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The Future of Cultural Centers | Dialogue Series

By Anna Liza Montenegro | Event

As the world rapidly changes around us, old frameworks for the development of cultural centers look less and less relevant.

During the Summer and Fall of 2020, AIA New York will look specifically at museums, questioning what would happen if we were to take this unprecedented time to explore new missions, visions, and (spatial) programs for existing and new museums.

 

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What will 21st-century museums be like? Join us for this Fall line-up of conversations as a cultural forecaster and museum expert David van der Leer, Principal of DVDL DD, speaks with museum professionals from around the US and beyond.

Organized by the AIANY Cultural Facilities Committee and DVDL DD, and sponsored by Microsol Resources.

Argenis Apolinario Photography 2019
Argenis Apolinario Photography 2019

Courtney J. Martin, Yale Center for British Art

Tuesday, 10/20, 12-1pm

The Yale Center for British Art houses the largest collection of British art outside the United Kingdom, encompassing works in a range of media from the fifteenth century to the present. 

In this week’s installment, Van der Leer will be joined in conversation by Courtney J. Martin, Director of Yale Center for British ArtThe Center houses the largest collection of British art outside the United Kingdom, encompassing works in a range of media from the fifteenth century to the present. It offers exhibitions and programs year-round, including lectures, concerts, films, symposia, tours, and family events.

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Photo: Sari Goodfriend.

Miranda Massie, The Climate Museum

Tuesday, 10/27, 12-1pm

The Climate Museum seeks to inspire action on the climate crisis with programming across the arts and sciences that deepens understanding, builds connections, and advances just solutions. 

In this week’s installment, Van der Leer will be joined in conversation by Miranda Massie, Director of The Climate MuseumThe climate crisis is the defining challenge of our time. The Climate Museums seeks to inspire action on the climate crisis with programming across the arts and sciences that deepens understanding, builds connections, and advances just solutions. The Climate Museum is creating a culture for action on climate, inviting people from all walks of life into the conversation, and building a community around just solutions.  

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Uzodinma Iweala, Chief Excecutive Officer, The Africa Center. Photo by Caroline Cuse
Photo by Caroline Cuse

Uzodinma Iweala, The Africa Center

Tuesday, 11/10, 12-1pm

Serving as the hub for the exchange of ideas around culture, business, and policy related to the continent, The Africa Center inspires enthusiasm, and advances thought and action around Africa’s global influence and impact on our collective and shared futures.

In this week’s installment, Van der Leer will be joined in conversation by Uzodinma IwealaChief Executive Officer, The Africa Center. The Africa Center provides a gateway for engagement with contemporary Africa. The center is transforming the world’s understanding of Africa, its Diaspora, and the role of people of African descent in the world. Serving as the hub for the exchange of ideas around culture, business, and policy related to the continent, and in the spirit of collaboration and engagement with individuals and institutions who share the Center’s values, The Africa Center inspires enthusiasm, and advances thought and action around Africa’s global influence and impact on our collective and shared futures.

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Estuardo Rodriguez, President & CEO, Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino

Estuardo Rodriguez, Museum of the American Latino

Tuesday, 11/17, 12-1pm

The Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino strives to create a museum in Washington, DC, to educate, inspire and encourage respect and understanding of the richness and diversity of the American Latino experience within the U.S. and its territories.

In this week’s installment, Van der Leer will be joined in conversation by Estuardo Rodriguez, Executive Director, Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino. The Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino strives to create a museum in Washington DC. to educate, inspire, and encourage respect and understanding of the richness and diversity of the American Latino experience within the U.S. and its territories. By highlighting the contributions made by Latino icons, pioneers, and communities to the American way of life we are all better able to truly understand what makes our nation great. The campaign to create a Smithsonian American Latino Museum has been active since 2004. As the largest ethnic group in the nation with arguably the oldest ties to the founding of this nation, we have a compelling case for moving onto the iconic National Mall and joining the many prestigious institutions that welcome the over 30 million tourists and residents each year to present our American story.

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NextGen Reflections

Tuesday, 12/1, 12-1pm

In this week’s installment, Van der Leer will be joined in conversation by young museum professionals from the US and beyond: Naiomy GuerreroIndependent Curator; Lisa KennedyCurator Team Leader, The Science Museum in London; Alice PowerAssistant Curator, V&A Museum, London

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Previous Series Videos

Watch, or re-watch, dialogues from the Summer 2020 installment of the Future of Museums Dialogue Series.

Nico Wheadon, NXTHVN

Alexandra Munroe, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Margriet Schavemaker, Amsterdam Museum

Alexandra Cunningham Cameron, Cooper Hewitt

Scott Cooper, Academy of Natural Sciences

Damion L. Thomas, National Museum of African American History and Culture

 

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About the Author

Marketing Director in New York via San Francisco and Manila. Anna Liza is inspired by architecture and technology. A fan of traveling, slow food movement, and summers in Maine with her kids. She has been with Microsol since 2004.

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