Fingerman Lecture Series

Feb 28, 2019

The Des Moines Art Center is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Fingerman Lecture with a series of lectures by leading museum directors around the nation.

The Des Moines Art Center is bringing in museum directors of the highest caliber. James Rondeau, Kaywin Feldman, Franklin Sirmans, and Kevin Gover will visit the Des Moines Art Center 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 lectures will focus on “the role of museums in addressing the complexity of today’s cultural, political, and social concerns.”

Alison Ferris, Director of Curatorial Affairs and Senior Curator of the Des Moines Art Center will set the stage for the series with a primer lecture. She will discuss various works of art and pose complicated questions about art museums and their limitations and freedoms.

The Des Moines Art Center’s Director of Education, Jill Featherstone, shares details about the upcoming lecture series. Listen below to hear more.

Visiting lecturers include:

James Rondeau, President and Eloise W. Martin Director of the Art Institute of Chicago

Kaywin Feldman, Nivin and Duncan MacMillan Director and President of the Minneapolis Institute of Art, recently named the Director of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Franklin Sirmans, Director of the Pérez Art Museum Miami

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

Featured lectures and events include:

Alison Ferris: PRIMER LECTURE + RECEPTION AND COMMUNITY CONVERSATION

Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 7 pm

James Rondeau: EXPANDING THE PATH FORWARD FOR MUSEUMS

Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 7 pm

Kaywin Feldman: ART AND EMPATHY: THE WONDER OF WONDERS

Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 1:30 pm

Franklin Sirmans

Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 7 pm

Kevin Gover

Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 1:30 pm

*All lectures take place in Levitt Auditorium of the Des Moines Art Center and are free and open to the public. Reservation required.*

For more information, please visit https://www.desmoinesartcenter.org/blog/events/2019-fingerman-lecture-series