Faculty of ArtsAustralian Institute of Art History

Michael Brand

Keynote Address: Curating for the Common Good

Michael Brand: Director of the John Paul Getty Museum

Curatorship straddles the middle ground between art collections placed on display for the public good and the discipline of art history that provides most of the tools for investigating the ideas and ideals that those works of art embody.  Drawing upon experience as a curator in Australia and as a museum director in the United States, this lecture will look at issues confronting the practice of curatorship on both sides of the Pacific. These will include the curator's responsibility for public collections, the curator as art historian, the relationship between curators and conservators, curators as teachers, and the broader public role of curators. Finally, the curatorial career path will also be discussed in relation to the changing role of directors in art museums worldwide. 
top of page