Wednesday, June 9, 2021
10:30 am to 11:30 am Central Time
The American Alliance of Museums in partnership with ICOM US invite you to participate in a series of global conversations that will reassess the purpose, identity, and definition of museums as civic spaces, public assets, prisms of identity, and repositories of tangible and intangible cultural heritage during an era of radical change. These conversations will ultimately inform the content of the November/December 2021 issue of Museum magazine on the theme of museum disruption.
At the virtual AAM Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo June 9, 10-30.-11:30 am central standard time, https://annualmeeting.aam-us.org/
Who we are and what we believe establishes part of our individual identities. Museums say they are designed to reaffirm individual and collective identity and, ideally, embrace a spirit of belonging and community cohesion in their practices and actions. But how do they ensure inclusivity in their understanding and interpretation of individual and collective identity? Do the values embedded in their origins alienate people and some communities they claim to serve? How do we make our museums accessible to everyone? Can museums actually create a sense of belonging for all?
Featured Speaker: Howardena Pindell, artist and educator
Howardena Pindell received an MFA from Yale University’s School of Art and Architecture and a BFA in Painting from Boston University’s School of Fine and Applied Arts. She has two Honorary Doctorates, one from the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston Massachusetts and one from Parson School of Design/The New School University, New York. She worked for 12 years at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and was an Associate Curator of Prints and Illustrated Books. She has taught at the University of New York (Stony Brook) in the Art Department since 1979. She has received numerous grants and awards including the Guggenheim Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts grants, a Joan Mitchell Grant, a Studio Museum in Harlem Artist Award as well as the Most Distinguished Body of Work or Performance Award in 1990 from the College Art Association. Her work is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Yale Art Museum, and The Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, and The Rhode Island School of Art Museum, among many others.
Conversants: Cesareo Moreno, Chief Curator, Museum of Mexican American Art; Linda Harrison, Director and CEO, The Newark Museum of Art, Rebeca Richter, Strategic Alliances, University Museum of Contemporary Art (MUAC), Mexico; Ariun Sanjaajamts, Founder, Mongolia Cultural Council
The statements and opinions expressed by panelists, hosts, attendees, or other participants of this event are their own and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of, nor are endorsed by, the American Alliance of Museums.