October 29, 2016

In-Conversation: “Addressing Implicit Bias in Museums”

Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) and AAMC Foundation
AAMC & AAMC Foundation 2015 annual conference and meeting. Photo: Issac James Creative. Courtesy of AAMC & AAMC Foundation.

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.

Panelists include: Christa Clarke, Senior Curator, Arts of Global Africa, Newark Museum; 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; Kimberly J. Wilson, Deputy Director Human Resources, Volunteers, and Community Service, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

A video welcome address will be delivered by Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole, Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art.

This program is generously hosted by the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. Register now.

About the In-Conversation series
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.”

This In-Conversation is open to current AAMC members and guests. Registration closes Monday, November 7. Please note that capacity for this program is extremely limited, and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Registration fee
Complimentary admission for AAMC members and guests*.
To learn more about AAMC Membership, you may visit our Join page here.

More information
Contact: [email protected]

AAMC Foundation’s In-Conversation series is generously supported in part by Christie’s.

*Thank you to our host the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art for making this event complimentary to members and guests.
The program is organized and presented by the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) and AAMC Foundation. We are grateful to Christie’s for their support of our program, and to the Smithsonian National Museum of African 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.


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