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AAMC & AAMC Foundation 2017 
Annual Conference & Meeting


May 6 - 9, 2017
New York City

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Registration is now closed. A limited number of on-site registrations, at the rate of $300, for Monday through Tuesday sessions will be available for purchase. Please note that all event tickets and registrations are non-refundable. To view the list of registrants, please click here



AAMC organizes room blocks for our Conference attendees. Please contact hotels directly to reserve your room.  
Hotel Wales
1295 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10128
Rates begin at $299 a night, excluding taxes and fees.
Book your room here, or by calling (866) 925-3746, and mentioning that you are booking with the AAMC Conference, reference number 216751. 
Hudson Hotel
358 West 58th Street

New York, NY 10019
Rates range from $199 a night to $329 a night, excluding taxes and fees. 
Book your room here, or by calling (702) 577-2830, and mentioning that you are booking with the AAMC Conference. 
Please note that AAMC's initial Conference Block for Friday, May 6, and Saturday, May 7 are now full. Additional rooms are now available at the rate of $219 a night. 
Please note, reservations must be made by April 14, 2017.


Courtyard Marriott

410 East 92nd Street

New York, NY 10128

Please note that our room block is now closed.  


FULL CONFERENCE SCHEDULE & CONTENT

Schedule in Brief 

Schedule in Full

SCHEDULE IN BRIEF

SATURDAY, MAY 6

10:00 AM – 6:30 PM 
Tour Option One 
Advance registration required.
The Studio Museum in Harlem’s inHarlem
Morris-Jumel Mansion 
The Laundromat Project’s Kelly Street Collaborative
Museum of Chinese in America 

10:00 AM – 5:30 PM 
Tour Option Two 
Advance registration required.
The Studio Museum in Harlem’s inHarlem 
Museum of the City of New York
Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden 
New-York Historical Society 

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Artist Talk and Reception with William T. Williams 
Co-hosted by the Michael Rosenfeld Gallery
100 11th Ave, New York, NY 


SUNDAY, MAY 7

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
AAMC Mentorship Program Alumni Reception
Sponsored in part by The Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation and the 
Center for Italian Modern Art
Closed event, by invitation only

10:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Morning in Long Island City
Advance registration required.
Socrates Sculpture Park
Mark di Suvero Studio 
The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum 

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Board of Trustees Meeting & Biennial Tour 
Whitney Museum of American Art
Closed event, by invitation only 

3:00 PM – 4:30 PM 
Member Tour of The Whitney Biennial 
Whitney Museum of American Art
Advance registration required.
99 Gansevoort St, Manhattan, NY 


6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
AAMC & AAMC Foundation Awards for Excellence Reception
Event co-hosted by the International Center of Photography
ICP Museum, 250 Bowery, Manhattan, NY
Open to AAMC members and special guests.
Welcome remarks from Mark Lubell, Executive Director, International Center of Photography. 



MONDAY, MAY 8

The Metropolitan Museum of Art 
Co-Hosted in part by The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028


8:00 AM – 8:45 AM
Welcome Breakfast Reception
Great Hall 

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Welcome Address 
Thomas P. Campbell, Director & CEO, The Metropolitan Museum of Art with an introduction by Helen C. Evans, Mary & Michael Jaharis Curator of Byzantine Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art; AAMC & AAMC Foundation President

9:30 AM – 10:45 AM
Keynote Dialogue 
Monica Montgomery, Founding Director & Curator, Museum of Impact & Tanya M. Odom, Global Diversity & Inclusion & Education Consultant with an introduction by Helen C. Evans, Mary & Michael Jaharis Curator of Byzantine Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art; AAMC & AAMC Foundation President 

10:45 AM – 11:00 AM 
Break

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Access, Ableism and Dis/ability in Curatorial Practice

12:30 PM - 2:45 PM 
RoundTables & Lunch 
Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education

There will be two lunch sessions, each including a full roster of RoundTable discussions, 12:30pm – 1:30pm and 1:45pm – 2:45pm.  Each Conference participant registered in advance for a specified time lunch slot.  Please note that you will only be admitted to the lunch hour you pre-selected. At each lunch session, there will be both RoundTable and non-RoundTable seating, all on a first-come first-served basis. 

