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Friday, May 9, 2008

In/Visible Is Up: Maxwell Anderson (Best Museum Director in America Today?)

posted by on May 9 at 10:11 AM

Maxwell Anderson (who, yes, is grandson of the playwright) was in Seattle a few weeks ago to discuss issues of international art repatriation at Seattle Art Museum—in conjunction with the Roman Art from the Louvre show that’s closing this weekend.

We caught up with him at an absurdly late hour after his talk (11 pm PS, 2 am his time), but he was as eloquent as ever. The fact is, Anderson is one of the smartest and most up-to-date museum directors in the business, and in this podcast, he describes many of the philosophies that make him so good. One of the best things about him is that despite the crazy workload of a museum director these days, Anderson makes time not just for doing the job, but for thinking about how to do the job.

Just listen.

And check out the best museum web site in the country at the museum where he’s director in Indianapolis. Next year, the IMA will open its 100-acre art and nature park, which sounds something like what the Olympic Sculpture Park could have been but isn’t. Anderson says it won’t be about “trophy hunting and monument building.”

Oh, and here he is doing one of his regular YouTube videos about the art at the museum. (Yes. Imagine a director making time to do that.)

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i thought the Roman art/Louvre exhibit closed LAST weekend.

Posted by feom | May 9, 2008 8:03 PM

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