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AAMC Annual Meeting 2010
AAMC Annual Meeting
May 16 – 18, 2010
Chicago, IL

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Registration Fees

The 2010 Conference is free to all dues-paying members. 

Hotel & Travel Information

See bottom of page for more details.  Note: Our hotel contracts offering reduced-rate rooms have expired, however, there are still rooms available at both conference hotels.  Alternatively, there are many reasonably priced accommodations in downtown Chicago near to our conference locations.  If you would like assistance with identifying hotels in the area, please contact the AAMC offices. 


Preliminary Agenda

** Please click on the links below for session descriptions.  A complete list of panelists and other speakers will be published in early March. 

** Click here to download a printable version of the agenda.

Sunday, May 16 University of Chicago Campus

12:45 PM PM Shuttles depart host hotels

1:30 - 3:30 PM Visit and tour at the Renaissance Society

3:30 - 4:30 PM Tour of Oriental Institute

4:30 - 6:15 PM PM Panel: "Curatorial Practice and the Geo-political Landscape” at the Oriental Institute

6:30 – 8:00 PM Welcome reception at the Smart Museum of Art

8:00 PM Shuttles depart Smart Museum for host hotels

Monday, May 17 Art Institute of Chicago

7:30 – 9:00 AM AAMC Trustee Meeting

9:00 – 9:30 AM Coffee and member check-in

9:30 – 10:15 AM Keynote Address: David C. Hilliard, Trustee, Art Institute of Chicago, and Senior Partner of the firm, Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson

10:30 – 12:00 PM Terra Foundation for American Art Sponsored Panel

"International Dateline: A Primer for Partnerships

12:15 – 1:00 PM President’s Report, Awards for Excellence Presentations

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Lunch & Tours (Gallery tours to begin at 2 PM)

3:15 – 5:00 PM Voices from the Members Session or Workshop

"Reinvigorating The Permanent Collection”


"Museums vs. the Academy: Career Choices”

5:00 – 5:30 PM Member Meeting

5:45 – 7:30 PM Member reception hosted by the Terra Foundation for American Art

Tuesday, May 18 Museum of Contemporary Art

9:30 – 10:30 AM Coffee & Committee Meetings

10:45– 12:00 PM Guest Speaker

"Career Transitions: What You Should Know”

12:00 – 2:00 PM Lunch & Mentoring Sessions

2:30 – 4:30 PM Panel

"The Future of Museum Publishing Continued…”

5:00 – 7:30 PM Gallery walk/tours OR Private Collection Visit


Session Descriptions

About the Keynote Speaker
David Hilliard is a Trustee and former Vice-Chairman of the Art Institute of Chicago.  He has chaired a wide variety of Art Institute Committees and Boards and currently chairs the Trustee Committees for the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries and the Architecture and Design Curatorial Department.

David is also Vice Chairman of the Newberry Library of Chicago and, in private life, a partner in the law firm of Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson LLP.  He teaches at Northwestern University School of Law and the University of Chicago Law School.

#Panel: Curatorial Practice and the Geo-political Landscape
Description: This panel discussion will focus on the curatorial response to shifting geo-political perceptions, sensitivities and special interests. Worldwide current events and associated changes in policies and attitudes in America, among scholars, members of the public, and potential donors, can impact a variety of museum practices ranging from basic nomenclature (e.g., in gallery maps and exhibition labels and didactics) to how we identify and group together our particular collections or installations.

Moderator: Geoff Emberling, Director, Oriental Institute Museum

Confirmed Panelists:
Kathleen Berrin, Curator of the Art of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Wu Hung, Harrie A. Vanderstappen Distinguished Service Professor of Art History, University of Chicago
Linda Komaroff, Curator and Department Head, Islamic Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

#Panel: International Dateline: Partnerships in Innovation
Description: As museums tackle how to share collections, present more diversified exhibition programs, and raise visitorship, funds, and profile, answers and opportunities that cross international borders and cultures are one avenue to explore. In this session, panelists from across the globe will present case studies that focus on strategies for success building innovative international partnerships. 

*This panel has been generously underwritten by the Terra Foundation for American Art

Moderator: Lynda Hartigan, Chief Curator, Peabody Essex Museum

Confirmed Panelists:
Bertha Cea, Senior Cultural Affairs Adviser, U.S. Embassy in Mexico City
Kathleen Bickford Berzock, Curator of African Art, The Art Institute of Chicago
Julian Chapuis, Deputy Director, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

#Voices from the Membership Session: Reinvigorating the Permanent Collection
Description: Whether as a result of the current economic climate or a change in programmatic priorities, many museums are relying less on expensive traveling and "blockbuster" shows. Curators are turning to their museums' permanent collections in new and exciting ways.  These exhibits are being featured as special changing exhibitions and/or presented outside of the permanent collection galleries.  How are curators rediscovering the permanent collection? How are new technologies being used to re-invigorate permanent collections? What other methodologies are considered when engaged in reinterpretation and reinstallation?

