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E-Publications - Why Bother?
Tuesday, June 7, 2016



This webinar focuses on several collections and exhibitions catalogues in electronic form that, each in its own way, spectacularly expand the capabilities of such publications beyond what is possible in print – by incorporating such elements as videos, music, and links to external sources; accommodating continued revision and growth; and allowing interactivity and audience participation.  A panel of curators and an editor who have developed e-catalogues with budgets from small to large will share their experiences and talk about such nuts-and-bolts issues as workflow, deadlines, costs, and marketing, as well as about the strategic thinking that underlies the decision “to go digital” and the institutional commitment it requires.  The webinar’s two-fold goal is to provide curators who are considering creating a catalogue solely for the digital realm with concrete information about both the opportunities and challenges (even pitfalls) of the medium, and to encourage creativity in devising new forms of presenting scholarship.

Presenters (listed alphabetically)

Claudia Einecke, Metadata Specialist, Getty Research Institute, and Independent Curator; AAMC Professional Membership Committee Member 

Claudia Einecke is currently working in the Project for the Study of Collecting and Provenance at the Getty Research Institute, serving as managing editor of the database “German Sales 1900-1930.” As a curator since 1989 (most recently at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art), she has organized exhibitions as varied as On View to the World: Painting at the Trans-Mississippi ExpositionFinal Moments: Peyron, David, and The Death of Socrates; and Renoir in the 20th Century(2009-2010, Paris, Los Angeles, Philadelphia). Einecke studied art history first in her native Germany, then in the US, receiving her Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1994. Her present research is on representations of prehistoric life in 19th-century art, and on the mediatization of the artist. 

Jennifer Farrell, Associate Curator, Drawings and Prints, The Metropolitan Museum of Art; AAMC Professional Membership Committee Member 

Jennifer Farrell is an Associate Curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She held curatorial
positions at the Yale University Art Gallery, the University of Virginia, and the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program. She has taught at several institutions (including Yale University, New York University, the School of Visual Arts, and the American University in Paris), lectured extensively, and authored numerous reviews, essays, and books, including the publicationsGet There and Decide Promptly: The Richard Brown Baker Collection of Postwar Art (2012), which received awards from the NEA and The Frick Collection; Suzanne McClelland, STrAY: Found Poems from a Lost Time (2012); Lucian Freud: Etchings (2015); and Empire/State: Artists Engaging Globalization (2002). Farrell earned her BA from Smith College and her Ph.D. in art history and certificate in film studies from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.


Liz Glass, Digital Scholarship Editor, Brown University

Liz Glass is the Digital Scholarship Editor at Brown University. Previously, she served as the Getty Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative Fellow at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, where she worked on  the series, The Living Collections Catalogue. She is the co-editor of the most recent volume of the catalogue entitled Art Expanded, 1958-1978. Prior to joining the Walker, Liz was the Assistant Curator at the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in San Francisco where she developed exhibitions and publications of international contemporary art. Liz is also the Associate Editor of the bi-annual journal on exhibition making, The Exhibitionist, and a contributor to various publications, including Daily Serving,caa.reviewsArt Papers, and Art Practical. Her most recent publications include a text on the musician and filmmaker Tony Conrad in The Living Collections Catalogue, and an interview with the light artist Tony Martin for Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia (2015).


Amy Heibel, VP, Head of Technology, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Amy Heibel is vice president and head of technology at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) where she oversees technology and web and digital media strategy. She has directed the design and development of several museum websites, including online scholarly publishing projects, and helped lead the museum's forays into open content and open access image sharing, as LACMA became one of the first museums in the world to release images of public domain works of art online without restriction. She also founded and directs the Art + Technology Lab, a multidisciplinary program to support experimental projects by artists who are working with emerging technology and exploring the intersection of technology and culture. Prior to coming to LACMA, Amy worked for experimental theater and nonprofit arts organizations, and created media experiences for museums across North America and Europe. Amy holds an undergraduate degree in multidisciplinary studies from Scripps College, and a graduate degree in philosophy from UC Berkeley.


Darcy Kuronen, Pappalardo Curator of Musical Instruments, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Darcy Kuronen has worked since 1986 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where he is the Pappalardo Curator of Musical Instruments. In 2000 he organized the critically acclaimed exhibition, Dangerous Curves: Art of the Guitar, celebrating the diversity of guitar design over the past four centuries with 130 rare instruments from private and public collections. Kuronen also serves as volunteer curator to the collection of historical instruments owned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He attended the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, where he received his undergraduate degree in harpsichord performance and a Master of Music with a concentration in the history of musical instruments. A specialist in early American instruments, he has written several articles and lectured widely on this subject. 


Namita Gupta Wiggers, Independent curator, writer, and Director of Critical Craft Forum, Portland, Oregon

Namita Gupta Wiggers is an independent curator, educator, and writer based in Portland, OR. She is Director and Co-founder of Critical Craft Forum, an online and onsite platform for dialogue and exchange. Wiggers teaches in the MFA Applied Craft + Design (OCAC and PNCA), and at Portland State University. From 2004-14, she served as the Director and Chief Curator, Museum of Contemporary Craft. Recent curatorial projects include: EVERYTHING HAS BEEN MATERIAL FOR SCISSORS TO SHAPE (Wing Luke Museum, Seattle, WA, through 2017), and Across the Table, Across the Land, created with Michael Strand for NCECA (2016). Wiggers serves as the Exhibition Review Editor, The Journal of Modern Craft, and on the editorial board, Garland (Australia). Forthcoming publications include: Companion on Contemporary Craft (Editor, Wiley Blackwell Publishers, 2019), gender and jewelry with Benjamin Lignel (2018), and an essay in Contemporary Clay and Museum Culture (Brown et al, Routledge, 2016).


AAMC's Professional Webinar Program

AAMC 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, a medium that simultaneously reaches the organization's entire membership, regardless of location. As of October 2015, all webinars are free with a current membership. An archive of past webinars is also available to current members.

All of AAMC’s programming and overall efforts shall strive to be representative of diversity: across fields of expertise, types of institutional mission, regional position, and self-identifications (by nation, gender, creed, race) of participants. The more diverse our voices, the more dynamic our offerings.

For the 2015 - 2016 season, our webinars focus on the theme "How Art Curators Get Their Ideas Out There." The topics for the webinars have been selected based on this idea as it relates to exhibitions, scholarship, and the broader social context. 


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Our resource page archives all our webinars, including those that were part of our Mentorship Program. The page also includes videos of Conference sessions, guidelines, references, and more.  

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