The Technology Question

On April 23, 2015, the Smart Museum of Art hosted a panel discussion and debate around technology in museums.

The event was presented as part of the Smart's 40th anniversary How to Make a Smart Museum program series and considered the questions: Does technology play a role in creating authentic experiences with works of art? If so, what role?

Panelists Peter Samis (Associate curator of interpretive media, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art), Deborah Seid Howes (museum educator and consultant), and Tiffany Holmes (artist and professor of art and technology studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago) framed and historicized the question of technology in museums.

Then, the question was opened to debate with case studies presented by Ricardo Philips, Charles Crable, Lucianne Walkowicz and Kayla Lewis, and Jessica Abra Sandy.

The How to Make a Smart Museum programming series was made possible by the Efroymson Family Fund.

Additional support was provided by the Illinois Humanities Council and the Franke Institute for the Humanities.

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The Act of Participating

On March 5, the Smart teamed up with the Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University to host a dinner and conversation at the Chicago Cultural Center. It was the third in the How to Make a Smart Museum series of public programs that explore big questions about the future of museums.

Panelists Ariana Jacob, Susy Bielak, and Prerana Reddy served up case studies that address the question: How do museums foster and support active participation?

Each presentation was followed by a chance for guests—museum professionals, artists, students, teachers, and others—to eat and share ideas.

The How to Make a Smart Museum programming series was made possible by the Efroymson Family Fund.

Additional support was provided by the Illinois Humanities Council and the Franke Institute for the Humanities.

Efroymson Family Fund

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What is GalleryX?

We’ve done a crazy thing. We brought in some architects to build a “space” in the middle of our museum–literally, right in the middle, taking up what would otherwise be a perfectly good gallery area. It’s been a fun challenge to explain why we’ve done this. Mostly, we’ve been starting with: “Well, it’s a flexible, open space... a hub for creative discussions...” People crinkle their brows and nod, usually say something like, “Hmmm” or “Ahh.”

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