As the world rapidly changes around us, old frameworks for the development of cultural centers looks less and less relevant. During the Summer and Fall of 2020, AIA New York will look specifically at museums, questioning what would happen if we were to take this unprecedented time to explore new missions, visions, and (spatial) programs for existing and new museums. What will 21st-century museums be like? Join us for this Fall lineup of conversations as cultural forecaster and museum expert David van der Leer, Principal of DVDL DD, speaks with museum professionals from around the US and beyond.



Organized by the AIANY Cultural Facilities Committee and DVDL DD, and sponsored by Microsol Resources. Intro video by DVDL DD.



Courtney J. Martin, Yale Center for British Art

Tuesday, 10/20, 12-1pm

The Yale Center for British Art houses the largest collection of British art outside the United Kingdom, encompassing works in a range of media from the fifteenth century to the present.

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Miranda Massie, The Climate Museum

Tuesday, 10/27, 12-1pm

The Climate Museum seeks to inspire action on the climate crisis with programming across the arts and sciences that deepens understanding, builds connections, and advances just solutions.

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Uzodinma Iweala, The Africa Center

Tuesday, 11/10, 12-1pm

Serving as the hub for the exchange of ideas around culture, business, and policy related to the continent, The Africa Center inspires enthusiasm, and advances thought and action around Africa’s global influence and impact on our collective and shared futures.

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NextGen Reflections

Tuesday, 12/1, 12-1pm

In this week’s installment, Van der Leer will be joined in conversation by young museum professionals from the US and beyond: Naiomy Guerrero, Independent Curator; Lisa Kennedy, Curator Team Leader, The Science Museum in London; Alice Power, Assistant Curator, V&A Museum, London

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Danny Vargas, Museum of the American Latino

Tuesday, 12/8, 12-1pm (Rescheduled from Tuesday, 11/17, 12-1pm)

The Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino strives to create a museum in Washington, DC, to educate, inspire and encourage respect and understanding of the richness and diversity of the American Latino experience within the U.S. and its territories.

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Previous Series Videos

Watch, or re-watch, dialogues from the Summer 2020 installment of the Future of Museums Dialogue Series.


Nico Wheadon, NXTHVN

Alexandra Munroe, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Margriet Schavemaker, Amsterdam Museum

Alexandra Cunningham Cameron, Cooper Hewitt

Scott Cooper, Academy of Natural Sciences

Damion L. Thomas, National Museum of African American History and Culture