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When: Friday, February 15, 2013
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AAMC Session at College Art Association Annual Conference

The Curatorial Career: Perspectives on the Profession

Date/Time: Friday, February 15, 2013 |  12:30 – 2:00 PM

Location: Hilton Hotel, 1335 6th Avenue  New York, NY 10019, Beekman Parlor, 2nd Floor

Panel Description: This moderated discussion will explore the evolution of the curatorial profession—its past, present, and future. The selected panelists are at varying institutions and stages of professional development, with a range of responsibilities and specialties. These speakers will offer a broad view of the curatorial career and advice for attendees based on their personal advancements and experiences in the field.

Confirmed Panelists:

Chair: Judith F. Dolkart, Deputy Director of Art and Archival Collections and Gund Family Chief Curator, The Barnes Foundation

Judith F. Dolkart is deputy director of art and archival collections and Gund Family Chief Curator at the Barnes Foundation. Joining in 2010, Ms. Dolkart helped plan the relocation of the collections to Philadelphia. Under her stewardship, the Barnes launched an exhibition program and published three books in 2012, notably The Barnes Foundation: Masterworks and Renoir in the Barnes Foundation.

Prior to 2010, Ms. Dolkart spent nine years at the Brooklyn Museum, New York. Her exhibitions included ‘Michelangelo of the Menagerie’: Bronzes by Antoine-Louis Barye (2005) and James Tissot: The Life of Christ (2009).She coordinated Gustave Caillebotte: Impressionist Paintings from Paris to the Sea (2009).

Ms. Dolkart received her BA from Harvard-Radcliffe Colleges and her MA from the University of Pennsylvania. She taught art history at Hunter College, New York, in 2008–2009. She is on the Board of Trustees for the Association of Art Museum Curators.

Dan Byers, The Richard Armstrong Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art and Associate Curator, 2013 Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art

Dan Byers is The Richard Armstrong Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh. He is co-curator, with Daniel Baumann and Tina Kukielski, of the 2013 Carnegie International(opening October 5, 2013). His recent projects at the museum include solo exhibitions of Cathy Wilkes, Ragnar Kjartansson, and James Lee Byars, as well as the group exhibitions Reanimation (William E. Jones, Joachim Koester, and Nashashibi/Skaer); Ordinary Madness, a large-scale, wide-ranging reassessment of the Carnegie’s collection of contemporary art; and Natural History which addressed affinities between contemporary art and the museum’s neighbor, The Carnegie Museum of Natural History. He recently co-organized, with Ruba Katrib, the conference Why New Forms? at Bard College on occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Center for Curatorial Studies.  Before joining the staff at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Dan was curatorial fellow at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and assistant to the directors at the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia. He holds an MA from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, and a BS in studio art from Skidmore College. 

Ann Temkin, The Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture, Museum of Modern Art

  Ann Temkin, Ph.D., is the Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Exhibitions she has curated at MoMA include "Color Chart: Reinventing Color, 1950 to Today,” "Projects 83: Monika Sosnowska,” "Contemporary Voices: Works from the UBS Art Collection,” and "Monet’s Water Lilies.” Currently, she is organizing a mid-career retrospective of the artist Gabriel Orozco, which will open at MoMA before traveling to Kunstmuseum Basel; Musée national d’art moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; and Tate Modern, London. A founding trustee of the Association of Art Museum Curators, Temkin was the Muriel and Philip Berman Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art before arriving at MoMA in 2003. Temkin is a frequent contributor to journals and exhibitions catalogues. She received her B.A. from Harvard University and her Ph.D. from Yale University.

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