2019 Fingerman Lecture Series: Kevin Gover

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    The Changing Role of Museums

    Kevin Gover, Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian

    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 Kevin Gover
    Kevin Gover is the director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian and a citizen of the Pawnee Tribe of Oklahoma. He began as director in December 2007. Under Gover’s leadership, visitation has grown to 1.8 million visitors per year, achieving the museum’s mission of “advancing knowledge and understanding of the Native cultures of the Western Hemisphere—past, present, and future and working to support the continuance of culture, traditional values, and transitions in contemporary Native life.” Mr. Gover earned a BA in public and international affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, New Jersey, a JD from University of New Mexico College of Law, and received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Princeton. Before entering the museum field, he operated the largest Indian-owned law firm in the country and served as Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs in the United States Department of the Interior under President Bill Clinton.