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Amy Mechowski

Course Leader: Curating., and Course Leader: Modern and Contemporary Art

PhD, University College London

Originally from Chicago, Amy worked as a curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum from 2007 to 2013, in three different collections departments (Asia; Word & Image; and Sculpture, Metalwork, Ceramics & Glass), undertaking a wide range of curatorial activities and working on both major exhibitions and capital projects. She left the Museum to devise and lead the semester course ‘Art Museums, Galleries & Curating’ at Sotheby’s Institute of Art before returning to the V&A in 2016 as Head of the Learning Academy where she led a team which delivered the adult learning program for the Museum, including history of art and design courses, workshops, conferences, and professional development. Amy has been a Research Fellow at the Yale Center for British Art and has published and delivered public lectures and conference papers on research topics such as performativity and spectatorship in museums and galleries. She works with contemporary artists who have included Patricia Cronin, Felicity Powell, and Emma Cousin and continues to collaborate with emerging artists within her curatorial practice and academic work. Amy currently leads the 19th century module of the ‘Stories of Art’ course at The National Gallery and her extensive undergraduate and postgraduate teaching experience includes University College London, Kingston University, the University of Warwick, Goldsmiths, and Queen Mary (University of London). She is the author of chapters in books on subjects such as the female gaze and the female nude in 19th-century sculpture (Sculpture, Sexuality and History: Encounters in Literature, Culture and the Arts from the 18th century to the present, Palgrave, 2019) as well as Live Art and public engagement in museums (Performativity in the Gallery: Staging Interactive Encounters, Lang, 2014). Amy has been the Programme Leader on our Curating, Museums and Galleries semester course from its inception.  

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