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Collegial Collaboration
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 2 -3pm ET


This webinar will present two case studies of interdepartmental collaborations. Our presenters will discuss the methods, rewards and challenges of venturing into new models of interdepartmental and/or interdisciplinary partnerships, including the essentialness of open communication and generous spirit.


Meet the Speakers

(listed alphabetically)


Christina Chang, Independent Curator, Moderator

A Los Angeles native, Christina Chang received her BA in political economy from the University of California, Berkeley in 2001 and her PhD in art history from the University of Michigan in 2010. 

Based in the Twin Cities for the last several years, Christina served as Assistant Curator at the Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota, from 2010 to 2012, and Curator of Engagement at the Minnesota Museum of American Art in Saint Paul from 2012 to 2015. She returned to academia with her most recent position as Interim Director and Curator of the Perlman Teaching Museum at Carleton College.

Christina is currently an independent curator and scholar. Her broader research interests include intermediality, the productive tensions inherent to intergenerational relationships, and the history of collaboration in creative practice.



Alexandra Schwartz, Independent Curator, Panelist

Alexandra Schwartz is a New York-based curator and historian of modern and contemporary art. Her recent exhibitions include As in Nature: Helen Frankenthaler Paintings at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, with a catalogue from Yale University Press (2017), and American Histories at Pi Artworks London (2016). Previously she was the founding curator of contemporary art at the Montclair Art Museum and a curator at the Museum of Modern Art. She is the author of Come as You Are: Art of the 1990s (University of California Press, 2015), Ed Ruscha’s Los Angeles (MIT Press, 2010), the co-editor of Modern Women: Women Artists at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA, 2010), and the editor of Leave Any Information at the Signal: Writings, Interviews, Bits, Pages by Ed Ruscha (MIT Press, 2002). Her catalogues have twice won Awards for Excellence from the Association of Art Museum Curators (2010 and 2016). Schwartz has taught at Columbia University, the University of Michigan, the School of Visual Arts, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, Montclair State University, MoMA, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. She received a B.A. from Harvard University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.


Nancy Barr, Co-Chief Curator, Department Head, Prints, Drawings & Photography; James Pearson Duffy Curator of Photography, Detroit Institute of Arts, Panelist

Nancy Barr earned degrees in photography and art history from the College for Creative Studies and Wayne State University in Detroit. She has worked with collections at Wayne State University’s Reuther Labor Archives and the Detroit Historical Museum and in 1993 joined the curatorial staff at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) where presently she is the James Pearson Duffy Curator of Photography and Co-Chief Curator. A specialist in modernist and contemporary photography, in recent years her research interests have turned to historical and contemporary photographic practice in Detroit. In addition to her work at the DIA, she has served on the faculties at the College for Creative Studies, Detroit, and the University of Michigan, Dearborn.

AAMC's Webinar Program

AAMC Foundation offers webinars on essential skills, timely issues, and latest discoveries that define the profession of Art Curator and enhance understanding and development in the field, through online webinars. All of AAMC’s programming and overall efforts shall strive to be representative of diversity across fields of expertise, types of institutional mission, regional positions, and self-identifications (by nation, gender, creed, race) of participants. The more diverse our voices, the more dynamic our offerings.

Live Mentorship Program webinars are open to only the mentees or mentors within the Program. For more information on the AAMC Mentorship Program, please click here. You may also visit our resource page to see an archive of past webinars and other information.

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