Julia K. McHugh, Ph.D., is the Trent A. Carmichael Director of Academic Initiatives and Curator of Arts of the Americas at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.
In this position, she oversees the museum’s holdings of ancient and colonial art from across the Americas and develops exhibitions and interdisciplinary collaborations with Duke faculty, students, and staff.
She also serves as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art History and directs the Museum Theory and Practice concentration. McHugh specializes in ancient and colonial Peruvian art and earned her Ph.D. in Art History from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Julia K. McHugh will be speaking at the MuseumNext Digital Summit 2024:
Curated by Artificial Intelligence
In 2023 Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University embarked on an experiment to use AI to curate an exhibition from the museum’s collection. This was, to our knowledge, the first time a museum has done so.
While museum professionals are far from relinquishing control of exhibition making and interpretation, this exercise was a powerful way to explore the applications of AI in the creative realm as related to curatorial authorship and expertise, the subjectivity of the selection process, and the future impact of technology on museums.