Zbynek Baladran. Courtesy tranzit.org
The model of the Museum as Hub took shape in a context where institutions were increasingly finding value in being networked, operating in discrete but interwoven parts, or through affiliations across different compatibilities. This logic has now been so absorbed—becoming second nature to arts practitioners—that dynamics of collaboration are often obscured. This panel will look specifically at the quality and nature of networked ties between institutions through a more granular view of how the conception, production, and presentation of projects are realized. The curators and directors involved will address a broad set of questions, among them: How and when institutions benefit from joint ventures? How can resources be actually shared and/or grown through collaboration? And how can decentralized strategies of working influence institutional priorities and practices?
Panelists: Jay Levenson, Director, International Program, Museum of Modern Art, New York; Daniela Pérez, Cofounder, de_sitio, Mexico City; Ashok Sukumaran, Pad.ma, CAMP, Mumbai; tranzit.org: Dóra Hegyi, tranzit.hu, Budapest, Vít Havránek, tranzit.cz, Prague, Georg Schöllhammer, tranzit.at, Vienna. Moderated by Ryan Inouye, Assistant Curator, Museum as Hub, New Museum.
On April 12 and 13, the Museum as Hub will host its Annual Conference. Marking the sixth anniversary of the Hub initiative, this conference aims, in part, to consider strategies for the next phase of the project, while also reflecting more broadly on the rapidly shifting global context it inhabits. The conference will dedicate itself to a number of questions pertaining to the notion of “institutions” as such, exploring ways and means by which art organizations assume shape via programming, alliances with other institutions, and dedication to specific content or context. Developed with Museum as Hub partners, this two-day conference held in the New Museum Theater convenes an international group of curators, artists, and scholars to examine themes including: the concept of regionalism; the “question of feelings” in relation to curatorial practice; and the imperfect institutionalization of the “discursive object” within the museum.
As both a physical site and a growing network, the Museum as Hub facilitates artistic and intellectual exchange through forms of exhibition, residency, public programming, editorial and digital projects, and other projects. Museum as Hub activities are inspired, in part, by a group of international partner institutions who collaborate to produce shared research and programming. Current Hub partners are art space pool in Seoul, Beirut in Cairo, de_sitio in Mexico City, Inhotim in Brumadinho, Brazil, Miami Art Museum, Townhouse Gallery in Cairo, and the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven.