A young participant in an educational program at MoMA, 1951

Mining Modern Museum Education

Friday, June 25, 2010, 6:30–8:00 p.m.

Theater 3 (The Celeste Bartos Theater), mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building

A comprehensive understanding of the founding pedagogical roots of modern-art museum education is elusive, yet it has exerted significant influence on the development of artists, art professionals, and the museum-going public throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. A resurgence of interest in early leaders and practitioners in the field of modern-art museum education provides fresh insights into the foundation of art practices, institutional history, and critique.

Following an introduction by Wendy Woon, Edward John Noble Deputy Director for Education at MoMA, guest speakers present their research on four key figures in the development of modern-art museum education. Kim Kanatani, Deputy Director and Gail Engelberg Director of Education at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, discusses Hilla Rebay and the Guggenheim; Briley Rasmussen, Museum Educator, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, discusses Victor D’Amico, Director of MoMA's Educational Project from 1937 to 1970; Kelly McKinley, Richard and Elizabeth Currie Director of Education and Public Programming, Art Gallery of Ontario, discusses Arthur Lismer and the Early Educational Foundations of the Art Gallery of Ontario; and Robert Eskridge, Woman’s Board Endowed Executive Director of Museum Education, The Art Institute of Chicago, discusses Katharine Kuh and the evolution of modern art at The Art Institute of Chicago. These presentations will be followed by comments from respondents Juliet Kinchin, Curator, MoMA Department of Architecture and Design; Jessica Gogan, museum education consultant and former Director of Education at the Andy Warhol Museum; and Elliott Kai-Kee, Education Specialist, J. Paul Getty Museum.

Tickets ($10; members $8; students, seniors, and staff of other museums $5) can be purchased online or at the lobby information desk and the film desk.