Conversations on American Art and Museums

Conversations on American Art and Museums

40th Anniversary Celebration

The Luce Conversations on American Art and Museums is on a summer hiatus, and will return for the two last programs in September and October. We invite you join us then!

Since 1982, the American Art Program has supported wide-ranging collection projects and exhibitions at art museums in all 50 states. In commemoration of the program’s 40th anniversary, the Foundation is partnering with the New-York Historical Society on a year-long series of virtual conversations moderated by field leaders and Luce grantees, past and present. With an eye toward the future, the participants will explore the role of the visual arts in an open and equitable society, and the capacity of art museums to challenge accepted histories, elevate under-represented voices, and host the critical conversations in which we need to engage.

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Museums in the 21st Century: An Institution Transformed

The inaugural event in the Henry Luce Foundation Conversations on American Art and Museums series at the New-York Historical Society featuring the Smithsonian Institution's Undersecretary for Museums and Culture Kevin Gover (Pawnee), the Autry Museum's Executive Vice President of Research and Interpretation Amy Scott, and Founding Director and Director Emeritus of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian W. Richard West, Jr. (Cheyenne) focused on recent efforts to reinvent the mission and practices of art museums, with a particular focus on museums of Native American art and culture that have been at the forefront of this work.

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Exhibition opening night. Faith Ringgold: American People. Thursday, February 17, 2022. Photo by Liz Ligon.
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