For its next 2022 edition, which runs April 7-10, Expo Chicago will launch a summit for museum directors to complement its annual curatorial forum. Both will run in tandem with the main event of Expo Chicago, which will see more than 100 galleries showcase their wares at the city’s Navy Pier.
Called the Directors’ Summit, the new event will bring together eight museum leaders for two public panel discussions and a keynote address on “institutional reinvention,” according to a statement. The fair is hosting the summit in partnership with Jill Synder, a consultant who stepped down as director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland in 2020.
Participating directors are Louise Bernard at the Obama Presidential Center Museum in Chicago, Miki Garcia at the Arizona State University Art Museum, Amy Gilman at the Chazen Museum of Art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Adam Levine at the Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio, Cameron Shaw at the California African American Museum in Los Angeles, Christina Vassallo at the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia, Halona Norton-Westbrook at the Honolulu Museum of Art in Hawaii and Julie Rodrigues Widholm at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archives in California.
In a statement, Snyder said: “As the museum field as a whole accelerates the necessary self-examination and reinvention, the summit’s intention is to create an opportunity to convene, through public dialogue, for museum leaders to meet challenges, share their aspirations and provide insight into the many positive changes that can or have been implemented to strengthen the common foundation of cultural institutions.
Organized with Independent Curators International, the Curatorial Forum will deal this year with three topics in its closed sessions: “Racial Equity, Representation, Social Justice”, “Working Conditions” and “Community Engagement”. For these sessions, Expo Chicago will bring together some forty curators from all over the country.
As part of this year’s edition, the Curatorial Forum will seek to develop an advocacy group throughout the year that will make recommendations on best practice in conservation based on these sessions. A similar closed-door event takes place as part of the Armory Show in New York; the event organized at this fair, the Curatorial Leadership Summit, will this year be led by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston curator Mari Carmen Ramirez and will seek to address the distinctions between Latin American and Latin art. American.
In a statement, ICI director Renaud Proch said: “In this period of cultural reconstruction, the kind of knowledge exchange and collaboration between curators that the Curatorial Forum has fostered across the museum world Americans since 2016 is more important than ever. This edition of the Forum is also very important to us, as it marks the start of a new year-round HERE programming in Chicago that will flow from and deepen the conversations generated during EXPO CHICAGO.