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Monday, November 7, 2016   (0 Comments)
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Paola Antonelli & Michelle Joan Wilkinson to Present Webinar on The Role of Design & Architecture in Museums

New York, November 7, 2016
- The Association of Art Museum Curators Foundation is pleased to present a unique one-on-one discussion between Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art, and Michelle Joan Wilkinson, Curator at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History and Culture, on "The Role of Design & Architecture in Museums of Art, History, & Culture." This online webinar will be streamed live to AAMC members and guests on Monday December 5th, at 1:00pm EST. Advance registration is required, and is available through AAMC's website

The discussion will feature a dialogue on both curators' experiences of the fundamental role of design and architecture, as well as their distinction from other visual arts. They will touch upon examples both past and recent, including the recent inaugural installation at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History and Culture. 

AAMC Foundation hosts online and in-person programs for AAMC members, members of the arts community, and the general public addressing pressing issues facing the curatorial field, the museum community, and the greater arts and cultural sphere. Along with the Foundation's recently launched regional In-Conversation series, this webinar gives members and non-members the ability to engage with and learn from leading voices in the field. 

Antonelli, along with her curatorial position at The Museum of Modern Art, serves as its founding Director of Research & Development. A leading figure in the design world, she has lectured and taught worldwide, has served on several international architecture and design juries, is the author of numerous design books and has recently completed the online experiment, Design and Violence, with co-curator James Hunt, which has become a new paragon for curatorial practice and communication.

Having spent six years as Director of Collections and Exhibitions at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, Wilkinson is working to expand the National Museum of African American History and Culture's collections in architecture and design, and has co-curated two of the inaugural exhibitions for the new museum: A Changing America: 1968 and Beyond and A Century in the Making: Building the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Wilkinson has curated over 20 exhibitions, and was awarded a research support grant from the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art in 2013. 



About AAMC & AAMC Foundation

Founded in 2001, the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) has over 1,300 members from over 400 institutions around the globe. 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 visual non-profit art world, AAMC is the voice for all curators—regardless of field, experience level, and institutional type. We ensure that the curatorial perspective on art, museums, and educational issues is actively communicated to the public, media, and museum profession. For more information, visit, or contact the AAMC & AAMC Foundation offices at


About AAMC & AAMC Foundation Programming

AAMC & AAMC hosts a wide array of online and in-person programs for its membership and the greater public. The AAMC & AAMC Foundation Annual Conference & Meeting gathers over 400 curators from around the world for four days of professional development and networking opportunities, including sessions, roundtables, receptions, tours and more. The only Conference of its kind to gather curators from varying areas of expertise, career level and institution size, the program is an essential benefit of AAMC membership, and is a key part of AAMC's mission to promote and support the work of non-profit arts curators.

AAMC's webinar program provides live, online workshops and presentations on skills, timely issues, and new developments in the curatorial field. Available to all members regardless of location, and viewable on AAMC's website after the live session, these webinars are valuable resources to curators at all levels of their career.  

Launched in June of 2016, AAMC Foundation's In-Conversation regional program series features leading voices in local arts centers across the country speaking to pressing issues facing the curatorial community. Open to the public, these in-person events provide an essential platform for interdisciplinary and cross-institutional dialogue, and for regional colleagues to gather, connect, and network. Previous events in the series include: In-Conversation: Preventing Looting: What Curators and  All Museum Staff Can Do, June, 2016, hosted at the Frick Collection, NY; In-Conversation: Museum Directors on the Curatorial Role, September, 2016, held at Harvard Art Museums, Boston; and In-Conversation: Addressing Implicit Bias in Museums, held at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, November 2016. Further events in the series will be announced in December, 2016. The series is generously sponsored in part by Christie's.



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