Venue: Metropolitan Museum of Art and other major art venues, 27 – 29 June 2012, New York
The 12th edition of Communicating the Museum, an ICOM-patronised major annual conference connecting the art world, will take place in New York on 27 – 29 June 2012. This year’s theme is The World is Changing: How will Museums Adapt?, a theme that chimes with the 2012 International Museum Day. Keynote speeches and learning sessions will be held on Thursday 28 and Friday 29 June at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, with supplementary sessions, private views and networking events happening across the Big Apple’s most exciting cultural venues.
Organised by Paris-based communications agency Agenda and patronised by ICOM, Communicating the Museum welcomes professionals from the museum and art world as well the wider communications, business, luxury and design sectors. They come together to exchange ideas, be inspired by experts from outside industries and be updated on current issues and trends.
This year’s keynote speakers include Anna Somers Cocks, Founder Editor and Executive Director of the Art Newspaper, on the museum of the future; Dominique de Font Réaulx, Senior curator at Musée du Louvre and coordinator of the Louvre Abu Dhabi, on why museums represent values, not brands; Jane Wentworth, Director and Consultant at Jane Wentworth Associates, on ‘Should museums be local or global’; Gabriele Pezzini, designer-thinker and consultant for Hermès, Paris on positive contamination in the museum world; and Wassan Al Khudairi, director of Mathaf: Arab museum of Modern Art, Qatar, on building a new modern art museum in Qatar.
In addition, some twenty learning sessions will take place, with experts from the world’s leading museums presenting their ideas and experiences. Speakers include Marc Sands, Director of Audiences and Media at Tate, on How much should Galleries and Museums care about their audiences? , MoMA’s Wendy Woon, Edward John Noble Deputy Director for Education, on How can museums foster new communities of learners globally? and to echo with ICOM’s upcoming General Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in August 2013, Lucimara Letelier from the British Council Rio de Janeiro, presenting Brazil is moving fast! How will museums catch up?
As part of CTM, delegates will also be invited to the awards ceremony for the International Design Communication Awards (IDCA), on 28 June at Christie’s at the Rockefeller Center in New York.
It is the third consecutive year that ICOM patronises this international event. ICOM became institutional partner of CTM in 2010, aiming to offer an opportunity for museum professionals to learn about communications trends in museums, to discuss best practices and tools, and to meet with new people and international colleagues.