TUESDAY, MAY 21 / 11 AM – 4 PM

Lectures

2019 Fingerman Lecture Series: Primer Lecture + Reception and Community Conversation

3/7/2019 / 7:00pm

The Changing Role of Museums

Alison Ferris, Director of Curatorial Affairs / Senior Curator

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.

Setting the stage for this series is a primer lecture by Director of Curatorial Affairs and Senior Curator Alison Ferris on the state of the field. In this presentation, Ferris will discuss Scaffold, a sculpture by Sam Durant at the Walker Art Center (2017); Dana Schutz’s painting Open Casket in the 2017 Whitney Biennial; the Hollywood film Black Panther; and Decolonize This Place—an arts-activist collective devoted to the decolonial overhaul of New York City museums.

Ferris’ lecture poses complicated questions that both artists and the museum field are grappling with: What are art museums’ responsibilities in this fraught moment in history? Who gets to decide which histories to address in art? Who should tell stories and how should they be told? Are there limits and responsibilities that go along with artistic freedom and curatorial judgement?

Following the lecture, guests are invited to attend a reception and community gathering in the lobby where we will have an opportunity to continue processing these questions. Guests are encouraged to grab a drink and join a conversation.

Make Reservations

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

NEW! Assisted listening devices are available upon request. Please inquire upon check-in.

Location Information:
Levitt Auditorium

2019-03-07 19:00:00 2019-03-07 00:00:00 America/Chicago 2019 Fingerman Lecture Series: Primer Lecture + Reception and Community Conversation The Changing Role of Museums Alison Ferris, Director of Curatorial Affairs / Senior Curator 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. Setting the stage for this series is a primer lecture by Director of Curatorial Affairs and Senior Curator Alison Ferris on the state of the field. In this presentation, Ferris will discuss Scaffold , a sculpture by Sam Durant at the Walker Art Center (2017); Dana Schutz’s painting  Open Casket  in the 2017 Whitney Biennial; the Hollywood film  Black Panther ; and Decolonize This Place—an arts-activist collective devoted to the decolonial overhaul of New York City museums. Ferris’ lecture poses complicated questions that both artists and the museum field are grappling with: What are art museums’ responsibilities in this fraught moment in history? Who gets to decide which histories to address in art? Who should tell stories and how should they be told? Are there limits and responsibilities that go along with artistic freedom and curatorial judgement? Following the lecture, guests are invited to attend a reception and community gathering in the lobby where we will have an opportunity to continue processing these questions. Guests are encouraged to grab a drink and join a conversation. Make Reservations This series is made possible through generous gifts by Louis and Lois Fingerman. View other lectures in the 2019 Fingerman Lecture Series . NEW!  Assisted listening devices are available upon request. Please inquire upon check-in. Levitt Auditorium

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