The Covid-19 pandemic has forced us all to rethink our ways to travel, gather, and socialize. Museums and exhibition venues have not been exempt from necessary adjustments. These four informal early evening conversations are an occasion for reflecting upon the role of social media and the arts during lockdown and upon the challenges that the times post Covid-19 context will pose to the museum experience. They are intended as a dialogue on undertaking or prospect about the dialogue for new initiatives and positive responses to cope with the current uncertainty.
We are delighted to be discussing these challenges with academics and curators, including representatives from the Real Academia de San Fernando, the Meadows Museum, the Sir John Soane’s Museum, the Bowes Museum, and the Royal Academy of Arts.
We are pleased to announce below the speakers for our talks, scheduled at 6-7 pm (UK time) every Tuesday in July. Each session will include talks from experts on the topic. The 15-minute presentations will be followed by half an hour of informal conversation with the attendees.
Advanced registration is required for access to the webinar. Please send an email to one of the organisers Elisabetta Maistri (firstname.lastname@example.org), or to Patricia Manzano Rodríguez (email@example.com), both Ph.D. candidates at the Zurbarán Centre for Spanish and Latin American Art, University College, MLAC, Durham University.
The four sessions will be:
JULY 7: Social Media and the Art Museum
Irene Llorca, José Guerrero and Emma Calvo, Managers of the Covid Art Museum on Instagram.
Isabel Sánchez-Bella Solís, Real Academia de San Fernando (Madrid).
JULY 14: Temporary Exhibitions after Covid-19 Outbreak
Dr Amanda W. Dotseth, Curator in the Meadows Museum (Dallas, Texas).
Patrizia Piscitello, Head of Exhibitions and Loans in Museo di Capodimonte (Naples).
JULY 21: Impact of Covid-19 in Temporary Exhibitions
Helen Dorey MBE, FSA, Deputy Director and Inspectress at Sir John Soane’s Museum (London).
Dr Jane Whittaker, Head of Collections at the Bowes Museum (co. Durham).
JULY 28: Educational Mission of Museums and Covid-19
Dr Rebecca Lyons, Director of Collections & Learning, Royal Academy of Arts (London)
Prof. Nuria Rodríguez Ortega, Head of the Art History Department of the Universidad de Málaga (Málaga).
Leonardo Impett, Bibliotheca Hertziana (Rome) and Durham University (to be confirmed).