Association of Art Museum Curators Announces 2011 Award Winners, With Prizes for Met’s McQueen Show and Frick’s Fragonard Catalogue

“Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” (Alexander McQueen (British, 1969–2010). Dress, autumn/winter 2010–11. Courtesy of Alexander McQueen. Photograph © Sølve Sundsbø / Art + Commerce)

The Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) announced yesterday its annual Awards for Excellence for catalogues, articles and exhibitions. The Met’s “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” show won the award for Outstanding Monographic or Retrospecitve Exhibition. Here is the complete list of this year’s award winners:

Outstanding Catalogue Based on an Exhibition

First Place (tie):

Gifts of the Sultan: The Arts of Giving at the Islamic Courts, Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 2011. Linda Komaroff, Sheila Blair, Jonathan Bloom, Anthony Cutler, Aimee E. Froom, Abdallah Kahil, Edward Kasinec, Robert Davis, Ralph Kauz, Francesca Leoni, Michael Morony, Ilber Ortayli, Keelan Overton, Avinoam Shalem, Marianna Shreve Simpson, Tim Stanley, Susan Stronge, Wheeler Thackston, Lale Uluc, Olga V. Vasilyeva.

Pacific Standard Time: Los Angeles Art 1945-1980, Los Angeles: Getty Publications, 2011. Rebecca Peabody, Andrew Perchuk, Glenn Phillips, Rani Singh, Lucy Bradnock.

Outstanding Catalogue Based on a Permanent Collection: Fragonard’s Progress of Love at The Frick Collection, New York: The Frick Collection in association with D Giles Limited, 2011.

Outstanding Catalogue Essay: Randall R. Griffey, Curator of American Art, Mead Art Museum, Amherst College. “Reconsidering ‘The Soil'”: The Stieglitz Circle, The Regionalists and Cultural Eugenics in the Twenties,” in Teresa A. Carbone, et al., Youth and Beauty: Art of the American Twenties, exh. cat. (Brooklyn, NY: Brooklyn Museum, 2011), 245-77.

Outstanding Monographic or Retrospective Exhibition: “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty.” Curated by Andrew Bolton. The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Outstanding Thematic Exhibition: “The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde.” Co-curated by Janet Bishop of SFMOMA, Cécile Debray for the Reunion des Musées Nationaux-Grand Palais, Rebecca Rabinow of the Metropolitan Museum of Art of Art, and Gary Tinterow, formerly of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, with key support, research, and/or curatorial contributions from Valérie Loth, Mary Clare McKinley, Kate Mendillo, Robert McD. Parker, and Carrie Pilto.

Outstanding Exhibition in a University Museum: “It Happened at Pomona: Art at the Edge of Los Angeles 1969-1973.” Curated by Rebecca McGrew, Pomona College Museum of Art and Glenn Phillips, Getty Research Institute. Pomona College Museum of Art.

Outstanding Permanent Collection New Installation (or Re-installation): “Artist’s Eye, Artist’s Hand: American Indian Art.” Curated by Nancy Blomberg, Chief Curator and Curator of Native Arts, Denver Art Museum. Denver Art Museum.

Outstanding Small Exhibition (based on square footage: no more than 2,000 square feet): “Antico: The Golden Age of Renaissance Bronzes.” Curated by Eleonora Luciano, associate curator of sculpture, National Gallery of Art, in collaboration with Denise Allen, curator of Italian sculpture, The Frick Collection, New York, and Claudia Kryza-Gersch, Curator of the Kunstkammer, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. National Gallery of Art, Washington. Association of Art Museum Curators Announces 2011 Award Winners, With Prizes for Met’s McQueen Show and Frick’s Fragonard Catalogue