Museums in 2020 - On Demand
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November 10, 2020 | -

2020 International Fine + Decorative Arts Valuation Summit

Museums in 2020

Richard Armstrong, Director 
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum & Foundation

Brent Benjamin, Director, St. Louis Museum of Art
AAAMD, President

Franklin Sirmans, Director,  Perez Art Museum

Betty Krulik, Moderator
President, Betty Krulik Fine Art Ltd.

Panelists are Richard Armstrong, Director of
the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum & Foundation, 
Brent Benjamin, Director of the St. Louis Museum of Art
and President of the American Alliance of Museum Directors,
and Franklin Sirmans, Director of the Perez Museum in Miami,
address the myriad of issues that hit museums in this year
nationally and internationally. From shutdowns, audience
engagement, accessions and deaccession to staffing
and the future!

1 CE credits

This is a recording of a session held live on November 10, 2020.

Sponsored by:

Betty Krulik Fine Art, Limited


$25   Members & General Admission


As Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation since 2008, Richard Armstrong leads the Guggenheim Foundation and its constellation of museums, in addition to serving on the Guggenheim Foundation Board of Trustees. Previously, Armstrong was the Henry J. Heinz II Director at Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh (1996-2008). He has also held curatorial positions at Carnegie Museum of Art (1992-96), the Whitney Museum of American Art (1981-1992), and the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art in California (1975-79). A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Armstrong graduated from Lake Forest College in Illinois with a BA in art history, having studied at the UniversitÉ de Dijon and the UniversitÉ de Paris, Sorbonne.
As Director of the Saint Louis Art Museum since 1999, Brent R. Benjamin has significantly expanded the breadth and depth of the museum’s encyclopedic collection. He also led the successful initiative to expand the museum and raised $160.2 million in the largest capital campaign for a cultural institution in the city’s history. Brent previously served for 12 years in a sequence of curatorial and administrative roles at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, culminating in five years as Deputy Director for curatorial affairs. He received his undergraduate degree from St. Olaf College and holds a graduate degree in the history of art from Williams College, where he was named the Robert Sterling Clark Fellow. He attended the Qualifying Graduate Program in Architecture at Rice University and the Harvard University program for Art Museum Directors. In 2019, Brent became President of the Association of Art Museum Directors. 
Franklin Sirmans is an art critic, editor, writer, curator and has been the Director of the Perez Art Museum, Miami, (PAMM) since October 2015. His initiatives there include ensuring that PAMM's art program reflects the community in Miami and securing donations. In his first six months at PAMM, he managed to secure the largest donation of works in the museum's short history, over a hundred pieces of art were donated by Design District developer Craig Robins. Early on in his career, Sirmans worked at the Dia Foundation and also curated annual exhibitions for Los Angeles (1999), Atlanta (2003), and Baltimore (2005), as well as shows in Milan, Italy; Ottawa and Montreal, Canada; and Houston, Texas, among other places. In 2004, he curated the show Ralph Bunche: Diplomat for Peace and Justice at the Queens Museum of Art. From 2005 until 2006, he was co-curator of Basquiat, which traveled from the Brooklyn Museum to the LAMCA and then to the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. Sirmans was Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at The Menil Collection in Houston from 2006 to 2009. In 2009, he was awarded the Gold Rush Award by the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation. In 2010, he moved to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as department head and Curator of Contemporary Art where he remained until the fall of 2015. Since October 2015, he has been the director of PAMM. In 2019, he was selected to curate a special section of Frieze New York, which shows artists shown at Just Above Midtown (JAM), the Black Power gallery of the 1970s and 1980s












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