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Registration Opens for 2017 Conference & Annual Meeting

Wednesday, February 1, 2017   (0 Comments)
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AAMC & AAMC Foundation Opens Registration for 2017 Annual Conference & Meeting in New York City

New York, February 1, 2017
: The Association of Art Museum Curators has opened early bird registration for its 2017 Annual Conference & Meeting, May 6-9, in New York City. To encourage systematic change within our field, the content of our program delves into new ways of looking, thinking and working. The program will welcome nearly 400 curators from around the world for four days of events exploring ways of creating inclusiveness and community through engagement with each other, our roster of speakers, and our sites. Early bird registration is now open to AAMC members through AAMC & AAMC Foundation's website

In a new conversational format, our content-based activities are embracing shared learning through concurrent sessions and dialogues. To encourage an interchange between the speakers and the attendees, we will hold community colloquiums, rather than sessions driven by a lecture format. This interactive process will produce innovative concept building among those present. The sessions include: Access, Ableism and Dis/ability in Curatorial Practice; Navigating the Work-Life BalanceFrom “Reimagining Feminism” to “Reimagining the Museum”: Curatorial Strategies for Revising and Renewing Institutional Histories; Start Where You Are: Acknowledge Implicit Bias as a First Step toward More Diverse and Inclusive Museum Initiatives; and Collections as Assets for Inclusive Dialogue

Two Keynote Dialogues, on both days of the Conference, focus on inter-generational conversations between activist leaders representing individuals within the curatorial and art historical field and those engaged in other ways within our community, including a prominent artist and a philanthropic organization change consultant. Our Keynote Dialogue leaders are: Monica O. Montgomery, Founding Director & Curator, Museum of Impact, and Tanya M. Odom, Global Diversity & Inclusion & Education Consultant & Executive Coach on Monday, May 8; and Hank Willis Thomas, Artist, and Deborah Willis, University Professor & Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University on Tuesday, May 9.

Maintaining AAMC & AAMC Foundation's strong policy of inclusion, weekend events are scheduled at organizations for site visits and tours that will bring our members outside their normal circuit, and seek to broaden the curatorial view of how organizations can collaborate with communities, embrace new projects and buildings as vehicles for change, and re-imagine historical sites and collections as public resources. We are proud to include on our tours: The Laundromat Project’s Kelly Street Collaborative; Morris-Jumel Mansion; Museum of Chinese in America; Museum of the City of New York; Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden; the New-York Historical Society Museum & Library; The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum; Socrates Sculpture Park & Mark di Suvero Studio; The Studio Museum in Harlem’s inHarlem program; and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Restored and new buildings, such as the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, and the International Center of Photography at the ICP Museum will host special events to encourage curators to think innovatively. Our main sessions needing large auditoriums will occur at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Museum with special emphasis on how such major institutions are encouraging community engagement and access.

The Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) and AAMC Foundation's Annual Conference & Meeting is the only conference of its kind where are curators from every discipline and field meet to discuss important issues facing the profession. The multi-day event includes mentorship opportunities, networking, professional development workshops, panel discussions, receptions, award announcements, receptions at host city cultural institutions, and a full membership meeting.

The Annual Conference & Meeting, open to all members, fosters the profession's cohesiveness by addressing issues of national relevance, by assisting in professional development, and by promoting dialogue and exchange among curators.

Early bird registration closes March 10th at 12pm ET. If you would like information on attending or supporting the Annual Conference & Meeting, please contact us at



Association of Art Museum Curators (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.  The mission of the Association of Art Museum Curators 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 role in art museums & other non-profit models through professional development programs, awards, and grants.  By providing a dynamic forum in which to share ideas and encourage professional development, the Association of Art Museum Curators continues to attract membership, increasing its visibility and importance to the larger arts community. 

AAMC & AAMC Foundation are the only organizations offering professional development and career navigation to the non-profit curatorial profession, and we do so on a global platform.  We achieve this by offering valuable programming, including providing standards for best curatorial practices and ethics; advocating for the profession; convening and creating effective networks; initiating diversity efforts; and mentoring and inspiring future curators—across all borders.  In order to meet our expansive goals, the organizations are working to strengthen alliances, expand funding, and grow services for our members.  


The information about the Conference is subject to change without notice and should not be construed as a commitment by AAMC and/or AAMC Foundation. AAMC and/or AAMC Foundation assume no responsibility for any errors or omissions. In no event shall AAMC and/or AAMC Foundation be liable for incidental or consequential damages arising from use of this document or other conference-related material. This information and parts thereof must not be reproduced or copied without AAMC and/or AAMC Foundation providing written permission, and contents thereof must not be imparted to a third party nor be used for any unauthorized purpose.  Conference registration and event tickets are non-refundable. 

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