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.

Salon 15: The Way of the Algorithm

April 29, 2015
Adam Bly, Claudia Perlich, Hugo Liu, Heather Dewey-Hagborg
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Salon 14: Conferences, Conferences, Conferences

March 31, 2015
Jane Thompson, Yana Peel, Sarah Milstein, Sunny Bates
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Salon 13: Bigger Data

February 24, 2015
Hilary Mason, Mark Hansen, Hannah Donovan, Aaron Straup Cope
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Salon 12: On Philanthropy

January 13, 2015
David Rockefeller Jr., Jean Oelwang, Neil Blumenthal, Jennifer McCrea
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Salon 11: Unfair/Fair: Copyrights and Us

November 18, 2014
Pippa Loengard, Nancy Adelson, Fred Benenson, Artie Vierkant
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Salon 10: The Object, Connected

October 14, 2014
Fiona Romeo, Jill Magid, Kate Crawford, Matt Jones, Bruce Sterling
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Salon 9: The Object, Offline

June 16, 2014
David Platzker, Emily Spivack, Yancey Strickler, Neri Oxman
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Salon 8: The Object, Online

May 20, 2014
K8 Hardy, Laura Hoptman, Randy Hunt, Jake Barton
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Salon 7: Museums as Citizens

February 4, 2014
Tom Finkelpearl, David Van Der Leer, Holly Block, Anne Pasternak
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Salon 6: Taboos

October 23, 2013
Severin Fowles, Mona Eltahawy, Tom Finkelpearl
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Salon 5: Immersion and Participation

June 11, 2013
Frank Rose, Deb Howes, Lance Weiler, and Aina Abiodun
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Salon 4: High and Low

April 18, 2013
Kim Hastreiter, Glenn Lowry, June Cohen, and Michael Hirschorn
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Salon 3: Culture and Metrics

February 4, 2013
Bob Crease, Jer Thorpe, Kate Levin, and Andrew Ross
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Salon 2: Focus vs. Distraction

December 11, 2012
Vija Celmins, Wendy Woon, Seth Horowitz, and Marco Tempest
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Salon 1: A Curator's Tale

October 15, 2012
Ann Temkin, Jeff Jarvis, Maria Popova, and Tor Erik Hermansen
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