Reinventing Museums — Panel at NADA New York

How are artists, curators, and cultural workers reinventing the idea of the museum to mean more to more people?

At 2:30pm on Sunday, March 5, I’ll be moderating a panel at NADA New York with Alex Kalman of Mmuseumm, Ayodamola Okunseinde and Salome Asega of the Iyapo Repository, and Nico Wheadon of The Studio Museum in Harlem. The panel is part of Kickstarter’s partnership with NADA to present events, discussions, and workshops at The New Art Dealers Alliance’s art fair, March 2–5, 2017.

Learn more about Kickstarter’s partnership with NADA here, or reserve tickets here.

A brief description of the panel’s theme:

The museum community is in the midst of a vast and destabilizing transformation. As many institutions expand — both literally and metaphorically — others are being downsized or facing funding cuts. At the same time, the role of the traditional museum is being interrogated, and new, highly inventive museum models are springing up. As we look to the future, we ask: what role do museum collections and artifacts play in shaping our collective future? How will museums be tested over the next ten years? If traditional museum models falter, should they be saved? And, importantly, how can museums reinvent themselves to mean more to more people?

More about the panelists:

Alex Kalman is the co-founder, director, and curator of Mmuseumm, a “modern natural history museum” located in NYC and housed in a tiny freight elevator.

Mmuseumm features rotating exhibitions, and specializes in the “overlooked, dismissed, or ignored.”

Salome Asega and Ayodamola Okunseinde are the artists behind the Iyapo Repository, a resource library that houses a collection of digital and physical artifacts created to affirm and project the future(s) of peoples of African descent.

The Iyapo Repository is a pop-up museum exhibiting technological artifacts designed and created by Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn residents through a series of public design-thinking workshops.

Nico Wheadon is director of public programs and community engagement at the Studio Museum in Harlem where she designs and produces programs that engage audiences, activate partnerships and deepen the impact of the Museum’s mission.

inHarlem is a set of new initiatives by the Studio Museum designed to explore dynamic ways to work in the community and take the institution beyond its walls. The inHarlem initiatives will encompass a wide range of artistic and programmatic ventures, from site-specific artists’ projects to collaborative presentations with civic and cultural partners in the Harlem neighborhood.