The Future of Cultural Centers: Courtney J. Martin, Yale Center for British Art


AIA New York

Tuesday, Oct. 20
12:00pm – 1:00pm


The Future of Cultural Centers Dialogue Series
As the world rapidly changes around us, old frameworks for the development of cultural centers looks less and less relevant. During the Summer and Fall of 2020, AIA New York will look specifically at museums, questioning what would happen if we were to take this unprecedented time to explore new missions, visions, and (spatial) programs for existing and new museums. What will 21st-century museums be like? Join us for this Fall line-up of conversations as cultural forecaster and museum expert David van der Leer, Principal of DVDL DD, speaks with museum professionals from around the US and beyond. 

In this week’s installment, Van der Leer will be joined in conversation by Courtney J. Martin, Director of Yale Center for British ArtThe Center houses the largest collection of British art outside the United Kingdom, encompassing works in a range of media from the fifteenth century to the present. It offers exhibitions and programs year-round, including lectures, concerts, films, symposia, tours, and family events.

Courtney J. Martin,PhD, Director, Yale Center for British Art
David van der Leer,
 Principal, DVDL DD

Courtney J. Martin became director of the Yale Center for British Art in 2019, a decade after earning a PhD in art history from Yale University. A curator, art historian, and professor, Martin began working with the New York-basedDia Art Foundation in 2015 and was appointed deputy director and chief curator in 2017. 

David van der Leer is a consultant, curator, educator, moderator, researcher, strategist, and writer. He is the principal of DVDL DD, a New York City and Rotterdam-based agency of cultural forecasters, institutional strategists, and design matchmakers, where he advises institutions, government agencies, corporations, and individuals in reinventing the institutions of yesterday and building the most inspirational institutions of tomorrow. Along with his consulting work, van der Leer is a professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation where he teaches a course called (Re)Programming Museums.

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