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September 9-12, 2021   Javits Center

In 2021, The Armory Show will host the fourth annual Curatorial Leadership Summit chaired by Valerie Cassel Oliver


The Armory Show’s Curatorial Leadership Summit is an annual, invitation-only daylong program that aims to foster innovation in the curatorial landscape. Previous summits have invited museum directors and curators from around the world to explore, debate, and challenge important topics addressing the curatorial community. Following the closed-door session, panelists will deliver a keynote presentation which is open to the public.


Museums as Monuments
"Museums as Monuments" is offered as a three-part discourse that will explore the realities, challenges, and future visions of cultural institutions. The first conversation in this series, "Museums as Monuments: Part 1," was held on February 24, and explored the challenges faced by museums, their histories as static repositories, and how they have in current times, attempted to morph into dynamic, inclusive spaces.
Valerie Cassel Oliver, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and The Armory Show's 2021 Curatorial Leadership Summit Chair, was in conversation with Agnes Gund, President Emerita of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and Founder of the Art for Justice Fund. This program was recoded and is now available for your viewing on Facebook.

"What happens within the museum may seem peripheral to the world around us, but the reality is that it has the power to shape our understanding of who we are as a community." — Valerie Cassel Oliver