The Art Market and the Museum: New Realities in Public Collecting

Monday, April 28, 2014
The Museum of Modern Art, New York City
Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1
4–6 p.m panel discussion; 6–8 p.m. reception

Much has changed over the last generation in how museums collect. Federal legislation has all but eliminated fractional giving of art, soaring prices have reduced purchasing power, contemporary art is often evanescent and uncollectable, and private museums have redirected gifts and bequests away from public art museums. Moderated by Lindsay Pollock, Editor in Chief of Art in America, this panel of distinguished experts considered these shifts, and discussed how museums can hope to compete and continue to build their collections in this changing environment.

Barbara Gladstone, Owner, Gladstone Gallery
Arnold Lehman, Director, Brooklyn Museum
Scott Rothkopf, Nancy and Steve Crown Family Curator and Associate Director of Programs, Whitney Museum of American Art
Thaddeus J. Stauber, Head of Nixon Peabody’s Art & Cultural Institutions Practice

“The Art Market and the Museum: New Realities in Public Collecting” was organized by the American Federation of Arts in association with the Leadership Nouveau conference presented by HEC Montréal and the Association of Art Museum Directors Generous funding was provided by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the Leon Levy Foundation, and David Teiger. Corporate sponsorship was provided by Sotheby’s. Media sponsorship was provided by artnet.


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