2019 Fingerman Lecture Series:Kaywin Feldman

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    Art and Empathy: The Wonder of Wonders

    Kaywin Feldman, Director of the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

    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.

    In the age of the selfie, fake news, and “me time”, what is the role of the art museum? Some have suggested this moment is “the death of the museum”, but perhaps it is the time heralds the triumph of the museum and the visual arts? In her talk, Feldman will discuss the dramatic potential of wonder and empathy in today’s turbulent world.

    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 Kaywin Feldman
    Beginning in March 2019 Kaywin Feldman will serve as the first female director of the National Gallery of Art and only the fifth director in the institution’s 77-year history. Prior to her new appointment, Feldman led the Minneapolis Institute of Art since 2008. She transformed the museum’s relationship to its city through free membership, community dialogue, and direct engagement with social issues like equity and empathy. A past president of the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) and the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), she has galvanized the field and doubled Mia’s attendance through innovative exhibitions and programs. Feldman’s own fascination with museums began with childhood visits and an early interest in archaeology. She earned her BA in classical archaeology from the University of Michigan and an MA from the Institute of Archaeology at the University of London. She also earned an MA in art history from the Courtauld Institute of Art at the University of London, and received an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the Memphis College of Art, Tennessee.