AAMC Foundation's In-Conversation: Addressing Implicit Bias in Museums

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November 10, 2016
District Of Columbia, United States
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Fine Arts, Humanities

AAMC Foundation is pleased to present the next in our regional programming series, In-Conversation: Addressing Implicit Bias in Museums, on November 10th at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. 

Leading museum professionals bring diverse perspectives to bear on the topic of unintended bias and offer their insights about meaningful and impactful ways to address the issue. Unconscious beliefs and values with regard to race, gender and/or class often impede efforts to advance inclusiveness and equity in art museums. The implications of unintended biases are wide-ranging, from lack of diversity among museum trustees, staff and audiences to exclusionary practices of collecting, display and interpretation. Panelists will consider how cultural and social privilege is reflected in museums, discuss how to identify and change normative patterns of behavior that impact decision-making, and what we as curators can do to effect change in the museum world and beyond.Speakers include: Christa Clarke, Senior Curator, Arts of Global Africa, Newark Museum and President-Elect, AAMC & AAMC Foundation, Moderator; Eduardo Díaz, Director, Smithsonian Latino Center, Elizabeth Easton, Co-Founder and Director, Center for Curatorial Leadership, E. Carmen Ramos, Curator of Latino art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, and Kimberly J. Wilson, Deputy Director Human Resources, Volunteers, and Community Service, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

This program is generously hosted by the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, and is sponsored in part by Christie's. 

The AAMC Foundation regional programming, In-Conversation, collaborates with our leadership, and prominent voices within local communities for dialogues on pressing issues within the curatorial profession, museum network, and broader visual arts world. Through hosting regional programming, AAMC & AAMC Foundation will further our initiatives of advocacy and diversity, connect members in regional areas, and support our overall mission.

Each evening series includes a discussion and reception. Our current locations include NYC, June 2016; Boston, September 2016; Washington, DC, November 2016; Los Angeles, winter, 2017; and Toronto, summer, 2017. Click here to read more about past discussions, In-Conversation: Preventing Looting: What Curators and All Museum Staff Can Do, and In-Conversation: Museum Directors on Curatorial Role.


Contact Info: 

Lucy Lydon, Programming Consultant, AAMC & AAMC Foundation