The New York Times is hosting a discussion about the future of museums and galleries through the Art For Tomorrow conference on March 12-15 in Doha, Qatar. Specifically, they're going to look at the issue of digitalization and how brick-and-mortar art institutions may look to re-invent themselves for a new generation.
We find this particularly exciting as the art world seems to continue to lag behind many industries in its adoption and integration of new technology. Sure, there are bright spots, like Artsy, who recognize digital content as a way to educate a wider general audience and reach more buyers. But most museums and galleries have done very little to take advantage of social media like leveraging curators (or gallery directors) and featuring them in videos about the art.
Here are some of the big names and featured institutions for the upcoming conference:
- Jeff Koons and Marina Abramovic are among the artists and keynote speakers
- V&A Museum London - Martin Roth - Director
- MOCA LA - Jeffery Deitch - Curator, Gallerist, and Former Director
- Qatar Museums - Sheikha Al Mayassa - Chairperson
- M+ Museum, Hong Kong - Aric Chen, Curator of Design & Architecture
- Art Basel - Marc Spiegler, Global Director
We probably won't be in Doha in March, but we will be following the coverage of the conference and are hoping to see some visionary points of view. If you're on that side of the world, then you can register here.