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Curatorial Ethics

March 23, 2015

2014 Mentorship Program Webinar Series - Mentee Webinars*


This webinar will provide a forum to explore ethical conduct in the curatorial field. The ethics of certain aspects of curatorial work have long been topics of debate (de-accessioning, conflicts of interest in personal acquisitions, etc.), but new and ever more public ways of engaging with the world have raised new questions about what constitutes sound ethical conduct for a curator. What, for example, are the implications when a curator “likes” a commercial gallery exhibit on Facebook? This discussion will touch upon the traditional ethical debates as well as examine new ethical questions raised by changes in the field. Participants will benefit from the wisdom of two distinguished professionals who have deep experience navigating this complicated field.


Russell Lord is the Freeman Family Curator of Photographs at the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA). Lord previously held positions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Yale University Art Gallery, and has written and lectured widely on the history of photography. His recent publications include: Gordon Parks: The Making of an Argument, Edward Burtynsky: Water, and Natural Magic: Salted Paper Prints in North America. Lord’s exhibitions include: Photography, Sequence, and Time; Reinventing Nature: Art from the School of Fontainebleau; and What is a Photograph? Much of his research focuses on the relationships between photography and other visual media.


Helen Evans is a highly acclaimed specialist in Early Christian, Byzantine, Armenian and Crusader art. At the Met, she conceived its new Mary and Michael Jaharis Galleries of Byzantine Art in 2000, the first dedicated to Byzantine art in a major encyclopedic museum, and expanded them in 2008. Her three landmark exhibitions on Byzantium –Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition (7th – 9th Century) in 2012, Byzantium: Faith and Power (1261-1557) in 2004, and The Glory of Byzantium: Art and Culture of the Middle Byzantine Era (843-1261) in 1997 have led the way in new interpretations of the field. Other exhibitions include: Treasures in Heaven: Armenian Illuminated Manuscripts; Textiles of Late Antiquity; and The Philippe de Montebello Years: Curators Celebrate Three Decades of Collecting, in honor of the director’s retirement in 2008. Helen has been a founding member of the AAMC, chair of the Curatorial Forum of the Metropolitan Museum, chairman of the Art Bulletin’s Editorial Board, and is chair of the board of the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture, vice-president of the International Center for Medieval Art (ICMA) and the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC).

Nik Honeysett is CEO of the Balboa Park Online Collaborative, a technology non-profit consultancy that provides support, development and strategy for the museums in Balboa Park, San Diego and beyond. Previously, he was Head of Administration for the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, administrating at the Museum’s two campuses in Brentwood and Malibu. Formerly, he lead the Getty's Web Group and before moving to Los Angeles, he was Head of Production at Cogapp, a UK-based consultancy specializing in interactive and online multimedia for the cultural sector in Europe and the USA. He currently sits on the boards of AAM and the Museum Computer Network, and teaches a course on the culture and management of museum technology through Johns Hopkins’ Museum Studies Masters Program.  Blog:

*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.

This program is generously supported in part by funding provided by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation (EHTF) and the AAMC President's Circle.


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