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Monday, June 24, 2019

WASHINGTON DC | DinnerTable in honor of Kaywin Feldman, Director of the National Gallery of Art

Start Date: 6/24/2019 6:00 PM EDT
End Date: 6/24/2019 9:00 PM EDT

Venue Name: Cosmos Club

2121 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC  United States  20008

Organization Name: ArtTable DC

ArtTable DC Programs
Email: dc@arttable.org
Phone: 212 343 1735 Ext. 13

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Join ArtTable DC for a cocktail hour and dinner for ArtTable members to welcome Kaywin Feldman, the newly named Director of the National Gallery of Art to Washington.

About Kaywin Feldman
In 2018, Kaywin Feldman was named the Director of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.—the fifth in the Gallery's 77-year history. She succeeded Earl A. Powell III, who has served as the director since 1992. 

Prior to joining the National Gallery, Feldman led the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) since 2008 as its Nivin and Duncan MacMillan Director and President. In that time, she transformed the museum's relationship to its city by opening its doors to community dialogue, providing free membership, and engaging with the defining social issues of our era. Her many accomplishments include the creation of a Center for Empathy and the Visual Arts at the museum.

She is a past president of the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD), past chair of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), and a frequent speaker on reinventing the museum for the 21st century. She is a champion of digital technology for expanding access to art. Feldman established a contemporary art department at Mia and new galleries for showcasing the art of Africa. She oversaw a series of experimental installations in the museum's venerable period rooms, exploring new ways of engaging with history.

Feldman galvanized the galleries and her field with groundbreaking exhibitions such as At Home with Monsters (2017), which featured the art of filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, and Power and Beauty in China's Last Dynasty (2018), a dramatic display of Chinese art designed by avant-garde theater artist Robert Wilson. As a curator, she helped organize popular traveling exhibitions, including The Habsburgs: Rarely Seen Masterpieces from Europe's Greatest Dynasty (2015), which brought dozens of masterpieces to Minneapolis for the museum's 100th birthday year.

Born in 1966 in Boston, Massachusetts, Feldman's fascination with museums began with childhood visits and an early interest in archaeology. She earned her BA in classical archaeology from the University of Michigan and an MA from the Institute of Archaeology at the University of London. She also earned an MA in art history from the Courtauld Institute of Art at the University of London, specializing in Dutch and Flemish art, and received an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the Memphis College of Art in 2008. Before coming to Mia, she was the director of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art in Tennessee from 1999 to 2007.

In the “Director’s Welcome” on the National Gallery of Art’s website, Feldman states:

“I am thrilled to take the helm of this esteemed institution as we explore new ways for the Gallery to inspire curiosity, reach diverse audiences, and connect people with some of the greatest triumphs of human creativity. I look forward to seeing you in the galleries!”

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Thank you to DC's executive committee for organizing this program. 


Image courtesy the National Gallery of Art
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