereof must not be reproduced or copied without the organizers 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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