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2021 Art Curators Conference: Virtual News and Call for Proposals

Thursday, September 17, 2020   (0 Comments)
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AAMC Call for Virtual Conference Panels

New York, NY, September 17, 2020 —

2021 Art Curators Conference Goes Virtual

We acknowledge that there are great uncertainties towards gathering and traveling now and far into next year.  To assure our audience of access to the important conversations held during our Art Curators Conference, our 2021 edition will be held entirely on a virtual platform, with no in-person components planned. The program will include live and recorded panels, keynotes, and workshops, alongside networking and socializing opportunities.


2021 Art Curators Conference Theme and Call for Panels
For our 2021 Art Curators Conference, we ask members to submit panel proposals considering the meaning of the word identity. With a virtual platform, we hope that panels will present a wide geographical range of speakers--opening up a dialogue once prohibitive due to travel schedules.  While we anticipate panels being held between 12pm and 5pm ET, pre-recorded sessions addressing timezone concerns amongst speakers can be considered.

Our visual arts community’s interpretation, promotion, and usage of, as well as its reaction to and impact on the concept of identity, offers varied possible dialogues. In selecting this topic, we anticipate proposals addressing identity and its complex relationship to individuals, communities, historical groups and lands; its impact on cultural heritage and preservation; its role in colonialism, racism, and the transfer of power; the labeling of canonical histories; its influence in the marketplace; in matters of individual and group bias; in collection building and issues of provenance; in shaping the 21st-century museum; the physical and virtual; and others. 

As always, we request proposals considering the full spectrum of interpretations, looking at topics holistically and not solely through the curatorial lens. Panels should propose discussions acknowledging the community curators serve. Speakers from for-profit and non-profit sectors are welcome and are not limited to the visual arts sector.  

Key points to keep in mind are proposals are:
  • required to be representative of diversity across self-identifications (by nation, gender, creed, race), fields of expertise, types of institutional mission, and regional location.
  • subject to modification by AAMC staff and leadership.
  • in development only, submitters should not confirm speakers--but rather provide suggestions.
  • required to support a discussion model not lectures and lengthy presentations, they should be a dialogue.
  • not to rengage panelists in presenting formal papers.
The selection process will be guided by the strength of the proposals and the need to create a balance between topics relevant to curators from a wide range of institutions and specializations. 


Option for Proposals Not Selected for the Conference
Panel proposals that are submitted but not selected to be part of the Conference may be offered an opportunity, based on their proposal, to hold a webinar outside of the Conference virtual sessions.  As such, please be sure to indicate in your submission if you would be open to having your application being considered for a webinar (could be anytime from January 2021 to January 2022) as well to be vetted for a Conference session.


Submission Process
All proposals must be submitted through our online submission portal here. Current AAMC members are invited to submit session proposals no later than 12pm ET on Thursday, October 29th. No late submissions are permitted.  No extensions will be granted. There is not funding for panels at the conference, this includes speakers, moderators, and panel organizers.

Key reminders all proposals are: 
  • ONLY accepted through our online portal here.
  • Required to be representative of diversity: across self-identifications (by nation, gender, creed, race), fields of expertise, types of institutional mission, and regional position.
  • Subject to modification by AAMC (staff, leadership, etc) 
  • Discussion models of presentation - these are not lectures. 
  • Due by  12pm ET on Thursday, October 29th ET - no exceptions.

Judith Pineiro, Executive Director, 212/879-5701,

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