Moderator: Graham Boettcher, William Cary Hulsey Curator of American Art, Birmingham Museum of Art

Confirmed Panelists:
Barbara L. Jones, Chief Curator, Westmoreland Museum of American Art

Jenny McComas, Curator of Western Art after 1800, Indiana University Art Museum
Georgiana Uhlyarik, Assistant Curator, Canadian Art, Art Gallery of Ontario
Malcolm Warner, Deputy Director, Kimbell Museum of Art

#Workshop: Museums vs. the Academy: Career Choices
Description:  Is the old chestnut about the two art histories over? How do the most prominent history of art departments in the country view museum careers as an option for their graduate students? How are applicants to graduate school viewed if they state a desire to follow a curatorial path? James Cuno, director of the Art Institute of Chicago and former director of the Harvard Art Museum, and Elizabeth Easton, director of the Center for Curatorial Leadership, will co-host a session addressing creative ways to understand how curators and academics are trained.  We will gather academics and curators together to discuss the issues, and Fellows from the 2010 CCL program will present their preliminary findings about curatorial career training.

Jim Cuno, Director, Art Institute of Chicago
Elizabeth Easton, Director, Center for Curatorial Leadership

Confirmed Panelists:

Colin B. Bailey, Associate Director and Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator, The Frick Collection
Alison de Lima Greene, Curator, Contemporary Art & Special Projects, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 2010 CCL Fellow
Charles Moffett, Vice Chairman, Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary Art, Sotheby's
Kristina Van Dyke, Curator for Collections and Research, Menil Collection, 2010 CCL Fellow

#Session:  Career Transitions: What you Should Know
Description: This session will focus on the curatorial career in motion.  Whether hiring, re-structuring or downsizing, this panel will provide practical legal and career advice for seeing yourself through a career transition.  A team comprised of a Director & Chief Curator and representative from a leading executive search firm will answer members’ questions about a variety issues related to career mobility.  Whether you are starting over in a new job or redefining your current position, what do you need to know?  If you are engaged in a job search, what should you know?  How can you protect yourself at the beginning, middle and end of your career?

Confirmed Session Leaders:
Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator, The Studio Museum in Harlem
Sarah James, Executive Search Consultant, Phillips Oppenheim

#Panel:  The Future of Museum Publishing Continued…
Chair: Gloria Groom,
David and Mary Winton Green Curator of 19th Century Art, Art Institute of Chicago
Description: Following up on two previous years devoted to this topic, this session will focus on the evolving world of art museum publications.  Past years have focused on the process, politics and cost-benefits of producing major collection and exhibition catalogues and the emergence of the online exhibition catalogue.  New publishing initiatives not only require a new way of thinking about publishing (audience, writing style, sustainability) but also restructuring of the traditional relationship of publications to the publishing process. This panel will explore this shifting landscape as new funding and web-based projects help shape how catalogues will be produced during the next few years.  After hearing about new initiatives from colleagues at the Getty, Art institute of Chicago and Walker Art Center, the audience will be asked to share their own experiences with current publications initiatives at museums large and small.

Moderator: Gloria Groom, David and Mary Winton Green Curator, Art Institute of Chicago

Confirmed Panelists:

Judy Metro, Editor in Chief, National Gallery of Art
Lisa Middag, Publications Director, Walker Art Center

Pauline Saliga, Executive Director, Society of Architectural Historians

Discussant: Joan Weinstein, Associate Director, Getty Foundation

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Travel Grants to Attend Annual Meeting

Travel Grant applications are now being accepted.  For more information, please click here
Application deadline is March 15, 2010. 

Hotel & Travel Information

 The AAMC has secured reduced rates at two Chicago-area hotels.  Reservations must be made by early April to take advantage of the room block.  Please reference the AAMC when you contact the hotel.  Should you have any difficulty with your reservation, please call the AAMC offices at 646-405-8065. 

Shuttles will be made available from both hotels on the afternoon of May 16th for transportation to the University of Chicago campus and will return to the hotels that evening.  There will be no transportation provided to the conference venues on May 17th and 18th, however, both hotels are a short distance to the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Contemporary Art by cab, public transportation or on foot. 

Hotel Option 1: The Palmer House Hilton Hotel, $179/night for a single or double room.  Address: 17 East Monroe St. Chicago, IL 60603 (3 blocks from the Art Institute and a 5-7 minute cab ride to the Museum of Contemporary Art).  Reservations under the "Association of Art Museum Curators" should be made by calling 877-865-5321.  Room block held until April 16, 2010.

Hotel Option 2: Club Quarters, $119/night for a single Club size room.  Address: 111 West Adam St. Chicago, IL 60603 (about 6 blocks from Museum of Contemporary Art and a 5-7 cab ride to the Art Institute).   Individuals should call 212 575 0006 [NUMBER CORRECTED ON 2/17] and identify themselves with the Association of Art Museum Curators by using group code ART516)Room block held until April 9, 2010.

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