Recent innovations in digital display and interaction at leading institutions, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, and Cleveland Museum of Art, have made it clear that digital technologies are now firmly established as part of the museum-going experience. These developments necessitate a critical and thoughtful consideration of how to deploy screens and devices in museum environments in a way that best supports the objects on display and the narratives that curators are conveying. This symposium will juxtapose the work of leaders in museum technology with efforts being made in the Bard Graduate Center’s Focus Gallery Project to pose a variety of different approaches and models that engage with these new developments, and to open up discourse about the best ways to integrate digital technology in the interpretive and didactic missions of educational and cultural heritage institutions.

Kimon Keramidas
Assistant Professor and Director of the Digital Media Lab
Welcome and Introduction

Koven J. Smith
Director of Digital Adaptation, Blanton Museum of Art
“Becoming Authentically Digital at the Blanton Museum of Art”

Jennifer Foley, Director of Interpretation
Department of Education and Interpretations, Cleveland Museum of Art
“‘Oh, what’s this button do?’ Connecting Spaces, People, and Collections”

David Jaffee
Professor, Head of New Media Research
“Visualizing 19th Century New York”

Kimon Keramidas
Assistant Professor and Director of the Digital Media Lab
“The Interface Experience”

Panel Discussion:
Jennifer Foley, Koven J. Smith, Kimon Keramidas, David Jaffee, Deborah G. Douglas, Jonathan Dahan

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The symposium is free. It will take place at the Lecture Hall at 38 West 86th St., between Columbus Avenue & Central Park West, in New York City.

RSVP is required.

PLEASE NOTE that our Lecture Hall can only accommodate a limited number of people, so please come early if you would like to have a seat in the main room. Registrants who arrive late may be seated in an overflow viewing area.