Museums in the 21st Century: MoMA Director Glenn D Lowry in Melbourne

Art Press Release from Australia. Published by Rebecca Gabrielle Cannon on Wednesday 05 May 2010.

The Australian Centre for the Moving Image presents
Museums in the 21st Century
Keynote address by Glenn D Lowry (Director, The Museum of Modern Art) and panel discussion
Thursday 24 June, 2.30pm – 4pm
The Director of New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Glenn D Lowry will present a keynote address for the first time in Australia at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, (ACMI), on Thursday 24 June, 2010.
Lowry is in Australia for the opening of Tim Burton: The Exhibition at ACMI, for its only staging in the Southern Hemisphere.
The keynote address and panel discussion will explore the current trends and future challenges and directions of museums in the 21st century. Focusing on MoMA’s activities as a case study, Lowry will identify the changing nature of collecting, exhibiting and commissioning and will explore how institutions are transcending the limitations of the physical space by developing new creative collaborations across national and international boundaries and in the online world.
The panel session that follows, chaired by ACMI Director, Tony Sweeney, with John Kaldor, Director of Kaldor Public Art Projects, public broadcaster and commentator Phillip Adams and Elizabeth Ann Macgregor, Director of Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, will continue the discussion by investigating how institutions are realigning their programs and shifting their artistic focuses and practices. The panel members will also contribute to a discussion about the way institutions maintain public relevance in a time of rapid social and cultural change and how the impact of digital technologies and the demands of the audience is shaping the development of the sector.
Mr. Sweeney, says that the discussion will allow local cultural institutions the opportunity to engage with a leading international gallery.
“Glenn is one of the most respected gallery directors in the world today, and his leadership of MoMA has been transformational in positioning it for the future. We are delighted to provide Australians with this rare opportunity to hear from him direct on the challenges and opportunities facing the cultural sector in the 21st century.”
The Tim Burton exhibition developed by MoMA and expanded by ACMI, cements the relationship between the two institutions which developed with the popular Pixar: 20 Years of Animation which showed at ACMI in 2007.
Exploring Burton’s visual imagination from his earliest childhood drawings through his mature work in film, Tim Burton brings together over 700 examples of rarely or never-before-seen drawings, paintings, photographs, storyboards, moving-image works, puppets, maquettes, costumes, and cinematic ephemera spanning his 27-year career.
Tim Burton is presented as part of Melbourne Winter Masterpieces 2010 for a strictly limited season from 24 June to 10 October 2010, only at ACMI.
Glenn D Lowry’s Keynote Address Museums in the 21st Century and panel discussion is on at ACMI on Thursday 24 June from 2.30pm. The event is free but seats are limited. Tickets are only available on the day of the event from the Tickets and Information counter. For more information please visit: www.acmi.net.au