12:30 PM SESSION ONE: Lunch and RoundTables

1:45 PM SESSION TWO: Lunch and RoundTables


3:00 PM  – 3:10 PM
ShopTalks

Art & Artefact: Yayoi Kusama at the Glass HouseIrene Shum, Curator & Collections Manager, Philip Johnson Glass House, National Trust for Historic Preservation

Monuments in Replica: the Display of the Great Altar of Pergamon at the Met’s exhibition Pergamon and the Hellenistic Kingdoms of the Ancient WorldKiki Karoglou, Assistant Curator, Greek & Roman Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art


3:15 PM – 4:30 PM 
Navigating the Work-Life Balance 

4:45 PM – 5:30 PM
Members’ Meeting & New President Welcome 
Helen C. Evans, Mary & Michael Jaharis Curator of Byzantine Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art; AAMC & AAMC Foundation President; Judith Pineiro, Executive Director, AAMC & AAMC Foundation; Christa Clarke, Senior Curator, Arts of Global Africa, Newark Museum; President-Elect, AAMC & AAMC Foundation

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
AAMC Members’ Reception
Co-Hosted in part by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Sponsored by Lead Conference and Members’ Reception Sponsor, Sotheby’s
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden at East 90th Street between 5th Avenue and Madison Avenue, Manhattan, NY

7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Circle Donor Reception
Closed event, by invitation only. 
For more information on becoming a Circle Donor, please contact AAMC.



TUESDAY, MAY 9

Brooklyn Museum 
Co-Hosted in part by Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium
Museum galleries are closed and accessible only on a curator-led tour during lunch.

8:30 AM – 9:15 AM
Breakfast Reception 
Beaux-Arts Court 

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Welcome Address
Anne Pasternak, Shelby White and Leon Levy Director, Brooklyn Museum with an introduction by Helen C. Evans, Mary & Michael Jaharis Curator of Byzantine Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art; AAMC & AAMC Foundation President

10:00 AM – 11:15 AM
Keynote Dialogue 
Hank Willis Thomas, Artist & Deborah Willis, Ph.D., University Professor and Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University with an introduction by Helen C. Evans, Mary & Michael Jaharis Curator of Byzantine Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art; AAMC & AAMC Foundation President

11:15 AM – 11:30 AM
Break 

11:30 AM – 12:45 AM
From “Reimagining Feminism” to “Reimagining the Museum”: Curatorial Strategies for Revising and Renewing Institutional Histories

12:45 PM – 12:50 PM
ShopTalk
Audio-description as an Approach to the Documentation of Ephemeral PerformanceDevon Bella, Director, KADIST


12:50 PM – 3:00 PM
Lunch, Committee & Task Force Open Forums & Curator-Led Tours
Beaux-Arts Court

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM & 2:00 PM  - 2:45 PM
CURATOR-LED TOURS
With the Museum closed to the public, please join Brooklyn Museum curators for two sessions of tours to access the Museum’s permanent collection galleries and special exhibitions. Tours will run concurrently with lunch, are filled on a first-come first-served basis. As a reminder, the Museum’s galleries are closed and you can only access them through a curator-led visit.

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
COMMITTEE AND TASK FORCE OPEN FORUMS
We welcome anyone to a table to share ideas and comments.  From 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Conference attendees are welcome to learn more about AAMC & AAMC Foundation Committees by attending a Committee & Task Force Open Forum. Taking part in a table discussion does not require you to join and does not guarantee that you’ll be part of that Committee - this is an opportunity to have your voice heard and join a conversation.


3:00 PM – 4:15 PM
Start Where You Are: Acknowledge Implicit Bias as a First Step toward More Diverse and Inclusive Museum Initiatives

4:15 PM – 4:20 PM 
ShopTalk
A Bull in a China Shop? Installing a Contemporary Time-Based Media Artwork in a Historic Decorative Arts Display, Rosie Mills, Associate Curator, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

4:20 PM – 5:35 PM

Collections as Assets for Inclusive Dialogue

5:45 PM – 6:00 PM
Closing Remarks 
Judith Pineiro, Executive Director, AAMC & AAMC Foundation

6:00 PM
Conference Concludes

FULL CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

SATURDAY, MAY 6

TOUR OPTION ONE
10:00 AM – 6:30 PM
Advance registration required.

Begin your Conference weekend by signing up for one of two full-day tours to visit a diverse cross-section of institutions around New York. Please note there is very limited availability, and event tickets are sold on a first come first serve basis. We cannot accept walk-on attendees on this tour, so if you did not register in advance you will not be admitted.


