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AFA ArtViews—“Art Museum Funding at the Crossroads”
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Celeste Bartos Auditorium at the Museum of Modern Art
4 West 54th Street, New York
4–6 p.m. panel discussion; 6–7 p.m. reception


This panel discussion is part of the AFA’s exciting new series ArtViews—lively discussions on critical issues in the museum world.

Moderator Maxwell L. Anderson, the Eugene McDermott Director of the Dallas Museum of Art and an AFA trustee, will lead panelists in a discussion of the means by which art museums will support themselves in the coming years. Since the advent of the blockbuster exhibition in the 1970s, art museums have turned increasingly to earned revenue to bolster their conventional reliance on contributed revenue and endowment. This shift has led to venture philanthropy, cultural tourism, entrepreneurial business plans, licensing, corporate collaboration, and other innovative strategies. Many of the strategies discussed will be applicable for cultural institutions other than museums.

James L. Bildner: Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School, and Senior Research Fellow at Harvard’s Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations
Thomas P. Campbell: Director and CEO, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Melissa Chiu: Director, Asia Society Museum in New York, and Senior Vice President for Global Arts and Cultural Programs, Asia Society
Mariët Westermann: Vice President, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Ari Wiseman: Deputy Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

“Art Museum Funding at the Crossroads” is organized by the American Federation of Arts in association with the Arts & Business Council of New York and the Association of Art Museum Directors with funding from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the Leon Levy Foundation and the Hazen Polsky Foundation, Inc.


Admission is $20; $15 for AFA, ABC/NY, and AAMD members and students with valid identification. Seating is limited and reservations are required. To purchase tickets online, click here, or please call 212.988.7700 ext. 210.

We and our coorganizer, the Association of Art Museum Directors, will each be live tweeting from the event using the hashtag #ArtViews12 so be sure to follow us on twitter at @AmFedArts and @MuseumDirectors respectively.

Those purchasing an AFA ArtViews ticket will receive a complimentary glass of champagne when they make a reservation for dinner (the prix fixe menu in the Dining Room or at least one course in the Bar Room) at MOMA’s award-winning restaurant The Modern. Please call The Modern reservations line at 212.333.1220 to reserve your table for dinner and let them know that you will be attending the American Federation of Arts event.