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Cultivating Opportunities for Research for Mentors
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 2 - 3 pm ET


In this webinar, curators hailing from different types of institutions including a major university art museum, a multi-disciplinary contemporary arts center, and a newly expanded modern and contemporary art museum discussed a range of initiatives and strategies designed to support research opportunities for curators.

(listed alphabetically)

Robin Clark,
Director of the Artist Initiative, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Moderator

Robin Clark is Director of the Artist Initiative at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.  Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Artist Initiative promotes and facilitates interdisciplinary collections research in dialogue with participating artists.  Current Artist Initiative projects include preparation for a Vija Celmins retrospective exhibition, and piloting an approach to team teaching from the collection in collaboration with Bay Area college and university professors. Prior to her role at SFMOMA, Clark was curator of Phenomenal: California Light, Space, Surface, an exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego organized with the support of a major research grant from the Getty Foundation.

Lucía Sanromán
, Director of Visual Arts, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Sanromán is a curator and writer and the Director of Visual Arts at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, CA. Her work investigates aesthetics in relation to efficacy in social, participatory, and process-based art practice, focusing on the correlation between art history and theory with disciplines outside of the arts. She was Associate Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego from 2006-2011. As independent curator, Sanromán was awarded the 2012 Warhol Foundation Curatorial Fellowship and a 2013 Warhol Exhibition Grant for Citizen Culture: Art and Architecture Shape Policy, at the Santa Monica Museum of Art in 2014. Also that year, she curated the retrospective exhibition inSite: Cuatro ensayos de lo público, sobre otro escenario, at Proyecto Siqueiros: La Tallera, in Cuernavaca Mexico, and was co-curator with Candice Hopkins, Janet Dees and Irene Hofmann of SITE Santa Fe’s signature Biennial SITElines.2014: Unsettled Landscapes. She was Estudio SITAC Director in 2015, Directed by Carin Kuoni, and is curator of Playgrounds for Useful Knowledge, 2015, an action-research project by Cohabitation Strategies for the Restored Spaces Initiative at Mural Arts in Philadelphia.

Sarah Kianovsky, Curator of the Collection, Harvard University Art Museums

is Curator of the Collection for Modern and Contemporary Art at the Harvard Art Museums, where her work includes collections research, exhibition preparation and creative collaboration with faculty from a wide variety of disciplines. The Division of Modern and Contemporary Art regularly hosts post-doctoral fellows, in addition this year Sarah is serving as a mentor for an AAMD/Kress Provenance Fellow. Her own research interests range from cubist painting to 20th century sculpture to World-War II-era provenance. She has published extensively on the work of David Smith and lectures frequently on museum ethics and acquisitions policy. She is currently preparing the exhibition Reverie: Christopher Wilmarth Before and After Mallarmé which will be on view at the Harvard Art Museums beginning in late May 2017. 

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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