Art Museum Blockbusters: Myths, Facts, and Their Future
4–6 p.m. Panel Discussion; 6–7 p.m. Reception
Celeste Bartos Theater at the Museum of Modern Art
4 West 54th Street, New York
Please join us for the latest panel in our exciting ArtViews series, lively discussions on a variety of critical issues in the museum world. The discussion will be moderated by Maxwell L. Anderson, the Eugene McDermott Director of the Dallas Museum of Art and an AFA trustee, who also moderated last fall’s sold-out ArtViews panel, “Art Museum Funding at the Crossroads.”
Mr. Anderson will lead four distinguished panelists in what promises to be a wide-ranging and thought-provoking discussion about the pros and cons of blockbuster exhibitions and the impact they have on the museums that present them. Among the topics under discussion will be the true costs of such exhibitions and how they are calculated and reported; the connection between “hit shows” and museum membership; the effect of large loan exhibitions on traditional relationships among museums; the educational value of crowd-pleasing shows for the general public; and the blockbuster’s ongoing viability, especially in financially troubled times.
Aaron Betsky: Director, Cincinnati Art Museum
Nathalie Bondil: Director and Chief Curator, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Glenn D. Lowry: Director, The Museum of Modern Art
Jennifer Russell: Associate Director for Exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
“Art Museum Blockbusters: Myths, Facts, and Their Future” is organized by the American Federation of Arts in association with the Arts and Business Council of New York and the Association of Art Museum Directors.
Lead corporate sponsorship for this program is provided by Sotheby’s.
Generous funding is provided by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, with additional support from David Teiger and an anonymous donor.
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American Federation of Arts
The AMERICAN FEDERATION OF ARTS (AFA) is a nonprofit institution that organizes art exhibitions for presentation in museums around the world, publishes exhibition catalogues, and develops education programs. For more information, visit www.afaweb.org.