The Studio Museum in Harlem’s inHarlem

Tour The Studio Museum in Harlem’s inHarlem with HALLIE RINGLE, Assistant Curator. inHarlem, a new set of initiatives designed to explore dynamic ways to work in the community and take the Studio Museum beyond its walls, encompasses a wide range of artistic and programmatic ventures, from site-specific artists’ projects to collaborative presentations with civic and cultural partners in the Harlem neighborhood. The first inHarlem projects are specially commissioned sculptural works by artists Kevin Beasley, Simone Leigh, Kori Newkirk and Rudy Shepherd, to be realized in Morningside Park, Marcus Garvey Park, St. Nicholas Park and Jackie Robinson Park, respectively. The groups will tour two installation sites, to be followed by lunch at The Studio Museum in Harlem.


Morris-Jumel Mansion

CAROL WARD, Executive Director, will lead members on a tour of the Morris-Jumel Mansion, the oldest remaining house in Manhattan, built in 1765, and its museum, which catalogs over 200 years of New York history, art, and culture. Ward will also lead the group on a tour through the Mansion’s period rooms, normally not accessible to the public. Through historic site tours and education programs, the museum interprets the mansion in the context of domestic life in New York City from 1765 until 1865, the influx of European immigrants to Washington Heights in the late 1800’s, the City Beautiful movement at the turn of the century, the life of the Jumel Terrace Historic District, and more recent immigration.


The Laundromat Project’s Kelly Street Collaborative

Join KEMI ILESANMI, Executive Director, & HATUEY RAMOS-FERMIN, Director of Programs & Community Engagement, for an introduction to The Laundromat Project (The LP), and the Kelly Street Collaborative. In partnership with Workforce Housing Group, Kelly Street Garden, and Banana Kelly Community Improvement Association, The LP has transformed a two bedroom-apartment on historic Kelly Street in the South Bronx into a thriving creative community hub, with artist studios, arts programming, and community partnerships that allow The LP to engage the larger Kelly Street community. The LP’s mission is to amplify the creativity that already exists within communities by using arts and culture to build community networks, solve problems, and enhance our sense of ownership in the places where we live, work, and grow.


Museum of Chinese in America

Founded in 1980, the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is dedicated to preserving and presenting the history, heritage, culture and diverse experiences of people of Chinese descent in the United States. ANDREW REBATTA, Assistant Curator, will lead members through the special exhibition Sour, Sweet, Bitter, Spicy: Stories of Chinese Food and Identity in AmericaSour, Sweet, Bitter, Spicy weaves together complex stories through a dynamic video installation featuring pioneering chefs such as Cecilia Chiang, Ken Hom, Anita Lo, Ming Tsai, and Martin Yan; new restaurateurs like Peter Chang, Vivian Ku, and Danny Bowien; and persevering home cooks like Biying Ni, Yvette Lee and Ho-chin Yang. In Chinese the saying Sour, Sweet, Bitter, Spicy refers not only to the delicate balance of flavors that defines Chinese cooking but also the ups and downs of life. Set in an immersive video installation, the tapestry of tales that emerges will be rich with immigration experiences, food memories, favorite dishes and cooking inspirations that define the culinary—and personal—identities of these chefs, drawing visitors into the middle of a conversation about how food defines Chinese in America. In the center of the gallery will be a monumental dinner table, with each chef represented by personally selected artifacts from their kitchens and place settings featuring unique ceramic vessels that will link cooking styles to regional culinary traditions.


TOUR OPTION TWO
10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Advance registration required.

Begin your Conference weekend by signing up for one of two full-day tours to visit a diverse cross-section of institutions around New York. Please note there is very limited availability, and event tickets are sold on a first come first serve basis. We cannot accept walk-on attendees on this tour, so if you did not register in advance you will not be admitted.


The Studio Museum in Harlem’s inHarlem

Tour The Studio Museum in Harlem’s inHarlem with HALLIE RINGLE, Assistant Curator. inHarlem, a new set of initiatives designed to explore dynamic ways to work in the community and take the Studio Museum beyond its walls, encompasses a wide range of artistic and programmatic ventures, from site-specific artists’ projects to collaborative presentations with civic and cultural partners in the Harlem neighborhood. The first inHarlem projects are specially commissioned sculptural works by artists Kevin Beasley, Simone Leigh, Kori Newkirk and Rudy Shepherd, to be realized in Morningside Park, Marcus Garvey Park, St. Nicholas Park and Jackie Robinson Park, respectively. The groups will tour two installation sites, to be followed by lunch at The Studio Museum in Harlem.


