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AFA ArtViews: Art Museum Blockbusters: Myths, Facts, and Their Future
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When: 5/8/2013
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AFA ArtViews
"Art Museum Blockbusters: Myths, Facts, and Their Future”
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Celeste Bartos Auditorium at the Museum of Modern Art
4 West 54th Street, New York
4–6 p.m. panel discussion; 6–7 p.m. reception

Please join the AFA for the latest panel in their exciting ArtViews series, lively discussions on a variety of critical issues in the museum world. The discussion will be moderated by Maxwell L. Anderson, the Eugene McDermott Director of the Dallas Museum of Art and an AFA trustee, who also moderated last fall’s sold-out ArtViews panel, "Art Museum Funding at the Crossroads.”


Mr. Anderson will lead four distinguished panelists in what promises to be a wide-ranging and thought-provoking discussion about the pros and cons of blockbuster exhibitions and the impact they have on the museums that present them. Among the topics under discussion will be the true costs of such exhibitions and how they are calculated and reported; the connection between "hit shows” and museum membership; the effect of large loan exhibitions on traditional relationships among museums; the educational value of crowd-pleasing shows for the general public; and the blockbuster’s ongoing viability, especially in financially troubled times.



Aaron Betsky: Director, Cincinnati Art Museum

Nathalie Bondil: Director and Chief Curator, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Glenn D. Lowry: Director, The Museum of Modern Art

Olga Viso: Executive Director, Walker Art Center

"Art Museum Blockbusters: Myths, Facts, and Their Future” is organized by the American Federation of Arts in association with the Arts and Business Council of New York and the
Association of Art Museum Directors. The AFA is grateful to Sotheby’s for generous sponsorship of this program.  


Admission is $20; $15 for AFA, ABC/NY, and AAMD members and students with valid identification. Seating is limited and reservations are required. To purchase tickets online, click here, or to order by phone, please call 212.988.7700 ext. 210.

The AMERICAN FEDERATION OF ARTS (AFA) is a nonprofit institution that organizes art exhibitions for presentation in museums around the world, publishes exhibition catalogues, and develops education programs. For more information, visit

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