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.

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Salon 20: Truth be Told
Maria Popova, Ahmen Shihab-Eldin, Emily Parker, Paul Boghossian, Janna Levin

March 27, 2017

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Salon 19: Modern Death
Frances Kamm, Rita Charon, Allison Meier, Karla Rothstein

January 23, 2017

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Salon 18: Informed Future
Amy Webb, Ytasha Womack, Giorgia Lupi, Ari Wallach

November 7, 2016

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Salon 17: Hybridity - The space in between
Elijah Anderson, Eric de Broche des Combes, Jane Fulton Suri, Alexa Clay

November 3, 2015

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Salon 16: Fluid States of America
Latoya Peterson, Tricia Wang, Carlos Motta, Thomas J Lax, Micha Cárdenas

September 16, 2015

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Salon 15: The Way of the Algorithm
Adam Bly, Claudia Perlich, Hugo Liu, Heather Dewey-Hagborg

April 29, 2015

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Salon 14: Conferences, Conferences, Conferences
Jane Thompson, Yana Peel, Sarah Milstein, Sunny Bates

March 31, 2015

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Salon 13: Bigger Data
Hilary Mason, Mark Hansen, Hannah Donovan, Aaron Straup Cope

February 24, 2015

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Salon 12: On Philanthropy
David Rockefeller Jr., Jean Oelwang, Neil Blumenthal, Jennifer McCrea

January 13, 2015

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Salon 11: Unfair/Fair: Copyrights and Us
Pippa Loengard, Nancy Adelson, Fred Benenson, Artie Vierkant

November 18, 2014

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Salon 10: The Object, Connected
Fiona Romeo, Jill Magid, Kate Crawford, Matt Jones, Bruce Sterling

October 14, 2014

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Salon 9: The Object, Offline
David Platzker, Emily Spivack, Yancey Strickler, Neri Oxman

June 16, 2014

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Salon 8: The Object, Online
K8 Hardy, Laura Hoptman, Randy Hunt, Jake Barton

May 20, 2014

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Salon 7: Museums as Citizens
Tom Finkelpearl, David Van Der Leer, Holly Block, Anne Pasternak

February 4, 2014

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Salon 6: Taboos
Severin Fowles, Mona Eltahawy, Tom Finkelpearl

October 23, 2013

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Salon 5: Immersion and Participation
Frank Rose, Deb Howes, Lance Weiler, and Aina Abiodun

June 11, 2013

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Salon 4: High and Low
Kim Hastreiter, Glenn Lowry, June Cohen, and Michael Hirschorn

April 18, 2013

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Salon 3: Culture and Metrics
Bob Crease, Jer Thorpe, Kate Levin, and Andrew Ross

February 4, 2013

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Salon 2: Focus vs. Distraction
Vija Celmins, Wendy Woon, Seth Horowitz, and Marco Tempest

December 11, 2012

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Salon 1: A Curator’s Tale
Ann Temkin, Jeff Jarvis, Maria Popova, and Tor Erik Hermansen

October 15, 2012

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