Live Stream: Future of the Museum

Thursday, April 28, 2016 / 6:00pm
MIT Lecture Hall 10-250, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA

About the Panel Discussion

David Adjaye’s McDermott Residency culminates in a panel discussion about the future of the museum. Continuing the theme of the relevance of physical space to cultural experience in the digital era, panelists including architects, artists and curators will discuss current projects and various approaches to the future of museums. This pertinent dialogue considers the potential of museums to engage diverse and participatory audiences and inviting contemporary artists to lead the way in re-conceiving how museums might interact with the public.


David Adjaye, 2016 McDermott Award Recipient

Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator, The Studio Museum in Harlem

Jill Medvedow, Ellen Matilda Poss Director, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston

Charles Renfro, Partner, Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Lorna Simpson, Artist


J. Meejin Yoon, Professor and Head of MIT Department of Architecture, Principal Höweler + Yoon

Timothy Hyde, Associate Professor of Architectural History, MIT Department of Architecture


About David Adjaye
David Adjaye OBE is recognized as a leading architect of his generation. Adjaye was born in Tanzania to Ghanaian parents and his influences range from contemporary art, music and science to African art forms and the civic life of cities. In 1994 he set up his first office, where his ingenious use of materials and his sculptural ability established him as an architect with an artist’s sensibility and vision. He founded Adjaye Associates in 2000 and immediately won several prestigious commissions, including the design of the Nobel Peace Centre within the shell of a disused railway station in Oslo (completed in 2005). His design for the Whitechapel Idea Store pioneered a new approach to the provision of information services (2005).

Adjaye Associates has offices in London, New York and Accra, and is working throughout the world. Notable current projects include the $360 million Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington D.C., and the new home for The Studio Museum in Harlem. Other notable projects within the United States include the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver (2007), two public libraries in Washington DC (2012), the Sugar Hill low income housing development in Harlem (2014), and the redesigned Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art at Harvard’s Hutchins Center (2014).

Most recently, Adjaye collaborated with Okwui Enwezor on the design of the 56th Venice Art Biennale (2015) and a mid career retrospective exhibition, Making Place: The Architecture of David Adjaye, was held at Haus der Kunst in Munich and is at the Art Institute of Chicago September 19, 2015–January 3, 2016.


About the Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT
Established in 1974 by the Council for the Arts at MIT, the Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT is bestowed upon individuals whose artistic trajectory and body of work indicate that they will achieve the highest distinction as leaders in their fields. One of the most generous arts honors in the US, the Award reflects MIT’s commitment to risk-taking, problem solving and to the idea of connecting creative minds across disciplines. The Award is considered an investment in the recipient’s future creative work, rather than a prize for a particular project or lifetime of achievement.