András Szántó Discusses ‘The Future Of The Museum’

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András Szántó. Photo by Patrice Casanova.

Cultural strategist András Szántó, Ph.D., will discuss his new book, “The Future of the Museum: 28 Dialogues,” with Parrish Art Museum’s senior curator of ArtsReach and special projects Corinne Erni, in a livestream talk on Friday, February 12, at 5 p.m.

Szántó will provide insights gleaned from his interviews with 28 museum leaders on how museums are adapting to new realities around the world today, and the most promising approaches to those challenges. A link to the program, part of the museum’s “Friday Nights Live!” series, and login information is available at parrishart.org.

Corinne Erni will lead the discussion with András Szántó. Photo by Philippe Cheng.

“András has created an invaluable snapshot of the current museum conversations,” Erni said, “and I look forward to exploring with him topics that range from entrepreneurial visions behind new institutions, the examination of art history through new angles and the questioning of the custodians of knowledge, to how COVID and the murder of George Floyd forced museums to engage in new models for radical inclusivity and to be of service in the community.”

As museums worldwide shuttered in 2020 due to the coronavirus, Szántó conducted a series of interviews with an international group of museum leaders. The dialogues offer glimpses of how museums around the globe are undergoing an accelerated phase of reappraisal and reinvention. At this moment in time, when economic, political, and cultural shifts are signaling the start of a new era, the directors speak candidly about the historical limitations and untapped potential of art museums. Each conversation in “The Future of the Museum” explores a specific topic of relevance to art institutions now and in the future. What emerges from the conversations is a composite portrait of a generation of museum leaders working to make institutions more open, democratic, inclusive, experimental and experiential, technologically savvy, culturally polyphonic, attuned to the needs of their visitors and communities, and concerned with addressing the defining issues of the societies around them.

Szántó advises museums, foundations, educational institutions and leading brands on cultural strategy. His writings on the art world and art market have appeared in The New York Times, Artforum, The Art Newspaper, and many international publications. He has directed the National Arts Journalism Program at Columbia University and has overseen the Global Museum Leaders Colloquium at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He is based in New York and Brookhaven hamlet on Long Island.

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