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The pandemic created an unprecedented set of challenges for cultural institutions over the past two years. As many institutions were forced to close their physical doors, their digital platforms, tools, and personnel were relied upon to communicate and interact with audiences, share resources, collaborate, and develop new and existing projects. This symposium features speakers from New York City museums who will discuss how their institution responded to the pandemic, how it shaped and redefined their work, and the new pathways and connections it created for the future of their institutions.

March 25, 1–5 pm
38 West 86th Street, Lecture Hall / Zoom

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1 pm
Peter N. Miller
Dean, Bard Graduate Center

Jesse Merandy
Director of Digital Humanities/Exhibitions, Bard Graduate Center

1:20 pm
“The Pandemic as Portal”
Sofie Andersen
Senior Manager of Digital Content and Editorial, Metropolitan Museum of Art

2 pm
“Transforming Museum Experiences: Post-Pandemic at Cooper Hewitt”
Rachel Eve Ginsberg
Interaction Lab Director, Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum
Jessica Walthew
Conservator, Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum

2:40 pm

3 pm
“Responding to Pandemic Teachers’ Demands for Digital: A Women & the American Story Case Study”
Leslie Hayes
Vice President of Education, New-York Historical Society

3:40 pm
“Culture of Care: Art in practice at The Rubin Museum”
Jamie Lawyer
Chief Experience Officer, Rubin Museum of Art

4:20 pm
Panel Discussion and Q&A

We have opened registration for a limited in-person audience. Bard Graduate Center requires proof of vaccination and photo identification to enter the building. Guests are required to wear masks regardless of vaccination status.

This event will also be available on Zoom. A link will be circulated to registrants by 10 am on the day of the event. This event will be live with automatic captions.