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Inside an Iconic Journey: The National Museum of African American History & Culture


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Inside an Iconic Journey: The National Museum of African American History & Culture
Thursday, September 21, 2017
6:30–8pm
ICI Curatorial Hub

401 Broadway, Suite 1620
FREE and open to the public


On the cusp of the first anniversary of the National Museum of African American History & Culture in D.C., Dr. Avery Willis Hoffman, a leading member of the exhibit and media design team, will present an insider’s view of the making of the museum.

How do you create a sustainable 21st century institution dedicated to American history as seen through the lens of African American history? What are the foundational stories and essential people and events that must be covered? What are the key artifacts that must be displayed? How do you shape a visitor’s journey through the building? Avery Willis Hoffman will explore these questions, and how these inquiries shaped the design process and ultimately the institution you can walk through today.

 

This event is free and open to the public. To attend, please RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with AVERY in the subject line.

 

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

 

September 21, 2017

ICI Curatorial Hub
401 Broadway, Suite 1620
New York, NY 10013

presenter

Avery Willis Hoffman

Dr. Avery Willis Hoffman - a writer, director, producer and curator of public programs - is currently Program Director at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City. Previously, Avery was a Senior Project Developer at Ralph Appelbaum Associates, a museum planning and design firm, where she conducted research and developed content for a number of special projects; between 2010-2015, her primary project was the development of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, in Washington, D.C. Avery has worked with acclaimed director Peter
 Sellars for over a decade, including on his international productions of
 Shakespeare’s Othello, Mozart’s opera Zaide, and Toni Morrison’s Desdemona. She also assisted Sellars in developing the New Crowned Hope Festival in Vienna. She is currently tour producer and the curator of public programs for FLEXN, Sellars’s collaboration with Reggie Gray and the Brooklyn flex community, which premiered at the Armory in March 2015. She has worked with James Schamus, formerly of Focus Features, with Jehane Noujaim on her TED-prize film festival for TV, entitled Pangea Day, and for President Clinton’s Clinton Global Initiative. Avery earned a PhD and an MA in Classical languages and literature from Balliol College, University of Oxford, where she was a Marshall Scholar and earned her
 BA in Classics and English at Stanford University.


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