Art Institute of Chicago director to speak Feb. 10 at Snite



James Cuno, president and the Eloise W. Martin Director of the Art Institute of Chicago, will present a lecture titled “Why Art Museums are Essential: The Challenges and Opportunities of Directing an Art Museum” at 7 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 10) in the Annenberg Auditorium of the Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame. The talk is free and open to the public.

Formerly the director of the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, Cuno assumed directorship of the Chicago institute in September. He previously served as director of the art museums at Harvard University and Dartmouth College, as well as the Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts at UCLA, and taught art history courses at all three institutions.

Cuno has written and lectured extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Japan on topics ranging from French caricature of the 18th and 19th centuries to the role of art museums in contemporary American cultural policy. His most recent work on the latter topic is a book titled “Whose Muse? Art Museums and the Publics Trust,” for which he served as co-author and editor.

Elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2001, Cuno has served on the boards of numerous professional and educational organizations. He was graduated from Willamette University in 1973 and holds a masters degree from the University of Oregon, as well as masters and doctoral degrees from Harvard.

The Art Institute of Chicago, founded in 1879, is the oldest and largest art museum and art school in the Midwest. It houses world-renowned collections, including Impressionist paintings, 20th-century art, Old Master drawings, Chinese jades, photography, textiles, architectural drawings and medieval armor.

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