The Museum of Modern Art, Floor 1, Sculpture Garden
Agora, July 2016, The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Manuel Martagon. © 2017 The Museum of Modern Art, New York

This discussion is moderated by educator Diana Bush.

In the event of rain, this discussion will take place in the People’s Studio on Floor 3.

In ancient Greece, the agora was a public, outdoor gathering place where people learned by discussing moral, social, cultural, and political questions. At MoMA, Agoras are an opportunity to question and examine our relationships with art, design, and society.

As museums expand both conceptually and architecturally, how can we optimize their intimacy and imaginative potential? This summer, inspired by Gaston Bachelard's 1958 text The Poetics of Space, in which he re-introduces cabinets, wardrobes, and drawers as sites of intimate reflection, we'll consider how space facilitates intimate relationships with art.