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Webinar: Working Through Building Projects
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Working Through Building Projects

Live Webinar
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
11am- 12:15pm ET




This free webinar will address best practices and lessons learned in museums’ approaches to building construction and renovations. 

Art museums are rapidly expanding their facilities. Whether a new build, addition or renovation, museums are revisiting traditional design models and looking towards “living institution” concepts, with goals towards better access to collections, the latest in technology and facility capabilities, and communal and creative spaces in which to engage with objects, experience, and audiences. Join a group of international leaders, as they candidly discuss building projects from various angles. Speakers will address expectations, required flexibility, and ongoing adjustments to plans.


Meet the Speakers
(listed alphabetically)


Paul Choi, Project Architect, Morphosis

Paul Choi joined Morphosis in 2010 and has over fifteen years of international experience in architectural design. He has worked on several of Morphosis’s pivotal projects including the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas, Texas, the Phare Tower in La Defense, France, as well as the new United States Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon. He is currently the Project Architect on the Korean American National Museum in Los Angeles, Califonia. Prior to joining Morphosis, Paul worked with Changjo Architects in Seoul, South Korea, Barkow Leibinger Architects in Berlin, Germany and Marmol Radziner and Associates in Los Angeles, California


Sandra Kisters, Head of Collections and Research, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Dr. Kisters has served as the Head of Collections and Research of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen since 2015. She received her PhD at VU University in 2010 and subsequently taught art history at Radboud University Nijmegen and Utrecht University. Her publications include The Lure of the Biographical. On the (Self-) Representation of Modern Artists (Amsterdam 2017), Hiding Making - Showing Creation. The Studio from Turner to Tacita Dean (Amsterdam 2013), The Mediatization of the Artist (New York 2018), and A Dream Collection. Surrealism in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (Rotterdam 2017). Kisters is closely involved in the realization of the publicly accessible Depot, which will open in 2021. The museum building is currently closed for a largescale refurbishment until 2025.


Leah Lehmbeck, Department Head, European Painting and Sculpture, and American Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

Leah Lehmbeck joined LACMA in 2014. After receiving her PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts in 2007, she served as curator of 19th- and 20th-century art at the Norton Simon Museum. Since arriving at LACMA, Dr. Lehmbeck has authored and edited several publications. She most recently curated To Rome and Back: Individualism and Authority in Art, 1500-1800 (2018–19). She has represented the curatorial team in planning discussions for the museum’s new building for the permanent collection and has led partnerships to secure display solutions for LACMA’s sculpture collections with each of Los Angeles’s five County districts.  


Sophie Lévy, Director and Chief Curator, Musée d’arts de Nantes

Sophie Lévy has been the director and chief curator of the Musée d’arts de Nantes since July 2016 and has contributed to reopening the museum after 6 years of major renovation and extension. Previously she was the director of the LaM, Lille Métropole Museum of Modern Art, Contemporary Art and Art Brut from 2009, and for which she curated several exhibitions, including The Magic City in 2012 and Amedeo Modigliani, the Inner Eye in 2016, which circulated to Budapest and Helsinki. Formerly, she was the curator and deputy director of the European Center for the Terra Foundation for American Art, which is dedicated to the promotion of American art in the world, and served as the curator of the Giverny Museum of American Art from 2000 to 2008. From 1995 to 2000, she was curator of the 19th- and 20th- century collections at the Dijon Fine Arts Museum.


Catherine Sinclair, Deputy Director, Chief Curator, Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG)

Catherine Sinclair is Deputy Director, Chief Curator at the OAG in Canada. She has curated over forty exhibitions, including We’ll all become stories: A Survey of Art in the Ottawa-Gatineau Region (2018, co-curated) and The Arts Students League of New York and its Influence in Canada (forthcoming 2021). She has presented at the University Art Association Conference (UAAC) and the Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Conference (CWAHI), and published in The Journal of Curatorial Studies (2018, co-author) and esse arts + opinions (2019). She was a recipient of the AAMC Foundation Engagement Program for International Curators (2017-2019).


Webinar Co-organizers:

Sarah Anne Lea, Curator, Royal Academy of Arts

Laurence Schmidlin, Curator, Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts de Lausanne


This webinar is part of our Engagement Program for International Curators, which is made possible through a grant from the Terra Foundation for American Art. The Terra Foundation for American Art is dedicated to fostering exploration, understanding, and enjoyment of the visual arts of the United States for national and international audiences. Recognizing the importance of experiencing original works of art, the foundation provides opportunities for interaction and study, beginning with the presentation and growth of its own art collection in Chicago. To further cross-cultural dialogue on American art, the foundation supports and collaborates on innovative exhibitions, research, and educational programs. Implicit in such activities is the belief that art has the potential to both distinguish cultures and to unite them. 


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