Museum of the City of New York

The Museum of the City of New York celebrates and interprets the city, educating the public about its distinctive character, especially its heritage of diversity, opportunity, and perpetual transformation. Founded in 1923 as a private, nonprofit corporation, the Museum connects the past, present, and future of New York City. Join Chief Curator, SARAH HENRY, for a tour of New York at Its Core, the Museum’s new permanent exhibition. Through historic objects and images, contemporary video, photography, and interactive digital experiences, dive deep into the city’s 400 year past and create your own visions for its future in the Future City Lab. 


Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden

RUTH OSBORNE, Curator, will provide a behind-the-scenes commentary on the Museum’s collection, which preserves and interprets travel, leisure, work and play in diverse antebellum New York. Built in 1799, the Museum building and garden are presented as the Mount Vernon Hotel, which served day customers and travelers from 1826 to 1833. This fashionable country resort was popular among New Yorkers who wished to escape the hustle and bustle of the city which at that time extended only as far north as 14th Street. The Hotel advertised itself as “free from the noise and dust of the public roads, and fitted up and intended for only the most genteel and respectable” clientele. In those days, one could take the stagecoach or steamboat up to 61st street and spend the day at the hotel sipping lemonade in the ladies parlor or playing cards in the gentlemen’s tavern. The building endures as a rare reminder of an important era in New York City’s history.


New-York Historical Society 

The New-York Historical Society, one of America’s pre-eminent cultural institutions, is dedicated to fostering research and presenting history and art exhibitions that reveal the dynamism of history and its influence on the world of today. MARGARET K. HOFER, Vice President & Museum Director, will lead members on a tour of the recently reinstalled permanent collection and the new Gallery of Tiffany Lamps, a 3,000-square-foot jewel box space designed by Czech architect Eva Jiricna to display 100 lamps. Founded in 1804, New-York Historical has a mission to explore the richly layered political, cultural and social history of New York City and State and the nation, and to serve as a national forum for the discussion of issues surrounding the making and meaning of history.

ARTIST TALK & RECEPTION WITH WILLIAM T. WILLIAMS 
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Co-hosted by Michael Rosenfeld Gallery
Michael Rosenfeld Gallery
100 11th Avenue between 19th and 20th Streets, New York, NY 10011

Join Michael Rosenfeld Gallery and artist WILLIAM T. WILLIAMS for a reception and artist-led gallery discussion of Things Unknown, a survey of Williams’ painting from 1968 to 2008 and Williams’ first gallery exhibition since the 1970s. The exhibition will trace the artist’s devotion to abstraction; work ranges in style from early geometric abstractions, to almost-monochromatic explorations of texture, to an abstraction that derives its force from productive tension among colors and forms. A master of brushwork and color, Williams creates his paintings in series, working through a labor-intensive process that often includes drawings, watercolors, and prints.

SUNDAY, MAY 7

MENTORSHIP PROGRAM ALUMNI RECEPTION HOSTED BY THE EMILY HALL TREMAINE FOUNDATION & THE CENTER FOR ITALIAN MODERN ART
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Closed event, by invitation only.

A celebration of the Mentorship Program, this reception bringing together program alumni and AAMC & AAMC Foundation Board members, hosted by 
The Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation & the Center for Italian Modern Art.


MORNING IN LONG ISLAND CITY
10:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Advance registration required.

Spend your morning exploring three unique spaces that are seminal to the history of artistic production in Queens. Please note there is very limited availability, and event tickets are sold on a first come first serve basis. We cannot accept walk-on attendees on this tour, so if you did not register in advance you will not be admitted. Ticket price includes transportation.


Socrates Sculpture Park

JESS WILCOX, Director of Exhibitions, will lead members on a tour of Nari Ward: G.O.A.T., again, an exhibition of newly commissioned works that expand on the artist’s exploration of social mobility, the performance of identity, belonging, and greatness. Ward recasts tropes of outdoors structures – the monument, the playground, lawn ornaments, the architectural barricade, and the advertising sign – into surreal and playful creations. Socrates Sculpture Park is the only site in the New York Metropolitan area specifically dedicated to providing artists with opportunities to create and exhibit large-scale sculpture and multi-media installations in a unique outdoor environment that encourages strong interaction between artists, artworks and the public. The park’s existence is based on the belief that reclamation, revitalization and creative expression are essential to the survival, humanity and improvement of our urban environment.


