The American art museum has experienced sustained levels of growth and increasing popularity across generations. This lecture explores the place of the museum in American society today as it faces new opportunities for growth and expansion as well as new challenges to its core mission, cultural identity, and sense of purpose.
Daniel Weiss is an art historian who served as President and CEO of the Metropolitan Museum of Art from 2017-2023. Earlier in his career, he was president and professor of art history at Haverford College; president of Lafayette College; and professor, department chair, and dean at Johns Hopkins University. He has published and lectured widely on a variety of topics, including the art of the Middle Ages and the Crusades and American culture.