Thinking Museums: What Do We Do With the Old Masters?

October 25–26, 2008

Clark/Pulitzer Foundation Colloquium

This colloquium, co-sponsored by the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, brought together curators, museum directors, architects, and academics, all inspired by the question: what is to become of the “old masters” in the twenty-first century? Participants asked questions about how best to display permanent collections of older art, relevance (who cares about old masters?), and the relationship to contemporary art and the moving image. This colloquium was inspired by the show Ideal (dis)placements: Old Masters at the Pulitzer. The group, led by Matthias Waschek, Director, Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, and Emily Rauh Pulitzer, Founder and Chairman, Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, discussed potential results of experiments such as the Pulitzer’s and how lighting conditions and physical spaces affect our seeing and understanding of works of art.

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Participants included

Michael Confortithe Clark
Thomas W. GaehtgensThe Getty Research Institute
Francesca Herndon-ConsagraPulitzer Foundation for the Arts
Eik KahngThe Walters Art Museum
Judith MannSaint Louis Art Museum
Richard Randthe Clark
Joseph RishelPhiladelphia Museum of Art
Martha WardUniversity of Chicago
Giles WaterfordAttingham Summer School and Royal Collection Studies, London
Stephanie WilesAllen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College
Stephen WolohojianHarvard Art Museum
James N. WoodThe J. Paul Getty Trust
Kulapat YantrasastwHY Architecture