The Future of X: Adam Lerner on Art Museums


From the Aspen Ideas Festival, the director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver explains that traditional notions of art are breaking down. Lerner brings an experimental, punk rock approach to running the MCA. In his view, museums and visitors should be more like artists. His Mixed Taste lecture series format involves pairing two speakers from very different fields -- "Silent Films and Counterfeit Currency," "Wittgenstein and Hula Dancing," and "Craft Beer and Renaissance Polyphony," to name a few -- and with the cross-pollination, hilarity ensues. Here, he describes the evolving landscape of the museum world and how "the artists of our time" might not, in fact, be "artists" at all. This video is part of a new series on the Atlantic Video channel, The Future of X, looking at what's on the horizon for culture, business, and technology. 

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Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg's work in media spans documentary television, advertising, and print. As a producer in the Viewer Created Content division of Al Gore's Current TV, she acquired and produced short documentaries by independent filmmakers around the world. Post-Current, she worked as a producer and strategist at Urgent Content, developing consumer-created and branded nonfiction campaigns for clients including Cisco, Ford, and GOOD Magazine. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University, where she was co-creator and editor in chief of H BOMB Magazine.

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