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Webinar Series on Provenance Announced

Thursday, March 22, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lucy Lydon
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New York, March 22, 2018 – The Association of Art Museum Curators Foundation has announced a new three-part webinar series that addresses research, advances, and issues surrounding the topic of provenance. Open to AAMC members and the general public, the series was co-created and co-organized by David Saunders, Associate Curator, Department of Antiquities, J. Paul Getty Museum and Judith Pineiro, Executive Director, AAMC & AAMC Foundation. The webinars, held live, will take place on three Tuesdays in June, 2018, and may be viewed and purchased either individually, or as a series. Registration is now open, and attendees may register through the AAMC Foundation Website.  

With the establishment of substantial research databases and resources, great progress has been made in researching artworks that may have been subject to unlawful appropriation during the World War II era. As museums work to make their collections accessible online, there is both the need and potential to extend these advances to other categories of objects.

The first webinar will acknowledge the impact of the pioneering work in WWII era research and provide updates on the current status within the field. The second session will offer a review of work currently being undertaken for non WWII era looting and specifically looking at fields, including but not limited to, African Art, Asian Art and Antiquities. In the final session, we will emphasize the interest and need for progress in collaboration across diverse fields, present information on sharing data, and digitization and resources in communicating knowledge.

Each webinar will feature leading experts in the field, with speakers including: Karen Daly, Registrar for Exhibitions and Coordinator of Provenance Research, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond; Christel Hollevoet-Force, Associate Research Curator, Modern and Contemporary, The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Jane Milosch
Director, Smithsonian Provenance Research Initiative, Moderator; Victoria Reed
Sadler Curator for Provenance, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and Laurie Stein
President, L. Stein Art Research LLC, Chicago in the first webinar; Kathleen Bickford Berzock, Associate Director of Curatorial Affairs, Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University; Patricia (Trish) Capone, Curator and Director of Research and Repatriation, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology (NAGPRA); Tom Hardwick, Consulting Curator of Egyptology, Museum of Natural Science, Houston; MacKenzie Mallon, Specialist, Provenance, The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Moderator; and J. Keith Wilson, Curator of Ancient Chinese Art, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in the second webinar; and Jodi Cranston
Professor in the Department of History of Art and Architecture, Boston University; Christine Howald, Research Area Art Market and Provenance, Technische Universität Berlin; Nancy Caron Karrels, Doctoral Candidate and Illinois Distinguished Fellow, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Curator, Provenance: A Forensic History of Art, Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; David Newbury, formerly Lead Developer, Art Tracks at Carnegie Museum of Art, now Enterprise Software Architect, Information Systems, J. Paul Getty Trust; and David Saunders, Associate Curator, Department of Antiquities, J. Paul Getty Museum, Moderator in the third and final webinar. Attendees may learn more about the discussants on the AAMC Foundation website

The series is part of the AAMC Foundation’s webinar program, which offers live online discussions on essential skills, timely issues, and latest discoveries that define the profession of Art Curator, and enhance understanding and development in the field. Focusing on how curators collaborate and engage with colleagues from other museum departments, and with those outside of the museum, recent webinars are available for watching and include: New Approaches to Inclusion in InstallationNew Approaches to Institutional PartnershipsScaling Back with Successful ImpactCurators Thinking DigitallyCurators and Conversations: Successful Cooperationand The Role of Design & Architecture in Museums of Art, History & Culture.  


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Founded in 2001, and now including over 1,300 members from over 400 institutions around the globe, we are a strong leader for curators in non-profit settings. The mission of the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) is to support and promote the work of visual art curators in the non-profit sector by creating opportunities for networking, collaboration, professional development, and advancement. In support of these aims, the AAMC Foundation seeks to heighten public understanding of the curator’s non-profit role through programs, discussions and opportunities open to the public and our members. By providing a dynamic forum in which to share ideas and encourage processional development, the Association of Art Museum Curators continues to grow, increasing its visibility and importance to the larger arts community. At the heart of all we do is our goal to celebrate, advance, and advocate for the non-profit sector curator. Our Strategic Plan’s key facets are diversity and advocacy, which now have devoted Task Forces within our organization, with the goals of furthering opportunities for all curators through creating inclusive programming, seeking to define and expand the definition of curator, promoting the curatorial role within our communities, and supporting the highest standards of curatorial ethics and professional behavior.


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