Will Philadelphia's mega-museums snatch visitors from the city's smaller cultural institutions? Or will these legacy projects collapse under the weight of their own outsized ambitions? Or, will all boats be lifted? Join in the conversation at Philadelphia's Mega-Museums: Iconic Forms Over Function? - a panel discussion presented by The Architect's Newspaper as part of the DesignPhiladelphia Festival on Thursday, October 11 at 5:30pm, fittingly at the Rosenbach Museum & Library, a museum housed in two historic townhouses on a residential block in the city's Rittenhouse Square neighborhood..
As Philly rides this next museum wave, the panel from the worlds of architecture, public policy, media, and cultural institutions will weigh in on the trend.With the dust settling on Barnes hullabaloo, several new projects are already underway, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art's expansion by Frank Gehry and a proposed Museum of the American Revolution by A.M. Stern. A recent study from University of Chicago cast a leery eye on cultural buildings that are more "signature pieces for leading architects" rather than what the institution needs and the public wants.
The program will feature Rosenbach Museum and Library Director Derick Dreher, Philadelphia Inquirer architecture critic Inga Saffron, Slought Foundation Executive Director Aaron Levy, and Peter Frumkin, PhD, Faculty Director of the Center for High Impact Philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania. Tom Stoelker, associate editor at The Architect's Newspaper, will moderate. The event is free and open to the public. The Rosenbach Museum & Library is located at 2008-2010 Delancey Place. >> Listing on DP Festival Calendar