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Reframing Collections Conversation Series

Type: Conferences & Symposia [View all]
Posted by: National Academy of Design
Deadline: Tue, March 28th, 2023

This series, Reframing, is part of a larger initiative to highlight and provide greater access to our collection, and take part in the critical discourse around contemporary questions and concerns as they relate to art collecting. These panel discussions feature arts professionals stewarding collections in public museums, private collections, corporate collections, as well as the National Academy of Design itself.

Through contrasting how collecting institutions acquire and care for art, we will explore the myriad ways that art collections impact the stories we tell about culture. The unique nature of the National Academy’s own collection, assembled largely through donations by the artists and architects elected as National Academicians, will offer a counterpoint to tease out how taste and history emerge and form the dominant stories of art.

The series will focus on four themes to explore new approaches and ways of thinking about the practices and standards of collecting art in this period of reassessment and restructuring. Broad themes–collecting, caring, erasure, and the potential of new media – orient this expansive subject to envision ways that collecting and stewarding art could mediate and dismantle long-standing exclusionary practices that weigh heavily upon the field of American art.

Reframing: An Academy’s Collection of Gifts examines the artistic landscape in the United States in the 19th century and how it informs the almost two-hundred-year history of the National Academy. Join Shannon Vittoria, Assistant Curator, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Diana Thompson, Director of Collections, National Academy of Design; and Amanda Shields, Registrar, National Academy of Design, for a discussion about the place of this artist and architect-led organization in the canon of American Art History.

Please join us on March 28 via zoom. To register click here

Posted on Mon, March 20th, 2023
Expires on Tue, March 28th, 2023

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