Symposium

Yours, Mine, and Ours: Museum Models of Public-Private Partnership

Part of The Phyllis Wattis Distinguished Lecture Series

Friday, January 13, 2017
11:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Gallery 308, Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture

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Photo: © Henrik Kam

Since their early history, public museums have depended on private collectors and their donations. It is a relationship that has required generosity, compromise, and diligence on all sides. Yours, Mine, and Ours: Museum Models of Public-Private Partnership looks at the state of this relationship today. The recent partnership between SFMOMA and the Fisher Art Foundation placed Gap founders Doris and Donald Fisher's remarkable art collection on a renewable, hundred-year loan to the museum. Uniquely designed to respond to the museum’s context, this partnership sparked a discussion around the many existing and future models for private-public partnerships. Each model must respond to different needs and circumstances. Each has different implications for the essential values and functions of art museums: education, conservation, display, research, and, ultimately, the formation of cultural memory. This forum brings together leading national and international museum directors, curators, and collectors to share experiences and ambitions, to ask questions, and to discuss how public missions and private interests can work together successfully in different contexts around the world.

Schedule

11:30 a.m.
How did the partnership between SFMOMA and the Fisher Art Foundation take shape?
Robert J. Fisher and Neal Benezra (with Sarah Thornton)
This session is at capacity. Day-of tickets will be available onsite.

1 p.m.
Is there an “American model” of public-private partnership?
Agustín Arteaga, Joanne Heyler, and Max Hollein (with Dominic Willsdon)
This session is at capacity. Day-of tickets will be available onsite.

2:30 p.m
How are public-private partnerships developing differently beyond the United States?
Kate Fowle and Lars Nittve (with Sarah Thornton)
This session is at capacity. Day-of tickets will be available onsite

4 p.m.
What is the future of the public?
Frances Morris, Richard Armstrong, and Manuel Borja-Villel (with Dominic Willsdon)
This session is at capacity. Day-of tickets will be available onsite.

Participants

Richard Armstrong, director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation

Agustín Arteaga, director, Dallas Museum of Art, and former director of Museo Nacional de Arte, Mexico City

Neal Benezra, Helen and Charles Schwab Director, SFMOMA

Manuel Borja-Villel, director, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid

Robert J. Fisher, collector and board president, SFMOMA

Kate Fowle, chief curator, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow

Joanne Heyler, founding director, The Broad, Los Angeles

Max Hollein, director, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Frances Morris, director, Tate Modern, London

Lars Nittve, former director of M+, Hong Kong; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; and Tate Modern, London

Sarah Thornton, writer

Dominic Willsdon, Leanne and George Roberts Curator of Education and Public Practice, SFMOMA