Museums in the Digital Age

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Museums increasingly reposition themselves for the digital age and approach their own initiatives by digitizing their collections, crowdsourcing their research and opening their collections to the public at large through online platforms.

While digital technologies are pervasive in many of today’s major museums, what exactly does it mean for museums to “go digital”? To what extent do digital tools change the way we engage with art and artifacts, how do museums fulfill their mission with the help of digital technology, and what are some of the institutional risks and challenges for museums to make their collections available online? This event brings together museum experts and artists from the U.S. and Germany to discuss how they embrace or resist the ubiquity of the digital in presenting collections, archiving artifacts, disseminating knowledge and creating new educational opportunities.

Panel discussion with:

Stefan Brüggerhoff
German Mining Museum Bochum

Mischa Kuball
Artist and Professor
Academy of Media Arts Cologne

Frank Mecklenburg
Director of Research and Chief Archivist
Leo Baeck Institute

Loic Tallon
Chief Digital Officer
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

moderated by

Louisa Wood Ruby
Head of Research, Art Reference Library
Frick Collection

Opening remarks by

Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen
Minister of Culture and Science
State of North Rhine-Westphalia

Event Information

October 30, 2018, 6:30 PM to 8:15 PM

New York, NY
Organizer(s): University Alliance Ruhr (UA Ruhr)


German Center for Research and Innovation (DWIH) New York

Address: 871 United Nations Plaza New York, NY 10017, USA
Phone: +1 (212) 339 8680