Sunday, September 25

Cocktail reception

Guided tour of “No Limits: Zao Wou-Ki,” “Zhang Peili: Continuous Reproduction,” and “In and Out of Context: Asia Society Celebrates the Collections at 60” with Michelle Yun, Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, and Adriana Proser, John H. Foster Senior Curator for Modern and Contemporary Art.

Welcome Dinner Sponsored by K11 Art Foundation

Monday, September 26

Welcome and Inaugural Remarks

  • Anthony Marx, president & chief executive officer, New York Public Library
  • Pauline Willis, director, American Federation of Arts
  •  Boon Hui Tan, vice president of global arts & cultural programs and director of Asia Society Museum
  • Gong Liang, vice president of the board, Chinese Museums Association and Director of Nanjing Museum
  • Tom Finkelpearl, commissioner, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs

Keynote Presentation and Moderated Discussion

Moderator: Gong Liang, director, Nanjing Museum

  • Martin Roth, director, Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Hsueh-man Shen, associate Professor: Ehrenkranz chair in world art, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

Panel Discussion I: Successful Collaborations

Panelists and other participants will discuss institutional partnerships, with a focus on initial motivations, challenges faced, and ultimate benefits. This panel will familiarize attendees with a range of high-level and political issues involved in collaborations between the two countries and provide a foundation for subsequent dialogue throughout the Summit.

Moderators: Tom Loughman, director and CEO, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art; and Ren Wanping, deputy director, Palace Museum

  • Alex Nyerges, director, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
  • Chen Shen, vice president and senior curator, Royal Ontario Museum
  • Luo Huaqing, deputy director, Dunhuang Research Academy
  • Wang Qizhi, deputy director, Nanjing Museum

Presentation and Lunch Sponsored by MAD Architects

Chinese Museum Presentations I

Chinese museum leaders will present on their institutions and one to three specific strategies or goals for working with U.S. museums.

Moderator: Zhang Wei, deputy director, the Museum of the Imperial Palace of Manchukuo

Panel Discussion II: Philosophies and Missions

Panelists will examine the profound differences and increasing similarities in American and China museological philosophies and ideologies; how these perspectives affect governance, programming, collections management, physical spaces, interpretation of objects, community outreach, and museum partnerships; and how U.S.-Sino partnerships can fulfill missions of American and Chinese museums and serve their communities.

Moderators: William Griswold, director and president, Cleveland Museum of Art; and Zhang Huiguo, deputy director, Shanxi Museum

  • Kaywin Feldman, Duncan and Nivin MacMillan director and president, Minneapolis Institute of Art
  • Glenn Lowry, director, The Museum of Modern Art
  • Wei Jun, director, Guangdong Museum
  • Huang Xueyin, deputy director, Capital Museum

Understanding the System: The Life of an Exhibition Project in American Museums

This short session will start with brief presentations by four American museum leaders on the process of developing and realizing an exhibition at their institutions.

Moderator: Dorothy Kosinski, director, The Phillips Collection

Chinese Museum Presentations II

Moderator: Li Shengneng, deputy director, the Shenyang Palace Museum

  • Zhang Wei, deputy director, Museum of the Imperial Palace of Manchukuo
  • Cheng Yi, deputy director, Suzhou Museum
  • Wang Zhenfen, director, Lushun Museum
  • Chen Tongle, deputy director, Jiangsu Art Museum

Viewing of Xu Zhen exhibition at James Cohan Gallery

Dinner Sponsored by James Cohan Gallery at Bottino

Tuesday, September 26

Breakfast and Conversation: Collector’s Perspectives

Panel Discussion III: Priorities and Challenges

What are the main priorities and major challenges facing museums in both the U.S. and China, and how can museum outreach help solve these issues?

Panelists will discuss how museums are embracing diversity and changing demographics, finding younger audiences, considering social and civic responsibility, and working to be more inclusive, as well as the role that collaborations can play in helping institutions stay true to their core mission and relevant to the broader public.

Moderators: Jay Xu, director, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco; and Wang Qizhi, deputy director, Nanjing Museum

Chinese Museum Presentations III

Moderator: Liu Wentao, deputy director, Nanjing Museum

Presentation and Lunch Sponsored by Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Panel Discussion IV: Leadership and Funding

While boards, foundations, and private collectors have long played a central role in the development of American museums’ programming and collections, these entities are only now becoming more prevalent in and relevant to Chinese institutions. This session will discuss the various types of funding needed to realize international collaborations and the role U.S.-Sino partnerships can play in generating museum support.

Moderators: Brian Ferriso, Marilyn H. and Dr. Robert B. Pamplin, Jr. director, Portland Art Museum; and Wang Zhenfen, director, Lushun Museum

  • Dan L. Monroe, The Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo director and CEO, Peabody-Essex Museum
  • Fritz Huang, assistant general manager, K11 Art Foundation (Shanghai)
  • Elizabeth Glassman, president and CEO, Terra Foundation for American Art
  • Ren Wanping, deputy director, the Palace Museum
  • Cheng Yi, deputy director, Suzhou Museum

Closing Remarks and Next Steps

Closing Reception

Press Event

Public Program:  U.S. and Chinese Museums and Their Communities 

In this public discussion, leaders from U.S. and Chinese museums will discuss the role that museums play within their respective communities, addressing some fundamental and important questions: What do museum leaders in both countries feel a museum’s mission should be? What are a museum’s civic and social responsibilities? How do U.S. and Chinese museums aim to serve their public? Do these communities have different expectations for their museums? Do these expectations affect the way artwork is presented and interpreted? What are the methods used by museums in both countries to effectively engage their audiences? In the twenty-first century, how do museums make historical material relevant to visitors? This discussion will be moderated by Boon Hui Tan, Director of Asia Society Museum.

Participants include:
Dr. Sharon Matt Atkins, Vice Director of Exhibitions and Collections Management, Brooklyn Museum
Dr. Catherine L. Futter, Director of Curatorial Affairs, Nelson-Atkins Museum
Dr. Katherine Anne Paul, Curator of the Arts of Asia, Newark Museum
Mr. Qizhi Wang, Deputy Director, Nanjing Museum
Ms. Heng Wu, Deputy Director of Cultural Exchange Center, Nanjing Museum

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