Mark di Suvero Studio

Tour the studio of international renowned sculptor Mark di Suvero, one of the most important American artists to emerge from the Abstract Expressionist era, and a pioneer in the use of steel. Mark di Suvero's architectural-scale sculptures - many with moving elements that invite viewer participation - have been exhibited in the United States, France, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Germany, Australia, Japan and the United Kingdom. His studio is adjacent to Socrates Sculpture Park, which he established in 1986 on the site of a former landfill, working with a coalition of artists and community members to create the open studio and exhibition space.


The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum

Join DAKIN HART, Senior Curator, for a tour of The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum’s Self-Interned, 1942: Noguchi in Poston War Relocation Center. This exhibition explores Noguchi’s extraordinary decision—despite being exempt from internment as a resident of New York— to enter the Poston War Relocation Center, in the Arizona desert, hoping to contribute something positive to this forcibly displaced community, to which he had never felt more connected. Curated by Hart, Self-Interned, 1942 brings together about two dozen works from the Museum’s collection, dating from before, during, and after Noguchi’s time at Poston, along with a substantial selection of archival documents. Together these evoke this harrowing moment in the history of American democracy, while revealing the impact that his experience at Poston had on Noguchi’s art. Founded and built by internationally renowned, Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi (1904–1988) for the display of what he considered to be representative examples of his life’s work, The Noguchi Museum is an open-air sculpture garden ensconced within a building that houses ten galleries. 


BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING & BIENNIAL TOUR
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoort Street, New York, NY 10014
Closed event, by invitation only.


MEMBER TOUR OF THE WHITNEY BIENNIAL
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoort Street, New York, NY 10014
Advance registration required.

Enjoy a private members-only tour of Whitney Biennial 2017 with a Whitney Teaching Fellow. Curated by Christopher Y. Lew and AAMC member Mia Locks, the seventy-eighth edition of the survey of contemporary art in the United States is the first to be presented in the Whitney’s new building in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District. 


EVENING AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE RECEPTION
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Co-hosted in part by the International Center of Photography
ICP Museum, 250 Bowery, Manhattan, NY
Open to AAMC members and special guests. Galleries will be open until 8:00pm.

Join us for our Awards for Excellence Celebration, where we will toast this year’s Award recipients. MARK LUBELL, Executive Director of the International Center of Photography, will welcome the group to the Center’s new facility, which opened in June of 2016. The AAMC Foundation has honored more than 100 curators for their outstanding work in catalogues, essays, articles, and exhibitions through our Awards for Excellence. The Prizes, as they are more informally known, are the only awards of their kind by which curators directly acknowledge the work of their colleagues. The Awards are highly valued and esteemed by our members, and we are proud to be formally honoring them with an individual reception.

MONDAY, MAY 8

CONFERENCE SESSIONS
Co-Hosted in part by The Metropolitan Museum of Art
8:00 AM – 5:30 PM
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028
The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
The Museum is open to the public from 10:00 PM - 5:00 PM 


8:00 AM – 8:45 AM
Welcome Breakfast Reception
Great Hall


9:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Welcome Address
THOMAS P. CAMPBELL, Director & CEO, The Metropolitan Museum of Art with an introduction by HELEN C. EVANS, Mary & Michael Jaharis Curator of Byzantine Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art; AAMC & AAMC Foundation President


9:30 AM – 10:45 AM
Keynote Dialogue
MONICA O. MONTGOMERY, Founding Director & Curator, Museum of Impact & TANYA M. ODOM, Global Diversity & Inclusion & Education Consultant with an introduction by HELEN C. EVANS, Mary & Michael Jaharis Curator of Byzantine Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art; AAMC & AAMC FoundationPresident


10:45 AM – 11:00 
Break


11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Access, Ableism and Dis/ability in Curatorial Practice

Why is it important for curators to think about disability aesthetics? This session will discuss the dynamics surrounding curatorial access in museums and galleries, with respect to policy, audience needs/interests, artist-curator relationships, and everyday physical and material concerns. In the past five years, the artworld has seen a rising interest in considering the work of disability arts-based subject matter, in both theory and praxis. In the museum and gallery system, the critical consideration of access has always been, and continues to remain important, but the needs of visitors with physical, cognitive and sensory disabilities often occupies a narrow band-width of attention by most museum and cultural workers. How does one incorporate the material, conceptual, sensorial and political discourse of diverse bodies into a larger museum infrastructure, especially through a curatorial lens?What are our working and utopian definitions of diversity, and how can access embrace multiple modalities in order to benefit a greater variety of audience and artist? The idea is to also focus on examples of how curators have approached curating disability aesthetics – what style did they use, what thematics? What have we seen lately that worked and did not work? Does curatorial intention matter? What about the identity or the politics of the curator – how important is this, why/why not? Is it important to expose and train curators and other arts administrators within the realm of disability aesthetics? Do certain physical and spatial environments and cultural contexts lend themselves more to curating disability aesthetics? Why/why not? The panelists will discuss these questions and more in relation to their own professional experiences and relationships to access.

