Leading Museums, Museum Leaders

Museums and Network Thinking

Museum of Modern Art architecture and design galleries. Source: MoMA.

Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan, A Debate is Raging in the Museum World – and Design is at the Center, Fast Company Design, 27 April 2016

A few weeks ago, architects and art fans issued a bit of a collective freakout over a report that the Museum of Modern Art would be permanently “abolishing” its legendary architecture and design galleries. This week the museum responded, publishing a letter explaining that’s “absolutely not true.”

“I think the reaction in the press was less directed against our curatorial experiment than an expression of the fear that MoMA was no longer going to have its architecture and design collection on show in dense and medium-designated spaces,” Martino Stierli, the Philip Johnson chief curator of architecture and design, told Co.Design. “This fear is unnecessary.”

Anxious architecture fans aside, the news that the galleries are being redesigned, to reopen next year to become exhibition space for special shows, is part of a shift taking place in many museums as they move away from strict categorization by medium (e.g., “architecture” and “painting”) and toward multidisciplinary, contextual curation. The way the public consumes art—and increasingly, design—is changing.

Read more

Council of Australasian Museum Directors, c/o Ms Daryl Karp, Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House PO Box 3934 Manuka, Australian Capital Territory 2603 Australia, © CAMD 2021
Disclaimer: The content of this website is provided for information purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for professional advice. No claim is made as to the accuracy or authenticity of the content of the website. The Council of Australasian Museum Directors does not accept any liability to any person for the information or advice (or the use of such information or advice) which is provided on this website. The information on our website is provided on the basis that all persons accessing the site undertake responsibility for assessing the relevance and accuracy of its content. No responsibility is taken for any information or services which may appear on any linked web sites. Hostgator.
.