MoMA R&D identifies and explores new directions and opportunities for the Museum.
MoMA R&D (Research and Development) provides information and critical tools to identify and explore new directions and opportunities for The Museum of Modern Art and, by extension, for the world of cultural institutions at large. Its scope ranges from high to low technology; from speculation to actual production; from physical to digital; and from display to participation.
Part internal think tank and part external connector and incubator, MoMA R&D explores, among other areas, the function, potential, and responsibility of museums—MoMA in particular—as public actors, with the vision of establishing our institutions as social innovators agitating for meaningful developments across disciplines and cultures.
About R&D Salons
An important part of the MoMA R&D initiative is a series of salons on themes that are relevant to both MoMA and the wider world—topics that straddle the physical and the digital and apply to the experience of artists, visitors, and citizens alike.
The themes are critical to MoMA’s ongoing development, stimulating for attendees, and relevant to the cultural discourse. The salons influence MoMA R&D’s areas of research throughout the Museum and help to shape and focus the endeavors of the R&D initiative by leveraging the insights of people who care about museums and other institutions, technology, culture, education, politics, economics, etc. In other words, people who care about life in civil society.
The R&D Salons breed new insights and identify potential projects. These events are a process—a means of acquiring information and concepts, building consensus and support, and discovering potential areas of focus. Both the speakers and the audience are invited to prepare for the topic, and are provided with reading lists and stimuli before each salon.
Paola Antonelli, Director of MoMA R&D, begins each event with a presentation on the topic, providing context for the conversation. Four speakers then present for seven to 10 minutes each. The presentations are followed by a vigorous Q&A session and a moderated discussion with the audience.