CANCELLED – On the Cene: New Approaches to Building the American Museum of Natural History

Hall with bridge and a large window. Visitors walk beneath the bridge.

Visitor view from the entrance of the Gilder Center into the Central Exhibition Hall. Image © Studio Gang and MIR

This event has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


This conference proposes a new multi-prepositional approach to issues of contemporary practice. Focusing on a single project currently under construction, the American Museum of Natural History’s Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation (Studio Gang and Reed Hilderbrand), architects, historians, and critics will address what potentialities, past and future, are bound up in and/or are released by the (natural) history of an institutional building project.


9:30 AM : Doors open.

10:00 AM – 10:25 AM : Introduction (Ed Eigen)

10:25 AM – 11:25 AM : Opening Keynote (Jeanne Gang, Gary Hilderbrand, Douglas Reed)

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM : Panel 1 “The Old” (Victoria Cain, Ed Eigen, Hadas Steiner, Danielle Choi [moderator])

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM : Lunch Break

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM : Panel 2 “The New” (Catherine Ingraham, Shannon Mattern, Lytle Shaw, Rania Ghosn [moderator])

3:30 PM – 4:20 PM : Panel 3 (Nicolai Ouroussoff, Florencia Rodriguez, Thomas Weaver, Charles Waldheim [moderator])

4:20 PM – 4:30 PM : Closing Remarks (Ed Eigen)



Victoria Cain
Danielle Choi
Ed Eigen
Jeanne Gang
Rania Ghosn
Gary Hilderbrand
Catherine Ingraham
Shannon Mattern
Nicolai Ouroussoff
Douglas Reed
Florencia Rodriguez
Lytle Shaw
Hadas Steiner
Charles Waldheim
Thomas Weaver

Anyone requiring accessibility accommodations should contact the Public Programs Office at (617) 496-2414 or [email protected].