Moderator/Organizer:

AMANDA CACHIA, Independent Curator

Panelists:
ELIZA CHANDLER
, Assistant Professor, School of Disability Studies, Ryerson University
FRANCESCA ROSENBERG
,Director of Community & Access Programs, Museum 
of Modern Art
DANIELLE LINZER
, Curator of Education & Interpretation, The Andy Warhol Museum


12:30 PM - 2:45 PM
RoundTables & Lunch
Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education

There will be two lunch sessions, each including a full roster of RoundTable discussions, 12:30 PM– 1:30 PM and 1:45 PM – 2:45 PM.  Each Conference participant registered in advance for a specified time lunch slot.  Please note that you will only be admitted to the lunch hour you pre-selected. At each lunch session, there will be both RoundTable and non-RoundTable seating, all on a first-come first-served basis. Topics include:

  • Negotiating for Salary & Benefits
  • Managing & Mentoring; Working with New Leadership
  • Engaging Your Community in Your Permanent Collection
  • Advocating for Your Project
  • Museum as Resource in Academic Settings
  • Best Practices in Utilizing Historic Archives
  • Traveling Exhibitions
  • Small Budget Exhibitions Without Catalogs
  • Loans Across Borders


3:00 PM  – 3:10 PM
ShopTalks

Art & Artefact: Yayoi Kusama at the Glass House, IRENE SHUM, Curator & Collections Manager, Philip Johnson Glass House, National Trust for Historic Preservation 

Monuments in Replica: the Display of the Great Altar of Pergamon at the Met’s exhibition Pergamon and the Hellenistic Kingdoms of the Ancient World,KIKI KAROGLOU, Assistant Curator, Greek & Roman Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art


3:15 PM – 4:30 PM 
Navigating the Work-Life Balance

Balancing work and “life” is a perennial problem in our culture, and can be particularly complicated for those in our field. In addition to the demands of our large workloads, curators must often attend evening and weekend events, and cultivate relationships with patrons that can bleed into personal time. Because of the scarcity of positions in the field, we must often go where the job is, and frequent moves can also disrupt our personal lives. While these issues can seem particularly challenging for those with young children, they affect everyone, and can infringe on such commitments as: spending time with partners, socializing with friends, dating, caring for aging parents, pursuing “extracurricular” passions and hobbies, and other important aspects of personal life. This panel will address ways of constructively handling these challenges, including managing time and workload, setting boundaries, setting goals, and finding support.  In the first half of the session, panelists will share their thoughts on and experiences with balancing work and life. In the second half, Julie Cohen, a career and leadership coach specializing in work-life issues, will lead a workshop in how to find the right work-life balance for you.

Moderator/Organizer:

ALEXANDRA SCHWARTZ, Independent Curator, New York

Panelists:

TOBIAS OSTRANDER, Chief Curator & Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs, 
Pérez Art Museum
NANCY SPECTOR, Artistic Director & Chief Curator, Guggenheim Museum
YAO-FEN YOU, Associate Curator of European Sculpture & Decorative Arts, The Detroit Institute of Arts


4:45 PM – 5:30 PM
Members’ Meeting  & New President Welcome
HELEN C. EVANS, Mary & Michael Jaharis Curator of Byzantine Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art; AAMC & AAMC Foundation President and CHRISTA CLARKE, Senior Curator, Arts of Global Africa, Newark Museum; President-Elect, AAMC & AAMC Foundation


AAMC MEMBERS' RECEPTION
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Co-Hosted in part by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Sponsored by Lead Conference and Members’ Reception Sponsor, Sotheby’s
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden at East 90th Street between 5th Avenue and Madison Avenue, Manhattan, NY
Open to AAMC members and special guests.

