Panel Discussion, The Future of the Museum: Technology
Monday, February 10, 2014 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
This event is open to the public.
A century ago, the “new technology” in American museums was electric lights. Today,Enrico Meneghelli (1853-after 1912), Studio Interior, 1879. Oil on panel, 35.6 x 24.8 cm. Boston Athenxum purchase in honor of Rodney Armstrong, with funds provided by several anonymous donors, 2008. with the advent of computers, the Internet, flat panel touch screens, and myriad portable electronic devices, museums have a huge range of technologies to explore and use in carrying out their missions. This second of three panels on “The Future of the Museum” explores how the rapidly developing digital revolution is affecting these traditionally conservative institutions. Is new technology a threat or an opportunity? Which museums are in the forefront of using these powerful tools?
Three innovating technology specialists, including Jane Alexander, chief information officer, The Cleveland Museum of Art; Teresa Lai, senior manager of online publications, senior producer in the Creative Production Division of the Digital Media Department, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and Amit Sood, head of the Google Art Project, will discuss the challenges and delights of bringing technology to the museum world.