May 06, 2020

U.S. Museum Leaders on Pandemic Repercussions

U.S. Museum Leaders on Pandemic Repercussions

Clockwise from top left: Max Hollein (Courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art, photograph by Eileen Travell), James Rondeau, Kaywin Feldman, Timothy Potts, Ann Philbin, Matthew Teitelbaum (Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston).


LOS ANGELES - The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic was swift and confusing, with breaking news and information about the virus changing by the hour. Around the world, art museums had to make difficult decisions.

In this two-part series on the Art + Ideas podcast, six US museum directors discuss with J. Paul Getty Trust President and CEO James Cuno the pandemic and its repercussions. These candid, insightful conversations address wide-ranging topics, from the logistical challenges of when to close and how to reopen to philosophical exchanges about the role of museums in society.
Part 1
This episode features Max Hollein of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Kaywin Feldman of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, and James Rondeau of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Part 2
This episode features Matthew Teitelbaum of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Ann Philbin of the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, and Timothy Potts of the J. Paul Getty Museum.
Julie Jaskol
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Getty Communications


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