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The Changing Role of Museums in the Middle East

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Date(s) - 04/29/2019
12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

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The Changing Role of Museums in the Middle East
Monday, April 29, 2019
12:30pm – 1:45pm
A light lunch will be served at 12:00pm
Middle East Institute
1319 18th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
The Middle East Institute (MEI) and The Beirut Museum of Art (BeMA) are pleased to invite you to a panel conversation on the changing social and cultural significance of museums in Lebanon, and more broadly in the Middle East, as they seek to move beyond their traditional role as authorities in the arts to become more relevant to the cultural and socio-economic concerns of communities at a local, regional, and international level.
Please join Glenn Lowry, director of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Taline Boladian, member of APEAL,The Association for the Promotion and Exhibition of the Arts in Lebanon (founding entity of BeMA), and Peggy Loar, president of International Museum Planning Consultants, for a discussion about the future of museums in the Middle East. NPR Art Desk Reporter Neda Ulaby will moderate the conversation.
Taline N. Boladian
Taline N. Boladian is the co-founder of BAKS / Art Advisory, a private art consultancy firm specializing in appraisals, art events, publishing and curating. Prior to establishing this firm, Boladian held the title of assistant vice president 19th Century European Paintings at Christies, New York; and Head of Department in Orientalist Paintings and Modern and Contemporary Middle Eastern works of art at Bonhams, New York and Dubai.
Peggy Loar
Peggy Loar is a museum professional with global experience in museum planning and program development, museum architecture and design, and museum leadership. She currently serves as president of International Museum Planning Consultants, a boutique advisory services firm. Prior to this role, she was the interim vice president for global arts and culture and director of the Asia Society Museum in New York City (2014–2015) and the interim president and director of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art & Design in Washington, D.C. where she facilitated the merger of the Corcoran with the National Gallery of Art and George Washington University (2013–2014). From 2008 to 2013 she served as the founding Director of the new National Museum of Qatar, in Doha.
Glenn Lowry
Glenn D. Lowry became the sixth director of The Museum of Modern Art in 1995. He leads a staff of over 750 people and directs an active program of exhibitions, acquisitions, and publications. A strong advocate of contemporary art, he has lectured and written extensively in support of contemporary art and artists and the role of museums in society, among other topics. He is a member of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s Board of Trustees, a Trustee of the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD), a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a resident member of the American Philosophical Society.
Neda Ulaby (moderator)
Neda Ulaby has worked as an arts correspondent for National Public Radio for nearly twenty years. Ulaby covers the broad and overlapping worlds of art, music, television, film, new media and literature. She’s been recognized with multiple awards and fellowships for her work, including the Emmy award-winning public television series “Arab American Stories.” Born in Amman, Jordan, Ulaby is based in Washington D.C. and Los Angeles.
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