James Rondeau, President and Eloise W. Martin Director of the Art Institute of Chicago
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.
The Art Institute of Chicago is a civic institution dedicated to its mission to collect, preserve and interpret works of art representing the world’s diverse artistic traditions. Now more than ever before, the fulfilment of that mission calls for the museum to address issues of equity and inclusion: in professional training and opportunities; visitor experience; and collecting, programming and interpretation. James Rondeau will share his insights on the Art Institute’s efforts to becoming a more equitable museum, what it has accomplished thus far, and massive challenges lie ahead.
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About James Rondeau In 2016, James Rondeau became the President and Eloise W. Martin Director of the Art Institute of Chicago. Mr. Rondeau joined the Art Institute in 1998 and has led two of the eleven curatorial departments. Over the course of his tenure he secured numerous major gifts, most notably in 2015, when he ushered in the largest gift of art in the museum’s history—the Edlis / Neeson Collection. Under Rondeau’s leadership, the contemporary galleries have been reinstalled with a more global and diverse narrative. The installation transforms the museum’s presentation of contemporary art, bringing new depth and perspective that makes this collection the strongest of any encyclopedic art museum in the world. Mr. Rondeau holds a BA in American civilization from Middlebury College, Vermont and an MA in the history of art from Williams College, Massachusetts.