Mingle with fellow AAMC members and enjoy hors d’oeuvres and refreshments in the Cooper Hewitt’s Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden for the first hour of the our annual Members’ Reception. In the second hour, hear welcome remarks from HELEN C. EVANS, Mary & Michael Jaharis Curator of Byzantine Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art; AAMC & AAMC Foundation President, and our co-host CAROLINE BAUMANN Director, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, and enjoy access to the museum’s galleries for self-guided tours.


CIRCLE DONOR RECEPTION
7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Closed event, by invitation only. For more information on becoming a Circle donor, please contact AAMC.

TUESDAY, MAY 9

CONFERENCE SESSIONS

Co-Hosted in part by Brooklyn Museum
Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium
Museum galleries are closed and accessible only on a curator-led tour during lunch.


8:30 AM – 9:15 AM
Breakfast Reception


9:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Welcome Address
ANNE PASTERNAK, Shelby White and Leon Levy Director, Brooklyn Museum with an introduction by HELEN C. EVANS, Mary & Michael Jaharis Curator of Byzantine Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art; AAMC & AAMC Foundation President


10:00 AM – 11:15 AM
Keynote Dialogue
HANK WILLIS THOMAS, Artist & DEBORAH WILLIS, Ph.D., University Professor and Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University with an introduction by HELEN C. EVANS, Mary & Michael Jaharis Curator of Byzantine Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art; AAMC & AAMC FoundationPresident


11:15 AM – 11:30 AM
Break


11:30 AM – 12:45 AM
From “Reimagining Feminism” to “Reimagining the Museum”: Curatorial Strategies for Revising and Renewing Institutional Histories

In recent years, museums have become increasingly self-reflexive, employing strategies of institutional critique in permanent collection re-installations, gap-filling acquisitions, expanded programming, and the incorporation of archival and performative work. These efforts have a historical basis in critical tactics developed by second wave feminist artists and art historians of the 1960s–80s, who questioned dominant narratives to redress historical-canonical biases. These achievements, however, were often limited by the history second wave feminism worked within: one that was largely Euro-centric, classist, and seemingly unaware of its own biases. Recent scholarship questioning the limits of that revisionism has prompted the promotion of artists working outside even the margins, charging museums to recognize their part in the politics of inclusion and exclusion. To confront the cultural elitism and socioeconomic privilege upon which most major collecting institutions were founded (and continue to receive support), the onus of political positioning shifts from the artist to an institution’s own identity or mission. Curators at the forefront of expanding conversations about institutional histories will discuss their respective approaches to destabilizing the canon, and debate the strategies and challenges of revisionist projects. To create a working understanding of the possibilities and pitfalls of these endeavors today, panelists will discuss: Are feminist curatorial strategies useful, if so, in what ways? How should museums engage the critiques of the public and of artists? Have revisions to collections or programs truly changed the public perception of a museum, or museums in general?

Organizer:
CARMEN HERMO, Assistant Curator, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, 
Brooklyn Museum

Moderator:
CATHERINE MORRIS, Sackler Family Senior Curator, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum

Panelists:
CONNIE BUTLER, Chief Curator, Hammer Museum
NAOMI BECKWITH, Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
JENNI SORKIN,Assistant Professor, Contemporary Art History, University of California, Santa Barbara


12:45 PM – 12:50 PM
ShopTalk
Audio-description as an Approach to the Documentation of Ephemeral PerformanceDEVON BELLA, Director, KADIST


12:50 PM – 3:00 PM
Lunch, Committee & Task Force Open Forums & Curator-Led Tours
Beaux-Arts Court

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM & 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
CURATOR-LED TOURS

With the Museum closed to the public, please join Brooklyn Museum curators for two sessions of tours to access the Museum’s permanent collection galleries and special exhibitions. Tours will run concurrently with lunch, are filled on a first-come first-served basis. As a reminder, the Museum’s galleries are closed and you can only access them through a curator-led visit. Tours include:

  • Kimberly Orcutt, Andrew W. Mellon Curator of American Art tour of the American Art Galleries
  • Edward Bleiberg, Senior Curator of Egyptian Art tours of Ancient Egyptian Galleries (1:00 PM only) A Woman's Afterlife: Gender Transformation in Ancient Egypt (2:00 PM only)
  • Barry Harwood, Curator, Decorative Arts tour of the Decorative Arts & the Period Rooms
  • Carmen Hermo, Assistant Curator, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art tour of The Dinner Party by Judy Chicago
  • Lisa Small, Senior Curator of European Art tour of Georgia O'Keeffe: Living Modern
  • Joan Cummins, Lisa and Bernard Selz Senior Curator of Asian Art, tour of Infinite Blue
  • Nancy Rosoff, Andrew W. Mellon Senior Curator, Arts of the Americas tour of Life, Death, and Transformation in the Americas
  • Catherine Morris, Sackler Family Senior Curator, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art tour of We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965-85

