AIA-6I: Curatorial Practice Today (Workshop)

  In-Person   AIA Session   Workshop

Sponsored by:

AIA Museums and Exhibitions Committee


Phoebe Segal, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and Lisa Çakmak, Art Institute of Chicago


Alexis Belis, Metropolitan Museum of Art; Sarah Lepinksi, Metropolitan Museum of Art; Yelena Rakic, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Benjamin Hellings, Yale University Art Gallery; Emily Pearce Seigerman, Yale University Art Gallery; Anastasia Christophilopoulou, Fitzwilliam Museum; Carolyn Laferriere, Princeton University Art Museum; Lisa Çakmak, Art Institute of Chicago; Stephanie Caruso, Art Institute of Chicago; and Elizabeth Dospel Williams, Dumbarton Oaks


This workshop is intended to be a gathering for museum curators to share their work with AIA members, and each other. Presentations will address many aspects of curatorial practice, chiefly exhibitions and gallery renovations in various stages of development. Interpretive approaches, design strategies, and content development will also be topics of discussion. Following five-minute talks, the co-organizers will moderate a general discussion, surfacing the pleasures and challenges of curatorial work, with special attention to how it has evolved over the past several years. The workshop will offer AIA members insight into the creativity, ethics, and constraints of curatorial decision-making, and serve as a preview of exhibitions and collections galleries that have recently opened or are soon to come.

Since exhibitions and reinstallations are typically planned several years in advance we hope that this session will help our colleagues, especially those with teaching responsibilities, incorporate these topics into their syllabi, especially where proximity or resources will allow for travel with students to a particular museum or exhibition.