Speaker: Peter Samis
April 15-18, 2009
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Speakers: Biography

Peter Samis

Associate Curator, Interpretation
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
151 Third Street
San Francisco CA
94103 USA

Peter Samis is Associate Curator of Interpretation at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). In 1993, he served as art historian/content expert for the first CD-ROM on modern art; later he spearheaded the first implementation of multimedia PDAs in an art museum for SFMOMA’s 2002 Points of Departure exhibition. Programmes produced by SFMOMA's Interactive Educational Technologies (IET) team have received wide recognition, recently including three AAM Muse Awards in 2006 and a “Best of the Web” in the category Innovative and Experimental” for SFMOMA Artcasts at Museums and the Web 2007. Samis currently sits on the board of the New Media Consortium (www.nmc.org), serves as adjunct professor at the University of Lugano, and on the governing councils of two museum-focused open source initiatives: Pachyderm 2.0 (www.pachyderm.org) and steve (www.steve.museum), the art museum social tagging project.

Peter will present After the heroism, collaboration: Developing an inter-departmental interpretive goals process at SFMOMA. [Paper]
Peter will present The Handheld Handbook: Capturing best practices in mobile interpretation for museums. [Mini-Workshop]