Ask A Curator Day

The 2016 Ask A Curator Day is on September 14! Founded four years ago, Ask A Curator Day is a way to talk to curators and people who work in cultural venues you normally don’t have access to. Ask anything that you’re curious about! Keep in mind that curators may not have the answers at their fingertips, but will have to get back to you.

To participate, visit the museum's Twitter account and ask your question using the hashtag #AskaCurator. If your question is specifically for the IMA, be sure to tag us using @imamuseum. Feel free to send questions ahead of time to

Currently, more than 1,000 museums are taking part!

Participating IMA staff and curators

Silvia Filippini-Fantoni is the Director of Interpretation, Media and Evaluation at the IMA. She will answer questions about interpretation approaches in art museums, research and evaluation, as well as any inquiries regarding upcoming exhibitions including Gustave Baumann and On the Flipside. Silvia is Italian, loves movies and has lived and worked in Paris, Amsterdam and London. So any questions about these topics are also welcome! Silvia will be available for questions between 9 and 3 pm EDT. Twitter = @silviaff20

Kirstin Krause Gotway is the curatorial assistant for the Mellon Global curators at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. She studied Classical Greek and Roman art and African art at Indiana University in Bloomington. At the University of Chicago, Kirstin wrote her master’s thesis on Albrecht Dürer, a German Renaissance artist. At the IMA, she has worked with the American, Chinese, South Asian, Himalayan, African, Native American, and Japanese collections since 2008. In her spare time, she brews beer and bakes and is happy to talk art, food, and action movies. Kirstin will be available for questions between 9 am and 5 pm. Twitter = @ArtsyGurlIndy

Rebecca McNamara, curatorial coordinator at the IMA, is an art, design, and material culture historian specializing in the 19th and 20th centuries. She is coauthor of A Token of Elegance: Cigarette Holders in Vogue (2015) and author of the e-book Widows Unveiled: Fashionable Mourning in Late Victorian New York. She is co-curating an exhibition on Victorian crazy quilts at the IMA for next year.Tweet her at @artdesignlust. Rebecca will be available for questions sporadically throughout the day.

Elisabeth Smith is a curator and arts administrator based in Indianapolis, IN. She currently works at the Indianapolis Museum of Art as Curatorial Assistant for the Department of Contemporary Art. Elisabeth received a dual MA in Art History, Theory, and Criticism & Arts Administration and Policy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a BA in Art History from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a founding member of A\M, a curatorial collective in Indianapolis. Elisabeth will be available for questions between 9 am and 5 pm. Twitter = @ehrs

Shelley Selim is the Associate Curator of Design and Decorative Arts at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. She specializes in design and craft from the 20th century to today, and is particularly interested in the role of women in art, architecture, and design. She has authored many books and essays on design and craft, including Bent, Cast & Forged: The Jewelry of Harry Bertoia, and John Glick: A Legacy in Clay. She has lived and worked in New York and Detroit, and loves ramen, HBO, shoes, and music and film of the 1970s. Also Rihanna. Shelley will be available for questions between 9 am and 5 pm.

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