Curator Conversations: "Institutions – Remnants, Reborn, Resettled"

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This event is a collaboration between Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG / AOGA) & AAMC Foundation.

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Join us on October 27th, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (ET) for our virtual Curator Conversations, a collaboration between Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG / AOGA) and Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC).

The event will be filled with networking and conversation on contemporary curatorial issues in a casual, after-work environment. For this Curator Conversation, London-based curator and writer Shaheen Merali will present a keynote “Institutions -- Remnants, Reborn, Resettled”. Merali will discuss ways to move beyond intentions to re-evaluate our collective role and if in these uncertain times we are all in search of critical corrections. After hearing from a featured keynote speaker, participants will breakout for smaller discussions to meet international art curators and other arts professionals of all backgrounds and experiences to build your professional network.

This program will be hosted via Zoom. You will receive additional details upon registration.

About the Keynote:

The pandemic predicament: Institutions-- Remnants, Reborn, Resettled

The continuing presence of Covid is a poignant reality for artists, curators and exhibition-makers. We have entered a deep and conceptually interesting time in which to examine our views of an artworld. This has brought an urgency to broaden our inquiry and gather insights into reframing of values and cultural equity as well as define our ambition. Along with this, we need to review our encounter over the last few decades with neoliberalization and its impact on the organizational forms that dominate our cultural capital and labour.

I believe our global international lives and the institutions, including the curatorial processes, their material reality and ideological values, all have an emancipatory relationship to this unprecedented historic period.

With this as a premise, the keynote offers a way to think about how we move beyond intentions to re-evaluate our collective role as protagonists. Further, in these uncertain times are we all in search of critical corrections or, if not, should we be?

About Shaheen Merali:

Shaheen Merali is a curator and writer, based in London, who explores the intersection of art, cultural identity and global histories. He has held positions at Central Saint Martins School of Art (2003-1995); a visiting lecturer and researcher at University of Westminster (2003-1997) and the Head of Department of Exhibition, Film and New Media at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2008-2003), one of the first Asian/POC to hold such a position in Germany’s history;a milestone appointment where he curated several exhibitions accompanied by publications, including The Black Atlantic – Modernity and Double Consciousness; Dreams and Trauma- Moving images and the Promised Lands (Palestine and Israel); New York States of Mind (toured to Queens Museum, NY) as well as leading the curation and global research for five years of programming. At the HKW he co-curated with Professor Wu Hung, Re-Imagining Asia, One Thousand years of Separation ( toured later to the New Art Gallery,Walsall) and the 6th Gwangju Biennale, Korea (2006). He has contributed to numerous exhibition catalogues, lectured at many institutions and was the co-convenor of This is Tomorrow: de-canonisation and decolonisation at the Courtauld Institute, London in November 2019. He is currently on the advisory board of the Live Art Development Agency (London). Photo credit: Peter Putz /

About the Ontario Association of Art Galleries / Association ontarienne des galeries d’art (OAAG/AOGA)

The Ontario Association of Art Galleries / Association ontarienne des galeries d’art (OAAG/AOGA) has a 50 year history as an arts service organization (ASO) which represents over 270 members—public art galleries, museums, artist-run-centres, and arts organizations. Over 40 years, its annual award program has been defining the standards of excellence for the visual arts in Canada. Through advocacy on issues, policy, legislation to all levels of government, and delivery of innovative and cutting-edge professional development opportunities and network-building, OAAG/AOGA advances, empowers, and strengthens the visual arts sector in Canada.

About AAMC & AAMC Foundation

Founded in 2001, the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) today has over 1,300 members from over 400 institutions around the globe. AAMC & AAMC Foundation celebrate the curatorial narrative by supporting and promoting the work of art curators at all stages in their career through opportunities for networking, collaboration, professional development, and career advancement. In the ever-changing, non-profit visual art world, AAMC is the voice for all curators—regardless of field, experience level, and institutional type. We ensure that the curatorial perspective on art, museums, and educational issues is actively communicated to the public, media, and museum profession. Stay in touch by signing up for our mailing list.

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