My research is cross-disciplinary, investigating the intersection of the history of art museums, museum education, art history, curatorial practice, museum leadership and public engagement with the art museum. Broadly, I am interested in the pedagogical histories of art museums. My current body of research investigates the educational activities of MoMA, centering on the career of the museum’s first director of education, Victor D’Amico. I am currently preparing a manuscript entitled Pedagogy for The Modern: Victor D'Amico and the Museum of Modern Art, 1929-1969.
I am engaged with current practices in museums and issues impacting the future of museums. I am particulary interested in how museums engage with and impact social justice issues. As a practioner and academic I am concerned with preparing students and emerging professionals to be socially conscious and ethical museum leaders.
I earned my PhD from the University of Leicester, School of Museum Studies. I also hold master’s degrees from Bank Street College of Education in Leadership in Museum Education and the Courtauld Institute of Art in the History of Art. I have held positions in art museum education for over fifteen years at museums including, The J. Paul Getty Museum, The Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, the Neuberger Museum of Art, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Professionalizing Practice: An Examination in Recent History in Museum Education Guest Co-Editor, Journal of Museum Education, 37:2.
Peer Reviewed Articles
The Laboratory on 53rd Street: Victor D’Amico and the Museum of Modern Art, Curator: The Museum Journal, 53:4.
‘Code Switching in the Museum: Increasing Access for English Learners’ in Multiculturalism in Art Museums Today, Joni Boyd Acuff and Laura Evans, Eds., Rowan and Littlefield. 2014.
‘MoMA and the Modern Child: The Critical Role of Education Programming in MoMA’s Modernism’ in A Companion to Modern Art. Pam Meecham, Ed. Wiley-Blackwell. forthcoming.
Online Publication & Projects
ArtMuseumTeaching.com, Co-Editor & contributing author, http://artmuseumteaching.com
Mining Modern Museum Education, http://www.moma.org/learn/mining_education/victor-damico