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Are Public Museums Public?

Saturday, Apr 27
10:00 am
- 11:30 am

RSVP Required

Join guest Arnold Lehman, Senior Advisor at PHILLIPS Auction and former Director of the Brooklyn Museum, for a conversation around institutional identity and how museums function in the public sector.

Arnold Lehman joined Phillips in 2015 as Senior Advisor. Mr. Lehman advises on the global PHILLIPS brand, develops academic programming such as panel discussions and lectures, and organizes exhibitions in support of PHILLIPS’ commitment to modern and contemporary art.

As an activist museum director for over forty years, Mr. Lehman advocated for public accessibility, diversity, and freedom of expression in cultural institutions. In his 18 years as Director of the Brooklyn Museum, over 200 exhibitions were presented under his guidance, many traveling nationally and internationally.

Mr. Lehman holds an M.Phil. and PhD from Yale University, was director of the Baltimore Museum of Art and a faculty member of Johns Hopkins University. He served as President of the Association of Art Museum Directors and Chair of the Cultural Institutions Group (CIG) of New York City. In 2015 he received the Wunsch Award for Excellence in American Art. Mr. Lehman is a Trustee of the American Federation of Arts and of the Bard Graduate Center. He served as a Visiting Fellow at the Ford Foundation advising on key issues of social justice, creativity, and worked on developing a pipeline for the advancement of museum professionals of color. He also chairs the board of Legg Mason Funds, where he has served as a director for over 35 years.

Breakfast at The Bass is a members-only series. Members at the Affiliate ($250) level and above receive complimentary access for two. Artist/Student/Teacher ($25), General ($50) and Dual/Family ($100) level members can attend Breakfast at The Bass for a cost of $20 per person.

For more information, please call 305.763.7530 or email [email protected].

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A special thanks to the Breakfast at The Bass Host Committee:
Malena Assing
Luli Ballestrin
Soledad Lowe
Soledad Picón
Adriana Vergara