From Jurassic Park to Rothko’s Chapel: Current Issues in Exhibition Design

This international symposium takes place on December 5 and 6, 2008 at the Art Gallery of Ontario and the University of Toronto.


In light of recent transformations to the city of Toronto’s museum landscape, with the new ROM Crystal, Art Gallery of Ontario, Gardiner Museum and the Aga Khan Foundation for Islamic Art, this international symposium will address ideas of new museography – the art of designing exhibitions – in the contemporary museum.


The John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design with the Art Gallery of Ontario will host curators, designers and architects from Europe and North America to debate positions on the art of display and the shifting status of its object.


A keynote address will be delivered by Michael Govan, Director of the LACMA, and panellists include Manon Blanchette, Board of Montreal Museum Directors; Christophe Clément, Ministry of Culture; Philippe Dubé, Laval University and LAMIC; Jérôme Habersetzer, Architect-Museographer; Clio Karageorghis, Musée du Louvre; Kelly McKinley, Art Gallery of Ontario; Constantine Petridis, Cleveland Museum of Art; Dennis Reid, Art Gallery of Ontario. Moderators are George Baird, Pina Petricone and Rodolphe El-Khoury, all of the University of Toronto.


On Friday, December 5, 2008 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm, the symposium begins in Jackman Hall at the Art Gallery of Ontario, located at 317 Dundas Street West in Toronto. On Saturday, December 6, 2008 from 10:00am to 6:30pm, the event continues in Room 103 at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto, located at 230 College Street.


The event is open to the public and attendance is free of charge. However, registration is required by e-mailing


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The event is supported by: the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design; the Art Gallery of Ontario; Consulat Général de France; CulturesFrance; Ministère de la culture, des communications et de la condition féminine du Québec; Bureau du Québec à Toronto; and Centre d’Études de la France et du Monde Francophone.