2019 Fingerman Lecture Series: Franklin Sirmans

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    The Changing Role of Museums

    Franklin Sirmans, Director of the Pérez Art Museum Miami

    On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Fingerman Lecture, and the public announcement of our positioning statement, the Des Moines Art Center presents a series of four lectures by leading museum directors about the role of museums in addressing the complexity of today’s cultural, political, and social concerns. James Rondeau, Kaywin Feldman, Franklin Sirmans, and Kevin Gover will visit us this spring and fall and present ideas that challenge long held beliefs about museums and help us envision a bold and relevant future for our cultural institutions.

    This series is made possible through generous gifts by Louis and Lois Fingerman. View other lectures in the 2019 Fingerman Lecture Series.

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    About Franklin Sirmans
    Franklin Sirmans is an art critic, editor, writer, curator, and has been the director of the Pérez Art Museum Miami since October 2015. His directorial initiatives include ensuring the museum’s art program reflects Miami’s community and securing donations. In his first six months as director, he procured the largest donation of works in the museum's short history—more than 100 pieces of art from the collection of Craig Robins. In 2017, Sirmans worked with Jorge Pérez on a gift that transformed the museum’s holdings with a donation of more than 170 works of contemporary Cuban art. He has held curatorial leadership positions at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California and The Menil Collection in Houston, Texas. In 2007 Sirmans was the recipient of the David Driskell Prize—the first national award to honor and celebrate contributions to the field of art of the African Diaspora, which is administered by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta. He holds a BA in the history of art and English form Wesleyan University, Connecticut.