AAMC Foundation's In-Conversation: Art & Social Justice

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March 21, 2017
California, United States
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Social History / Studies, Sociology

Association of Art Museum Curators Foundation's In-Conversation: Art & Social Justice

The Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) Foundation is hosting an important program entitled 
In-Conversation: Art & Social Justice. This timely and important roundtable discussion will focus on the arts and curatorial interventions as direct and active vehicles for social change. The event brings together five prominent arts leaders to have a conversation around the power of art - created and presented by artists, arts organizations, scholars, activists, and of course, curators - to instigate action, produce impactful outcomes, bring attention to critical issues, and open conversations by offering different points of view.

This is a subject that the AAMC Foundation and program moderator has been dedicated to even before the recent political upheavals. Now it is more urgent than ever to consider how curatorial practices can be a catalyst for addressing issues of social justice and civil liberties. This program is sponsored in part by Christie’s, and hosted in part by LACMA.

Listed alphabetically. 

David Gere, Professor, Department of World Arts & Cultures/Dance University of California, Los Angeles
Naima Keith, Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Programs, California African American Museum
Bill Kelley, Jr., Lead Curator and Researcher, Talking to Action, Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design
Pilar Tompkins Rivas, Director, Vincent Price Art Museum
Mary (Polly) Nooter Roberts, Professor, Department of World Arts & Cultures/Dance, University of California, Los Angeles, and Consulting Curator for African Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Program: 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Reception: 8:00pm – 9:00pm

Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Brown Auditorium
5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

AAMC Foundation's Regional Programming In-Conversation Series
AAMC Foundation's regional programming series, In-Conversation, looks at important issues facing our museum and art organization community through a curatorial lens. By bringing this series forward, and opening the program to all, the Foundation continues to advance advocacy and inclusion within the curatorial profession. In hosting these programs in central regional areas, we are opening a dialogue within these communities and making connections across institutions. 

The evening series is organized and supported by the AAMC Foundation. The open discussion format welcomes AAMC leadership, non-profit leaders, and voices from local communities to have an engaging dialogue on a focused subject. Following the discussion, AAMC welcomes the audience and speakers to continue the conversation at a brief reception. Past events have included: Addressing Implicit Bias in Museums, held in Washington, D.C.; Preventing Looting: What Curators & All Museum Staff Can Do held in NYC, and Museum Directors on the Curatorial Role, held in Boston. Future locations include Toronto, summer, 2017. 


AAMC & AAMC Foundation
Founded in 2001, and now including over 1,300 members from over 400 institutions around the globe, we are a strong leader for curators in non-profit settings. The mission of the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) is to support and promote the work of visual art curators in the non-profit sector by creating opportunities for networking, collaboration, professional development, and advancement. In support of these aims, the AAMC Foundation seeks to heighten public understanding of the curator's non-profit role through programs, discussions, and opportunities open to the public and our members. By providing a dynamic forum in which to share ideas and encourage professional development, the Association of Art Museum Curators continues to grow, increasing its visibility and importance to the larger arts community.  At the heart of all we do is our goal to celebrate, advance, and advocate for the non-profit curator.  Our Strategic Plan’s key facets are diversity and advocacy, which now have devoted Task Forces within our organization, with the goals of furthering opportunities for all curators through creating inclusive programming, seeking to define and expand the definition of curator, promoting the curatorial role within our communities, and supporting the highest standards of curatorial ethics and professional behavior.  


Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) Foundation In-Conversation Series 
is generously supported in part by Christie's. 



The program is organized and presented by the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) Foundation. We are grateful to Christie's for their support of our program, and to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art for so generously hosting. The information presented here is subject to change without notice. The organizers assume no responsibility for any errors that may appear here, and in no event shall the organizers be liable for incidental or consequential damages arising from use of this document or other program-related material. This document and parts thereof must not be reproduced or copied without the organizers providing written permission, and contents thereof must not be imparted to a third party nor be used for any unauthorized purpose. 

Contact Info: 

Lucy Lydon, Association of Art Museum Curators Foundation