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Marianne Lamonaca Appointed Next AAMC & AAMC Foundation Board President

Thursday, October 11, 2018  
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Marianne Lamonaca Appointed as Next Board President of Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) and AAMC Foundation

Chief Curator of Bard Graduate Center, Lamonaca to Begin Serving as AAMC & AAMC Foundation Board President in May 2019

 

  

OCTOBER 11, 2018, NEW YORK, NY --The Nominating & Governance Committee of the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) & AAMC Foundation announced today that Marianne Lamonaca, Chief Curator and Associate Gallery Director, Bard Graduate Center, has been appointed as the next President of the Board of Trustees. Lamonaca’s nomination will be ratified by the full membership at AAMC’s 2019 Annual Conference & Meeting, and she will begin her two-year term subsequently in May 2019.  Until then, she will work closely with Executive Director Judith Pineiro and current President Christa Clarke as the organization’s President Elect.

“Marianne is an esteemed colleague and thought-leader, who has had a long history with the AAMC, both on the board and as a long-time member,” said Christa Clarke, President, Board of Trustees, AAMC & AAMC Foundation (2017-2019), and Senior Curator, Arts of Global Africa, Newark Museum. “Given her own career path, Marianne knows the value that AAMC brings to all curators, from those working within large art communities to those at smaller institutions.  Her fervent support of advocacy and inclusion in the field will help deepen AAMC’s activities in these areas.”

A native of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Lamonaca credits her passion for the arts to her Italian heritage and to NYC's dynamic cultural life. Recognizing that not all young people have opportunities to engage with the arts, she is committed to finding pathways for people of all socio-economic and cultural backgrounds to enter the curatorial field. At Bard Graduate Center Gallery, Lamonaca recently contributed to Agents of Faith: Votive Objects in Time and Place. Over the past several years she has overseen the Gallery's exhibitions and publications including William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain (2013), Revisions—Zen for Film (2015), The Codex and Crafts in Late Antiquity (2018), and many others. She previously served as associate director for curatorial affairs and education at The Wolfsonian-Florida International University, Miami Beach, Florida, from 2006 - 2012, where she was the recipient of the 2001 Presidential Award for Achievement and Excellence, Florida International University’s highest annual honor. In addition to a wide range of exhibition and publication projects, Marianne served as curatorial coordinator for The Artful Truth–Healthy Propaganda Arts Project, a statewide arts education project organized in conjunction with the State of Florida Department of Health, Office of Tobacco Control (1998–2001). She also managed projects funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute for Library and Museum Services. 

“It is an honor to take on the role of Board President at a time when the AAMC & AAMC Foundation have strengthened their commitment to inclusion and advocacy,” said Lamonaca. "I look forward to continuing the work that the organizations’ leadership and internal team have begun in advocating for our profession in these and other important matters.  I would like all art curators to see the AAMC & AAMC Foundation as a point of reference for our professional vision and values. There is so much to accomplish in collaboration and so little to achieve in isolation." 

Lamonaca began her museum career at the Brooklyn Museum as assistant curator of decorative arts (1989-1992). She has published on a variety of subjects related to twentieth-century decorative arts and design, with a particular emphasis on Italy. In 2008 she was awarded an American Academy in Rome fellowship. Marianne holds an M.A. in the history of decorative arts from Parsons The New School for Design/Cooper-Hewitt Museum and a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College. She has been an AAMC member since 2004 and served previously as VP of Communications on the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees, as well as participating on various committees, and hosting programs for the organization.

ABOUT AAMC & AAMC FOUNDATION

Founded in 2001, the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) today has over 1,300 members from over 500+ institutions around the globe. Together the AAMC &  AAMC Foundation celebrate the curatorial narrative by supporting and promoting the work of art curators at all stages in their career through opportunities for networking, collaboration, professional development, and career advancement.  In the ever-changing, non-profit visual art world, the AAMC Foundation is the voice for all curators—regardless of field, experience level, and institutional type.  It ensures that the curatorial perspective on art, museums, and educational issues is actively communicated to the public, media, and museum profession.  For more information, visit artcurators.org.

Contact

Judith Pineiro, Executive Director, 212/879-5701, judith.pineiro@artcurators.org

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