Past Meetup

Tech Evolution: Shaping the Future of Museums

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Price: $10.00 /per person
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Given the opening of the Whitney Museum of Art and the historic re-opening of the Cooper Hewitt Museum six months ago, ArtsTech will host a discussion on the evolution of technology in NYC's art museums. While not intending to frame this as an opposition discussion, we're seeking the inputs of Sarah Hromack at the Whitney Museum of American Art and Sebastian Chan at Cooper Hewitt. We want to answer the following questions: what were the key drivers in decisions made regarding the use of tech in each institution's opening? To what extent did tech ultimately shape the new identity of each museum?

JiaJia Fei of the Guggenheim Museum will moderate the panel to pilot this conversation as someone intrinsically involved with not only the digital face of the art world but as an influencer at one of the key institutions in the city.


7:00pm – Doors

7:30-8:30pm – Panel Discussion

8:30-9:30pm – Conversation continues over drinks & snacks

Drinks and snacks will be provided.


Sebastian Chan ( currently Director of Digital & Emerging Media, at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York. He has been responsible for the museum’s recent digital renewal and its transformation into an interactive, playful new museum reopened after a 3 year rebuilding and reimagining. His team's recent work has won awards from the American Association of Museums and Museums and the Web, OneClub, D&AD, and has been featured in The Atlantic, Slate, The Verge, Fast Company and elsewhere. Prior to relocating to New York, he was Head of Digital, Social & Emerging Technologies at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney where he led teams responsible for the Powerhouse's pioneering work throughout the '00s in open access, mass collaboration, web metrics and digital engagement, as well as large scale Australian cross-sector projects, mobile apps, geolocation services, and other digital experiences. He has also worked as cultural sector consultant with organisations across the world and was the co-author of Culture24's Lets Get Real action research project in 2011 & 2013 which helped evolve data-informed digital decision making in the UK performing arts and heritage sectors. He serves on several non-profit boards, was a member of the Australian Government's Gov 2.0 Taskforce, and is a regular speaker at digital and cultural sector conferences and events. He also led a parallel life in electronic art and music organising and curating festivals, international touring, and was founding editor-in-chief for long running music magazine Cyclic Defrost. He likes high grade chocolate, sickly sweet dessert wines, and bone-shaking bassbins.

Sarah Hromack ( writes about the intersection of contemporary art, design, institutions, and technology; she is the Director of Digital Media at the Whitney Museum of American Art and a faculty member in the Department of Art and Art Professions at New York University's Steinhardt School.

JiaJia Fei ( is the Associate Director, Digital Marketing at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, where she has catalyzed the museum’s embrace of digital media through integrated social media, e-mail, web, mobile, and new media marketing initiatives since 2010 to bring art to a broader public online. JiaJia received her BA in History of Art from Bryn Mawr College, and has lectured widely on social media and digital marketing at museum conferences and universities worldwide, including Museums & the Web, CultureGeek, College Art Association, Sotheby’s Art Institute, New York University, University of Oregon, Fundación Proa, and MIT Media Lab.

Please note:

Our event is completely sold out. If you are unable to make it to the meetup, please contact us directly and we will issue you a refund, allowing other ArtsTech members a chance to attend. Normally we accept walk-ins to our meetups. However, Monday night there will be NO WALK-INS, as we are at capacity at Projective Space.

If you can't attend but want to tune in, we plan to livestream the event via periscope, and we'll be live tweeting. Join the conversation @Artstechmeetup & with #artstech.