NGJ Senior Curator Nicole Smythe-Johnson recently attended the CIMAM conference in RIO. Here is her report on the experience.
Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to attend the CIMAM (International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art) annual conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The conference theme was “New Dynamics in Museums: Curator, Artwork, Public, Governance” and discussions focused on the continued viability of museums and arts institutions in a climate of rapid change.
The participants were a diverse group, with people from all over the world working in the field of modern and contemporary art in various capacities. There were museum directors, curators (independent and institution-affiliated), and representatives from artist-run and emerging spaces across the globe. Professionals from places like the Tate Modern and MoMA, mingled and debated with those from places like the National Gallery of Zimbabwe and TEOR/éTica (an independent, non-profit art space in Costa Rica).