Kaywin Feldman on the Resilient Power of Art in Recovery

Recorded On: 06/23/2020

Tuesday, June 23, 2020
2:45 p.m. EDT

About this Session

What is essential, now and in recovery? Beyond the health and safety of our communities, it is our culture—where we experience our shared humanity. In this talk, Kaywin Feldman, director of the National Gallery of Art, talks about the role of museums and the arts in the visible and invisible recovery that is going to come after COVID.

Learning Objectives
  • Discuss the centrality of culture in recovery, and think through how to help others understand that centrality.
  • Understand the role of museums and the arts in recovery of both communities and humanity.
  • Have a tough conversation about what is "essential" now, and how the arts can meet that bar.

Kaywin Feldman, National Gallery of Art 

This session is a part of the 2020 Annual Convention and Public Art & Civic Design Conference

Kaywin Feldman

Director, National Gallery of Art

Kaywin Feldman (b. 1966, Boston, MA, USA) has an MA in Art History from the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, an MA in Museum Studies from the Institute of Archaeology at the University of London, and a BA, Summa cum laude, in Classical Archaeology from the University of Michigan. In March 2019, she became Director of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. She is the fifth director in the Gallery’s history, and the first woman to hold this important national position.

Prior to joining the Gallery, Kaywin led the Minneapolis Institute of Art as its Nivin and Duncan MacMillan Director and President. During that time, she doubled attendance, expanded the collection, launched and completed visionary strategic plans, and transformed the museum’s relationship to the Twin City community and to the nation through groundbreaking initiatives such as the Center for Empathy & the Visual Arts.

She is a trustee of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the White House Historical Association, and the Chipstone Foundation, and a member of the State Hermitage Museum International Advisory Board and the steering committee of the Bizot Group. She is a past president of the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) and past chair of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). She has lectured widely and published numerous articles on many aspects of museums in the 21st century.

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