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"Expanding Museums: Spaces and Choices" at the AIC on February 12, 2010

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On February 12, 2010 from 12:30 PM- 2:00 PM, please join us at the Art Institute of Chicago in the Nichols Board of Trustees Suite in the Modern Wing of The Art Institute of Chicago for a session entitled: Expanding Museums: Spaces and Choices.

The session will be chaired by Douglas Druick, Prince Trust Curator and Chair of Prints and Drawings, Searle Curator and Chair of Medieval to Modern European Painting and Sculpture at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Other Art Institute curators participating include:

Stephanie D’Alessandro, Gary C. and Frances Comer Curator of Modern Art
James Rondeau, Frances and Thomas Dittmer Curator and Chair of Contemporary Art
Joseph Rosa, John H. Bryan Curatorial Chair of Architecture and Design
Matthew S. Witkovsky, Curator and Chair, Department of Photography

Discussion moderator:   John Ravenal, AAMC President and the Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Session Description:
New buildings afford art museums opportunities to rethink the presentation of their permanent holdings while raising questions about collection display and growth.  Using the Art Institute’s recently opened Modern Wing as a case study, this session will explore how new architecture poses different challenges to different curatorial departments as a result of the nature and extent of their holdings; the scale, location and character of the spaces designed for them; the degree of collaboration between architects, curators and museum administrators in their planning; and the nature of the inevitable trade-offs inherent in the design process. Following brief presentations on specific issues by Art Institute curators representing the permanent collections displayed in the Modern Wing, John Ravenal of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, which opens its new wing in May 2010, will moderate a discussion with the panelists and the audience.

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