The Museum's Contemporary Art Society welcomes Alan Ehrenhalt and Duke Reiter for a discussion on the resurgence of city centers across the United States in the twenty-first century. Ehrenhalt is the author of the highly acclaimed book The Great Inversion, which documents this return to city centers from suburbia and analyzes the elements of great urban experiences. Not surprisingly, historic architecture and strong cultural institutions are key factors for successful cities.
Wellington "Duke" Reiter (Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Arizona State University Foundation) has been a central figure in urban planning for downtown Phoenix, one of the cities addressed in Ehrenhalt's study. Reiter will compare Phoenix, a new post-war city, with Milwaukee, a city with deep industrial roots, as both strive to create vibrant urban centers in the twenty-first century. Cultural institutions will be a key part of his analysis.
Sponsored by the Contemporary Art Society
Open to the public; free with Museum admission