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New Ways of Seeing: How Display Changes the Perception of Collections

As museums explore the various stories they can tell through their collections, how do forms of display impact our understanding of objects and how does an object’s character change as it is informed by different practices of display? In what ways does the act of curating reveal different sides of a collection, and why might one kind of presentation be sought out or preferred over another? How are curating and display practices adapted to the types of objects from a collection, ranging from paintings to the decorative arts, in order to transmit their multitudes of stories to a visitor?

Sunday, May 14

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In this talk, three museum professionals explore these questions and more as they share their experiences with collection and exhibition display: Wolf Burchard, associate curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, curated Inspiring Walt Disney: The Animation of French Decorative Arts (December 6, 2021–March 6, 2022), which explored Disney’s fascination with European art and French motifs; Matthew Yokobosky, director of Exhibition Design at the Brooklyn Museum, who worked on the exhibition of musician David Bowie’s personal archive in David Bowie is (March 2–July 15, 2018); and Andrea Lipps, head of Digital and associate curator of contemporary design at Cooper Hewitt, who has conceived and organized ambitious exhibitions for the museum, including the Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial.

TEFAF Talks are interactive panel discussions exploring today’s most fascinating topics in the worlds of art, antiques, and design. Paired with leading content partners, these talks showcase the knowledge of leading experts in the broader TEFAF community. This talk is presented in partnership with the Apollo Magazine and moderated by Edward Behrens, Apollo Magazine.


Moderator: Edward Behrens, Editor, Apollo Magazine

Matthew Yokobsky, Senior Curator of Fashion and Material Culture, Brooklyn Museum

Since 1999, Matthew Yokobosky has curated and designed over 100 temporary and permanent exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum, including the critically acclaimed Luce Center for American Art: Visible Storage - Study Center (2005), and recently David Bowie is (2018), Pierre Cardin: Future Fashion (2019), Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams (2021) and Thierry Mugler: Couturissime (2022).

Wolf Burchard, Associate Curator, European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Wolf Burchard has been the curator of The Met’s British Galleries since 2019, prior to which he held curatorial positions at the National Trust and the Royal Collection. He co-curated The First Georgians at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace and Inspiring Walt Disney: The Animation of French Decorative Arts shown at the Met, the Wallace Collection and the Huntington Museum.

Andrea Lipps, Head, Digital Department and Associate Curator of Contemporary Design, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

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Gallery view of Inspiring Walt Disney: The Animation of French Decorative Arts at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (December 10, 2021–March 6, 2022). Photo by Paul Lachenauer, Courtesy of The Met. © Disney