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AAMC 2018 AAMC CONFERENCE IN CANADA CONCLUDES

Wednesday, April 18, 2018  
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AAMC 2018 ANNUAL CONFERENCE HELD IN CANADA,

MARKING ITS FIRST INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION

Conference placed special focus on issues collaboration and access

 

MONTREAL, CANADA, May 9, 2018 – The Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) and the AAMC Foundation, the only membership organization dedicated to advancing the curatorial profession, held its 17th Annual Conference & Meeting in Montreal, May 5 - 8, 2018, at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts/Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal.  Marking its first held outside the United States, the 2018 conference focused on themes of inclusion and access and brought together approximately 350 art curators from around the globe. A full program catalog is available for download on artcurators.org.  

AAMC’s next Annual Conference & Meeting will be held in New York, NY, May 4-7, 2019.

“This year’s Conference, our first outside of the United States, encouraged dialogues centered around collaboration, cooperation, engagement, and interpretation,” said Christa Clarke, Board of Trustees President, AAMC & AAMC Foundation, and Senior Curator, Arts of Global Afrida, Newark Museum.   “What better place to have these conversations than here in Canada, whose art institutions have pioneered collaborative models of curatorial practice that accommodate both difference and inclusivity.”
 
The conference opened on Monday, May 5, with a First Nation welcome from Nadine St-Louis, Founder & Executive Director, Sacred Fire Productions. The sessions that followed focused on the scholarly commitment to the investigation of race in art and visual culture within museums; ethical responsibility in collaborations with artists from outside the considered financial center-points of the art world; shift in art institutions and curatorial practice away from colonial legacies; collection sharing; Latinx identity and representation in our art organizations looked at through official and unofficial mentorship opportunities; and status of experience and relationships with digital.  

Highlights of the conference included two Keynote Dialogues that delved into issues of cultural preservation, research, and artistic creation in developing inclusive and equitable exhibitions, collections, audiences, and networks.  Featured this year were conversations between Ruth Phillips, Co-Director of GRASAC & Canada Research Professor, Carleton University, and Skawennati, Artist and Co-Director of Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace; and Lisa Ackerman, Executive Vice President, World Monuments Fund, and Cara Krmpotich, Director and Associate Professor, Museum Studies, iSchool, University of Toronto.

“Each year, AAMC’s Conference provides an open forum for curators to investigate critical topics within the visual arts,” noted Judith Pineiro, Executive Director, AAMC & AAMC Foundation, “The conference is a vital part of our mission and provides curators with a unique platform to foster dialogue with peers across fields and affiliations. I look forward to continuing these conversations within our ongoing programs throughout the year.”

Alongside formal conference sessions, AAMC organized programs and tours for its members at a range of different cultural institutions and organizations throughout Montreal, providing curators with the opportunity to engage deeply with the arts in the city. These programs and tours were held at: 1700 La Poste, Antoine Ertaskiran Gallery / Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran, Arsenal Contemporary Art & Division Gallery / Arsenal Art Contemporain & Galerie Division, Artexte, Canadian Centre for Architecture / Centre Canadien d’Architecture, Château Ramezay, Darling Foundry / Fonderie Darling, DHC/Art ART Foundation for Contemporary Art  / DHC/ ART Fondation pour l’Art Contemporain, La Ruche d’Art St-Henri, McGill University Archives, Library & James Sculpture Garden, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ Decorative Arts & Design Collection / Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal collection d’art décoratifs et de design, SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art / SBC Galerie d’art contemporain, UQAM Gallery / Galerie de l’UQAM, and VOX Contemporary image center / VOX Centre de l’image contemporaine.

CONFERENCE SPONSORS AND HOSTS
Sotheby’s was the lead sponsor of AAMC’s 2018 Conference and Meeting, supporting the overall program as well as the AAMC members’ reception at the McCord Museum / Musée McCord.  

PACART presented and sponsored the 2018 Awards for Excellence program and celebration.  

Additional support for the program was provided through gifts from the Getty Foundation, Samuel H. Kress Foundation and Henry Luce Foundation for Travel Grant Fellowships, awarding 32 curators funding to attend the Conference.

Special thanks to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts / Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal for hosting the 2018 conference sessions as well as hosting a major donor dinner.  

Thanks also to Phi Centre / Centre Phi for hosting the Mentorship Brunch; the McCord Museum / Musée McCord for the Members’ Reception; Parisian Laundry for the initial welcome evening; and the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC) for hosting the Awards for Excellence.

ABOUT AAMC & AAMC FOUNDATION
The Association of Art Museum Curators (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, 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. Founded in 2001, we include over 1,300 members from over 400 institutions around the globe. For more information, visit artcurators.org.

CONTACT
Judith Pineiro, Executive Director, +1-212-879-5701, judith.pineiro@artcurators.org
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