The Center for Art & Archaeology (CA&A) of the American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) is organizing 5–day Virtual Workshop on Museum Curation, with grant support from the Public Affairs Section of the Embassy of the United States of America in New Delhi. The workshop has been conceived based on the recommendations of the White Paper that resulted from the U.S. Embassy supported All Indian Museum Summit 2019, which was presented to the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, in November 2019.
The objective of the workshop is to share U.S. and Indian best practices in museum curation and exhibition development. The workshop will explain the role of a curator and teach participants about interpretation and label writing skills. They will also learn to conceptualize and plan exhibitions. Participants will take part in course work, which will be critiqued and they will curate an exhibition at the end of the program. There will be a teaching component as well as lectures by leading experts.
Fifteen museum professionals with curatorial background will be selected to participate in the workshop. Selection will be rigorous and through an equity and inclusion perspective, regardless of the applicant’s background, affiliation or personal circumstances. Participants who may not have the appropriate financial or digital infrastructure will be supported to meet their digital needs of joining the workshop.
Dr Madhuvanti Ghose, Alsdorf Associate Curator of Indian, Southeast Asian, and Himalayan Art from the Art Institute of Chicago will lead this workshop. Dr Vidya Dehejia from Columbia University and Dr Debra Diamond from the Freer & Sackler Museum in Washington DC will present special lectures.
Instruction during the sessions via the Zoom platform will be both in English and Hindi to make the workshop accessible to people of different backgrounds and language abilities.