Up Close & Personal: The Art of Directing a Museum

    Date Saturday Oct 21, 2017

    Location Ocean House

    Time 3:00pm - 4:30pm

    Price This event is complimentary and open to guests and visitors ages 12 and older.

    Venue Drawing Room at Ocean House


Up Close & Personal: The Art of Directing a Museum with John W. Smith of RISD Museum

Meet John W. Smith, the Director of the Rhode Island School of Design Museum in Providence Rhode Island who will discuss current and upcoming exhibitions and projects at the Museum and share thoughts on the opportunities of leading an art museum situated within one of the world’s leading schools of art and design.

John Smith has had a distinguished museum career serving for more than a decade at The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh as assistant director for collections, exhibitions and research and as director of the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art, the world’s leading research center devoted to the visual arts of America. Earlier in his career, he worked as chief archivist at the Art Institute of Chicago and as a visiting archivist at the Royal Opera House in London.

He is passionate about connecting people with art in meaningful ways. As a curator, Smith has organized exhibitions – with accompanying catalogues – focused on Patti Smith, Andy Warhol and Turner prizewinner Grayson Perry. His exhibition Possession Obsession: Andy Warhol and Collecting traveled to the RISD Museum in 2002.

The RISD Museum houses about 100,000 objects—ranging from ancient art to work by contemporary artists and designers from across the globe. Distinguished by its relationship to the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), the Museum educates and inspires artists, designers, students, scholars, and the general public through exhibitions, programs, and publications. For more information about the RISD Museum: http://risdmuseum.org/

Reservations for this event can be made by emailing Jeanne Potter at: jpotter@oceanhouseri.com or calling Jeanne Potter at: 202.276.5123