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
COMMITTEE AND TASK FORCE OPEN FORUMS

We welcome anyone to a table to share ideas and comments. From 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Conference attendees are welcome to learn more about AAMC & AAMC Foundation Committees by attending a Committee & Task Force Open Forum. Taking part in a table discussion does not require you to join and does not guarantee that you’ll be part of that Committee - this is an opportunity to have your voice heard and join a conversation. AAMC Committees & Task Forces include:

  • Awards for Excellence Committee
  • Career Support Committee
  • Conference Committee
  • Finance, Fundraising, & Audit Committee
  • Governance & Nominating Committee
  • Marketing & Communications Committee
  • Membership Committee
  • Professional Development Committee
  • Advocacy Task Force
  • Diversity Task Force


3:00 PM – 4:15 PM
Start Where You Are: Acknowledge Implicit Bias as a First Step toward More Diverse and Inclusive Museum Initiatives

This panel will address the elephant in the room—implicit bias—that impacts museums on multiple levels, from staff hires, acquisition selections, exhibition approvals and funding, to the metrics of grant writing and language of label interpretation and audience engagement. Implicit bias arises when a homogenous group of people are in significant positions of power over institutions such that their collective bias provides them with advantages while out-group members are adversely affected. Panelists will discuss how implicit bias impacts organizational decision-making and concrete steps taken to break the cycle. Efforts toward changing internal conversation and culture can be taken in Museums of any budget or scale, and can begin with each of us when we learn to recognize and change our own behaviors as art museum curators.  Change can ultimately impact not only workplace culture, but also scholarship, visitor impressions, and community standing.

Moderator/Organizer:
TULIZA FLEMING, Ph.D., Museum Curator, National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution

Panelists:
NANCY BERCAW, Museum CuratorNational Museum of African American 
History and Culture
BRYANT T. MARKS, Executive Director, Program for Research on Black Male AchievementAssociate Professor, Dept. of Psychology, Morehouse College


4:15 PM – 4:20 PM
ShopTalk
A Bull in a China Shop? Installing a Contemporary Time-Based Media Artwork in a Historic Decorative Arts Display, ROSIE MILLS, Associate Curator, Los Angeles County Museum of Art


4:20 PM – 5:35 PM
Collections as Assets for Inclusive Dialogue

An art museum’s permanent collection is its heart and ostensibly its most cherished asset. Whether paintings, sculptures, decorative arts, or historic structures, curators are tasked with caring for and interpreting the objects belonging to their institutions for a wide range of patrons. Too often, however, museums have not evolved at the same pace as their visitors in interpreting their works and spaces. While many institutions have made strides to embrace social and political movements or to develop more inclusive ways to interpret objects, such efforts often take years or decades to permeate into permanent collection installations. This panel addresses the pressing need for museums of all sizes to interpret their permanent collections with an eye towards inclusion. The selected group of panelists are curators who are making important strides in fashioning galleries and period rooms that speak to wider publics. Each curator has approached his/her institution’s works and spaces as important assets to promote inclusion and audience engagement. This panel gathers curators from across the country at museums of various sizes who are or have recently spearheaded reinstallation projects ranging from single galleries to institution-wide initiatives. The panel will discuss the motivations behind this type of work. How did these projects emerge, and what groups both within and without the museum are stakeholders in how they develop? How do these initiatives provide new context to well-known works on display or highlight objects and spaces that typically have not been on view? How did such projects emerge as institutional priorities?  

Moderators/Organizers:
DIANA JOCELYN GREENWOLD, Associate Curator of American Art, Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine
JENNIFER KOMAR OLIVAREZ, Head of Exhibition Planning and Strategy, Interim Curator of the Purcell-Cutts House, Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Panelists:
SCOTT ERBES
, Curator of Decorative Arts and Design, The 
Speed Art Museum 
PAMELA Z. MCCLUSKY
, Curator of African and Oceanic Art, Seattle Art Museum


5:45 PM – 6:00 PM
Closing Remarks
JUDITH PINIERO, Executive Director, AAMC & AAMC Foundation


6:00 PM
Conference Concludes

 


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