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MAXWELL L. ANDERSON, DIRECTOR OF THE WHITNEY MUSEUM, WILL GIVE A TALK AT BARD COLLEGE ON NOVEMBER 28 Center for Curatorial Studies "Conversation" series features lectures and discussions about important issues in contemporary visual art

Emily Darrow

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.-The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College presents a "Conversation" with Maxwell L. Anderson, director of the Whitney Museum of American Art, on Wednesday, November 28, at 8:00 p.m. Anderson will speak about the upcoming Whitney Biennial, the ways in which museums are being reshaped by commercialism and new technologies, and the new Rem Koolhaas-designed extension of the Whitney Museum. The program, free and open to the public, will be held in the Weis Cinema of the Bertelsmann Campus Center.

Since 1998, Anderson has been the Alice Pratt Brown Director of the Whitney, overseeing its continued expansion. Prior to his appointment at the museum, he was in charge of the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada, and from 1987 to 1995 he was the director of the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University in Atlanta. Anderson was also a curator of Greek and Roman art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. He is a trustee of the American Federation of Arts and the Association of Art Museum Directors and Chair of its Government Affairs Committee.

Anderson's commitment to collaboration among museums has led him to work for changes in federal legislation to assure tax equity for artists, and in international conventions and treaties to permit the free circulation of artworks internationally. Anderson is an active proponent of networked information for the art museum community. He was founding chairman of the Art Museum Image Consortium (AMICO), a group of 30 of the leading art museums in North America, established to create a single database for use in higher education and by K-12 teachers and students around the world (

The "Conversation" series is sponsored by the CCS to allow lectures and more informal discussions by visiting artists, curators, critics, and scholars who speak about recent work, current exhibitions, and important issues in the contemporary visual arts.

For further information, call the CCS at 845-758-7598, e-mail, or visit the website

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