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Lectures & Symposia

Satellite Museums

Thursday, April 24, 2014 @ 1 pm

Presented as part of ART²: An International Platform on Contemporary Art, this conversation between three distinguished museum directors explores the landscape of new global initiatives. Moderated by Sophie Claudel, Cultural Attaché of the French Embassy in the United States, and featuring Richard Armstrong, Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Jean-Luc Martinez, Director of Musée du Louvre; and Alain Seban, Director of Centre Pompidou, this program is a French-American exchange of perspectives on opening international satellite museums including the development of new audiences, the formation of collections, and engagement with contemporary artists.

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Sophie Claudel, Cultural Attaché and Head of the Arts Department of the French Embassy in the United States, introduces the program and moderates a group conversation including the participants below:

Richard Armstrong, Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, on Guggenheim constellation museums of New York-Venice-Bilbao-Abu Dhabi.

Hervé Barbaret, Managing Director of the Louvre Museum in Paris

Alain Seban, Director, Centre Pompidou, on the Centre Pompidou-Metz and the Pompidou Mobile

ART²: An International Platform on Contemporary Art is presented by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States in collaboration with the New York presenters Institut français, the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, and FACE (French American Cultural Exchange).

Richard Armstrong has served as Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation since November 2008. Armstrong works with senior staff to maximize all aspects of the foundation's operations: permanent collections, exhibition programs, loans, acquisitions, documentation, scholarship, and conservation. Prior to his appointment at the Guggenheim, Armstrong served at Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, as Curator of Contemporary Art (beginning in 1992), Chief Curator (1995), and Henry J. Heinz II Director (1996–2008). From 1981 to 1992, Armstrong was a curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art, where he organized four Whitney Biennials and in 1980, served on the Artists Committee to organize the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles. He began his curatorial career at the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art in California. Armstrong serves in an advisory capacity on a number of foundation boards, including the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, Kiev, Ukraine; the Artistic Council, Fondation Beyeler, Basel; the Al Held Foundation, New York; the Judd Foundation; and as Director, Fine Family Foundation, Pittsburgh. Armstrong is also a member of the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD). A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Armstrong graduated from Lake Forest College in Illinois with a bachelor of arts in art history and subsequently studied at the Université de Dijon and the Université de Paris, Sorbonne.

Sophie Claudel is the Cultural Attaché and Head of the Arts Department at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York. Since 2010, she has designed and directed all bilateral programming for the visual arts, design, architecture, theatre, music, and dance, partnering international organizations throughout the United States, France, and Europe. Previously, she served as Cultural Attaché of the French Embassy in London from 2003–2008. Since 2001 she has innovated and implemented the Arts Mediation Program of the Fondation de France, Nouveaux Commanditaires, a unique initiative for community conflict resolution which brings together groups of people from civil society, issues of general interest, and artist-designed solutions. Additionally, since 2001 she has served as the Editor-in-Chief of two publication series (both in French and English) in arts and culture produced by the contemporary arts Publisher, Les presses du réel, commissioning new texts from many major contemporary artists around the world.

Before joining the Louvre in 2007, Hervé Barbaret served as the Chief Operating Officer of the City of Architecture and Heritage from 2004-2007. He has also served as the Special Adviser to the Director-DCN naval construction, Deputy Head of Economic Development Services in India, an Auditor at the Court of Auditors, and reporter on “New Public TV,” which was created by Nicolas Sarkozy in February 2008.

Alain Seban has been Chairman, Director, and CEO of the Centre Pompidou since 2007. He attended the Ecole Polytechnique, the Institut d’études politiques de Paris, the Ecole nationale de la statistique et de l’administration économique (ENSAE) and France’s prestigious Ecole nationale d’administration (ENA) for senior public servants. In 1991, he was appointed Judge to the Council of State—the French Supreme Court in administrative law. He was promoted Maître des requêtes (Senior Judge) in 1994 and appointed Advisor to the Minister of Culture the following year. In May 2002, Seban joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as special Advisor to the Minister. He was appointed Director of Media Development in September 2002 and was in charge of drawing up legislation regarding media activity at large, handing out government subsidies to the press and supervising the public broadcasting system. In March 2005, Seban was appointed Advisor for Education and Culture to the President of the Republic of France, Mr. Jacques Chirac. Mr. Seban has been made Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur and Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres.