Museum Futures: Distributed - A film by Neil Cummings and Marysia Lewandowska

Film Screening and Discussion Tue 10 Nov 2009 6.30PM-8.30PM Kellen Auditorium, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
Parsons The New School for Design
66 Fifth Avenue at 13th Street, Ground Floor
Free admission
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In collaboration with Performa09, the Vera List Center and Parsons present the American premiere of Museum Futures: Distributed, Neil Cummings and Marysia Lewandowskas new film on the power of cultural institutions. Set in 2058, the film offers a provocative vision of a hyper-globalized art world featuring the future director of the future Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Sweden, which commissioned the piece on occasion of its 50th anniversary in 2008.

Neil Cummings and Marysia Lewandowska have been collaborating since 1995. They have worked with museums, banks, galleries, archives, auction houses, schools, and department stores. They have investigated the smuggling of goods across the Polish-Ukrainian border, documented the lost property recovered in the London transport system in a single day, and impersonated a famous art dealer. Their different projects have consistently engaged with the relationship between art and institutions coupled with other domains such as politics, society and economics.

After the 30 minute-screening, the respondents Jamer Hunt and Christiane Paul offer an analysis of the film from their respective fields, in a joint conversation with Marysia Lewandowska.

Jamer Hunt
, Director of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Initiatives, Parsons The New School for Design
Marysia Lewandowska, artist
Christiane Paul, Director of the Graduate Program in Media Studies and Associate Professor of Media Studies, The New School; Adjunct Curator of New Media Arts, Whitney Museum of American Art

*Presented in collaboration with Performa09 and Parsons Streaming Culture / Art & Politics series, on occasion of the Vera List Center's 2009-2010 program theme "Speculating on Change."