From Nada to Gaga: Rapid Transformation in the time of Covid-19. Two case studies.

Paper

Friday, April 23, 2021: 2:00pm - 3:30pm - - Paper Session

Steven Hyland, The Newark Museum of Art, USA, Silvia Filippini Fantoni, The Newark Museum of Art, USA, Liz Neely, Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, USA

Published paper: From Nada to Gaga: Rapid Transformation in the time of Covid-19. Two case studies.

This paper discusses how the pandemic and associated financial crisis along with reckonings with racial injustice in the U.S. demanded a rapid transformation of our institutions, introducing new ways of working, changing the type of experiences we offer, having difficult conversations, and accelerating the adoption of technology. In the best cases, our organizations have learned from this time of experimentation and we will emerge as more human-centered, collaborative, agile, and bold organizations.

Understanding that there are huge challenges impacting our field with layoffs, open letters, unsustainable business models, and regressions to previous ways of working – how can we use what we’ve learned to respond to these ongoing crises within museums?

The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe and The Newark Museum of Art (NJ) provide two case studies.